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Tell us about your journey to date, what is your
interest in the Rail/Infrastructure/Construction sector?
I've always had a strong interest in the construction of new
infrastructure and buildings which was what attracted me
to Engineering. I was fortunate enough to obtain early work
experience at VicRoads, which focused my interest to the
transport industry. I then completed the Graduate Program
at VicRoads and travelled to London for a working holiday that
lasted just over three years and gave me the opportunity to
explore projects involving inter-modal transport solutions,
including rail. Upon returning home I found that the transport
industry wasn't the focus for infrastructure funding and I was
given the opportunity to be part of the Design team on the
Victorian Desalination Plant. The sheer size and coordination
effort was enormous, and provided me with the perfect
environment to gain critical project control skills. Through this
experience I realised I missed the connection to the transport
sector and actively pursued involvement on the upcoming
Regional Rail Project. This is where I caught the "rail bug".
The passion of the people in the rail industry, whether they
be from projects, engineering, maintenance or operations, is
outstanding and simply contagious. You can't help but want
to be part of the industry, particularly in this market.
As a female in a predominantly male industry what
challenges have you faced (perceived or actual) along
I would say the biggest challenge I have had to overcome
is finding my own approach and style to working, building
relationships and influencing. Part of that is being able to
ignore the prejudgments of others and to simply focus on
performing and staying true to myself. I accept that when
I walk into a room I may not instantly garner respect, but
it's completely up to me to perform in such a way that gains
What do you like the most about working in the
Projects/Infrastructure/Operations division of Metro?
The variety of the projects, the day to day tasks and of course
the people. Working in the Projects division at Metro I have
visibility of all aspects of a Project: the technical solution, the
construction method and the day one outcome. It is extremely
rewarding and has allowed me to develop my rail knowledge
with unprecedented access to industry experts.
Where do you want your career to take you into the future?
I want to continue to grow my Project knowledge so that
I can one day be one of the respected decision makers in
the infrastructure industry. I loved my experience working
and living overseas and certainly hope to have an
opportunity to create an overseas family adventure. I'm
also very passionate about Melbourne and have a genuine
commitment to achieving project objectives. I could never
work on a project that I didn't believe delivered value
for money or a positive outcome, so that will always be at
the core of my career decisions.
If there were a few words of advice you could give a
younger version of yourself or any aspiring female
leaders out there what would they be?
Don't waste time comparing yourself to others, we all have
something different to offer. Focus on the unique attributes
and skills you offer, and be aware of your weaknesses and have
tactics to overcome these whilst you develop these areas.
Push yourself to utilise every opportunity to meet new people
or gain a new experience. For some people, especially when
you're in the minority, this may force you to be outside your
What do you think is the key to achieving a diverse and
inclusive workforce (increased flexibility, education of
Hiring Managers etc)?
I believe flexibility in working arrangements is becoming a
must-have and non-negotiable. Part of this is attributed to
the change in family structures, but also people are seeking
out more diverse income streams where they gain income
from a hobby or business pursuit, but still want to be partially
employed in a more traditional workforce. Companies need
to train their managers to learn how to manage their staff
to work effectively, whether it be part-time or working from
home or any other form of flexible working arrangement.
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