She may have have moved away from Bathurst a number of decades ago, but Gail Fulton has gone on to achieve big things in the workplace since graduating from Bathurst High School in the 1980s.
Ms Fulton, who has been at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for 10 years, was appointed Director of Services earlier this month.
Her new job will see her oversee a number of CSIRO's commercial areas, such as Publishing, Futures, Education and Outreach, Infrastructure Technologies and SME Connect.
Ms Gail, who graduated from Bathurst High School in 1983, said her new job at CSIRO is a major senior position.
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"The job that I'm doing now is the Director of Services at CSIRO and it is working with five different science-based services that are really about connecting science to community or industry," she said.
"My role is to look after those five areas, to be apart of CSIRO's leadership team."
Ms Fulton, who also attended Kelso Public School before her secondary education, moved from Bathurst to do a arts and law degree at the University of NSW.
"I practiced as a lawyer for a number of years and then 10 years ago I joined CSIRO as a lawyer," she said.
"I've worked in various parts of CSIRO and I ended up doing a MBA at Melbourne University.
"I transitioned out of straight legal roles to more roles with commercial responsibility. It's a relatively senior role in CSIRO.
"The way CSIRO is organised is that we have research business units that do research into certain businesses such as food, agriculture and energy.
"The service business unit is something that works quite commercially. It takes science and does something with that, either with a publisher or education business."
And while Ms Fulton has lived in Sydney since leaving Bathurst over 30 years ago, she still has a strong connection to the city.
"My parents are still in Bathurst and there's more family still there, so we're back in Bathurst a bit," she said.
"I have a strong connection to Bathurst. My daughter is at uni now, but she's spent a lot of her holidays there, riding horses and doing stuff like that."
During her time at CSIRO, Ms Fulton has been integral in establishing the Generation STEM initiative, the Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy, the Main Sequence Ventures Fund, and setting up CSIRO's operations in Chile.
Visit CSIRO's website www.csiro.au for more information.