Adelaide Venue Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Radcliffe as Adelaide Convention Centre General Manager.

Radcliffe comes to the Adelaide Convention Centre following an extensive career in the global MICE and hospitality industries, including senior leadership positions at some of Adelaide’s leading hotels, along with the Adelaide Convention Bureau.

Anthony Kirchner, Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide Venue Management, which operates the Adelaide Convention Centre, says that Mr. Radcliffe’s vast experience and networks across the global business events and hospitality industries make him uniquely qualified to lead the venue as it looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Martin has overcome a highly credentialed field of international candidates to win the Adelaide Convention Centre General Manager role,” comments Kirchner. “With his impressive background in business events sales at the Adelaide Convention Bureau and senior hospitality experience at some of Adelaide’s leading hotels, he’s the perfect fit for this important leadership position, and will be a fantastic ambassador for South Australia and the Adelaide Convention Centre both nationally and internationally.”

No stranger to the business events industry, Radcliffe worked as Director of Sales & Marketing at the Adelaide Convention Bureau from January 2008 – August 2015. During his tenure, Martin was responsible for the attraction of major international and domestic business events to South Australia, achieving a then record year in the Bureau’s 40-year history in terms of economic benefit delivered to the State.  His role also saw him actively support the Australian business events sector through contributions to various national business events forums, led by the likes of Business Events Australia and the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux.

Radcliffe’s past experience also includes five years as General Manager at The Mayfair Hotel. Under his leadership, The Mayfair was awarded ‘Best Australian 5-Star Hotel’ (Trivago Awards) on multiple occasions, while Radcliffe himself was judged a finalist in ‘GM of the Year’ in the 2019 HM Awards.

In addition, he has held various senior commercial roles with a major convention hotel and portfolio of large business centres across the UK. Most recently he has been running a successful business consultancy, and is currently serving as Chairperson of Adelaide Hills Tourism.

Radcliffe commented on his new role, “I am delighted to be joining Adelaide Convention Centre as its new General Manager. This iconic and progressive venue is very closely aligned to my own passions, skills, experience, and networks.

“I believe this is the perfect time to be commencing this role. Following the pandemic, business events and hospitality markets, both here in Australia and internationally, have certainly re-energised and re-calibrated, and I look forward to working with the Adelaide Convention Centre team to maximise opportunities and deliver exceptional event experiences for our clients.”

Radcliffe is set to officially join the Adelaide Convention Centre as General Manager in May 2022.