Trudie Harriman was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, attending Sydney Girls High School and graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics. She initially worked as a researcher at the Office of the Employment Advocate, followed by a management traineeship at BAT Australia and experience at CBA. In 2001, Trudie joined Coca-Cola Amatil and began a decade long tenure there with Business Partner roles in Operations, Corporate and Sales and Marketing. Trudie most recently joined Qantas Airways where she is currently Head of Human Resources for the Commercial, Customer Relationships and Global Sales divisions after previously being in the role of Head of HR for Qantas Loyalty and Corporate. Trudie is also a proud mum and has represented Australia on several occasions in the sport of Competitive Aerobics.