In honour of International Women’s Day 2023, we asked Chief Administration Officer Julie Barnes about her achievements as a woman in the Club industry, the women who inspire her, and what advice she’d give to others looking to join the industry.
Learn more about Julie’s achievements below:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
In late 2015, I relocated to the Central Coast and spent a year commuting to Sydney. However after 12 months, I quickly realised that I needed to be more present in my life on the coast. Following this, I accepted a position at Central Coast Leagues Club to spend more time with my family and most importantly, my three wonderful children.
I began working at the Club in 2016, where I currently oversee and manage the administrative functions of the Club’s HR department. With 23 years of experience in HR-related roles, I have a wide breadth of experience and knowledge that I apply to our day-to-day operations. With the support of my colleagues and friends, I am currently pursuing an MBA degree.
How did you progress to your position?
I began my career in accounts payable, moved into payroll services, moved into a human resources position at Sydney airport, and finally into corporate services.
What is your proudest achievement at CCLC?
I take pride in being able to contribute to the success and growth of the Club while also ensuring the well-being of its employees
How do you positively influence your colleagues on a day-to-day basis?
I’ve been told many times a strength I possess is bringing people together and smoothly resolving communication barriers between them. I aim to provide a positive atmosphere in which my colleagues and staff feel supported, encouraged and respected.
Which women inspire you the most?
The women in my life have always been a source of inspiration for me, especially my mother, aunt, and sister. I’m lucky to be surrounded by family members that are incredibly strong, independent, and resilient individuals that each have brilliant achievements in their own right.
What advice would you give to other women looking to join the Clubs industry?
The Club industry provides amazing opportunities for all. Our Club in particular is lucky to have a CEO who is passionate about equality and the development of women in business. Conduct your research when looking for a new workplace, as their activities and community support can speak volumes about their values and priorities.
I would suggest joining and cultivating a strong network, being adaptable, continually working on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively, and expressing your opinions and beliefs with passion.
At your level, what actions are taken to work towards more gender equality?
I am consistently driven to encourage women’s leadership and participation in all conversations. I have encouraged and facilitated education for key men in our business relating to gender-based violence, collected and applied gender-disaggregated data, and I am proud to say 50% of the Club’s executive team are women.
To learn more about positions available at Central Coast Leagues Club search ‘CCLC’ on Seek or https://cclc.com.au/about/employment/