Qualifications

  • Bachelor of International Studies
  • Master of International Development (currently studying)
  • Disaster Ready: Core Humanitarian Certificate
  • RMIT Creds:
    • Enabling Technology
    • Human Rights Led Practice
    • Resilience and Adaptability
    • Planning a Project
    • Agile Ways of Working

Why I joined the Firstchance Board

Our journey with our son has been challenging from birth, including complex medical issues which have led to a global developmental delay for him. We’ve been told at various times that he may not walk, eat or speak independently, and with support from Firstchance he's now doing all of these things and more.

 I’m passionate about the role that parents of children with additional needs play and I am keen to keep them supported to be the best advocates and champions they can be. From the journey with my son, I have a keen awareness of the challenges and opportunities for children who experience delay but have no formal diagnosis of disability. This also creates unique challenges and opportunities for parents of these children to advocate for their child’s needs so that they can seek the support their children may need to overcome short-term challenges and manage long-term needs. When I was asked to join the board, I was excited to see if our experience could add value and help others in some way.

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 one 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, finance, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to this, I was a journalist and worked for several years at the Newcastle Herald.