Bridie joined the board of the Garry White Foundation in 2022. She is currently on maternity leave from her position as Head of Policy Development at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and is mother to a daughter, Lilla.
Before embarking on a public service career by joining the Commonwealth Department of Treasury in 2017, Bridie was a lawyer and worked in a variety of legal roles in London, Moscow, The Hague, Cambodia, and Melbourne, primarily with an international law focus. She holds a BA, LLB, and LLM, all from the University of Melbourne. Throughout her legal career she maintained a strong interest in public interest law and social causes and was heavily involved in pro bono legal programs, including acting as inaugural coordinator for a pro bono legal clinic attached to a community mental health clinic, and providing legal advice to small nation states and NGO attendees at COP21.
Within the public service, Bridie has worked in policy roles covering issues such as the regulation of foreign investment, Australia’s international obligations, legislative development, and trade policy. She has also been an active member of Reconciliation Committees and in 2018 completed a secondment in the Kimberley, working with an Aboriginal organisation on a youth justice project.