Helena Bryndzej Studdert served for over 20 years with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including service as Ambassador to Serbia, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania and three years as Australian Consul-General in Bali, Indonesia.
She resigned from the Australian Army as a Captain in 1986, returning to university where she gained a First Class Honours and PhD in History. She lives in Western Australia with her husband Martin.
Helena enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and travelling. She also works on projects — such as compiling an oral history of her father's life; community volunteering; dabbling in art, walking and swimming.