As we approach International Women’s Day 2020 we are featuring some of the women who are leaders within our organisation.
We continue this series with our Associate Director Research Technology, Rebecca Moss.

What is your role and what led you there?

My role within CTx is Associate Director, Research Technology – I manage the operations and research technology environments within the CRC.  My focus and passion is using technology to make processes and people within an organisation more efficient and productive.  I feel that my journey into this role from a research background, has been a natural progression for someone who thrives on problem solving and attention to detail.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

I have had a couple of mentors over the years which have been incredibly generous with their time and have had a huge impact on my career development and where I stand today.  Some of these experiences were pivotal in helping me to recognise my capabilities and skills and learn how to translate these skills across fields and apply them to new challenges.

Where do the great ideas come from in your organisation?

Great ideas in our organisation come from anyone that recognises there may be room for improvement and has the incentive to speak up.  I feel that our organisation has fostered a collaborative and supportive culture which facilitates these types of interactions.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

A great leader should be passionate and authentic, they should believe in the vision of their organisation and the value of their people and actively encourage their team to strive for autonomy and mastery.

What advice would you give someone going into a similar position for the first time?

Be prepared to realise that you don’t need to have all the answers all of the time, that opportunities to grow usually feel slightly uncomfortable and that loving what you do and the contribution that you make is the end game.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop in your role?

I am embracing opportunities to develop new skillsets by reminding myself to step outside of my comfort zone, extending my current skillsets by attending workshops/training sessions and focusing on sharing my knowledge to help empower others.