Born into a creative, academic family in Adelaide, South Australia Christie has spent her life involved with the arts and has built a reputation for ‘‘strategy and a natural instinct for picking winners’.

She has worked for Festivals here and abroad, including the Edmonton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Science Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Womadelaide and most recently as Director of the Adelaide Fringe as it went from a biennial festival to an annual event.

As a creative entrepreneur, Christie is also known for encouraging the owner of the majestic Belgian mirror tent, The Famous Spiegeltent to ship it out of Europe for the first time, founding the highly successful Garden of Unearthly Delights in Adelaide in the year 2000.

Christie took up the inaugural position of the Creative Director of the Adelaide College of Arts in 2010, working with Chair, Robyn Archer and a high profile national Board to grow the local and national profile of that prestigious arts education facility.

In February this year, Christie returned to working with festivals taking the reins of Festivals Adelaide, the alliance of 10 of the best festivals in Australia, that all happen to be in Adelaide.