My commitment to encouraging individuals to find their potential is at the heart of all that I do. My philosophy of realistic optimism, resilience and shared societal value, underpins all of my work.
I use these same skills as an advisor to assist leaders to design their preferred future, using a strategic and results-focused approach. Since Professor Liz Harry became the leader of ithree at UTS in 2016, I have worked with Prof Harry and her team on their strategy agenda and leadership development. More recently, this work as advisor has included a strong focus on culture and building a vibrant, dynamic and collaborative team approach.
My work has previously involved establishing advisory boards where there have been significant initial tension between stakeholders, including BHP Billiton over a seven-year period bringing global environmental leaders together for the CEO and Executive team, to mentoring leaders at the Sydney Opera House, strategy work with the Sydney Festival board, Greenpeace Japan on strategic team development and stakeholder strategy with DuPont USA.
In my role as Chair and pro bono CEO of Four Winds Bermagui over the last 10 years, I led an eclectic collective raising $6m and developing partnerships with architects, arts practitioners, broadcasters and passionate music lovers to transform the 25 acre site from a biennial festival into one of Australia’s most recognised music organisations. Called Nature’s Concert Hall, this stunning national treasure has shifted the perception of what Bermagui has to offer the nation.
In 2016, I was inducted as inaugural Life Ambassador for Four Winds Bermagui. In June 2018, I was awarded a national honour with an OAM, and in 2017 from Creative Partnerships Australia the title of National Arts Leader.
I learnt much about life as a Secondary School Teacher.
I live in Bermagui, a fishing village of 1,352 people on the south coast of New South Wales, with my husband Bill Caldicott.