Cathy Forbes

Our people are the heart of our company, so as People and Culture Manager, Cathy Forbes is responsible for making sure that heart beats.

In charge of all things HR, including but not limited to overseeing the recruitment process, induction, training, employee benefits, payroll and managing conflict, Cathy takes it all in her stride as she ensures staff feel supported and that their needs are met.

Cathy was briefly a school teacher before joining Seagulls Club in 1976. She started on tray service and dropped a glass her very first shift. Still, she came back for more, and ended up working cashier, bar, pokies and reception before making her way into accounts, payroll and landing in HR in 2000. Her ability to work through tough situations and achieve favourable outcomes makes her a key part of the management team at Norths Collective.

Having been a part of the team for more than 4 decades, if there’s a rumour about Seagulls’ past, Cathy can usually confirm or deny it and will even have a funny anecdote to accompany the claim. To date, her most notable memory of her time at Seagulls has been hosting the Rocky Horror Picture Show. That will be a hard one to top!

When not ensuring Norths Collective people are taken care of, Cathy can be found reading, exercising, op-shopping or solving cryptic crosswords.

Norths Collective acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.