Learn about our future plans and meet our team | BREC

Everyone within our team works towards a common goal. To make the experience for every visitor at BREC, the very best it can possibly be.

To achieve this we live by the values that have guided us to develop our business and our people since we opened our doors in 1990. From humble beginnings BREC has relied on support by local businesses and individuals to grow into what is now one of Western Australia’s leading venues, hosting over 200 events each year and welcoming over 60,000 visitors through its doors.

Owned by the City of Bunbury, BREC is operated as a not-for-profit organisation over-seen by a board of directors. In 2014, with funding through the Royalties for Regions program, the expansion of BREC’s facilities was completed and we are now able to provide world-class, end to end service for all sectors of the community.

Moving forward, we strive to be financially strong and future ready, with the right support networks in place to ensure our position as the leading conference and events facility in regional WA. We are ambitious in the scale of what we produce and present. We embrace new technologies and innovative ways of doing business, inspiring a vibrant and culturally engaged city and contributing to the economic growth of the region.

Meet Our Team

Fiona de Garis

Executive Director

Fiona de Garis

Fiona embodies the innovative beating heart of BREC. With a career in the cultural industry that spans over two decades Fiona has worked with many of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations.

Noel Cavanagh

Financial Director

Noel Cavanagh

Ensuring our bills are paid, invoices are sent and everything in finance runs like clockwork. By his own admission Noel states it’s not the most glamorous role at BREC but it is important that BREC remains viable for our future generations.

Peta Bazzo

Customer Service Manager

Peta Bazzo

Having worked in the customer service industry for 30 plus years and over 14 of those spent at BREC means Peta has extensive knowledge of our patrons and passionate about delivering the best service to our patrons.

Suzanne Clark

Events Manager

Suzanne Clark

Having worked in event management for over 7 years her expert knowledge is brilliantly matched by her enthusiasm and passion for creating incredible events at BREC.

Alan Burke

Technical Manager

Alan Burke

With over 20 years’ experience in international event production Alan brings formidable experience and specialised knowledge in large scale events. He enjoys working collaboratively to bring the ideas of our clients into awe-inspiring reality.

Jo Semmens

Marketing Manager

Jo Semmens

Her marketing career spans over 20 years, including well known international and UK brands in media, technology and financial services. She’s a passionate marketer that thrives on the fast-paced atmosphere of the events industry.

Sam Wright

Marketing Executive

Sam Wright

Sam has a passion for turning her creative ideas into a reality. Her working week is spent collaborating closely with the team, speaking to clients and creating a positive buzz around every event that comes to BREC.

Sam Dixon

FOH & Volunteers Coordinator

Sam Dixon

Sam is passionate about supporting her team. She leads an army of volunteers that make sure our bars, café, foyers and facilities are ship-shape and that all of our patrons and visitors receive the very best quality service whilst visiting the venue.

Tasha Dowson

Hospitality Manager

Tasha Dowson

Having worked in events and hospitality for some years now Tasha knows there is simply no average day and her working week could see her restocking our BREC Bars and Café to an afternoon of food tasting or cocktail menu planning.

Aaron Lawrence

Technical Supervisor

Aaron Lawrence

Working for over a decade on high end event production Aaron is part of what makes BREC a unique venue. He spends his days designing, planning, programming and setting up his unique array of lighting and audio equipment for each of our incredible events.

Karen Clarke

Event Planner

Karen Clarke

Naturally organised, with the perfect balance of experience and creativity Karen’s meticulous attention to on the day details is taken care of. She spends her days sourcing perfect suppliers, speaking with clients and planning truly unique event experiences.

Life Membership of BREC

Life Membership of BREC is a new initiative that recognises and commemorates individuals who have made exceptional contributions to BREC. Nominees for this prestigious award are nominated by BREC’s Board, Staff or BREC’s Volunteers for their outstanding level of service provided across a range of operational and administrative functions for the organisation.

Maintaining a sustainable future for BREC and the wider region.

We are passionate about investing in new ways to improve the sustainability of our venue and our events, leaving a lasting legacy for the local community as one of WA’s leading events venues. We bring long term economic benefit and aim to enhance the local region’s reputation both nationally and internationally.

We carry out a number of activities across the business that meet our sustainability promises.

We operate a ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ policy at BREC, separating waste wherever possible. So when you leave your waste with us after an event, we’ll dispose of it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We use local producers to reduce our carbon foot print on food & beverages and are planning to install solar power to help us power our site more efficiently. We run an extensive CSR programme designed to support our local community and develop programs specifically for young people.