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Episode 23

Jacqueline Rennie

“Never be afraid to take a step backwards to move forward!”

Jacqueline (Jaqi) Rennie is a true example of someone with enormous drive and can hand on heart say ‘been there, done that’! Commencing business life as a florist, she took up nursing, became a fitness instructor, managed an airline (on weekends) and completed an undergraduate degree in Law as well as a Masters in Law. In her own words, Jaqi has said, “Whilst many of these roles were enjoyable, some were not and trying to succeed as a female, particularly during the 90s had many challenges – to say the least.” She is the Managing Director of Austbrokers Trade Credit and has been since 2009.

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About Jacqueline Rennie:

I am currently the Managing Director of Austbrokers Trade Credit Pty ltd and have been in this role since 2009.  I have always lived my life taking every opportunity that has presented itself, which has led me to where I am today.  I never took no for an answer and always found a way to progress.

 When I was 15, I moved to Castlemaine in Victoria from the city, as my father had been promoted to Sergeant (Victoria Police).   That came with its own challenges.  When I finished HSC, I was offered a university position in Law, but being in the country and female, I was discouraged from going.  Instead, I opened a florist shop and from there I decided to take up a student nursing role.   I injured my back in 1986 nursing and was forced on to Workcare for 3 years.  Instead of giving up, I decided to become a fitness instructor, which not only stopped me from being disabled, I was able to continue working.  I took on additional roles at the same time, which included managing an airline on weekends and worked as a private investigator. 

 In the late 90’s. I applied to the State Bank of Victoria (CBA took over after the collapse of Trico) as a teller, using a family contact, which I loved and moved quickly through the ranks there in various roles.  After working in the Bank for many years, I moved to Caterpillar finance, then to Orica and then into the insurance industry.

 I always wanted to be a Lawyer, so I studied part time and completed an undergraduate degree in Commercial Law at Victoria University and then completed my Juris Doctor (Masters) at UTS graduating in 2010.   My Masters was more difficult as I had a son in 2008 and had to juggle working, studying and a new born. 

 While many of these roles were enjoyable, some were not and trying to succeed as a female, particularly during the 90’s had many challenges to say the least. 

 Like most of my colleagues, I fell into the insurance industry and told a “tall tale” to get in…they were desperate and I wanted the job (in Sydney)!  This is where I am today, but still continuing to look for opportunities