Getting to know Hannah Powell


Hannah PowellMeet Hannah Powell. Currently the Functions Coordinator at Aerial UTS Function Centre, Hannah started out as a chef, and after various hospitality positions settled in an events role. She loves mountains, hiking and camping and her hot party trick is fire spinning! She has some great calming advice to share for succeeding in events, just don't ask her to raise the height of the ceiling. Join us as we meet another fabulous event professional, Hannah Powell.

Give us a snap shot of your career to date.

Starting out as a chef, I have moved around the hospitality industry, through a multitude of roles in hotels, cafes and restaurants, finally settling in events.  I have been at Aerial for the last 3.5 years.

The most memorable event you have worked on and why?

A rockabilly cocktail Christmas party – it was a no expense spared party, with a hair & makeup salon, circus entertainment, big band.  So much fun.

What did you ‘learn the hard way’ when planning an event?

You can’t please everybody

What are three personality traits that are required to succeed in the events industry?


If you could share one piece of advice to those starting out in the industry what would it be?

Volunteer at local events in your city – you learn so much!

Favourite type of food?


Words to live by?

Slow down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry, trust the process

Favourite restaurant?

At the moment, O Bar

When entertaining at home what do you cook?

Usually a big pasta dish along with antipasto & cheese

What do you prefer, cocktail party or sit-down dinner?

Cocktail party

What is your ideal holiday destination?

Anywhere with mountains, hiking trails & great camp grounds

What’s your drink of choice at an event?

Either champagne or whisky

It’s event day - heels or flats?


Who would you love to invite to dinner (past or present)?

Tim Minchin

What is your best party trick?

Fire spinning

What is the craziest request you have ever had when planning an event?

Can you just raise the height of the ceiling please

Why do you love your job?

Because every day is different 😊