I have nearly 30 years of experience in business, primarily in IT system/software development and project management. In Australia, I worked for Australia Post for 8 years, doing mathematical modelling of the parcels and letters networks to support network improvements. This involved a lot of business case development and support. In 2009 I was invited to join a start-up commercial mathematics company, Biarri. I spent several years working with customers to deliver customised web-enabled algorithms and associated software that solved a variety of business problems, largely in logistics. The work was intellectually challenging, yet spiritually unfulfilling, and I decided I needed a change.

Last year I completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and purchased a Curves gym in Mornington to keep myself amused, and because I am a firm believer about the benefits of Curves for women’s fitness and health. When I learned about a part-time Fundraising position at Polio Australia, it seemed like a good opportunity to use my business experience to support a great organisation.

Having attended the recent AGM and a Mornington Peninsula Post-Polio Support Group meeting, I am struck by the high levels of resilience and emotional strength held by the polio survivors I have met. I was also shocked to hear how some health professionals have dismissed assertions by people that they are suffering from the Late Effects of Polio, and that polio can’t possibly affect anyone anymore because it has been eradicated (mostly). Polio survivors may be a small segment of the population, but are no less important than anyone else! I am so very excited to be able to support such an amazing organisation and group of people!

I am really looking forward to supporting Polio Australia through fundraising, and hope to support development of a long term strategic and financial plan to support the organisation well into the future. I look forward to meeting and interacting with you over the coming year!