Sandra Pankhurst

Travels from: Victoria

 Sandra has built Australia's largest and most successful trauma cleaning business

Categories: Entrepreneur, Women in Business

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Sandra Pankhurst has worked as a trauma cleaner for more than two decades after noticing a void in the market after becoming one of Australia's first female funeral directors. She is a transgender woman who was adopted into an abusive family, forced to live a malnourished life in a backyard shed and worked in brothels across Australia has found solace in the most unlikely of professions. 

Sandra has accomplished a lot in her life, as some will know from reading "The Trauma Cleaner", Sandra has built Australia's largest and most successful trauma cleaning business. From small beginnings going on to become the highly successful company it is today Sandra believes that without the skills and inner strength she gained from her traumatic past she wouldn't have been able to achieve what she has. 

The Trauma Cleaner has gone on to win the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for 2018, this is the biggest book award in Victoria, as well as the ABIA award in 2018. The Trauma Cleaning has also gone on to sell in the USA and become an audio book. 

Sandra is a strong advocate for LGBTQI+ issues, while also having had an incredible life journey full of adversity, excitement and frustration but despite her considerable challenges she made the best of the situation at hand. It has been a roller-coaster ride to put it lightly. During the journey Sandra learnt how to find her inner strength, not only motivating herself but the people around her to be the best they could be and to overcome their own traumatic situations. 

Sandra is a compelling and accomplished speaker with a story that mesmerises audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  They are enthralled hearing her life events, her survival and how she rose above such adversity and against all odds went on to great success.


On behalf of the Pelvic Pain Victoria committee, thank you so much for your fabulous presentation. There was an amazing buzz in the room, and the feedback we have had so far has been fantastic. You are an amazing speaker with an amazing story and we were very lucky to have you close the program.


Sandra Pankhurst - Women in Business

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