I am a Senior Consultant in the Risk Transformation team in Canberra, and I also work within the EY Indigenous Sector Practice. This combination of roles allows me to bring both my skills as a lawyer and my passion for improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the office each day.
I travel a lot as part of my work with the Indigenous Sector Practice, which I really enjoy. A typical week might involve flying to a regional community to consult with stakeholders and facilitate workshops. I also work on-site at client offices, usually within government departments, which involves meetings and reviewing and drafting documents. I try to spend one day a week in our office to catch up with colleagues, attend internal EY events or training, or work with my team on a business development opportunity or thought leadership piece.
I am very fortunate to be able to work on ground-breaking projects that have never been undertaken in Australia before, and also work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on new and innovative ways to create a better working world. Recently I have been involved in projects regarding Aboriginal Treaties, Native Title compensation methodologies and developing strategies focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander procurement opportunities. I also get to consult and engage with community and leaders across Australia.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with an organisation who supports my passion, while also being able to work on challenging projects so that I am constantly learning. My EY colleagues all come from different backgrounds, so our team is dynamic and diverse. I really admire how well the different teams work together. Just this week, our Indigenous Sector Practice has been working very closely with our Tahi colleagues in New Zealand – the perks of a global organisation! There is a lot of collaboration on everything we do and this has always been a positive experience for me.
I believe that consulting requires people with diverse backgrounds and therefore there is not one degree that will provide you with all the skills you need to be a successful consultant. I have found that my legal skills have been transferrable at times, however my volunteer experience working with a number of boards, non-for-profit organisations and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has really provided me with the best skills for my role at EY.