Meet Laura Reddaway

We are thrilled to welcome our newest team member Laura Reddaway in the role of Conference & Events Sales Manager. Laura was interviewed and recruited for her role during Melbourne’s recent lockdown and while she hasn’t met her colleagues in person yet, she’s excited about what they can achieve together. Our friends at Event Birdie asked Laura a few questions about her new role and what she loves most about our marvelous city.

1. Give us a snapshot of your career to date.

First and foremost, I feel very fortunate to have worked on some amazing world-class events throughout my career, as well as alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Over the past decade, I’ve been a dedicated events specialist working across international trade shows, conferences and venues. I live and breathe events and would say I’m most passionate about creating meaningful connections and moments, which is why I’m so excited for my chapter at CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park.

2. What does your new role at CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park involve and what excites you the most about it?

My new role as Conference & Events Sales Manager is very much focused on bringing events to life for our clients – whether an intimate dinner or large-scale function – it’s all about that wow factor.

When it comes to what I’m most excited about, it’s being a part of something that truly celebrates the marvellous city of Melbourne. Our new venue represents the heart, culture and people of our city, and we cannot wait to open our doors for the first time to both Australia and the world in 2021.

3. What do you see being the biggest challenge for CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park during these unusual times?

While CENTREPIECE is opening next year, our mission right now is very much focused on supporting our city and its return to form. We are also looking forward to helping local suppliers get back on track and return to their former glory when the state opens up – with some set to feature on our new menu, showcasing the outstanding produce and culinary creations that Victoria has on offer.

4. What has it been like accepting and starting a new role during isolation?

It’s been quite an experience – from dialing into my interview with an uncontrollable barking dog in the background, to working closely with colleagues having only met them virtually online.

Everyone has been so warm and welcoming, and it’s been amazing to see how creative we can be online. It also makes me only more excited about the magic we’ll create when we all see each other face to face.

5. What excites you most about your new role?

I’m looking forward to being part of Melbourne’s newest venue that is sure to elevate our city’s events offerings. The venue is unique in its flexibility to host gala dinners, outdoor networking or large-scale conferences, which is very exciting.

6. What is your favourite thing to do in Melbourne?

That’s a tough one. If I had to pick, it would be Melbourne’s live music scene. For me, there is no better feeling than enjoying the atmosphere of live entertainment and I cannot wait until we can experience it again. In the meantime, I’m enjoying listening to local Melbourne artists like Charles Jenkins and Spoonful.

7. What is something your colleagues might not know about you?

This might surprise some, but I love to knit. Knitting got me through Melbourne’s winter lockdown, which means I’ve made lots of beanies and clothes for my family and friends! My nan taught me to knit when I was young and a few years ago I picked up some needles and it’s now become not only a hobby but a great way to wind down after a busy day.

8. Finally, some fun facts about what you got up to in isolation:

“In isolation I… a. always… had a shower and got dressed for the day ahead b. binge watched…. The Sopranos c. perfected this recipe… after attempting many recipes, I’ve found the perfect Indian chicken curry! d. ordered… some amazing meals from Providoor, trying out new restaurants across Melbourne and ordering some favourites too. c. secretly loved… the slower pace AND craved getting back to working long hours at events. A big positive has been having the time to work on projects both at work and at home that I otherwise haven’t had time for. All of those “I’ll do it when I have a free day” tasks, it’s a great feeling ticking them off. Like most people though, I am missing the face-to-face interactions and creativity that comes with working in events.

You can get in touch with Laura by emailing her on [email protected]