The RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue has been a passion of mine for many years. I have served as a Board member within the organisation and have a genuine interest in aviation.
As the Executive Director, I am responsible for overseeing the complete operation of the Helicopter Rescue Service. This includes corporate governance, management of helicopter suppliers and Queensland Health contracts. I also liaise with local governments and manage large sponsorship relationships. I am able to draw from my 25+ years-experience within the finance industry with extensive Commercial/Business and corporate management. I have been a local small business owner and have used this knowledge to mentor others in the area.
When I’m away from work I enjoy spending time with my family out boating on the beautiful waters off the Capricorn Coast. I greatly enjoy the everchanging times and challenges working for Capricorn Rescue, keeping the service operating and continuing to save lives.
Recently I have moved into the role of Operations Manager after being with RACQ Capricorn Rescue for some time. The shift has given me the opportunity to gain a greater insight into all areas of the business, learn a little more about the aviation industry and contribute towards the future direction of the service. On a day to day basis, as the Operations Manager I manage the administration team and the successful delivery of each of their projects, campaigns and stakeholder relations; whilst managing larger scale projects and seeking out funding opportunities myself. My role is varied and still makes the best use of my professional skills in design, media, advertising, marketing and customer relations.
Outside of my position with RACQ Capricorn Rescue, I enjoy competing in Cross Fit competitions, smashing personal fitness goals, have a keen interest in nutrition and welcome meeting new friends. Along with this, I love to cook! Anything that allows me to be creative and try new nourishing recipes always interests me.
There are many things that I love about working for RACQ Capricorn Rescue. My top three are – the team that I work with both in the administration area and the crew, waking up each day knowing that I am helping my community and playing a small part in saving someone’s life. Working around helicopters is a bonus!
Since stepping into the role of Finance Officer in September 2018, I am responsible for all fiscal data collection, entry, reporting and exporting. In addition, my role also includes controlling the Repairs and Maintenance Management of the Capricorn Rescue office and hangar; as well as the Workplace Health and Safety Management for all office staff.
Prior to commencing with RACQ Capricorn Rescue, I had spent over 30 years in management positions within bank branches throughout Rockhampton, as well as a further 3 years in a not-for-profit finance position with a local Rockhampton business.
Outside of work I enjoy spending my weekends with family and friends, anything outdoors is where I prefer to be. My husband, son and I look forward to weekends spent exploring new camping and fishing areas around CQ.
In the time I have spent working with RACQ Capricorn Rescue I have enjoyed the opportunities to assist the organisation at the local community events held across the region. I get a strong sense of fulfilment from working for such a vital Service.
Community Engagement Officer
In my role as Community Engagement Officer, I am responsible for building relationships with donors of all levels, from Rescue300 and workplace giving, to community fundraisers and corporate event sponsors.
We cannot provide the exceptional and vital service we have, without all of these equally important individuals, groups and businesses. I aim to promote RACQ CapRescue as a crucial and ingrained part of our community and hope to meet; and where possible, exceed the expectations of those who support us.
I have only been with the organisation for a short time; however, I am so happy to take on this challenge and have the opportunity to work for such a worthwhile cause. I learn more and more everyday about the costs that are involved and the unwavering dedication of the staff to deliver this service to the Central Queensland community.
I am a Rocky girl and love our region! I have built my experience in several industries locally including Advertising, Marketing, Fundraising and Public Relations and more recently I could be heard as a Breakfast Cohost on 9904RO.
Outside of my role, I am a Rabbitohs, Roar and Aussie Cricket fan, as well as taking part in Tai Chi and Water Aerobics. My Husband and I love to travel both in and out of Australia. We are happy whether we are 4WDing on the beaches of Fraser Island or picking tea leaves in Sri Lanka.
Having my family and friends close by is an important part of my life in Rocky. Notably, if it wasn’t for the Helicopter, I may not have had my Mum around. And this is the most important and satisfying reason to be working here at RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue.
Media & Liaison Officer
As the Media and Liaison Officer, I am responsible for addressing all media enquiries in relation to tasking and events. I manage the Capricorn Rescue social profiles, create and distribute media releases and social media content, working closely with the Marketing Officer to continue to enhance our public profile and in turn, revenue.
Initially starting with the RACQ Capricorn Rescue in an administrative role shortly after graduating high school, I spent over two years gaining experience in all areas of administration as well as event coordination support. Since then, I moved into the Media and Liaison role in early 2018.
Outside of my role with Capricorn Rescue I love to get out and make the most of the weekends, whether it’s playing Rugby Union, spending time with friends and family, or attending a local event. I love to travel and having the opportunity to experience different cultures is incredible.
There are so many things I love about my position within RACQ Capricorn Rescue. Realising how vital the Service is to the region makes me very proud that my role helps contribute to saving lives. I’m lucky to be a part of such a great team of people who all appreciate just how much it takes to allow the chopper to continue to operate, free of charge to Central Queensland. We all realise how important our roles are within the community and we all work together to ensure the Service is operational.
Community Fundraising Officer
I have been in the role of Community Fundraising Officer since 2017. I greatly enjoy working alongside the other members of the fundraising team, assisting with the planning, coordination and promotion of multiple fundraising events throughout the year.
I also help coordinate our Volunteer Program, whose dedication and commitment to the service is beyond belief! My role is to produce the Volunteer Newsletter and to also communicate with them regularly, to organise events and arrange activities. We have amazing volunteers and they continue to inspire me. If you wish to volunteer, make sure to get in touch!
Recently I have moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). I have been lucky enough to continue working with RACQ Capricorn Rescue remotely, which has been a great learning experience and something I am extremely grateful for.
I honestly love my job! There are definitely some challenging days (especially leading up to large events), but when you see how much joy our events bring to the community, it is all worth it!
Coming from a property outside of Rockhampton I can definitely appreciate the importance of the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue. In the 2010/11 floods we were moving bullocks to higher ground, when one got loose, my father went after it on the quad, however a stick was stuck in the suspension which threw him, and his leg was cut open. The helicopter helping move the bullocks flew him back to the house, where we waited for the rescue chopper to arrive and take him to the hospital. As a result, I am very excited to be joining the team at Capricorn Rescue, as I complete my Certificate 3 in Business. This is the first full time job I have had, and I am in and out of the office performing tasks of all kinds, to help the team in any way I can. I am motivated by the outcome of completing this certificate and the opportunities it will generate. Away from work, I love going home to our property and helping out and just spending time with family.