Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 28.12.2019

Sara Ross ( Driver )

Class of 2003
OCCUPATION National Corporate Affairs Manager
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 11-12
House Huon
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra, Journalism, 2004-2007
  • Diploma, Canberra Institute of Technology, Public Relations, 2006-2007
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What does life look for you now?

I am a proud wife to my husband Tim (whom I met when I was at Radford in year 11) - we have been together ever since as high school sweethearts; and this year we proudly grew to a family of three - welcoming our daughter Angelina to the world on 3rd Dec 2019. We love living in Canberra and just finished building our new family home in Denman Prospect.

Professionally, I have close to 15 years’ experience in the communications sector, (working in journalism, public relations and government lobbying roles). I currently work as the National Corporate Affairs Manager for the TrackSAFE Foundation, a national harm-prevention charity. TrackSAFE was established by the Australian rail industry to reduce near collisions, injuries and fatalities on the rail network resulting from suicide and reckless behaviour. The Foundation also offers best practice trauma support for rail employees.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I am a passionate advocate for mental health and in 2017 became a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid training specifically to the rail industry. I often travel to deliver this two-day course to train drivers and rail industry employees around Australia teaching them what to do should they come across someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Additionally I love spending time with my family and friends, and enjoy camping trips, fishing and swimming.

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

When I was young I actually imagined myself working as a chef - but thankfully I'm a bit of a foodie so didn't give up on my dreams completely! I very much enjoy trying different international cuisines and fusions - particularly in unsuspecting restaurants around Canberra.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I have a number of favourite Radford moments - I am fortunate enough to have made lifelong friends from the short time I was there in year 11 and 12. We often go camping and travelling with my Radford friends, as well as celebrating all of the major milestones in life together. I'm so grateful for this - to stay connected to so many old school friends is precious and rare.

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

Sometimes you can plan all you want and things simply never go according to the plan. So at the risk of sounding complacent I say, don't plan too much and go with the flow as best you can, remembering to soak up the moments as they unfold in real time.

What advice do you have for current students?

Find what you are passionate about and make it your life's work - you'll never work a day in your life.

Anything else that you would like to share?

Be sure to travel, never stop learning and always care for others. Remember to check in on those around you and ask 'are you ok?' - an important initiative everyone should get behind.

Where are you now?