What is your dream?
I plan to change the out of sight out of mind mentality Australians have with waste. The World Bank
stated that ‘waste is a bigger problem than climate change’ and I plan to get Australians talking.
Through my community service, tertiary studies, employment and professional connections I
understand the way to empower and create change is through education. To this end, in the next
two years I will open a waste to resources company, start meaningful dialogue and create a platform
that will encourage and empower Australians to view waste as a valuable resource.
How did you find your passion?
Growing up on a beautiful rural property in Queensland, my existence within a large family with dad as a tradie and mum at home, was very much centred on the ethos of waste not want not. Whether it be turning our food scraps into compost or our weekly stop at the tip to rummage for bike parts, it became clear at a young age that what society viewed as waste was actually a valuable resource.
Tell us about your dreams / goals for the next 12 months?
I intend to found a company within the next two years encompassing innovative science and waste
management technologies, whilst developing and strengthening international partnerships to
manage Australia’s waste. Over the next 12 months I intend to undertake: Market research
(Australia and Indonesia) Networking Develop a business plan and strategy Build upon business and
How will the scholarship support your endeavours?
The scholarship will provide me with a platform to continue creating discussion on waste as a
resource. The grant will allow me to undertake and attend professional development courses to
prepare me to open my business in the next two years. I am currently a member of business chicks
and the league of extraordinary women and both hold events to advance women, pushing them to
take the scary step of making their dreams reality. This scholarship will help make my dreams a
reality. “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be
found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
I have been truly fortunate to have had so many incredibly moments in my academic and
professional career to date. Two of the standouts would be the Prime Ministers Australia Asia Award
where I got to meet the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and receiving the Chancellors Medal from
the University of the Sunshine Coast which enabled me to deliver the graduate address to over 1500
How important is inspiration in your life?
Inspiration is what helps me get up when I am down and what guides me forward when I am scared.
I believe Inspiration is essential for learning how to become your best self. I have been inspired by
many people in my life but Oprah and Sir David Attenborough are the two standouts. What Oprah
and Sir David share is that they did not set out to be leaders; this was an indirect effect of being who
they truly were and doing what they loved!
Who’s your hero (and why)?
My husband of 7 years would be my hero. As a sufferer of severe mental health issues I have gone
through some very challenging times in my life and my husband has never wavered in his devout
love for me. I know it takes a very strong person to support you when you are excelling in life and
also when you are rock bottom; I am so grateful to know whether I achieve great success or
succumb to my mental health that I will have his love and support.
How will you support your community in the future?
Being able to give back is a privilege and for those who regularly do this know that it is the most
rewarding practice in life. I intend to engage and educate people though giving a TED talk, writing
academic and interesting articles and creating discussion on waste as a resource with everyone that I
meet. If I am able to empower someone to make a positive difference to the health of the world’s
environment then I will have achieved the ultimate give back.
What’s the motto that you live by?
"Be the Change" For me my life’s purpose is best reflected in the words of Mahatma Ghandi ‘Be the
Change’ encompassing the idea that only through doing what I love, living authentically, and leading
through influence and education will I ‘Be the Change’.
I love all types of music but thanks to my mum and dad I love tunes from the 70's.
Beautiful organic fresh fruit and veggies.
Lean In or The Alchemist.
Favourite TV Show?
I do not watch TV.
If you had one message to share with other women chasing their dreams what would you say?
Although it is the most difficult, Ladies please be kind to yourself and learn to love who you are.
When you love yourself you can bring so much to the people around you and the world