Bek is the current President of the Ecological Society of Australia and the Programs Director for the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. A common thread through her diverse career is research infrastructure management, science engagement and knowledge brokering, finding ways to improve the practice of collaborative science and to increase the uptake and use of science in policy, management, and decision-making. Her experience includes roles at universities, in government, and at NGOs working on projects ranging from water policy to environmental education and managing national research infrastructure.