I'm a Perth girl, born and bred, and grew up in the Australian oil, gas and mining boom that fuelled the growth of the Western Australian economy. Those industries really put Perth on the map and I wanted to be part of the action.
My early legal career saw me working on some very significant projects that changed the face of the energy and resources industries and wider economy. I was lucky enough to continue to be exposed to projects of that scale during a four-year secondment with Linklaters in London.
A lot has changed in the last decade. The world has woken up to the realities of climate change, and my clients are now going through a period of transition and transformation as they consider the role they can play in a more sustainable future. Much of that future is still unknown. I see it as our role to hold our clients' hands as they move into uncertainty and begin to walk down a path that may not yet have been forged. There's huge opportunity, but also some fear and trepidation as they venture into the unknown – there's a lot of comfort we can bring to them on that journey, through our knowledge of emerging energy alternatives like hydrogen, and our extensive experience with bringing complex, first-to-market projects to fruition.
I've joined the partnership while on parental leave with my second child. Growing my career and growing my family have been goals I've pursued simultaneously, and I feel privileged to be able to show people who are in the earlier stages of their career that they're not mutually exclusive. I've continued to ask for opportunities to grow and develop professionally, and they've been enthusiastically granted regardless of whether I have a period of leave on the horizon.