Talking Shop Seminar Series

Summer in the City

20 November 2012

Welcome to the podcast of the final Talking Shop Seminar for 2012. Our aim is to continue to provide useful insights to help small business meet the market's ever-changing needs. With summer rapidly approaching there are so many opportunities for retailers of all sizes.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore will be joined by guest speakers to deliver all the latest information on big Summer events in the City including Christmas and Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, produced by the City of Sydney; Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and musicals; and cruise ships coming to Sydney over the summer.

All of these events present opportunities for your business to engage with new customers.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore


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Kate Deacon, Manager - Marketing & Creative Services, City of Sydney


Kate has been at the marketing helm at the City of Sydney for two years and with her talented team of marketers and designers, promotes the City's events and programs through ever-increasing creative and contemporary campaigns. Her interest and experience in supporting the economic life of precincts through marketing and city activations also stems from her time as Business Development Manager at the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (Darling Harbour and The Rocks) and Program Manager - Events at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Sonia McIvor, Executive Manager - Marketing, Campaigns and Advertising, Destination NSW


Sonia has over 20 years marketing experience in the corporate and public sectors working for IBM and Telstra before undertaking a Masters of Tourism in 2005.

Christopher Tooher, Executive Director, Sydney Festival


Christopher Tooher joined the Sydney Festival team in June 2012. He has a comprehensive career in the performing arts sector working in a variety of roles, most recently the General Manager for Bell Shakespeare Company. Christopher has also worked as a Producer at Sydney Opera House and Director/CEO of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in Wollongong. He is well respected in the arts industry and beyond, especially for his dedication and commitment to a number of Boards including Australian Dance Theatre, Legs on the Wall, Critical Path, Arts On Tour NSW, Performing Arts Touring Alliance and Australian Theatre Forum, as well as panels and committees for both the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW.

Stephen Gilby, Senior Program Manager, City Of Sydney


The City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival is now in its 17th year, and has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the world. Stephen Gilby is the Senior Program Manager in the City's Events Unit and has worked on the Chinese New Year Festival since 2004. Over that time, the Festival has grown from 6 to more than 90 events, and has seen the participation of delegations from China each year since 2006 and the growth of the Parade, Markets and Dragon Boat Races. Stephen works with Gill Minervini, the Creative Director of Events, who directs the Festival and has been working on it for the past 13 years.

Michael Rolik, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


Michael has held this position with SGLMG since December 2009, after 15 years of volunteering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in a variety of roles including Parade Start Director, Parade Co-chair, Sleaze Ball Co-chair, Parade Director, Treasurer and Board member. He has also worked in a range of senior management positions including a global talent management company, production management positions at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, plus working on the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony athlete's parade. Most recently, he ran his own management consultancy working with corporate and not-for-profit sectors in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.

Andrea Beattie, Executive Manager Research, Strategy & Corporate Planning, City of Sydney

Last updated: Friday, 6 December 2013