Cathy Foley

Cathy Foley

Chief of our Materials Science and Engineering Division, Dr Cathy Foley

It’s true.

Dr Cathy Foley’s achievements over a career spanning thirty years are almost intimidating.

Not only is she one of Australia’s leading scientists, has a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics, a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education, but she is leading the way for women in science and encouraging the next generation of young girls to follow in her footsteps.

Oh, did I mention she was named 2013 NSW Woman of the Year?

In a recent interview with Women’s Agenda, Cathy Foley discusses the evolution of her career in science and offers advice to women considering taking on leadership roles – in whatever sector they work in.

She describes herself as ‘part of a generation of women achieving senior leadership positions later in life, pursuing opportunities to excel in their careers after their kids have left school’ and talks about the opportunities that can often present themselves after rearing a family.

This is certainly one inspiring story.

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