GABRIELLE WESTLAKE

Plant Manager, Campbell Arnott's

I grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and moved to Melbourne in 2002 to study Food Science & Nutrition at Deakin University. After I graduated, I started questioning whether I had made the right decision and what I wanted to do with my life and considered going back to study nursing. While looking for jobs, I came across a Research & Development opportunity with a global food company and thought, 'What have I got to lose? I may as well apply'. I was successful and in February 2005 I embarked on a daunting move to Shepparton to work for Campbell’s Soup as a Food Technologist. I was worried about moving to a regional town and had told myself 'just get a year of experience and then look for a job back in Melbourne'.

Well, 2017 and I am still living in Shepparton and cannot be more thankful for the opportunities this has opened up both professionally and personally. Over the past 12 years, I have worked in a variety of roles based at the plant in Shepparton, including developing new product lines and process improvement roles. In 2012 I was given the opportunity to diversify my career and moved into plant operations as a Manufacturing Manager. I am now Plant Manager and enjoy life in Shepparton with my husband and two children.

This was not the 2020 I imagined! Can I get this year's goals back on track? Read the full lowdown here: bit.ly/2NkgkKY There's even a PDF at the end with some more info. #2020 #COVID19 #theunexpectedyear pic.twitter.com/fvyrbBwyj9

About 2 weeks ago from NAWO's Twitter via Gain Platform