Luke Edginton

NAME: Luke Edginton
AGE: 44
ROLE: Exhibition Services Manager
COMPANY: Adelaide Convention Centre

Luke began his career at Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) as a waiter 26 years ago. Two-and-a-half decades and seven different departments later, he has worked his way up to his current role as Exhibition Services Manager at one of the world’s most modern, flexible and technologically advanced meetings and events venues.

“I’ve done everything from working as a stand builder, forklift driver and an event organiser.” He says.

When Luke first began at ACC he was studying to be a draftsman, however it wasn’t long before his passion for the events industry became clear.

Luke became the first employee in the Exhibitions Department 18 years ago. Today, he has a team of 12 and is responsible for managing the Exhibition and Design department’s day-to-day operations. He oversees the planning and logistics of key events, including South Australia’s most awarded annual food and wine festival, Cellar Door Fest.

Luke’s experience has also included working on the project team for the ACC’s recent $397M redevelopment. This was a nine-year project which saw the venue’s footprint expand to more than 20,000 square metres of multi-purpose space. It included the installation of new technologies, which presented a range of new and exciting opportunities for exhibitions held at the venue.

“The exhibition and event industry continue to push boundaries with technology. We are always finding new ways to engage people.”

Luke says every day is different in the events industry. Some of his proudest moments include the opening day of Land Forces—the nation’s premier defence industry event— in both 2016 and 2018. Lauded as the ‘best yet’ by exhibitors, visitors and organisers, Land Forces 2018 was the ACC’s largest exhibition to date, covering over 20,000 square metres including extensive outside displays.

Luke says his love for the events industry comes from the diversity that it brings.

“I still find it exciting how you can visit the show floor one morning to look through an event and then head down the next morning at the exact same time and it is a totally different event.” He says.

Throughout his career, Luke says he has enjoyed watching the industry evolve in response to technology.

“The exhibition and event industry continue to push boundaries with technology. We are always finding new ways to engage people.” He says.

Luke has a passion for environmental sustainability. He is involved with the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Sustainability working group. At ACC, Luke supports the ACC’s long-running EarthCheck certification. In 2018, the ACC became the world’s first convention centre to achieve EarthCheck Platinum.