12 November 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast academic Dr Robyn Redknap, 61, has shown she is just as impressive outside the classroom as she is in it.
For the past three years, Dr Redknap of Buderim has split her time between being a sessional lecturer in tourism for the School of Business at USC and the manager of Buderim-based retirement resort, IRT The Palms.
Her efforts have paid off with her recently winning the 2013 Queensland Manager of the Year award from the Retirement Living Council, which is part of the Property Council of Australia.
Dr Redknap said she loved the balance of working for both USC and the retirement resort and was thrilled with the award.
“It is a humbling experience to be singled out and acknowledged from the more than 55 candidates who were in line for this award,” she said.
“I feel both my work with USC and the resort have contributed to helping me become the manager I am today.
“The excellent professional development opportunities available to sessional staff at USC have prepared me for a range of challenges that both managers and educators face daily.”
Dr Redknap’s win meant she was also a national finalist in the recent 2013 Australian Manager of the Year Award.
She previously won the 2012 Professional Manager of the Year award for the Sunshine Coast from the Australian Institute of Management.
— Jessica Halls