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Name: Simone Dixon
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Sports Team:
Canberra Raiders
Brief Background:
Grew up in Canberra watching Parliament Question Time and the Press Club. Started in the family business at 15 and went on to build my own business at 24. A major car accident forced me to close my business and put my career on hold for 6 years. During this time, I decided to formally study accounting. Returned to work in 2004 and grew to the position of Financial Controller. Found a passion in the Payroll & HR side of finance and pursued this eventuating in the role as Subject Matter Expert at TAPS. Went back out into the real world and undertook roles as National Payroll Manager and then found my calling at ELMO.

Who do you work for and what do you do in that role?
ELMO Software as Risk & Compliance Manager for product.

How did you get involved with DSPANZ?
From my time at TAPS I had become aware of DSPANZ (ABSIA at the time). When I joined ELMO, I encouraged them to gain membership as I knew the benefit of being involved in the forums. 

What keeps you busy outside of your day job and DSPANZ?
Reading, getting outdoors into nature and spending time with those I consider my family.

What is the best career advice that you wish to share with others?
Always be honest, even if you think it might make you look bad. Know that even the highest level of stakeholder is still a person. You should never be afraid to talk openly to someone, especially C-Suite and don't be afraid to make a change if you feel you are not being considered and respected. Make sure you treat others the same way you ask to be treated.

What excites you about working in the software industry?
The passion to build products that makes people's lives easier.

What is the one piece of technology that you wish existed?
Time machine.

What is a book, movie, tv show or podcast that you would recommend?
If you haven't seen it, I recently re-watched a Monster Calls, such a beautiful movie. 

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
One of the smaller islands of Fiji, I love the people and the environment. 

And finally, if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? 
This one I always find hard to decide between eggs benedict and antipasto!

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