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.
Evelyn Chuk (she/her)
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.
Sarah Dart (she/her)
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.
Tara Broadhurst (she/her)
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.
Cecily Arkell (she/her)
TITP Position: Education Advisor
Day Job: Lead Educator (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!
Sophie Smith (she/her)
TITP Position: Media Officer
Day Job: Research Survey Officer (DPIRD), Master of Science Communication student (UWA)
Sophie joined Innovators’ as a work placement student in 2019, and now manages our social media platforms. Her day job involves communicating research and science going on at the WA Department of Fisheries (DPIRD), and she is a Master of Science Communication student at UWA. She is enthusiastic about communicating science in fun and engaging ways. Sophie loves hanging out at the beach with her dog, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and cruising around Perth on her bike.
Nee Nee Ong (she/her)
TITP Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Day Job: Senior Electrical Engineer (GHD)
Nee Nee has been an Innovators’ Tea Party mentor since 2016 and is a passionate advocate for girls in STEM, specifically women in engineering since graduating engineering. As well as her experience with TITP, Nee Nee has been on various Women in Engineering and Diversity and Inclusion committees. Nee Nee’s hobbies include reading, baking and barre.
TITP Position: Event Coordinator
Day Job: Forensic Chemist (ChemCentre)
Hannah has been mentoring with TITP since 2018. She loves being able to speak with students and share her passion for the STEM areas. TITP is the group Hannah needed when she was in high school – she was confused and lost and didn’t know what was out there in the world of science. She wants to give to others what she wished was out there when she was a student. Hannah hopes that through her mentoring involvement, and now by joining the committee, she is able to help inspire the next generation to pursue STEM careers. When she isn’t busy in the lab, Hannah enjoys playing the flute, cross stitch, and watching (almost!) any sport.
Amal Dortaj (she/her)
TITP Position: Engagement Coordinator
Day Job: Mine Scheduling Engineer (Rio Rinto)
Amal is a long-time volunteer with The Innovators Tea Party and loved the idea of encouraging students to consider STEM roles for their future careers, especially because many girls don’t see STEM career paths as achievable. Now that Amal works FIFO, she likes to spend her off-days educating and empowering students to consider various options available for them in STEM. In her free time, she likes to keep active, go traveling and catch up with friends and family.