Published on September 3, 2022
COVID had significant impacts on many businesses in 2020 and 2021. The events and hospitality industries were particularly impacted, which past student Tyneal Bunt (2004) can certainly attest to.
As an experienced Events Manager in a world-renowned hotel in Sydney, Tyneal’s career goals were thrown into disarray when COVID struck, prompting a move back home to the region.
Tyneal shared more about her career in events management.
You’re an experienced Events Manager; what’s been your career trajectory?
I started my career in hotel events as an event coordinator and worked my way up the ladder to end up the Director of Events at the InterContinental Sydney located in Circular Quay. I was awarded the 2019 Leader of the Year for my work there, but then COVID hit, and I ultimately returned home to Newcastle.
Since returning home, I have moved into running the Events at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, which is a fantastic and diverse venue.
What does your day-to-day look like in this role?
Hope Estate is the largest purpose-built outdoor winery amphitheatre in Australia. On a daily basis, we do everything from small cellar door tastings for two people to significant corporate and wedding events and, of course, the incredible festivals and concerts catering for up to 22,000 people, which Hope is renowned for.
What is the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being involved in events?
The most rewarding is seeing the finished product come to life and all the happy attendees enjoying themselves.
The most challenging is that events never go to plan! It’s essential to be able to think on my feet and problem-solve.
What is your big dream in life?
I did a six-month exchange to Canada straight after school and then moved to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Management at the University of Technology, Sydney.
“I love to travel, so my big dream is to continue travelling the world; I want to see as many places as possible.”
What is something about you that your past teachers might be surprised to learn?
I started at HVGS in Kindergarten, and my past teachers might be surprised to know that my best friend today is still the best friend I met on day one at HVGS!
Working in events sounds like it could be stressful at times How do you unwind?
I like to spend time with my friends, family, and my puppy Remi; she’s only one year old and keeps me on my toes! Getting outside for a walk with her in the sun or a nice glass of wine always helps!
What was your favourite memory of HVGS?
All of the sports carnivals! I was in Barrington and loved sport. I also played in the HVGS girls Netball and Soccer teams throughout high school.
I recall Mr Vickers teaching us how to change a tyre in math class! It’s a skill I still have to this day!