Kate Thompson is the Executive Manager Human Resources at Reflections Holiday Parks working in the role for the past 5 years. Kate describes this as a very challenging and rewarding role. She is also a Board member for Path 2 Change a not-for-profit organisation that was established over 35 years ago, and is committed to reducing and preventing homelessness, supporting those at risk of, or experiencing homelessness, overcome barriers towards a sustainable future. As a Board member of Path 2 Change this enables Kate to use her professional skills and education in a way that benefits the community.
Reflections Holiday Parks operate 38 holiday parks on Crown Land within NSW. With the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19, including the government’s recent announcement of non-essential travel restrictions and subsequent closure of NSW caravan parks and camping grounds this has significantly impacted her workforce. In Kate’s work life she is focusing on collaboration, innovation and commitment to excellence. Kate believes now more than ever empathy and support to employees during these unprecedented times is the key getting through these current
Kate is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and ProSci Change Management Certified. She holds a Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Distinction and a Master of Marketing (MMktg) with Distinction from the University of Newcastle. Kate has also completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Marketing) from the University of Newcastle.
In Kate’s down time she enjoys surfing, swimming, bike riding and walking her dog Harley.
What 3 words best describe you?
Outgoing, dedicated and motivated
You are very accomplished in your profession with an extensive list of qualifications and achievements; what motivates and drives you?
I enjoy learning and have filled a lot of my spare time over the last 10 years with post graduate study. I stay motivated by studying topics I am interested in and that will help me perform better in my role and grow as a person.
If you could travel back in time to when you started your career what advice would you give your past self?
Don’t underestimate yourself. Travel more, take chances and take the road less travelled (partially when travelling the world).
What characteristics do you think an individual needs to be successful in your profession?
Calm, empathetic and logical. Sometimes there are a lot of changes that are out of your control and you can’t take it personally.
What have you been doing in isolation for professional development?
Since completing an MBA and Master of Marketing in 2019 I have taken a break from professional development and focused on personal development. I have been focusing on the theory and practice of Yoga which has helped me stay calm and focused during unprecedented times over the past 6 weeks.