Penny Cook is well known throughout Australia and fondly recognised for her many roles in some of Australia’s most popular television programs. In the corporate arena, she is a much sought after speaker, presenter and master of ceremonies for award evenings, formal functions, seminars and conferences.
An experienced master of ceremonies and presenter, Penny has worked as MC at functions for audiences which have included the likes of former US President Bill Clinton, HRH Prince Charles and PM John Howard, and at functions including the official Australia Day Celebrations, the Tony Awards, the Miss Australia Pageant and even the Speakers Industry Awards. Penny has also been honored with the role of being a Guest Speaker at the Press Club of Australia.
Having graduated from NIDA in 1978, Penny made her television break in The Restless Years. Since then, her career has seen her appear in a long and distinguished list of some of Australia’s most successful television programs. These include E-Street, GP, The Flying Doctors and of course who could forget her role as ‘Vicki the Vet" in the much loved A Country Practice.
Penny’s Television experience also includes presenting for several years on The Great Outdoors. Her wide range of experience and skills has seen her involved in several films and nearly 40 theatrical productions throughout her career. Penny has been a panelist on Good News Week, a guest presenter at The Logies, on Good Morning Australia and Tonight Live, and is also spokeswoman for several prominent Australian charities.
She has had a long involvement in the theatre both as an actress and director. In 1979 she helped to form the Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney) for which she performed numerous times. She has also appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Queensland Theatre Company.
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“Excellent. Penny's performance was great yet again. Penny is a professional performer who is highly flexible and creative. We received very positive feedback about Penny herself and her performance from both our own staff and our guests. It was a pleasure working with Penny again."
“It was a pleasure working with Penny. She was extremely professional and very interactive & well received by the clients and Canterbury community. Penny has a very warm and friendly nature and I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a host MC!"
The Showcorp Group
"Great MC, such energy - added lots of fun. Kept everyone interested and entertained. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Penny. Bring back Penny Cook - she gave the day a lift by being a light-hearted, excellent presenter and MC. Penny was terrific, fantastic. Tied everything together and kept the flow ongoing. Outstanding choice for MC".
Liverpool Public School
"As MC for the Wired for Wonder event in July 2013, Penny Cook created a great rapport with the audience and her warmth and humour created unique links and Segway between the speakers, providing a seamless and connected flow. Penny was well prepared and professional throughout, and we have received many comments from the attendees about her ability to keep the event tempo high and pin point the key learnings and takeouts from the sessions. I would not hesitate recommending Penny Cook."
Head of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, Commonwealth Bank