The Innovators’ Tea Party is an entirely volunteer-run organisation, led by a team of women in STEM professionals who are passionate about science education in WA.
TITP Position: President
Day Job: Mine Technical Services Superintendent (Rio Tinto)
Evelyn has always maintained a strong passion for science, completing degrees in both Astrophysics and Engineering, before working as a fly-in-fly-out mining engineer in the West Australian Pilbara. Evelyn founded the Innovators’ Tea Party in 2016 after being inspired by her work and volunteer positions with school students across Western Australia. She is driven by her desire to promote the wonderful opportunities available to young women in STEM careers and share her love of all things STEM. On the weeks when she is not mining iron ore in the Pilbara, Evelyn can often be found gazing at the night sky through a telescope or sailing on the Swan River.
TITP Position: Secretary
Day Job: Medical Research Scientist (UWA)
Sarah is a transplant research scientist, who has studied and worked in Australia and overseas. She is passionate about communicating science with people of all ages and cultures and advocating the importance of research and discovery. Sarah loves her work as a medical research scientist and hopes to see more women enter and stay in careers in STEM fields. Sarah believes in the importance of great mentors and hopes that The Innovators’ Tea Party can provide an opportunity for high-school girls to meet someone who inspires them to pursue their dreams. When she’s not in the lab, Sarah loves to be in the ocean, hiking, travelling or reading a great novel.
TITP Position: Treasurer
Day Job: Manager, Student Equity (UWA)
Tara is a passionate science communicator and equity practitioner who has spent many years inspiring the minds of younger generations around Western Australia and across the globe. With significant experience in the not-for-profit sector, Tara is dedicated to facilitating accessible education experiences for all. Tara leads UWA’s Student Equity portfolio, committed to continuing to widen participation and support for students from diverse backgrounds in higher education. When she isn’t studying her Masters of Business Administration, Tara is at the beach, sewing or playing with other people’s dogs.
TITP Position: Education Adviser
Day Job: Education Officer (Australian Earth Science Education)
Cecily was always encouraged by her teachers to be curious and keep asking why until she found an answer. Her love of mixing things together as a child to ‘see what happens’ lead to her completing a Chemistry degree before a ten-year career in mining laboratories in Kalgoorlie and Perth. After having a bit of a break, teaching English in rural Japan, she returned to Perth to complete her teaching qualifications. She taught Science and Maths in rural and metro high schools, discovering an interest most recently in Earth and Environmental Science. This has lead to her current position as an Education Officer with Earth Science Western Australia. In her spare time, Cecily is a bit of a foodie and loves learning more about Japanese culture, volcanoes and dinosaurs – sometimes all at once!
TITP Position: Marketing & Media Adviser
Day Job: Research Survey Officer (DPIRD)
Sophie joined Innovators’ as a work placement student in 2019, and now creates communication material for recreational fishing surveys at the WA Department of Fisheries. She is enthusiastic about communicating the latest scientific breakthroughs in fun and engaging ways. Her curiosity about the natural world has taken her throughout Western Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the US. Sophie loves hanging out at the beach with her dog, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and listening to music.