Hayley was born and bred in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours and University Medal at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, under the tutelage of Elizabeth Koch. During this time, Hayley was the recipient of numerous university and community awards which supported her studies. Hayley continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne on full scholarship with Margaret Crawford and Geoff Collins. She has participated in numerous masterclasses in both Australia and Europe, her favourite classes including those with Sophie Cherrier, Wissam Boustany and Emily Beynon.
Hayley has held the position of Associate Principal Flute with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2008 and consequently considers herself a bona fide local. She particularly enjoys performing the music of Bach, Dvorak, Mahler and Prokofiev with the orchestra, as well as playing all manner of chamber music with her friends.
Aside from playing the flute, Hayley has an avid interest in Icelandic pop, books, beaches, bicycling, and the wider Arts scene in Brisbane.