2019 WiT Life Sciences Ambassadors

Professor Allison Pettit

Associate Prof Pettit is an ARC Future Fellow leading the Bones and Immunology Research Group and Director of Biomedical Research at Mater Research Institute-UQ. She has led basic biological discoveries in macrophage participation in bone and bone marrow biology and translated these into improved understanding macrophage contributions to bone repair, bone disease, cancer metastasis in bone, and haematopoietic (blood cell) stem cell transplantation. She has published over 65 original scientific publications (with over 3100 citations) including numerous publications ranked in the top 1% for their field and a Web of Science highly cited paper. She has also been invited to present at both national and international meetings and has won numerous awards, fellowships and grants. She has a strong track record of training high quality postgraduate students with many receiving numerous accolades throughout their candidatures. She has also provided outstanding leadership and mentoring throughout her career including conceptualization and development of a grant scheme targeted at improving the competitiveness of strong performing female researchers and championing fellowship schemes for early and mid-career researchers. She serves on many institute and organisational level committees and is also currently a Director of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Research Society Council.

2019 WiT ICT Ambassador

Sandra Slater

As Chief Information Officer for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Sandra leads a team of more than 400 staff and contractors. She is currently responsible for delivering a significant Information and Communication Technology (ICT) program to improve customer experience and deliver better digital business outcomes for the department. Sandra has proudly dedicated her 28 year career to TMR, working predominantly in ICT roles. She has led the development of ICT strategies and solutions, teamed with delivery of many large-scale business and ICT change projects. Sandra is an experienced ICT executive across all elements of ICT planning, delivery, operations and governance, maintaining strong engagements with customers, stakeholders, vendors and industry. She is passionate about leading Information Technology Branch (ITB) to become an agile organisation with a strong customer focus, delivering innovative ICT and digital solutions and driving outstanding performance in partnership with key TMR stakeholders and external vendors. As a proud champion of gender diversity in technical professions, Sandra participates in multiple mentoring programs, and creates opportunities in the workplace including the recent establishment of the first Women's Lean-in-Circle in ITB.


Our Previous Ambassadors


Pamela Russell
Heidi Uytendaal
Helen Murray

Anne-Marie Birkill

 Elizabeth Harper Selena Bartlett Maree Adshead Judith Clements

 Carrie Hillyard
Dimity Dornan
Richi Nayak
 Bernadette Hyland-Wood


 Colleen Nelson
   Neena Mitter


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