Mandy is an Applied Research Associate from the Australia Council for the Arts. Originally from Adelaide, Mandy studied acting at the Centre for the Performing Arts, and Behavioural Science at Flinders University where she was a University Medallist. Mandy has worked in refugee settlement services, research and advocacy; and at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Prior to joining the Research team at Australia Council for the Arts in 2014, Mandy spent several years working in the Indigenous Culture Branch at the Ministry for the Arts where she built the evidence base about the importance of support for Indigenous arts and culture, and worked to influence greater recognition of culture in Indigenous affairs. Her current role at the Australia Council brings together her love for arts and culture with her love for research, and for using data to tell a story to inform policy and support advocacy.