We have so many great female leaders across the many different facets of DELWP. 

Kelly Crosthwaite is acting Executive Director of People and Culture in the Port Phillip region. 

“Looking back, I can see that I made my career decisions based on my gut feeling about interesting work but probably more importantly a good boss and an organisation that is out there and working with industry and the community.”

Who is Kelly Crosthwaite?

I’ve been working for DELWP for five years.  

All of this time has been in the Port Phillip Region, first as Operations Director and then for the last four years as Regional Director.  

Before that I was at home with my kids for two years, and before that most of my career has been in fisheries management.  

I’m originally from Brisbane and have worked in Canberra and Adelaide before landing in Melbourne (where we intend to stay!)  Currently I am acting in the role of Executive Director, People and Culture. 

How would you explain your job to a stranger at a dinner party?

DELWP has a regional model where the regions are the community-facing part of the Department.   
We provide all sorts of services, but basically we exist to engage with the community.  I have never ever gone home and said I had a boring day at work. 

Can you talk me through your journey to get to this point in your career?
The journey has taken me from legal roles, to policy, to delivery and now to a corporate role.  It has taken me from Brisbane, to Canberra, to Adelaide, and now Melbourne.  

Looking back, I can see that I made my career decisions based on my gut feeling about interesting work but probably more importantly a good boss and an organisation that is out there and working with industry and the community.  A supportive boss has always been the most decisive factor. 

Why do you think International Women’s Day is important?

A lot of people have worked really hard for us to get to where we are today.  It is important, and fun, to celebrate that. 

Any highlights, key achievements, struggles or interesting stories from your career that you’d like to share?

Going out on commercial fishing boats and working as a general firefighter have been highlights. 

To be able to mix up an office job with field time and the whole variety of people that you get to spend time with, is one of the amazing opportunities that modern public sector workplaces provide. 


The theme of this year’s IWD is Balance for Better, what does this mean to you?
Balance is the constant challenge for me.  For me personally it is the balance between work, family and health.  If anyone has nailed it I would like to hear from them!  

To me most important component of finding balance is managing yourself, and your ego, and being clear about your own values. Which takes focus!

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