Can you play any instruments?
Yes, I play the guitar. I learnt classical guitar until I was about 15 and now I just play for fun – although it has been a while since I last picked my guitar up!
Which sport team do you support?
I passionately support the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL. My family are all Demon supporters and we are eternally optimistic despite being perennially disappointed.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Tuscany in Italy. I was lucky enough to spend some time with an Italian family who live on a small olive farm in the Tuscan hills. I got to know the town of Siena quite well, and it’s the closest I’ve felt to living in another era. I was exposed to rich history and tradition, and a simple but beautiful existence.
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
My favourite thing to do is to spend time with my family and friends. They are what I hold dearest and I am happiest (and the silliest) when I am with them.
What event has changed your life?
Completing a semester-long exchange in Lyon, France during my undergraduate degree. It was the first time I really left my circle of comfort and experienced actual independence. Setting up life in a new city with a new language and no previous connections, taught me to be courageous and open-minded, as I learnt more about myself than ever before.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a cook at KFC when I was 15 years old. I looked too young and was too short to serve customers, so I worked out the back ensuring everyone’s chicken was battered and deep fried to perfection. I am still bound to secrecy over the Colonel’s 11 secret herbs and spices!
What is something you learned last week?
I learnt that ‘spelunking’ is the exploration of caves. This is derived from ‘speleology’ which is the study of caves.
What skill do you wish you had?
I wish I was able to code and had a greater understanding of computer programming. I think it is an area of increasing value, and would be very beneficial in many aspects of my life now and into the future.
What attracted you to your role?
My role at FPL brings together my interests in public policy and desire to contribute through collaboration and critical thought. I moved to FPL as this opportunity was in line with my career aspirations and wish to challenge myself.
How would you describe your job to a 5-year-old?
I work in a small team in the city in a big office building. I do research, provide help on government policy and work with people to solve interesting problems. It involves going to meetings and working on a computer every day!