Maggie Macfie has pursued a varied and dynamic career, working in the business and not for profit sectors, as well as in government. In her role as CEO of youthconnections.com.au (2000-2015) she took an innovative approach to assisting young people—particularly vulnerable young people or those with disability—to make a smooth transition from school to the workplace. She did this through the creation of a suite of wrap-around programs and organisations on one unique site, Green Central, on the NSW Central Coast. Leading a passionate team, she guided the establishment of a Registered Training Organisation, a Group Training Organisation, an Independent Year 9 – 12 school for disengaged young people, a bush tucker café, a media centre and an automotive workshop. The site was entirely constructed by young apprentices and trainees.
Maggie also has a passionate interest in working with and for First Nations people to achieve business and education aspirations. In Western Australia, she has served as Manager of Social Enterprise for Nyamba Buru Yawuru (2015), Chair of Broome Youth and Families Hub (current), and Business Development Consultant for Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community (current). Maggie’s work with First Nations people earned her the Darkinjung Medal for a non-Aboriginal person at the Central Coast Aboriginal Community Awards in 2012.
In addition to her community work, Maggie has run several small businesses including Spike the Bubble Books and Music, Spike the Bubble Beach House, Afshar Persian Rugs of Distinction, and the Bright Alps Guest House and Ski Resort.
She has a Bachelor of Arts, an Advanced Marketing Certificate and a Diploma in Governance. Maggie has been recognised as Businesswoman of the Year in the Central Coast Local Business Awards and is an alumnus of the prestigious Sydney Leadership Program (2012).
Maggie is proud to live and work on Yawuru country.