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Meet Penny Fannin, our strategy director

Whip-smart, warm and an incredibly clear thinker, Penny exudes a calmness that is contagious, and she’s a great listener.

You just feel everything will be OK when Penny is around, mapping out the steps needed and driving forward action. Just don't get her started on musicals. Learn more about Penny in this next instalment of our #2minuteswithcoretext series

• Describe your job:

I lead Coretext's organisational strategy, market positioning and business development while also developing stakeholder engagement and communication strategies for our clients. It’s a role I love and, through it, I am proud to contribute to the global research and development community’s efforts to create and share knowledge that promotes an equitable, healthy and sustainable world.

• How long have you worked at Coretext?

2.5 years the first time around (2007-2009) and it’s been about six months so far this time around.

• Best aspect of your job?

Learning about the amazing research and innovation that is happening globally and having the privilege to work with our clients to share the knowledge they’re building with the communities who will benefit from it.

• Tell us about the photo you’ve provided

The ocean is my happy place. This is me swimming with whale sharks in 2018 off Exmouth in WA. An awe-inspiring experience that I would love to repeat.

• What are you reading, watching or listening to?

I’ve been watching Yellowstone. I love Kelly Reilly as Beth Dutton, her delivery is exceptional. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series ends.

• What do you want to be remembered for?

Being kind

• My earliest memory is:

Building a wooden boat at kindergarten, I can still smell the sawdust.

• When I was a child I wanted to be:

A marine biologist

•I have a talent for:

Ruining any meal I cook. I am renowned for my culinary incompetence.

• The scariest thing I’ve done is:

Driving on the Mereenie Loop Road in the Northern Territory (an unsealed road between Kings Canyon and Alice Springs) in a 2WD after it had been raining. Every so often there was a strip of about 20 metres of bitumen where I would stop and gather myself before continuing. It was terrifying.

• My last holiday was:

To Fiji with my eldest daughter, to celebrate her finishing high school.

• Favourite saying:

Teamwork makes the dream work (it’s my favourite because it’s true)

• Invention I’d like to see created:


• The country I’d most like to visit is:

Canada, to see my friend Cindy. We’ve been pen pals since we were 13 or 14. I met her in person about 25 years ago when she came to Australia. I owe her a visit!

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