Rebecca Barry GAICD CPAHRI
Rebecca Barry is the General Manager, Organisational Development for VenuesLive, currently focusing on the opening of Western Sydney Stadium in NSW. Prior to this role, Rebecca was the General Manager, Human Resources for VenuesLive at Optus Stadium in Perth. In this role she was responsible for establishing the team of 80 permanent and 2600+ casual staff that delivered Optus Stadium to the people of Western Australia and Australia. Her portfolio encompassed the operational delivery of all Human Resource and Events Staffing services, providing leadership in all Human Resources and Events Staffing matters as well as recruitment, training, industrial relations, performance management and policy development.
Prior to the Optus Stadium role, she was the General Manager, Human Resources at the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW. In that role she oversaw all human resource elements for the RAS, Sydney Showground, RAS Foundation, Australasian Animal Registry and Australia’s largest annual event, the Sydney Royal Easter Show including Sydney Royal competitions and events.
Major achievements in this role include re-negotiating the RAS Enterprise Bargaining Agreement three times, implementing programs that have seen employee satisfaction grow from 48% in 2006 to 96% in 2015, and reducing employee turnover from 43% to 12.5%.
Additionally, Rebecca oversaw the delivery of the Sydney Royal Easter Show Event Volunteer Program consisting of over 400 event customer service volunteers. In 2013, this volunteer team won Regional Volunteer Team of the Year awarded by The NSW Centre for Volunteering.
Prior to her role at the RAS, Rebecca has held several other senior human resource roles including Manager, Human Resources, Event Staff & Administration, at Stadium Australia. In this role she managed the establishment of a 700-strong event customer service team. In 2001, this team won the Parramatta City Chamber of Commerce Awards for Business Excellence – Excellence in the Delivery of Customer Service.
During the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Rebecca was seconded to SOCOG in the Venue Services team where her major responsibility was the delivery of customer service throughout the Olympic Stadium for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Rebecca is a past winner of the Western Sydney Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by a Young Achiever. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds TAFE qualifications in workplace training, hospitality and marketing. Rebecca is a Certified Professional with the Australian Institute of Human Resources.