Jason Collins was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Australian Business Council in 2007. As CEO, Jason leads a team responsible for the delivery of the Council’s business advocacy and policy programmes, membership and institutional relations with government agencies, chambers, industry groups, and other stakeholders.
He is also the Chair of European Business Organisations (EBO Worldwide), a peak association headquartered in Brussels of European chambers of commerce and business councils in over fifty countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Indo-Pacific, and in Europe.
He also serves as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Sydney.
Jason is a non-executive director and chair of the governance, nomination & remuneration committee of Business Events Sydney; a member of Screen Producers Australia’s export advisory council; Chair of the Australia Youth Trust; and is a former Chair of the Australasian Sponsorship Marketing Association.
He also serves on the advisory boards of various Australian and Europe-based government, research centres and industry bodies, including the UTS Business School Dean’s Industry Advisory Board, and is a regular commentator on trade and investment issues at business events and in the media.
Company Secretary and Director, Membership & Programmes
Jo Johns is EABC’s Director, Programmes and Membership and is the Company Secretary. Since joining the EABC in 2003, she has worked closely with the Board and Members to develop and deliver the programme of events and governance. Jo oversees EABC’s busy programme of more than fifty events a year including boardroom forums, the on-line programme, large-scale events and annual high-level business missions to Europe. Jo is also a founding Director of the Australian European Leadership Dialogue (AELD) which was launched in Brussels; and the Official Secretary to the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Sydney.
After studying economics at the University of Adelaide and financial instruments at the Securities Institute of Australia, Jo joined an Adelaide stockbroker as an equities trader and private client advisor. She worked in London, Melbourne and Sydney for around 15 years in stockbroking roles. During her children’s pre-school years, Jo co-founded the children’s ready-meal business “Yum Tums Australia”, and worked part-time as a digital photographer specialising in corporate property portfolio on-line marketing. She has also worked as a freelance writer for various magazines.