Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 10.05.2017

Kirstie Hardy ( Simpson )

Class of 1996
OCCUPATION Business Manager
Lives ACT, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Karri
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, Psychology, Political Science (Arts), 1997-2000
Work history
  • Consultant, Accenture, 2002-2009
  • Business Manager, Bonsella Business Solutions, 2009-Present
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What does life look for you now?

I am married with 2 daughters (who now both also attend Radford) and live in Canberra. My husband started his own accounting practice in 2001 and after working at Accenture for 7 years after Uni, I decided to become the business manager of the accounting firm and have loved every minute of it. I still catch up regularly with my Radford mates!

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I am passionate about exercise, mixed in a balanced way with good times! I like to stay fit and healthy and my family and I are fortunate enough to be able to travel regularly. The kids have travelled extensively with us, which has helped them to be inquisitive and culturally sensitive people.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

I don't think I ever really had a clear vision of what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I travelled after school and went to Uni to do an Arts degree, not really knowing where that would leave me. As it turns out, I think my strengths have always been in people management and organisational skills, so my role as a business manager in an accounting firm has been a perfect fit for me. Plus, my husband and I enjoy working together and it allows me plenty of flexibility to enjoy our children and be able to spend time with them in holidays, or pick them up from school and taxi them to their various commitments.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I loved most things about Radford, but particularly remember the amazing travelling opportunities (central Australia, New Zealand, various camps). I also really remember the sense of community and care. I felt relevant and like I was part of "something" at Radford.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

Life chose for me. My husband and I have been together since I left school, so we've travelled a lot and share a lot of the same goals and ambition. And our decision for him to start his own business, ended up also guiding me in my career and life. I always knew I wanted to be a mother, so that was a pretty easy decision!

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

Not really, but I don't think I ever thought about it too much or worried about it. Everything always just "worked out".

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

Nothing. Everything I've learned along the way has been valid at the time, and might have been irrelevant if learned or known back then. I guess just knowing that everything will fall into place, and that indecision is debilitating! Just make a decision and live with it.

What advice do you have for current students?

Try to enjoy your life at school. Those friends and those memories are a good chance of lasting forever. Be true to yourself. And try not to worry about what you look like or what other people think of you. Life will evolve with you so you don't actually have to know everything now!

Where are you now?