Hello. I work with groups and organisations to explore creativity and innovation, change and leadership by disrupting patterns of thinking and acting.
I once wanted to be an astronomical photographer but settled for agricultural journalist, which caused quite a hoo-ha as women weren’t supposed to go to agricultural college back then. Rules weren’t going to stop me (I had the rules changed). Now there’s a clue about how I still approach life!
I’ve worked as a journalist, and in communications, and community education, science communications, and training. Now I specialise in group facilitation and draw on my background in the natural sciences and arts. I help groups discover new approaches to the work that matters for them. I design workshops, conferences and training to bring them to life. I am excited and enthusiastic about what I do. My company is called Beyond the Edge, because something interesting always happens when we go to our learning edge.
I studied agricultural science at Longerenong Agricultural College, and have a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT University, and a Masters in Applied Science (Agriculture and Rural Development) from the University of Western Sydney.
Improvisation is a constant source of inspiration, as is nature, play, and the surprising things that people say and do. I’m researching the role of applied improvisation in preparing people to respond in uncertainty, particularly disaster response.
I live by the beach in southern Australia. I have worked in over 40 different countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, which has helped fuel my passion for birdwatching and street art.
I’m also inspired by the arts generally, love to be near water (oceans, rivers, lakes) and diving on reefs, am in awe of the stars, love downhill skiing and long rambling conversations.
I believe it’s as important for participants to learn from each other, as well as from the trainer. I design training that is based around your experience and deliver it in a way that you will learn new skills that you can apply immediately.
Most of my training is delivered with highly talented and experienced colleagues. Together we provide a formidable training combo that simple works… for you, and for us.
All of my training is tailored for your particular needs.
There’s no short cut to learning sound facilitation skills. That’s why I have a dedicated facilitation training. For more information on public and in-house training courses visit www.creativefacilitation.com
Beyond the Edge Pty Ltd
PO Box 665 Torquay Vic Australia 3228
Phone +614 1713 5406
And a bit more personal stuff
If I’m shopping you’ll find me hanging about the artist supplies (even though I’m not an artist), a stationery store, or a bookshop, or the Mac store, a travel agent – I think you get the picture.
Interstellar, Blade Runner, Johnnie Darko, Chocolat, Run Lola Run, Babette’s Feast, Metropolis (the original), Day the Earth Stood Still (also the original), and Singin’ In the Rain.
Bird by Bird, Artemis Fowl, Cloudstreet, Breathe, Eucalyptus
Places I still want to visit (or visit again) – in no particular order
Morocco, Luang Prabang – Laos, Tierra del Fuego, Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Uganda, Zanzibar, Hawaii, Canadian Rockies, Yosemite, Nepal, Antarctica, China, Mongolia, Finland, Alaska, Iceland, Galapogos Islands, Cape York, Uluru and the West Macdonalds, the Kimberley coast – Australia.
Things I want to do one day
Walk the Bibbulum Track in WA (1000 km from Perth to Albany), swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, travel on the Ghan railway, sailing in the Whitsundays, learn to surf, ski in Europe, live and work in another country.