Ruth, with over 15 years of dedicated service in Queensland’s public sector, has honed her skills as a business analyst and team leader, leveraging her neurotypical ‘superpowers’ for continuous improvement and backend workflow optimisation. As a steadfast advocate for equity, diversity, respect, and inclusion, she has passionately promoted a workforce that mirrors the rich diversity of the community it serves, while fostering a culture of safety and inclusivity. Ruth is a parent to an AuDHD young adult, and her family’s personal encounters with the systemic challenges interacting with the education, employment, and healthcare systems motivated her to join Umbrella Alliance, bolstering her resolve to effect positive change.
She is a loud voice amongst the growing chorus of voices in the technology industry who understand that recognising, acknowledging, and valuing our ND colleagues is our greatest strategy to attract and retain talent in this challenging environment.
Ruth also has a personal stake in the work to make a more ND-friendly world, with her adult daughter’s recent ADHD diagnosis. Ruth is committed to any effort that will help make sure the Millennial generation of female-appearing children will be the last to go through their schooling with undetected ADHD. Ultimately Ruth is working to help other NT’s be more fluent in ND, so they can forge deeper connections and work better together on solving the Big Problems for humanity.
When she’s not hanging with her team you can find Ruth at The Burrow, the in-earth dwelling she built with her hippy hubby, sipping wine in front of the fire with a happy puppy on her lap.