My passion for our ocean and coasts led me to complete a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool.
Reflecting my interest in the interconnected nature of marine and coastal environments, I went on to complete a Master of Applied Science in Coastal Management from the University of Sydney.
I have over 20 years of experience using my multidisciplinary marine and coastal science background in a range of technical and leadership roles. I have led and shaped marine and coastal legislation, policy and strategy to advance marine and coastal planning and management, most recently leading the co-design and implementation of the State of Victoria’s first marine spatial planning framework.
I enjoy working collaboratively and championing evidence-based policy, planning and management to enable the protection and sustainable use of our oceans and coasts.
I currently lead a team of policymakers and I have been an industry coach to postgraduate science students from James Cook University. I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.
As a certified divemaster and keen underwater photographer and videographer, I love to share my passion and knowledge with others to build awareness and appreciation of our blue planet. I enjoy adventure travel and I have volunteered in remote locations in the Asia-Pacific region.