Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Meet Lynelle Barker - Entertainment Manager at the Sydney Royal Easter Show!

Hello there!

During the time of the blog I will occasionally introduce you to people who love the job they're in. It will give you a chance to see how they got to do what they are doing and a little bit about their job.

So for today's blog I am introducing you to: Lynelle Barker, who works as the Entertainment Manager at the Sydney Royal Easter Show which is a division of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

How did you get to this job?

I have been employed by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW for the past 23 years.
As a student, many, many years ago (1984 -1986) I commenced casual employment with the RAS of NSW throughout the school holidays and then over Easter period working on the largest event in the Southern Hemisphere the "Sydney Royal Easter Show".
In 1986, I completed my HSC and commenced full time employment the following week.

Throughout my career with the RAS of NSW, I have been fortunate to work within a variety of departments and manage a range of projects.

Sydney Royal Easter Show
Entertainment Manager September 2003 – Present
Arena Events Manager (Horse & Cattle Sections) October 2002 – September 2003
Special Events Manager November 1997 – October 2002
Livestock Administration Manager May 1996 - October 1997
Horse Events Manager July 1993 – April 1996
Personnel Assistant to the Horse Registrar October 1986 – June 1993
Casual Employee for the Royal Easter Show 1984 & 1985 & 1986

Agview – The Family Farm Show
Project Manager 1996
Assistant Project Manager 1995

Breed Societies
Registrar, The Australian Saddle Pony Association August 1987 – July 1988
Secretary, The Australian Pony Stud Book Society November 1986 – August 1987

Business Operations:
Beverage Supervisor 1994 – 1996
Bar Person 1991 – 1993

What do you love about your job?

I have been very fortunate to work with amazing international and national professional talent and community groups, all of whom have a major influence within the SRES Entertainment "Show Family".

I enjoy being creative, through developing productions (main arena productions incorporating livestock to extreme sports shows, stage shows, fashion parades and street entertainment.)

I am so proud of my cast and crew as we have received world recognition for our Man from Snowy River Productions and Xtreme Korruption showcased at SRES. The dedicated “Show Family” are deserving of such recognition, having worked long and hard to develop these truly world class crowd pleasers.

I travel nationally and internationally sourcing talent, always on the look out for the next "Wow Factor."

My biggest buzz though, is watching viewers exiting any of our venues, and hear them say "Wow", wasn't that great!".

So there you have it.

Till next time,


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