Working for PAC since 2020, Kate Bevan has progressed from Project Support Officer with the Classic Hornet Disposal Project to ICSI Sustainment Manager, and she’s currently our Head of Business Operations.
Before PAC, Kate was an Air Battle Manager (ABM) in the RAAF, working on microwave and HF radar and space systems. After a decade of service, her final posting was to the Surveillance and Control Training Unit, where she was responsible for training junior ABMs.
As a results-driven, problem-solver person, she is perfect for her job.
“Essentially, I love air power, I love problem-solving and making people’s lives easier.”
She also adds, “apparently, I look really angry while I’m working through a problem, but I’m really not! The Williamtown team have started an intensity jar I have to pay into when I’m really concentrating.”
Those who know Kate can’t help but marvel at her strength and resilience in the face of significant challenges. Her two children have had serious medical issues, but she has handled these concerns as she does everything else – with determination. When asked about her most significant accomplishments, Kate says that apart from her kids, it was graduating from University. “I did my degree as a single parent, working full time while building a house and dealing with my son’s brain tumour diagnosis. There were so many times I wanted to give up, but I was determined to finish.”
At that same time, she also experienced one of the best life experiences she had so far.” Seeing my daughter get to 12 months seizure-free. It’s a milestone we never thought we’d make, and after ten years, we did. She’ll be two years seizure free in September, which is the milestone at which they consider her epilepsy in remission.”
When not at work, Kate likes to teach her kids “valuable life lessons” by beating them at various card and board games. Her other hobbies include gardening, crocheting, cross stitching, cryptic crosswords, and reading fantasy and sci-fi. She uses her project management skills to run community projects as an active member of her local Lions Club. Kate is also responsible for keeping alive (apart from 2 kids and herself) 5 chickens, 1 dog, 2 cats and 1 ferret – PAC had to review the suggested “bring your pet to work” policy since discovering this!
While she may look angry while working and fiercely trying to save the world single-handedly, Kate guarantees it’s the opposite. “I cry at the slightest bit of sadness or sacrifice in movies or TV shows. I even cried the first time I saw the Cadbury advert where the little girl buys her Mum a chocolate bar with trinkets from her pocket. My family think it’s hilarious, so I only ever watch comedies in public”.
Kate is a strong, talented and valued professional, delivering exceptional work leading our Business Operations, and we are proud to have her as part of our team.
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