Kathy is a challenge driven, commercially astute and imaginative strategic leader with an eye for the big picture and a passion for leading change and growth to ensure achievement of financial, customer and people goals. A dedicated, self-aware, driven and passionate leader and coach with proven people development experience focussed on building the right strengths-based environments for individuals and teams to flourish.
Kathy’s experience across private and corporate environments and a passion for entrepreneurial thinking and strengths-based cultures has been the foundation for her approach to coaching and development. She is a firm believer in focussing on people to deliver the right results.
Kathy’s dynamic career spans over 35 years in corporate and private enterprise. Kathy started her consulting and coaching practise in 2020 and works with a diverse range of roles and businesses, predominantly focussing on opportunity for the business and its people. Her career began with Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC) in roles including Human Resources Manager and various operational management positions.
Kathy left SPHC to study for her Travel Agent’s license and start a travel business, Sports Break, which later became Breakfree Holidays and Management. The agency catered to Sporting Team travel and founded the very successful enduring brand, Schoolies Week.
After 7 years in the Breakfree business, Kathy sold her share in the business and moved to the corporate world. Kathy joined Freehill, Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills) as Client Services Manager and was responsible for the onsite Hospitality Services of the business. After 4 years at Freehills, Kathy left Australia on what was to become a 9 year absence from Australia and resided in Colorado in the USA and London in the UK.
During the time in Colorado, Kathy worked Internationally with a range of organisations including creating and managing Association Events and Hospitality programmes for Australian Law firms attending Global Conferences and managed settlement of overseas teams to the US for a start-up technology business.
Whilst in London, Kathy started a business importing gift products from Australia and was responsible for the wholesale business from end to end and established a distribution network of over 400 stores across the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2008, Kathy sold her business and she and her family returned to Sydney and Kathy commenced her career with Merivale, Australia’s leading hospitality business. In her 11 years at Merivale, Kathy was an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team during a period of exponential growth and led several teams in her role as Chief Sales Officer.