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Meet Kat

What do you do at Lookahead and how long have you been working with us?

I’m the Operations Manager here at Lookahead. I joined in February 2018, shortly after arriving in Australia from the UK (via a stint in Germany). Day-to-day I work closely with Steve (the founder) to help with the running of the business as well as organising all of our events. I also have the opportunity to work closely with the team by supporting them in their roles.

What’s your background? Where were you in the tech industry before joining Lookahead?

I worked for many years as an Executive Assistant in the UK before moving to Berlin, where I landed my first role in the tech industry. There I worked as an Office Manager for an educational startup that was also located in New York. During my time there I also tried my hand at programming, which helped me to build my first website for the team’s off-site. Which incidentally also gave me my first taste of event planning.

What do you like about Lookahead?

We have a really great team that supports each other and are very involved in the local tech community. I really enjoy working with awesome empowering individuals.

What are you passionate about?

One of my many passions is definitely event planning. It’s a lot of fun. I love to organise, host, meet folks and to provide a great experience for everybody. Whether it is for work or for something personal, I always look forward to the next event.

If you weren’t at Lookahead where would you be working or what is your dream job?

That’s a tricky one. I’d definitely love to be organising events all day, everyday, but I would also love to work with animals, especially dogs. Maybe one day I can combine the two!

What was the last book you read or podcast you listened to?

The last book I read was a thriller set in Australia called “A Fire Came Down” by Australian author Emma Viskic. This is the second book in the Calib Zelic series and I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first one. Currently I am reading through “Pain & Prejudice” by Gabrielle Jackson, a powerful book on how our culture treats the pain and suffering of women. I tend to read through a lot of books at once, which means my bedside table is usually stacked full of books.

First Car?

I’ve never owned a car before, but the first car I ever drove (after getting my license recently) was a Toyota Corolla Hybrid rental from No Birds. Protip: they rent cars to red P-platers, yay!

Proudest Accomplishment?

At least recently, it would be getting 100% on my driving test last year in March.

What makes you weird?

Not sure if it is weird, but I think I may be the only person who doesn’t like getting a head massage during a wash at the hairdresser. 💆‍♀️🙅‍♀️

What piece of technology seems like magic to you?

Autopilot for parking cars. I wish all cars did it so I didn’t have to learn it.

Guilty Pleasure?

My guilty pleasures:

The Twilight movies, I have seen them so many times. 🧛‍♀️

Although recently I’ve been getting into “Just Dance” on the Nintendo switch. 💃

What’s on your Bucket List?

I have been quite fortunate to visit a lot of places over the years but actually haven’t seen much of Australia since moving here so that’s currently on my list.