Sarah Merrick is Head of Business Management Technology at Special Broadcasting Service - SBS
Her current role at SBS, sees her having full fiscal responsibility for SBS’ Technology, Transmission and Property and Workplace Services. This includes overseeing capital projects, managing the contractual arrangements and vendor relationships, and advising on a number of steering committees and advisory boards across the business.
As a female working in the Media and Technology sector, Sarah acknowledges the importance of championing any vehicle which provides her colleagues opportunities to collaborate, connect and drive innovation. Sarah feels SMPTE is a particularly important industry body in the media technology space as it ultimately helps to drive the industry’s overall growth and evolution. “It’s an exciting time in the industry so it’s important to stay abreast of developments and to stay connected with my peers.”
One of the standout moments in Sarah's career has been her experience working with the esteemed institutions, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and NASA in the United States. Her journey took her to the heart of space exploration, allowing her to tour their sites in Pasadena, Washington, and Goldstone, situated in the vast Mojave Desert. “It was an amazing learning experience enabling me to create greater relationships and understandings between organisations. I also got to see some amazing things, including the labs where the Mars Space Lab was built!”
Sarah's most important tip for those building their career, is to “be open to experiences even if they are out of your comfort zone.” Sarah has taken many big risks throughout her career like moving to different states for work opportunities, and though some paid off and others didn’t, she has always viewed each new challenge as a valuable learning experience. Sarah also notes to “Also, be curious. Never be afraid to ask questions; if you don’t ask you will never know".
Sarah notes almost all her favourite passions outside of work involve food, saying “I love to potter around and experiment in the kitchen, cooking and creating!”. She is equally as passionate about exploring great food experiences, heading out to dine at top-notch restaurants when the opportunity arises. With an extensive gin collection, boasting 45 varieties and counting, Sarah is also quite the gin connoisseur, often being asked to do professional gin tastings!
To counter all of the above, Sarah regularly enjoys exercise and getting outside - running, walking the dog and hiking in nature when time allows.