Fiona Park - Emmaretta

Born in Melbourne, and after years’ of working in other countries, Fiona has been in Darwin since 2012.

She founded plus-sized hosiery company Emmaretta in 2012 after getting frustrated that she couldn’t find colourful, soft and fun hosiery anywhere in the world to fit her. To bootstrap the company, she took a second job as a cleaner/gardener on weekends. That enabled her to travel to a specialty hosiery manufacturing school in the US in 2016. Emmaretta is now in the product development phase in North Carolina.

Fiona is a qualified mechanical engineer with a Master of Business Administration, with a “day job” managing a team in the Northern Territory Government that attracts Asian investment into junior mining projects. But she has worked in a wide variety of jobs including liquor distribution, shoe and clothing retail, and industrial castor sales. Fiona also has experience as a board member on not-for-profit and infrastructure projects in Australia.

Fiona works on Emmaretta early in the morning, in the evenings, and on weekends. She lives with Mike the pilot, 2 cats, and is lucky to have the support of a Mastermind group of fellow entrepreneurs to share the start-up journey with.

NTCristy Houghton