Nicole, meet Alice
Nicole Wallace is the executive assistant to Trevor Read, the Alice Springs-based Senior Director School Improvement and Leadership.
Originally from Brisbane, and new to the Territory this year, she has adopted the desert community after five years in one of the world’s busiest capital cities, London.
“Alice Springs is a lovely change of pace from London,” she said. “I moved to Alice Springs with my partner, and I’ve found everyone so friendly, and there is a great sense of community.
“Before my position at the Department of Education I worked as a project manager at the Financial Conduct Authority in London. The FCA is responsible for regulating the conduct of financial services in the United Kingdom.
“My recent project there was the implementation of the FCA Mission, which sets out how the organisation makes decisions and serves the public interest.
“This is my first job in the Northern Territory public service, and the education sector, and it involves organising Trevor’s travel, of which there is a lot, managing his busy calendar and all the ad hoc tasks thrown my way.”
Nicole believes the most challenging aspect of her work is continuing to support principals and facilitate approvals when Trevor Read is absent.
“I’m very lucky he is so responsive to emails,” she quipped. “Being new to education I am really enjoying new things, and coming to an understanding of the issues affecting so many schools in very diverse environments.”
The avid baker is ambitious to finish painting her house. Although she is an enthusiastic traveller intent on visiting places far and wide, Nicole is also enchanted by the lovely places not too distant from Alice Springs.