Olivia obtained a PhD Rural Science in Insect Pest Management from the University of New England, Armidale in 2003, funded by a Cotton Cooperative Research Centre scholarship. After two years working at Marks & Spencer Head Office as a Food and Merchandise General Manager in London, UK, Olivia commenced a stimulating and rewarding three year postdoctorate in South African sugarcane with the University of Witswatersrand and the South African Sugarcane Research Institute. Upon returning to Australia in late 2006, Olivia’s career at NSW Department of Primary Industries as a Principal Research Scientist expanded to include a strong biosecurity focus and she has led, or collaborated on, numerous projects and programs of research across horticulture, grains, cotton, cocoa and sugarcane and has extensive project leadership and management experience. This has continued in her role as a Team Lead with Cesar Australia. In 2017, Olivia completed a Women in Leadership Australia, Advanced Leadership Program providing executive level leadership education. Olivia has published >60 peer-reviewed journals, proceedings and book chapters, numerous industry articles, and media interviews and is passionate about working with relevant stakeholders ensuring impact is realised for agricultural industries.