(She was a natural as she managed the financial side of her husband's business for years. They had a tobacco farm in Mt. Beauty for 10 years, early in their married life).
There have been many changes at school under Lee's watch. The school population has doubled in size with 200+ staff and 2000 students. During her twelve years in the role Lee has also attended regular seminars to keep across the constant changes and updates to official policies.
For Lee's department it's a case of "dot your i's and cross your t's". Her team strictly adheres to the official rules and regulations regarding the school's finances and any new initiatives must be approved by the School Council.
A school the size of McKinnon Secondary College can look forward to an annual visit from the Department of Education auditors who scrutinise all financial records. All revenue, expenses, every tax invoice, every receipt are examined, accounted for, and balanced exactly to the last decimal point.
It's a forensic process. All financial records must be spot on. Lee's personal benchmark is for the annual audits to be completed successfully - it's her measure of her department's success. Year after year they pass with flying colours and she's quick to praise her "excellent staff", a team of four colleagues.
The buck stops with Lee. She can handle it. Her personal philosophy is "Do It Right and Do Your Best" (now that would be an appropriate slogan for her car's bumper sticker...).
At the Victorian Association of Business Managers' meetings Lee enjoys the opportunity to network and compare notes with other Business Managers from primary and secondary schools across the State.
Lee has a very serious role - a very responsible one. Whilst she is definitely responsible, she's certainly not serious!
Actually when I probe behind the school persona I uncover quite a surprise package. She's a woman with a diverse range of interests including genealogy, gardening, playing poker, looking after her son's cats, a love of music and recently she spent eight weeks in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland travelling with her sister.
Lee is a competent poker player. She looks forward to her bi-monthly card games with her gal pals. They formed the group when their children were babies.
Daughter Elena is an opera singer based in London. Son Jason, a musician, lives in Sydney. Together they perform in a group called "Trio