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The Outshine Experience

Incorporated in February 2006 by the two Directors of the Company, Jo Kelk and Jill Schirnack, our philosophy is to ensure that we take extra care of our small client base, providing a high standard of personal service and outcomes.

Jo Kelk

With 20 years’ experience of conference management within the medical industry, Jo has worked with over 70 conference committees, and managed large event teams. With a further 15 years experience in executive assistant roles in the health service in New Zealand and the United Kingdom she has an extensive knowledge of the medical industry, medical terminology and understands the unique relationships that exist within our health services.

Jo’s particular strength is her ability to think strategically and logically. While she has an ability to focus on the bigger picture, the smaller details are always taken care of.  Jo enjoys working with Organising Committees, and has formed many friendships over the years with convenors, industry representatives and delegates.

Jo also participated as a mentor in the Convention and Incentives New Zealand inaugural mentorship programme.  

Jill Schirnack

Jill has 25 years’ experience in the hospitality and catering industry.  This spans all areas of event delivery: operational, co-ordination and sales/marketing, working in hotels and venues in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. She has specialist knowledge of food and beverage service, best possible venue options and accommodation management. Her understanding of the implementation and creation of sales and marketing plans and relationship building with the key investors in each conference ensure that her clients receive the best possible destination and venue advice. 

Jill has been managing medical conferences for the past 15 years, and more recently has managed multiple events in Australia.  Her calm and friendly manner, methodical approach and sense of humour ensure her clients’ feel constantly at ease.  

Jill is a member of the Australian Professional Conference Organiser Association Inc.  

Annie Campbell

Originally from the UK, Annie has spent the majority of her ten-year career honing her skills working within corporate event agencies in London. Two years ago she emigrated to New Zealand, where she initially worked for Momento Group, which gave her a good introduction into the New Zealand market.

Throughout the years, Annie has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of clients from Google to homegrown corporates. This provided her with the opportunity to work all over the world on a diverse range of events from large scale conferences to outdoor events. Through this, Annie has gained a valuable set of skills which she has added to her ’event toolbox.‘ 

She is looking forward to opening her ‘toolbox’ again and starting an exciting new chapter at Outshine.

Industry Accreditation

Outshine is a Silver, and approved Professional Conference Organiser member of the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), and a member of the Australian Professional Conference Organiser Association Inc.