As a legacy for the plumbing trade in Australia, her Great Great Grandfather Fred Atherton was a part of establishing the Master Plumbers Association in 1891. Hacia’s legacy also includes her Great, Great, Great, Grandfather Sir Henry Pakes, who was instrumental in uniting the colonies to form the Australian Federal government and is known as the ‘Father of Federation.’
Hacia has a passionate connection with skilled trades through her heritage and work in her family company which is a world leader in the manufacturing of sterilisation equipment and infection control products for the hospital, medical and scientific industries. Although she formally trained as an Accountant, Hacia has had the privilege of what it means to work on a factory floor and learn skills in manufacturing. Her work at the Atherton family’s company, has allowed her to see the negative effects of Australian’s skill shortages within trades such as welding and tool makers.