Behind the scenes with NEP’s Terry Manley

Behind the scenes with NEP’s Terry Manley

Behind the scenes with NEP’s Terry Manley

Behind the scenes with NEP’s Terry Manley

by Tristan Evert,

Overseeing the design and implementation of the XXI Commonwealth Games International Broadcast Centre (IBC) was potentially the last feat in the impressive career of NEP’s very own, Terry Manley.

With retirement closing in, Terry’s expertise will not only be missed here at NEP, but across the broadcast industry.

IMG_8224-(1).JPGOver the past 50 years, Terry has been involved in some of the country’s largest broadcast engineering projects from the likes of the Sydney Olympic Stadium, the Optus Transmission Centre in North Ryde and the construction of all the NEP outside units, to name a few.

Now looking back, Terry said he has loved  every minute of it.

“My career began when I was 16 and is now coming to an end 50 years later,” Terry said.

“I started out as a Postmaster General working in radio and TV in Sydney. I worked for the ABC for ten years before making the switch to Channel 9 where I was a Senior Technician,” he said.

“I then moved to Hoyts and have now been with NEP for the past 30 years.”

Terry slowly moved up the ranks and is now the Chief Engineer for NEP and head of the IBC Engineering Project.

IMG_8227.JPG“The implementation and construction of the IBC ran very smoothly thanks to an excellent team that knew their jobs really well,” Terry said.

“Some of the highlights of my career was seeing the RIO Olympics go live and the Optus Vision Centre go live,” he said.

Although Terry is retiring, his presence in the Engineering world will live on through his son Jay, who with the help of NEP now works for Tesla Motors.

In Jay's final years of university, he created a solar car club. He started out with $20 and with 30-40 members asked the university for $250,000.IMG_4398-(2).JPG

After being laughed away, Jay continued forward and with sponsorship from NEP, began to build his solar car to race from Darwin to Adelaide.

Media attention began to grow, before the University of Sydney realised the potential sustainability of the car and jumped on board with a major investment.

Jay and his team raced the car and finished in 11th place  out of 20. Although not a great result, Jay soon found himself flying to America for an interview with Tesla Motors, where he is now the Project Manager for Tesla Power Modules.

Terry’s now marking the days until retirement and looks forward to traveling around Australia, working when it suits him.