Having heard that USQ had one of the best reputations in the world for external studies, Katrina decided to enrol at USQ to complete a Bachelor of Business when a different university no longer gave night classes.
With the support of her family, experience in the field, the flexibility of external study options offered by the University, as well as her own determination and desire to achieve, this Young Alumnus of the Year has made her dream job of agri-business a reality.
Katrina managed to complete her degree in four years while simultaneously working in industry and gaining plenty of on-the-job experience. At times the workload was heavy but her drive and determination to complete the degree as quick as possible spurred her on.
In January 2004, Katrina was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Eden Farms Family Group; a group of agri-businesses that turns over in excess of $20 million per annum and employs more than 120 people.
Personally, she has been a strong advocate for positive press on pregnancy, woman’s health and family values. She is President of Emily’s Voice (a pro-life group) and has also been involved in supporting mental health in Rural Australia and a guest speaker at Rural Women’s forums on the importance of women in Rural Australia.