Spending time with Katherine Bodey


Katherine Bodey - DCH Legal Group Director

Your journey

Tell us about your journey, what have you been up to since we last saw you at Scope?

I graduated from university with Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology; I was admitted into the Supreme Court of Western Australia in August 2009 and began practicing as a family lawyer with DCH Legal Group of which I am now, a director.

Moments in time

What are the two most pivotal moments in your career that you either learned from or got you where you are today?

  1. I had a quarter life crisis (age 24) where I questioned the type of person I wanted to be, moving forward. That ended up with me making the decision to go to university and study what I had always wanted to study (since 12), being law. As a mature aged entry student I enrolled in arts, majoring in psych and after first year of uni transferred to law and did a double degree in these two disciplines.
  2. Having completed seven years of tertiary study; time flies when you’re having fun and doing what you love.

Your thoughts on motivation

What are your personal motivators and drivers that keep you doing what you do?

For me, my personal motivator is wanting to do more, be more, give more and see more.

How do you motivate your team?

By acknowledging their contributions in the day to day tasks that they do and encouraging opportunities for us all to grow our own potential including learning from each other and others in our industry.

Your advice

What advice would you give someone starting out in your profession?

Be patient and kind to yourself and others; knowledge will come with exposure and experience. 

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop?

I always seek to complete further training when the opportunity presents;  I have a mentor to help me explore and contribute further to my discipline and a financial planner to help me manifest my five year plan that includes further training and development.

Your lifestyle

How do you start and end your day?

First thing in the morning I usually check my emails to make sure nothing has arisen over night that requires my urgent attention and to help me prioritise my day; time permitting I go to the gym.

Last thing at night, I check my calendar to mentally prepare for the next day; then either scant over social media (light laughter).

What's the most exciting thing you have done over the past year?

I became a director of a law firm.

What’s left on your bucket list that you are dying to do?

Invent a much needed product and create a desired service.

Your Scope journey

Describe your Scope experience in 5 words

A rousing journey of self-discovery and potential.

What’s your favourite memory from your Scope experience?

Helping create a range of training programs at The Vines headquarters in my PJs.

Just for fun; let’s get to know you better!

Are you coffee or tea?

More often than not, coffee – but when in need of comfort, I turn to tea.

Describe your perfect Sunday?

Bed, junk food, Netflix and/or Foxtel ;o)

If you could only hear one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

Bahah…tough…very, very tough!! David Bowie – either Major Tom, Under pressure or Ashes to Ashes ;o)

Dream home….city or country?


Tomato sauce….pantry or fridge?

Fridge if opened.

Thanks Kathy for sharing your thoughts. We love hearing the thoughts of extra-ordinary people and you are certainly extra-ordinary!

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Maria-Jane Satterthwaite

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 29, MJ knew her journey was going to be unique! 

No way was she going to waste any of her years working 9-5 under poor leadership! She seized the opportunity to become an independent worker; starting her own Registered Training Organisation, Scope Vision.

MJ’s curiosity into what drives people, and businesses, to achieve success has been the passion recognised in her award-winning business. The drive to continue to train and embrace lifelong learning has been her key to success, and she wants to see this happen for others.

20 years on, the passion and curiosity she’s used to shape the businesses she works with, and her longevity in these relationships have inspired her to think about the future of work; what this will mean for workers in general and indeed her own business. Find out more about MJ