Name: Susan Fairbairn
Current position and organisation: Senior Legal Counsel Asciano
What was your first job and what did it teach you? “Gofer” in an architect’s office in the school holidays – it taught me the importance of valuing all hard workers regardless of qualifications or intelligence.
What’s your favourite part of your job? Being part of a team with a diverse range of skills working out the best strategies to deliver positive outcomes for the business.
What keeps you awake at night? My husband’s snoring
When my work/life balance isn’t balanced, I … Take a virtual holiday – surfing the net to destinations I’d like to visit one day when the work / life balance improves
What's the best place you have seen as a tourist and why? Rajasthan – the amazing social contrasts and vibrant colours. The Taj Mahal – a breathtakingly beautiful oasis in the middle of urban ugliness - absolute cliché but extraordinary nonetheless. Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm in Cambodia – the fact that these edifices were built by civilisations that disappeared and were taken back by the jungles for centuries before being rediscovered
If I hadn't become a lawyer, I’d be … a marine biologist
If you had to put your philosophy of life onto a t-shirt, what would it say? To plagiarise Nike – “Just do it”