GETTING TO KNOW SANDRA DAVEY

CONTRIBUTOR: Emma Castle & Sandra Davey

GETTING TO KNOW SANDRA DAVEY

Who is Sandra Davey? And why does she love tech and the internet so much? Read on to find out.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Canberra in the 70s and 80s. Wide streets, push bikes (no helmets – woohoo!), and loads of bush to play in. Fond memories of hot dry summer days at the Olympic pool and, as I grew up and got my first car, scraping the frost off with my bank ‘cashcard’. 

What’s your favourite thing about your work?

Seeing people do great work with people they love. As a product manager, you have a team around you so inspiring, encouraging and serving them in the creation of a product or service requires different skills, experience and energy. I coach now so seeing people change and grow, and seeing teams doing great work, gives me enormous satisfaction. 

What do you do at The B Hive?

I’m here to help when Tammy wants someone with a solid background in product management and/or the organisational challenges and opportunities that arise when adopting agile and lean ways of working. 

What else do you have going on outside of work?

I volunteer. Outside of my paid work, I serve as Chair on the Board of CHOICE, as an advisor to Bush Heritage, and I Chair a challenging but important initiative around internet policy and governance. Outside of all my work, there’s something about getting in the car and driving that I love. Out on the highway or pottering around on a Sunday, poking in and around small towns. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Flight attendant, then a veterinarian, then a police officer, and finally upgraded to forensic scientist in my teens. None of these came true.

What was your first job?

Bonner House coffee lounge. I started there at 13 and it was my part-time job until the end of Year 12. In my socioeconomic ecosystem, we all had jobs and we worked for our pocket money. 

My first full-time job at 17 was the Australian Council for Overseas Aid, a progressive non-profit that advocates and represents non-government aid agencies. This job helped form the bedrock of how I think about the world; my social values, my understanding of how the world works, and how resources and power are so unfairly distributed. I formed a deep compassion and empathy for those who don’t get a great start in life.

If money were no object and you could have a year’s sabbatical, what would you do?

Visit companies that inspire me like Buurtzorg (Dutch health care provider), Spotify and Crisp (Swedish agile coaching company), do things on my bucket list like see the Northern Lights, go to a cherry blossom festival in Japan, and see what all the fuss is about Canada. I’d probably also ask Greenpeace if I could do something for them for free. 

What attracted you to the tourism business?

Like many Australian kids, we spent hours in the car to get to our summer holiday. It was normal to spend four hours looking out the window, the excitement increasing as we made our way down the Brown Mountain for Bermagui. My first trip to Thailand when I was 19 inspired a life long interest in travel.

Where are your favourite travel destinations and why?

Sapphire Coast of South East NSW. Anywhere from Moruya down to the Victorian border. Beautiful coastline, magical scenery, untouched compared to other parts of our coastline. Germany and Austria. Fascinating history, luxurious scenery, intellectually interesting. Wine. Wine. Wine. 

What is the one thing you wish all your clients did?

Get the bug to crush their old practices, processes and systems and adopt new ways of working. Combining agile and new leadership and management styles, break down their hierarchies, facilitate freedom and autonomy for their people, and move to self-managed teams. Oh, and ask me to help.

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