Sue Tomat’s profile


Sue feels the purpose of her work is to help others to thrive at, and outside, work.


Sue does this by:

  • offering consulting and training services, including the Forage virtual internship on work readiness
  • facilitating conversations to build independent and critical thinking
  • sharing the perspectives she gathers from her own experiences and those of others on what resilient people do to build thriving careers, businesses and lives.


In 2018, Sue began her collaboration with Forage to offer virtual internships for graduates and interns who need to develop work-ready skills.

In 2000, Sue moved from the legal profession into communication consulting and training. She founded her training business, now called GumLeafGreen, in 2002.

Sue had 12 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in Australia. Sue began her career as a lawyer in Australian law firm, Clayton Utz. She then helped the Queensland Government implement its corporatisation agenda and other related reforms. She was also the assistant company secretary of Marsh Pty Ltd, the Australian operation of the Marsh & McLennan Group which is the world’s largest insurance broking organisation.

Qualifications and awards

  • Honours degree in law from the Queensland University of Technology (1988)
  • Australia Day Council achievement award (1998)

‘People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself.’

Marcus Aurelius