Born and raised in Sydney, Sally commenced her professional career as a Company Cadet for Grace Bros, held a number of business positions including NSW State Trainer for L’Oreal of Paris, Store Manager of Price Point furniture and then Myer, rising to senior management as National Merchandiser/Buyer.
Taking a break from corporate positions to raise two children, Sally volunteered and pioneered many small not for profit ventures in Australia. Moving to Germany in 2008 when her husband took up a Diplomatic post in Berlin, Sally was confronted with the issue of human trafficking – particularly from Eastern Europe, and established a charity in Berlin to fund organisations that supported the victims.
Returning to Sydney in July 2012, Sally applied her passion and experience to the issue of modern-day slavery here in Australia. Early 2014 Sally founded The Freedom Hub Survivor School, that trains, equips and provides work experience to survivors of modern slavery within Australia borders. In 2016 she opened a “business for purpose” which consists of a café, venue & retail to fund the administration of the Survivor School.
Married to naval Captain Gavin Irwin for 34 years, Sally has had to adapt her life, career, church and family life to the nomadic lifestyle of being in the military.