Meet Our Team

nicole tailrace centre events planner


Events Planner & Coordinator

Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m the event planner here at Tailrace. I have a passion for events combined with a love of customer service and building relationships. My favourite part of wedding planning would be the initial stages of the process. I love meeting our couples and talking with them about their dream for their special day, I get really excited!
I have over 10 years’ experience in customer service, and I am passionate about getting to know our couples. I love establishing a lovely bond and trust through the whole wedding process right until the end.
Seeing your dream come together and come to life is such a delight and it’s all the more rewarding when I feel I really know the couple.


Front of House Coordinator

Hey, I’m Claire and I have been working at the Tailrace for a year and a half. I started out as a party host and have since managed to work across the board in most of our departments.

I landed in my current role after graduating from UTAS with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in marketing and management, at the end of 2021. I am so excited to use this position to support our current staff cohort, and all those who will enter our workplace in the future.

This role has a special focus on supporting youth in a positive work environment, working to build confidence, empowerment, and setting them up for the future. I find great joy in helping others to succeed so I cannot wait to see what our youth can achieve!


Marketing Manager

Hey hey! I’m Rachael and I’m the marketing manager here at Tailrace and the voice behind the @tailraceweddings instagram page. You will occasionally hear my real voice when you call up and Nicole and Sharon aren’t available to answer.
I have been working at Tailrace for about 8 years minus a short stint in England. When I started I was working in a FOH role and have worked countless weddings, and events. I also used to set up the events which sparked my love for creating beautiful table scapes and this has quickly become one of my favourite parts of my job.
I worked in FOH right through uni where I did a double degree in Business Marketing and Arts Literature. This is my third year in my marketing role and there’s still lots to learn!
sharon oneill tailrace centre


Big boss, enneagram coach & celebrant.

Hi, my name is Sharon and my dream of creating a social enterprise which would provide employment for youth, for people with disabilities came into being through the Tailrace Centre.

I love employing young people from all walks of life and seeing them become skilled, confident and finding their place in the world.  I love the diversity of what we offer.  From weddings, to conferences, to events, to café, to all things in Kids Paradise.  The day to day nitty gritty of life on the floor with young people fills me with incredible joy.

I am part of the leadership team at Tailrace.  I am a pastor, a social worker, a marriage celebrant and I love the interconnection between all the roles. 

Through hospitality I want to practically champion the work for a more loving compassionate and just world.

david barker


Front of House

Hi, I’m David, I have been working at Tailrace for about 12 years now. I love meeting people, finding about their story and serving them well. I have met a lot of terrific people through my job and it’s always a pleasure to see them again at the next conference or event.