About Keynote Entertainment

The Keynote Team are a passionate bunch, who really love what they do. That’s why they’re so good at it. And that’s why we love them. And it all starts with our fearless leaders. Here’s a sneak peek into what makes them great.

Leanne Lamb – Director

When you’re dealing with any business, you want to know that the person you’re dealing with gets it. You want to know that they understand what you’re after, that they’re on your side know how to get the job done, and that they’ll do it better than you expected.

That’s Leanne and she’s been doing it for over 20 years now. Relationships are central to Leanne’s success. And that’s not just about staying in touch and saying ‘hi’ and remembering your name. It goes a lot deeper for Leanne. Like understanding your expectations of value and service, and making sure she delivers on that. And when you deal with Leanne, you’ll quickly get the impression that not too many people know the industry as thoroughly as her.

With over 20 years experience, which covers Corporate Entertainment, Keynote Speakers, Event Management, Marketing and Sales, who would be surprised?  But, you see, that’s how Leanne has ensured her success in every endeavour – know your industry, know your people, know your job and do it well.

Oh, and when you meet Leanne, I think you’re going to love her!

Justin McNeany – Director

Justin is one of the key reasons why Keynote Entertainment is able to stand apart from the crowd. You see, there aren’t too many in the industry who have a broader experience base and skill set covering Keynote Speakers, High Profile Artists, Corporate Entertainment and Talent Management. And a quick trip through his working life is like a name-dropper’s heaven. Yet, one thing it does show is how Justin has always been involved with the best in the industry, and the undoubted talent he has constantly displayed.

It all started as a determined and eager 20 year old, culminating now (without giving too much away about his age) in almost two decades of being immersed in the land of Keynote Speakers, Entertainment and Talent Management. At just 21 years of age, Justin was made Manager at Pace Entertainment, which was the corporate booking agency for the Mushroom Group of Companies. His next move was into Talent Management, specializing in high profile radio personalities and celebrities, before combining this role with the role of Operations Manager at Premier Artists. It’s here that he gained valuable Management experience, while at the same time co-managing major tours for guys like Pete Murray and Jimmy Barnes amongst a bunch of others, and gaining invaluable experience in International Tours through the company’s association with Frontier Touring Company. Phew… take a breath!

It was then that Justin moved into the Keynote Speaking industry, taking advantage of his skills as a successful talent agent, manager and negotiator, on top of his expertise in Business Operations.

But you know the best bit? All this experience is now available to you through Keynote Entertainment.

Simone Pipito – Account Executive

OK, so you’ve got an event on the cards, and you need to find a speaker. Scrap that. You need to find the most perfect speaker that you can’t even imagine.

Good news. You don’t need to imagine who that would be. That’s what Simone does. And she’s an absolute guru at it.  

You see, for the last 10 years, since joining the speaker industry, Simone has spent all of her energies on making sure that her expertise in speaker engagement is second to none. What this means is that her knowledge of speakers is so vast and comprehensive, that she can tailor the perfect speaker – indeed tailor the perfect program – for your event to make sure it’s exactly what you couldn’t imagine.

Imagine that!

What makes Simone so fabulous, is that she’s spent the last 20 years at the forefront of event management, coordinating events as large as 1500 delegates and as small as 30 people. That’s why we love having her at Keynote, and that’s why we know you’ll love her too.

Carly Clelland - Business Development Manager

What is it that makes you smile? Someone who doesn’t just listen to your needs, but actually understands them? Someone who just ‘gets’ it, and makes sure they get it done? Exactly! But do these people actually exist?

You bet they do! In fact, she’s right here at Keynote and her name is Carly Clelland.

But you know where she gets it from? It’s called experience. We’re talking 13 years in the advertising, marketing and event promotions space, building targeted marketing campaigns for many of the biggest Australian brands. We’re talking many years at Sydney’s 2GB Radio Station, arranging program sponsorships for key talent. And we’re talking half a decade working for one of Australia’s leading eCommerce organisations, LUX Group.

We’re over the moon that we’ve been able to secure this kind of experience at Keynote, too, because with that experience comes an understanding of the importance of honest communication, providing unique ideas and consistently delivering measureable results. And an understanding of the importance keynote speaker selection and the influence it can have on how your audience feels.

You’re probably smiling already, aren’t you? And you haven’t even met Carly yet. We were exactly the same. And we can’t wait ‘til you meet her.

Angela Robertson - Event & Finance Manager

At the end of your event, you’ll be sitting back with a celebratory drink in hand and a smile on your face, thinking ‘that all just ran so smoothly.’ Well, we can now reveal just how it all ran so smoothly.

Her name is Angela. And she’s got it covered. All of it.

From the very moment your booking is confirmed with us, Angela wheels into action, getting the contracts out, booking flights, getting the run sheets to the speakers, organizing intros and event logistics, and anything else that anyone else wouldn’t have thought of.

In fact, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is finding something else to worry about. With more than 10 years in the industry, Angela has developed an eye for detail that is matched only by her work ethic. And no one is happier than Ange when it all comes together so seamlessly, and you haven’t even raised a sweat.

So here’s cheers to Angela. We’re reckon you’re going to love her.