Grant Schuster – IPhO 1999
What did you study, or are currently studying, at University?
I completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in physics (x-ray optics). Then I studied a Master of Environment.
What are you doing now?
Currently I’m a Senior Business Analyst at Hobsons Bay City Council, heading up the Business Transformation team. My work brings together database development, process improvement and enhancing the customer experience.
Tell us about your top two achievements since you left school.
Leading the Australian team to IPhO 33 in Indonesia in 2002. It was great to be part of the program after competing myself.
Also, developing an Integrated Performance Management system at two councils which enables staff to deliver better outcomes for their communities.
What would you like to do in the future?
Continue to enhance how government responds to the needs of their communities while at the same time transforming workplaces so that they are more collaborative, engaging and energetic.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Anything out in nature, preferably with a bit of adrenaline thrown in. I enjoy white water kayaking, mountain biking, skiing and hiking.
I also own a vineyard and so continue to learn more about viticulture and oenology.
In what way did ASI programs support you in your career and studies?
It gave me the skills and confidence to solve any problem and learn quickly. It also developed my project management skills.
It opened doors to university opportunities, including getting a scholarship to study at Melbourne University.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
It was great to volunteer in Adelaide back in 2019, I can’t wait for the next IPhO in Australia. Keep up the great work!