Co-founder and Head of Content
A passionate advocate for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), Heather co-founded STEM-specialist media company Refraction Media in 2013 with a view to creating a smarter future – one in which everyone has access to the skills they need to make a better planet. Heather worked for over a decade as a science news journalist and producer at the ABC and CSIRO before becoming managing editor of science magazine, Cosmos, where she was runner up best Editor (circ, >25,000) in 2012. As Refraction Media’s head of content, Heather works with an awesome team of writers, designers and developers and with partners across the globe to develop digital products, VR stories and amazing magazines full of stories to inspire the next generation.
Co-founder and CEO
Karen is a results-orientated publishing professional with a flair for delivering outstanding results to clients and an ability to develop creative multimedia strategies that are consistently on target and impactful. With four years experience as COSMOS’ advertising manager and associate publisher, she’s highly experienced at developing and delivering sound publishing and content solutions for customers. She has developed and launched the successful series of career guides, the Ultimate Science Guide, the Open Day Guide and the Postgraduate Survival Guide, as well as a range of custom project sponsorships and advertising solutions for clients within the science and education space.
Heather is a dynamic publishing professional with five years experience in educational publishing. She worked as Managing Editor and Senior Editor at Pearson in the United Kingdom where she created a wide range of high quality materials, from print and e-books to interactive whiteboard software and online learning management materials, for educational institutions all over the world. She has a Bachelor degree in Science and specialises in content development for print, digital and online publications as well as editorial project management. She immigrated to Australia and joined Refraction Media as Production Editor in July 2014, bringing her educational expertise and dedication to detail to the publications she oversees.
Elise is a science, tech and business enthusiast, motivated to connect people with research that will propel their success. With qualifications in science and communications, Elise has worked across a broad range of industries, including financial services, agriculture, health and the environment. She has also carried out research in marine neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute. Elise is passionate about people and problem-solving. She enjoys searching through the rapid stream of new knowledge and technology for products and ideas that will provide lasting value. And creating eye-catching digital content to share the best solutions with companies and customers on the lookout.
Business Development Manager
Leah is a business development specialist with a special interest in social enterprise and entrepreneurship. With over 10 years experience taking new products to new markets, she cut her sales teeth with a renewable energy company at the forefront of emerging solar technologies, before a nose for opportunity lead her to Singapore to transform a small Australian Scratch ‘n’ Sniff printer into an international sensory advertising agency. She now works with early-stage startup ventures to help build long term, sustainable sales potential. Leah holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
National Integrations Manager
Kym is a driven, motivated and enthusiastic sales and marketing professional with over 25 years experience, applying her wealth of knowledge and experience as Refraction Media's National Integrations Manager. She has exceptional negotiations skills and leadership experience in multimedia platforms; her expertise in publishing and digital media in particular ideally match her position in our team. In addition to media, Kym has worked in sales and marketing positions in the retail and consumer electronics industries, and has run a family real estate business. Her talents in these areas are coupled with excellent relationship-building skills, and she prides herself on being focused on a high level of customer service and delivering great outcomes for clients.
Social Media Coordinator
Gemma is a writer and social media whiz who is passionate about getting people more engaged with STEM – even when cat videos, Kimye and kale juice continue to flood news feeds! She has worked with CSIRO's social media team and has stories published in Science Meets Business, Postgraduate Futures, Careers with Code and Cosmos Magazine. She began her career at Refraction Media as an intern before landing a role as Editorial Assistant. Now in her role as #SocialMediaCoordinator, Gemma keeps Refraction Media's channels updated with fresh content, building audience engagement and brand awareness. She loves finding new ways to get people from all backgrounds excited about science, whether it's through a quick tweet or a viral GIF.
Sally is interested in philosophy and science, both as independent and interdependent disciplines, and currently teaches at the University of Sydney and Moriah College. Sally has written educational material for a wide number of organisations including; CSIRO, ATSE, Cosmos Magazine, RIAus, ANSTO, NRMA, CMRI and the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics. She collaborated with Macmillan publishing as the main author of their inquiry-based science workbooks. Sally has also consulted for ACARA, ACER and the ABC. Sally has Level 2 FAPSA Philosophy in Schools accreditation, a MEd specialising in Gifted Education, and is a NSW BOSTES QTC registered professional development provider. She has written two NSW BOSTES approved Stage 5 elective courses, one in Philosophy and another in STEAM.