AVPartners is excited to announce the promotion of Ben Fillingham to Associate at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).

Ben’s journey with AVPartners began five years ago as a trainee, and his dedication and growth have made him an invaluable member of our team. Partner, Steve Rowe, said,  “Ben has demonstrated remarkable growth and excellence in all aspects of his work. He has displayed exceptional proficiency in both the technical and soft skills required in our field. Ben’s dedication, calm demeanour, and willingness to help others serve as true inspiration to many of us. I have full confidence that Ben will continue to thrive as he transitions into this new position.”

In his new role as Associate, Ben looks forward to taking on more significant responsibilities and continuing to refine the skills he has acquired during his tenure with AVPartners. With PCEC hosting a myriad of small to large-scale events and the team also managing events throughout the wider Perth region, Ben’s expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to the success of future events.

Sharing his thoughts on the promotion, Ben expresses his excitement, stating, “I am excited to be given this opportunity to step into a larger role within AVPartners. The support and learning experiences I’ve gained throughout the years have prepared me for this challenge, and I’m eager to contribute even more to our team’s success.”

As AVPartners celebrates Ben Fillingham’s promotion to Associate, we are confident that his journey will inspire others to reach for excellence in their careers. Ben’s growth and achievements exemplify the spirit of AVPartners and reflect our commitment to nurturing talent and providing exceptional event experiences.

Steve Rowe and Ben Hamblin have been promoted to Partner and Associate respectively at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre as of January 2020. 

Steve Rowe

Steve has worked for AVPartners since April of 2012 as a Technical Event Manager in Sales managing high-profile national and international events and was promoted to Associate in 2018.

Now leading a crew of 50 staff, Steve said, “We have a close-knit team that really work together to deliver some of WA’s most prestigious events. Everyone has been supportive of my move into the Partner role, and I look forward to continuing to do what we do best: deliver exceptional events.”

Ben, previously a Technical Event Manager in Sales has been promoted to Associate and under Steve’s direction will be working closely with the Operations and Technical Event Management team. 

Ben brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the role having started with AVPartners as a Trainee Technician in 2011 and moving through the ranks to Technical Director in 2014, where he spent four years executing some of the largest shows in Perth. 

Ben Hamblin

Between them, Steve and Ben boast 25 years of experience in the AV industry and both are excited to continue AVPartners Perth’s legacy of event excellence with concepts that engage, entertain and delight. 

AVPartners’ Senior Partner Merv Jones said, “Both Steve and Ben have extensive experience in the industry, and approach their roles with incredible innovation and dedication. These promotions are well deserved and we are excited about the future of this leadership duo.”  

AVPartners and the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre have enjoyed a partnership for several years. AVPartners provides integrated AV solutions for conferences and events at the venue.

Welcome to Matt Gibbons who has joined us as Lead Senior Technician at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre!

Mr Gibbons will lead the PCEC team of audiovisual technicians and provide support to the Technical Director, Operations Manager and Technical Event Managers to ensure the delivery of seamless and successful events.

Mr Gibbons is a qualified rigger and a highly sought after Lighting Director with over 16 years of experience in this industry. Having commenced his career straight from high school as an AV Technician, he is highly skilled in all aspects of the events industry with an excellent knowledge of audiovisual techniques.

One of his more memorable events includes the recent Telethon Weekend (pictured) where he worked alongside Channel 7 during the live 24 hour broadcast, as Lighting Director in the PCEC’s Riverside Theatre.

When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys music, spending time with his young family, playing with new technology, and DJing.

Welcome to the AVPartners team, Matt!


Tilman (Tilly) was recently appointed head rigger for AVPartners at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).

Tilly’s sense of adventure has meant he’s had an extremely diverse and exciting career all over the world. Tilly says “experience through misadventure seems to be my tagline!”

Tilly has worked as a gold prospector, concierge, cook, room-service attendant, tent manager, warehouse manager, time-share sales associate, caterer, glassy, bartender, short filmmaker, wicker furniture salesman, house sitter, babysitter and rouse-about – and now rigger!

Most recently, Tilly worked in Exhibitions with Perth Expohire, prior to moving to AVPartners.

He is excited to take up the role after working as a casual Rigger with AVPartners at PCEC since 2014. Tilly says “PCEC is a central hub for some of the most significant events in Perth. The diversity of the people and characters you get to meet and work with is more than reason enough to keep coming back.”

Tilly loves the events industry and sees it as an interesting way to peek into the world around you – in all its diversity – from one place.

One of his favourite events to work on was CANCEC, an annual Canadian defence and business exhibition. Tilly says “I remember having to push past some high ranking military brass waiting in security checks because I had a chair to deliver. It was quite an extraordinary experience.”

