1. Tell us a bit about your background.
I have worked in career counselling and career management since 1997, and moved into HR in 2005 to case manage surplus employees and deliver training programs for graduates in the rail industry. I am a writer and editor, and dabble in photography when I don’t have a toddler swinging off me. I love to write about the Granite Belt region of Queensland where we have a cabin on a hobby farm.
2. Describe yourself in three words.
Can I have four? My motto, with a dear girlfriend of mine, is “no guts, no glory”.
Also, “loves good wine” often applies!
3. Why did you choose coaching as your profession of choice?
Landing a graduate job with in a career counselling and psychology unit of a high school was inspiring — I loved the difference you could make in people’s lives by showing alternative choices and assisting them to think outside the square.
Career coaching also combines my love of writing and editing, with my studies in psychology and human resources.
4. What’s the greatest piece of advice you have been given?
Do something you love and are good at, and the money will follow.
5. How do you spend your time when you’re not career coaching?
Chasing a toddler, waddling about expecting Baby 2.0, managing our holiday cabin located at the Granite Belt region of Queensland (Stanthorpe), and occasionally writing for pleasure and the odd bit of gardening.
I’m also a Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane and ABC Local Radio Queensland. I love storytelling and radio is a great medium to play with to tell stories of Brisbane and Stanthorpe residents.
6. What are 3 things you love?
Plants, wine and food.
7. What are 3 things you loathe?
Weeds, laziness and housework
8. If you could live at any time in history, when would it be and why?
1920s – I love reading Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, as well as the TV series. Might have something to do with actor Nathan Page.
9. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) to your ultimate dinner party, who would it be and why?
Actor Nathan Page. And it’s strictly a candlelight dinner for two!
10. What is your most prized possession?
A chestnut tree we grew from a chestnut. I’m looking forward to planting it in our house orchard at Stanthorpe in the hope we propagate more trees and create our own chestnut grove.
In terms of true possessions (can plants be possessions??), I have some vintage 1960s garden gnomes that I adore and a Royal Albert china set from my late grandmother.
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