Eileen has completed studies across a number of disciplines including education, arts and animal welfare. She has a Masters degree in social planning. She has worked in a range of senior positions in the Queensland public service and has extensive experience in project planning and management at a state-wide and national level.

Eileen has involved in the roll-out of a number of Queensland Government education projects and currently is managing the implementation of several projects in Indigenous education.

Eileen has been an active volunteer in a number of areas including hockey team management, RSPCA fostering, and she is also the national President of RSPCA Australia.