Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Newcastle as part of large family (I have nine siblings)
I have done a range of jobs from shop-floor retail to finance management in a law firm, to research support in an investment bank, and was a national sales manager for a retail buying group.
I have been in higher education for the past 10 years and I really enjoy the work we do in universities. Over my time in the sector I have worked in a variety of roles; first in start-up looking at providing a conduit for students to obtain paid, work-integrated learning opportunities; managing the university’s government relations; working in corporate governance and managing the university’s management committees; and, for the past 4.5 years, working on a variety of transformational projects.
From these experiences I feel I have a well-rounded understanding of the pressures and challenges facing the modern, Australian university.
What attracted you to the ANU?
I was looking to relocate to Canberra for personal reasons. The ANU was the place where I thought my range of skills and experience would be most valued. I have to say that the experience matches the expectation and I really enjoy the working environment.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Canberra?
I don’t know that I have a favourite yet but I have been known to wander off campus for the Ethiopian food at the Ovolo Nishi. Any suggestions for vegetarian-friendly cheap eats that you can give me would be gratefully received.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I am currently halfway through the Executive Masters of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney so that eats up a lot of my free time. Other than that I like exploring Canberra with my husband and daughter. Oh, and I love to bake – when I am studying I do a lot of procrastibaking.
If you could change one thing about the higher education sector what would it be?
That’s a big question! Although, speaking as someone who lives with an early career researcher, I think the employment pathways both within academia and beyond for HDR graduates could be greatly improved. This is something that the ANU has been leading the thinking on for a while now.
Where do you see the College in the next five to 10 years?
This College is a special place full of experts doing fascinating and important work. Over the next five years we will build on the work already underway to ensure this expertise is understood and treasured by policymakers, benefactors and the Australian public.