Board member - Kate Qualifications Business Owner Journalist Tender coach - Submission management training Numerous short courses relating to corporate communication management Why I joined the Firstchance Board I was very inspired to see how children and families benefited from Firstchance support when I was first introduced to the organisation. The Firstchance team is doing wonderful things to assist in the development and wellbeing of children and young people, and this is reflected int he feedback and appreciation from their families. I believe my business and management experience, and understanding of government contractual environment will help support Firstchance to remain an integral service for Hunter families. I have recently moved back to the Hunter after more than 15 years in Sydney, and look forward to applying my knowledge and skills to help local families and integrate myself into the local community. The skills I bring to the board I bring to Firstchance 20 years' experience in senior management and consultancy in the private sector. I assist clients to secure new business by winning government contracts. I also work with these clients to post-tender transition and operate their business in accordance with the new contract requirements. This included on of Australia's largest infrastructure contracts, the NSW Waratah Train Project. I assisted the client to win the tender, and then became part of the senior management team which managed the contract, involving extensive stakeholder and government relations and management. I have had my own communications consultancy since 2003 and have worked across the transport, infrastructure, fiance and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to this, I was a journalist and worked for several years at the Newcastle Herald.