My three favourite things would be my children, my husband and music. I feel very content at the moment. It’s one of those moments in my life where everything seems to be going well, I feel quite relaxed.

I don’t live in Canberra but my work has been based in Canberra for the last four years. I find the employment opportunities here really exciting. I think there are innovative roles within the ACT Health and Justice and Community Safety Directorates, so I keep coming back even though I’m a resident of NSW.

The majority of my academic studies and employment has been in leadership or executive roles, which are male-dominated areas. At the moment I feel empowered as a woman by being in an executive role.

Being in an executive role has been a real change for me. I’ve come up through the sector with other really strong women who are also in leadership roles, and something I like about being a woman at the moment is that sense of companionship amongst female executives. I find female leaders to be very supportive and understanding and very generous with their knowledge.

I see Canberra as being very diverse. I access all of my health services here and that’s really important to me. I think that’s because of the interplay between health services and a diverse range of patients and clients. I feel that I get really good services here as a woman and all my children get services in the ACT too.

I actually don’t find it hard to be a woman in Canberra. What I find hard about Canberra is our homelessness rate. That’s difficult for me.

I think my perfect day would start off at one of the nice cafes in Civic, then having a bit of a wander around some of the museums and the galleries—I love all the touristy things—followed by lunch in Glebe Park and perhaps catching a few bands in the evening and a beer.


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