Peter caught up with Felicity Dubois who has just joined the PJSE team
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
I’m not a coffee drinker and never have been. In fact, it is the occasional peppermint tea or hot chocolate and that’s about as far as I go
Peter: Tell us a little about your background and how you ended up in events?
Long story short but grew up in Tamworth, I completed a Sports Management degree at the University of Canberra then travelled for a few years throughout Europe before ending up back in Sydney and finally landing in Melbourne in 2015. Here I worked at the Australian Sports Commission and then moved to the Melbourne Cricket Club as the Club Functions Manager where I ran a team which looked after about 30 events a year for members including the Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens, Christmas Day Lunch, Boxing Day Breakfast and Celebrity Chef dinners.
Peter: Ok without naming names what are some of the things that happened in your time there
Generally, the members were all great but they don’t like change much so a few funny issues occurred when we dared to serve duck or pork instead of the standard beef and once when I tried to change an event dress code from black tie to lounge suit – well you would have thought we had suspended their membership such was the response! They also love a policy so every time I would try and do something fun, the next day I would get a new policy arrive on my desk – I think I can be credited against the balloon policy, the streamer policy and the pinata policy!
By far the most interesting was the requests to run speed dating events for members……it never quite got over the line though.
Peter: And who said being an MCC member was ‘old school’. Why is Melbourne such a great place for events?
I think it’s our attitude – almost our DNA – we will go to anything as long as it is world class. It is a different story living in Sydney as people tend to stay in their own areas and don’t venture too far. I think Melbourne has the perfect layout in terms of going to these events – everything is so close (and our public transport is much better!)
Peter: What are your favourite events to attend?
I love the footy – I am a Swans supporter thanks to my mum who was an old South Melbourne fan.
Also the Tennis and the Comedy Festival – although the Comedy Festival is a bit more hit and miss….which I found out this year!
Peter: You also play sport yourself?
Yes, I am a netballer and still play socially in a local league on Tuesday nights – rain, hail or shine we play which can sometimes test my commitment especially in Melbourne winter!
Peter: Which Melbournian’s do you admire?
As a netballer Sharelle McMahon was my hero growing up and also Paul Kelly – a great song writer that has endured for far too long……bad pun! I am trying to introduce my nieces and nephews to PK so there was a lot of ‘who’s gonna make the gravy’ singing at Christmas last year.
Peter: And what event are you most looking forward to?
Another home Olympic Games – I would love it to be in Melbourne but would settle for Brisbane so hopefully its confirmed for 2032. I remember Sydney 2000, particularly the Paralympic Games which really opened my eyes to how great all the athletes were, seeing Louise Savage win gold was very inspiring and was what made me want to work in sport.