“It was a lot of fun and sent me down the path I’m still on now.”

Tilly was born in Guatemala on Lago De Attitlan, Panajachel, and moved with his mother to Australia. He has three brothers dotted around the world of which he is the eldest but in his words “certainly not the wisest.” With family scattered evenly around the world, Tilly is proud to represent the clan down-under.

In his free time, Tilly enjoys cooking, filmmaking and watching a good (or cheesy) film. Some favourites include Black Dynamite, Aliens, City of God and Children of Men.

A big welcome to Tilly to the AVPartners team!

AVPartners has launched an innovative events app at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, set to create a genuinely interactive event experience at the world-class venue.

The app, PCEC, integrates social media tools, gamification, surveys and live polls with up-to-date event information to ensure Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre events are accessible and relevant for event attendees online, as well as offline.

Delegates can post updates, tag their location, like and comment on posts and send private messages all from within the app. They can also access up-to-date event documentation, such as programs and flyers, speaker, attendee and exhibitor information.

Using PCEC, event organisers can easily update event information and send targeted push notifications to attendees in real-time. Event sponsors can also benefit through branded content and advertising within the app.

Designed for all smart phones, the app also facilitates reporting on active users and interactions within the app, thanks to a built-in analytics function.

Leveraging the latest in event technology, PCEC is provided through a partnership between AVPartners and American mobile event app developer DoubleDutch.

AVPartners Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Partner Ryan Taylor said, “Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is known for delivering some of Australia’s most innovative conferences and events. PCEC will take the attendee experience at the venue to the next level.”

Nigel Keen, General Manager at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre said, “AVPartners is always on the hunt for new ways to add value at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event app will further bolster our reputation as a world-class MICE destination.”

With numerous unique spaces including a 2,500 seat theatre, Perth’s largest Ballroom, six exhibition pavilions, multiple meeting rooms, boardrooms and two unique outdoor spaces, PCEC is a great choice for events no matter what the type or size. Each year, over 500,000 people attend one or more of the 600 plus events conducted at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The news of the event app launch follows a bumper year for AVPartners in Perth, with the provider hitting a number of milestones in 2014. AVPartners re-signed the Audiovisual Services agreement at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and was awarded the Exhibition Rigging contract with PCEC.

AVPartners has enjoyed a partnership with PCEC for over five years. AVPartners provides audiovisual and exhibition rigging support for events at the venue and professional technical assistance for delegates.

About the PCEC events app
PCEC combines social media tools, gamification, surveys, and live polls with up-to-date, user-friendly event information; ensuring events are accessible and relevant for the modern event delegate.

Event delegates can post updates, tag their location, like posts, comment on each other’s posts, send private messages, and respond to surveys and live polls all from within the app. The app also integrates with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Conference delegates can access up-to-date event documentation such as programs and flyers, videos as well as speaker, attendee and exhibitor information through the app.

The app transfers crucial event information traditionally delivered as hard copy documentation or through in-person announcements online. Event organisers can easily update event information at any time without the hassle and cost of printing. They can also send targeted push notifications to attendees giving event organisers a direct line to delegates.

Delegates can leave reviews on sessions, speakers, venues and exhibitors; making it easy for delegates to have their say and conference organisers to collect feedback.

Event sponsors can also gain further visibility with delegates through branded content and advertising within the app.

PCEC includes an analytics function which allows event organisers to comprehensively report on active users, attendee interactions in the app and reviews.

PCEC accommodates all smart phones and is accessible across iOS, Android and HTML5.

About AVPartners
AVPartners is a leading provider of tailored and integrated event audiovisual services including technical production, audio, visual, lighting, event design and event styling.

AVPartners creates integrated event experiences through combining state of the art audiovisual technology, unrivalled expertise and a highly tailored approach.

AVPartners has promoted Erikson Nygaard to Technical Event Coordinator at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The role will see Mr Nygaard provide assistance in leading an audiovisual team in the planning, direction and execution of events at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Following a career as a photographer and videographer, Mr Nygaard channeled his interest in vision and multimedia into a career in the audiovisual industry. He started with AVPartners three years ago and has quickly made his mark.

Mr Nygaard commented, “Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre stages some of Australia’s most impressive and innovative events. It is a privilege to be a part of it and to work with such a talented team.”

Managing Partner for AVPartners at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Ryan Taylor said, “Erikson has proven himself time and time again with his drive, creativity and commitment to excellence. He has received numerous positive testimonials from clients and he is often specifically requested for events. We welcome Erikson to his new and well deserved role.”

AVPartners works in partnership with Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to stage events and provide professional technical assistance for delegates. AVPartners was reappointed as the in-house audiovisual service provider in July 2014. They were also appointed as the in-house exhibition rigging service provider in October 2014.