"I have had the privilege of working with Shani Wood throughout 2011. Shani has had variety of contracted roles in the implementation and delivery of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) for the WA State Government.  My main interface with her has been in her role as Project Manager for the Commonwealth Business Forum.  She also undertook the original proof of concept and a key risk coordination role for the now well-known Big Aussie Barbecue for the Queen which 100,000 people attended.

In her role on the Commonwealth Business Forum Shani had the challenging role of coordinating and servicing over 25 sponsors, State and Federal Government partners – often in a very difficult environment.  She has managed all of the stakeholders and a variety of associated areas extremely well, with determination, professionalism, commitment and patience. I am in no doubt whatsoever that Shani’s input contributed greatly to the success of both of these elements of CHOGM 2011 in Perth.”

Richard Muirhead, State Director, CHOGM 2011, Department of Premier and Cabinet - October 2011

“Congratulations to you on an outstanding Commonwealth Business Forum. The whole event was an outstanding success for WA businesses and overseas visitors alike. Thank you especially for all your assistance in our preparations for the Forum and while we were there.  All in all a great event for Perth that we could not have done without your assistance.”

Deidre Wilmott, Government Relations, Fortescue Metal Group –October 2011

"Shani had significant dealings with the Authority in respect to the preparation of the necessary Operational and Management Plans relating to the event as well as other approval related matters.  In her role Shani displayed a very high level of professionalism and integrity and was extremely responsive to all requests and tasks and I was impressed with her continuing 'can do' attitude.  Shani's overall coordination, project management and communication skills are of the highest standards."

Bryan Hardman, CEO, Homebush Motor Racing Authority – May 2011

“Thank you hugely for the presentation, which was spot on and really energised the students - I think you have a few willing hands if ever you need any volunteers or assistants in WA!”

Johnny Allen AM, Foundation Director, Australian Centre for Event Management, University of Technology Sydney – November 2010

“Shani Wood from Shani Wood Events has been working with Red Bull Air Race since 2006.  Shani joined Air Race as the National Event Management Team and then in 2008 due to her diligent work we asked her to join the International Team as the International Event Manager.

Over the last 5 years Shani has proved to be an exceptional member of the Red Bull Air Race Team always showing enthusiasm, passion and commitment.  Shani is a true professional and her work is always thorough and well organised.  Working with Shani has been a pleasure and a valuable opportunity.”

Bernd Loidl, CEO, Red Bull Air Race RmBH – August 2010

“I have worked very closely with Shani Wood on Red Bull Air Race public safety and security since its inception in Perth in 2006 as a major stakeholder.  Shani is a most professional operator.  She is communicative, a natural leader, and importantly gets things done.”

Dennis Collinson, Inspector, CHOGM 2011 Steering Group – June 2010

“Shani Wood has displayed exceptional leadership and management skills in directing the international events for the highly innovative Red Bull Air Race World Championships. Her ability to identify, describe and communicate the essential tasks in managing the event to her team, and then to transpose this to different geographical and cultural environments, is a significant achievement. The mentoring of her team and provision of opportunities for young team members is to be commended. Her negotiation skills, project management ability and practical understanding of risk management for a complex event have justly earned her the admiration of her peers and of the event industry.”

Judges Comments from Australian Events Award – October 2009

“It has been my privilege to work under the professional guidance of Shani Wood for the past 4 years. Beginning in a work experience role, Shani has provided me with the opportunities to build my knowledge of the basic elements in the Event Industry and develop them to a standard that now enables me execute a chief position in a major global sporting event.  Shani is a boss who is also an admirable mentor – forever encouraging her team to take on new challenges, further skills and above all else, have a fantastic time doing so.   Working with her has been my pleasure and the most valuable opportunity I have accrued thus far in this Industry.”

Staff testimonial from Hannah Walter, International Production Coordinator, SWEvents - July 2009

“Red Bull Air Race GmbH said that the inaugural year the Red Bull Air Race was staged in Perth, which was operationally managed locally by Shani Wood Events, set the bench mark for other Red Bull Air Race events around the world.
“Shani’s professionalism, tireless energy, knowledge of major event operations and proven ability to set up the Perth edition of the Red Bull Air Race gained her a place on the international Red Bull Air Race management team that runs air races in the USA and UK.”

David van Ooran, Eventscorp Executive Director - June 2009

“On behalf of the Board of the Australia Day Council I wanted to let you know how much we value your contribution to the success of the Australia Day celebrations in New South Wales.  In your role as the Sydney Events and Centenary of Federation Manager I am aware of the enormous contribution you have made across the broad range of our activities.  Your commitment, leadership and vision for Sydney coupled with your outstanding skills ensured all your efforts on our behalf have been very successful.”

The Hon Barrie Unsworth, Chairman, NSW Australia Day Council and NSW Centenary of Federation Committee – 1997

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