Kirsten Bartlett (McKay TC '90)

​After completing her Arts degree in 1994, Kirsten fell into bid management quite by accident. Her aptitude for strategy, project management and communication served her well in this line of work and so she went on to hold significant bid management roles at Ernst & Young and Computershare.

After completing her Arts degree in 1994, Kirsten fell into bid management quite by accident. Her aptitude for strategy, project management and communication served her well in this line of work and so she went on to hold significant bid management roles at Ernst & Young and Computershare. After having her children Lucy and Maggie in 2006 & 2007, Kirsten was disappointed to experience a lack of growth opportunities at work due to her need for flexibility. With a Masters of Marketing now also under her belt, Kirsten made a decision to start her first consulting company in 2009, Created Equal, where she worked on projects mostly in the not for profit sector, assisting organisations access funding for crucial community programs and projects.

In 2012 Kirsten and her business partner Dr Lyn Airey launched The GrantEd Group, which helps researchers across all fields, including science, medicine, engineering, law and business, secure funding for essential research projects. The GrantEd Group has helped researchers secure over $300 million funding over the past five years. Kirsten and Lyn work with over 80 different faculties across the country, have a staff of seven and a turnover of $1m a year.

In addition to achieving a successful self-started business, Kirsten has many career highlights to reflect on, including working on a social justice project in London helping long-term unemployed people get back into the workforce and leading the asia-pacific bid team for successful multi-million dollar bids.

Kirsten is not finished yet. Toorak College gave Kirsten a strong sense of social justice and the importance of gender equality; she continues to work towards these causes by being part of initiatives such as Melbourne Women's Fund and her own Bright Stars project.

Kirsten is the daughter of much loved Toorak College teacher, the late Mrs Christine McKay. Mrs McKay worked at Toorak College from 1981 up until her death in 2013 and as such, Kirsten was able to make life-long friends in fellow teachers such as Steve Hubbard, Lesley Van de Velde, the late Frankie Davison, Cynthia Fido, and Margaret and David Brown.