Catherine is currently the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 2015 (Corporate and Private), and was excited to win this accolade whilst representing Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Running the national women in business award race on the back of a horse called “Innovation and Science” was an interesting journey, and one that Catherine would care to share with anyone who is being nominated for, or applying to the Telstra awards, or any other grants or prizes.
Catherine is a big believer of “feeling the fear and doing it anyway” and has always been the type of person to grab life’s opportunities as they arise and run with them, moving to Australia aged 30 whilst not knowing anyone is one example of that. There is a phrase that Catherine uses often and that is: “Eyes Forward”, as the present and the future are the things to be focussed on; the past is a foreign country, i.e. we don’t live there anymore.
Catherine attributes a lot of her diverse career choices on the basis of a wide travel back catalogue, starting with school exchanges to France aged 13, through to a GAP year in Zambia aged 18, and then working on various science and education projects – whilst visiting countries as diverse as Israel, Thailand, Australia, and the UK. Variety is the spice of life, and Catherine indulged again with a move to Brisbane in late 2014 to lead a national innovation initiative around using new technology for environmental monitoring on engineering projects.
Qualifications, Awards, and Courses:
National Winner: Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 2015 – Corporate and Private Award
Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year, 2015
Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Corporate and Private Award 2015
Innovator of Influence 2015 (Inaugural Awards Year)
Q Magazine (Courier Mail) Queensland 50 Best and Brightest, 2015
Winner: Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine: Young Executives of the Year, 2015
URS President’s Award for cross-divisional working, 2015
AECOM CEO Award for Innovation, 2015
Ph.D. Ecology and Statistics – University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - 2008
B.Sc. (Honours) Environmental Protection – University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – 2002
Languages: French (Good), German (Basic), and Thai (Basic).