Dominic Patterson
Managing Director

Since he founded the company in 2010, Dominic has developed a culture of originality; that produces executive content and world-class conferences, many of which have become the singular events of their industry.

With over a decade’s experience in all forms of business events, as well as publishing and politics, Dominic has built a reputation as a leader in business media. Connect Media Group has been twice recognised as a BRW Fast Starter, a BRW Fast 100 Company, and a SmartCompanySmart50.

British by birth, Dominic is a dual citizen residing in Sydney with his family. A sportsman and a lover of performing arts, he maintains a keen interest in political affairs and has hosted a radio show with several listeners.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Management (Economics) from the University of Westminster in London, certificates from AFTRS and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jessica Bryan
General Manager

As an integral part of the company’s growth and development into a market leader, Jessica is held in high regard in the industry-event sector.

Having joined the company in its infancy she has established a number of best-practice initiatives which have propelled the company in its growth and leadership of the industry standard.

Jessica has a background in HR and marketing with a Bachelor of Business from the University of New England. Originally from Armidale in country NSW, she has travelled extensively, lived on four continents and can speak Italian.

Kirsty Dagnall
Marketing and Innovation Manager

Kirsty oversees the entire company marketing function from design to the registration desk. She organises marketing strategy and collateral, manages the design, research and sales teams and ensures that everything goes out at the right time to the right people.

With over 8 years’ experience in events and marketing, she has worked on a variety of event portfolios – from fundraisers to gala dinners, and has specialised in B2B and trade marketing, especially the conference and exhibition industry.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Communication, and has been living in Australia for over four years after two years of travelling the world. Originally from Wales, she still passionately follows the Welsh rugby team and is a former British Tae Kwon Do Champion.

Carly Bakewell
Operations Manager

Carly is responsible for all of our operations including event delivery, customer service and the administrative needs of the company. A dynamic and energetic presence, Carly has quickly become a highly proficient events professional with her expansive and growing portfolio of skills.

Carly has a Diploma of Events Management and is easily the company’s most physically active employee.

Angel Gomez
Commercial Manager

Angel manages the acquisition and development of commercial partnerships across an extensive portfolio of industry leading events.  Joining the team in 2016, he has brought a wealth of experience in sponsorship account management from the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Angel is an avid traveller who managed to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Finance) whilst in the United States and a Master’s Degree in Marketing (Sport and Event Management) in France.

Angel is a former semi-professional baseball player and a lover of sports with a command of 3 languages.

Tim Lockwood
Commercial Manager

Tim oversees the growth, management and activation of event sponsorships, working with some of the world’s leading companies on their investments.

After fast-tracking his career by undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Business Marketing, majoring in Sports Management and Marketing, Tim has managed celebrity talent, speaking engagements and network deals as well as overseen national sponsorship for some of Australia’s leading brands.

Tim is a keen sportsman who regularly indulges in playing and watching sport, regardless of the hour.