General Manager, Hotham Mission
Beth grew up on the scenic NSW Central Coast and moved to Melbourne in 2007 to complete a Bachelor in International Development at La Trobe University. It was borne of a passion for grassroots community development after she spent time living in a tent in a disused rock quarry in Tijuana, Mexico, leading teams of volunteers to build houses in the slums of the border city. In 2010 she experienced a spinal injury which resulted in major spinal surgery, a lengthy recovery and an existential reassessment of her life goals.
Applying her community development and engagement skills at a localised level, she has worked in state government, disability support, asylum seeker and refugee support and advocacy. She now manages programs and operations at Hotham Mission – a youth-focused organisation which seeks to break down the social and economic barriers which prevent young people from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds from completing their education. She is also a founding member and Vice President of a community organising and advocacy organisation, and hopes to empower young people to enact agency over their own lives to create lasting and impactful social change. She is completing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Melbourne and hopes to impact policy around issues such as youth food insecurity.
Beth enjoys spending time in the bush, eating spicy food, and loves traveling to warmer climates. She lives with her husband and two rescue Shar-Peis in Melbourne’s North.