Our People: Q&A with Executive Officer Lucy French
Updated: Sep 16, 2021
We recently welcomed Executive Officer Lucy French to the Emerson Health team. As is our custom, we sat down with Lucy and asked her to tell us a little more about herself. Read on to get to know Lucy!
1. You've recently joined Emerson Health team. Welcome! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I grew up in Melbourne and after completing a Bachelor of Commerce and working in finance positions within broking and banking organisations, I moved to Tasmania in 2004. For the past 15 years I have worked as an Executive Assistant in Launceston.
This year I am enjoying a more balanced lifestyle, working part-time at Emerson Health supporting our Director, whilst raising two very active primary school aged boys. My week includes playing squash, tennis, running, swimming, and also team managing a junior football team! My husband also has a busy working week running both an intensive cropping farm in Hagley, Northern Tasmania and a lager focused brewery in Hobart!
2. What's something you learned about yourself in 2020?
Fortunately, 2020 wasn’t such a different year for me. Working at a school we remained open to a small number of students and staff so my day-to-day role both at work and home did not change drastically.
I actually enjoyed the slow-down in pace for both family and recreational activities. We focused on supporting local businesses and also traveled within the state and spent as much family time together as possible. I also had more time to connect with family members interstate and overseas which was important as their well-being was more affected by the pandemic.
3. Who is someone you admire and why?
I have always admired my brother who achieved amazing school and tertiary results and started his working career as a corporate finance consultant and then changed careers to become a senior secondary teacher at his old school, giving back to the community and acting as a mentor to students.
We both share a passion for sport and family life and value each other’s support after losing our mother 3 years ago. We work as a great team and I admire his ability to give so much and not require recognition for all of his achievements.
4. What books/publications do you read to keep up-to-date with information?
I am a fiction reader - so admittedly need to embrace the world of podcasts! I enjoy reading a variety of genres and find it a relaxing way to end a busy day rather than watching TV.
5. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
With two young boys who bounce out of bed at 6am I am ready to start my day with them or even earlier on my running mornings. There is nothing better than returning from a running workout and preparing for a school and working day. Knowing that I am walking to work to join a vibrant workplace with hard-working colleagues is worth getting out of bed for!