Senior Waste Management Project Officer at City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council
WMRR SA/NT Young Professionals Chair

What does International Women's Day (IWD) mean to you?

To me International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and resilience of women everywhere. It is a reminder of the progress made and the work still ahead for gender equality.

What challenges (if any) did you face as a woman entering the industry? How did you address them?

Entering the waste and resource recovery sector has been a journey, filled with both challenges and opportunities – much like any industry. Initially, finding my voice took time and confidence building, particularly in a male-dominated field. However, through efforts to expand my knowledge and build strong networks, I've found my stride and am now confidently contributing my ideas to this vital sector. Having had the privilege of working across various sectors, I've gained a well-rounded understanding of waste and resource recovery. I've always been driven and seek opportunities to grow my knowledge in my roles. Informal mentors both external and within the organisations I've been a part of have played an important role in facilitating these growth opportunities. I am very passionate about the waste and resource recovery sector and can't imagine myself working in any other industry. 

How can we encourage future female leaders both generally and within WARR?

Encouraging the development of future leaders, regardless of gender, is vital for improving and innovating in the waste industry. Establishing inclusive workplaces and offering training opportunities are important to support career development. Personally, I have always valued opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn. Attending networking events, conferences, and webinars has been beneficial for my own career development, and I highly recommend these opportunities to newcomers in the sector.

What advice would you offer a young woman considering a career in WARR? 

The waste sector is ever-evolving, presenting endless opportunities for growth and innovation, seize every chance to expand your knowledge and network with industry peers. Once you join the waste industry, you’re likely in it for life! I have found the industry to be very supportive and I have been fortunate to have had wonderful mentors that have provided guidance and support throughout my career. Learning from experienced professionals in the sector is invaluable. The waste and resource recovery sector is one that I am very passionate about and encourage others to consider joining.

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