Recordings administrator

In 2008, Sally responded to an email seeking someone to take on the role of Recording Administrator to co-ordinate activities of the 3MBS volunteer recording team.

The role included handling requests for concert recordings, ensuring recording release forms were signed, maintaining the recording calendar, arranging engineers to record concerts and live to air performances, obtaining approval and scheduling concert recordings for broadcast.

Having taken early retirement, she knew she still wanted to be out and about amongst people and contributing. Sally says she had no great musical background, though she had learned the piano at boarding school, played the recorder and dabbled with classical guitar as a tertiary student.

What she did have was administrative skills of a very high order gained through a 30-year career in the Public Service, where she was held in high esteem by governments of both sides of politics. She had experience in the areas of outdoor leadership training, sport and recreation, events, legislation, and as a ministerial chief-of-staff.

Sally never wanted to be behind a microphone. At 3MBS, she has trained in production techniques and now records and edits occasional interviews and other recordings.

She continues to coordinate the activities of the recording team, special programs, and live-to-air performances from the Lady Mary Southey Performance Studio.

Events management is second-nature to Sally from her professional years and she is a dab hand at all aspects from compiling invitation lists, liaising with artists, and arranging catering. She is much in demand to help with events such as the 3MBS Marathon concerts and our Young Performers Awards, which she finds particularly pleasurable and rewarding.

Over the years, Sally has been a keen outdoors person – cross country skiing, snow camping, ski marathons, bushwalking, orienteering, 10km fun runs, and cycling.

In 1998 she led a party of eight from Parliament House in Canberra, through the Alps to the Snowy Plains in Gippsland (bushwalking, cross country skiing, white water rafting, mountain biking, four wheel driving, and horse riding). Since retiring, she has done a number of long-distance cycling trips in Europe and Australia on a tandem with her husband Alan who is one of the 3MBS recording engineers.

In her spare time, Sally has held numerous committee and office positions (secretary and treasurer) with the Ski touring Association of Victoria, La Trobe Mountaineering Club and Lyrebird Music Society as well as serving on the Board of Bicycle Victoria. Sally's superb administrative skills have also seen her recruited as a Director and Secretary of the 3MBS Board.