Pauline Renner has worked at the National Motor Museum since 1994 when she was first employed as a casual guide and then education presenter.
Pauline is now the Events Coordinator at the Museum:
I was asked to assist with the inaugural Birdwood Classic in 1997 about six weeks before the event. I guess I did a good job and was asked to continue in the role.
Pauline has been managing major events at the Museum ever since. These days the two main events on the National Motor Museum Calendar are the Rock & Roll Rendezvous in April and the Bay to Birdwood in September .
Keeping things running
Pauline’s role for these events involves organising entertainment, stallholders and caterers, infrastructure, vehicle parking (up to 1750 vehicles), rostering staff and volunteers, first aid, fire service, rubbish collection, assisting in marketing, securing sponsorships and servicing these sponsors, processing vehicle entries and ensuring that risk management plans are in place.
There are also various clubs that hold events and functions on the grounds of the National Motor Museum, as well as weddings, new model car releases and an occasional conference. Pauline makes sure all of these go as smoothly as possible.
When asked what she most enjoys about her job Pauline says
Dealing with a wide variety of businesses and individuals, working with a small but capable team of staff and producing a successful outcome for the organisation.
Her proudest moment to date has been being selected as the SA Great Regional award winner for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in 2009. Reflecting on this honour Pauline told us
This was only possible with the support of many people involved in hosting events at the National Motor Museum.
Getting to know Pauline
Not all of Pauline’s colleagues would be aware of the fact that she’s a keen traveler.
I was a Rotary Exchange student to South Africa after completing Year 12. This sparked my passion for travel and I have enjoyed many overseas trips both on holiday and for business. My career prior to joining History SA was in private enterprise and a few positions I held enabled me to travel to America, New Zealand and SE-Asia.
We’ll be looking for a postcard after the next trip Pauline.