We sat down with St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba CEO Kathryn McKeefry to see what she likes best about the Downs and surrounds …

What do you like most about the Downs region?

Amazingly friendly community who genuinely care about their neighbours and environment.

Who inspires you? 

Abraham Lincoln. He led his people through Civil War and signed the Emancipation Proclamation, ending slavery. His conviction, humility and oratory skills made him one of the great leaders.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Her authenticity as an atheist leader donning the hijab without thinking about the optics but simply because it is the right and respectful thing to do.

Mary Wollstonecraft. A writer and philosopher, she championed education and liberation for women.

Favourite foodie haunt in the Downs region? 

Emeraude in Hampton — it’s local, fresh, ever changing and delicious.

This winter, I will be spending more time … 

Making a dent in the ever growing book stack of recommended reading by the bedside table.

The best way to unwind after a busy week? 

Grabbing my scuba gear and heading to a dive site.

Ultimate holiday destination? 

It would be a dive adventure, either a liveaboard or island base. I’m currently exploring heading to Raja Ampat in Indonesia or a return trip to the Maldives.