About National Council of Women Australia

Our aims, structure, and board

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Aims

The aims of NCWA are to:

  • Work for the removal of all discrimination against women and to promote the equal status of women and men in law and in fact.
  • Act as a link for networking and a co-ordinator between State and Territory Councils of Women.
  • Act as a voice of communication at national and international levels on issues and concerns of women.
  • Develop national policies and responsibilities on behalf of women on an Australia wide basis.
  • Maintain the affiliation with the International Council of Women and monitor the implementation of its plans of action and policies at national level.
  • To work for peaceful settlement of disputes by arbitration, conciliation and mediation.

The NCWA, in dealing with national issues on behalf of its membership, refers submissions and matters on to the Federal Government and relays information back to the State and Territory Councils.

The NCWA role of communication is performed through a well developed structure of Standing Committees, National Coordinators and National Advisors.

There are five National Coordinators with portfolios in the areas of:

  • Communications
  • General Wellbeing
  • Social Issues
  • Status of Women
  • Sustainable Development

Left to right: Past President Barbara Baikie, Lady Cosgrove and Doreen Todd, the inaugural winner of NCWA woman of the Year.
Photo credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light.

Aims

The aims of NCWA are to:

  • Work for the removal of all discrimination against women and to promote the equal status of women and men in law and in fact.
  • Act as a link for networking and a co-ordinator between State and Territory Councils of Women.
  • Act as a voice of communication at national and international levels on issues and concerns of women.
  • Develop national policies and responsibilities on behalf of women on an Australia wide basis.
  • Maintain the affiliation with the International Council of Women and monitor the implementation of its plans of action and policies at national level.
  • To work for peaceful settlement of disputes by arbitration, conciliation and mediation.

The NCWA, in dealing with national issues on behalf of its membership, refers submissions and matters on to the Federal Government and relays information back to the State and Territory Councils.

The NCWA role of communication is performed through a well developed structure of Standing Committees, National Coordinators and National Advisors.

There are five National Coordinators with portfolios in the areas of:

  • Communications
  • General Wellbeing
  • Social Issues
  • Status of Women
  • Sustainable Development

 

Michelle Pedersen, NCWA Senior Service Award winner, with her mother.
Photo credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light.

Structure

National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA) is a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Directors of the Company are the members of the Board, who are elected at the Triennial Conference for a three year term. The Executive of National Council of Women of Australia usually rotates around Australia each three years.

The Board consists of a President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator of Standing Committees plus the Presidents of each State or Territory Council, or their nominees.

At Conferences members of the Board, Delegates from State & Territory Councils, National Coordinators and National Advisers are the voting members of the Company.

Each State and Territory Council is affiliated with NCWA. Autonomous and a separate legal entity in its own right, each operates within the boundaries of its own State or Territory. State and Territory Councils pay affiliation fees to NCWA and share the costs of ICW affiliation.

NCWA is affiliated with the International Council of Women (ICW) and a number of NCWA members have been elected to hold ICW positions.

Structure

National Council of Women of Australia (NCWA) is a Company Limited by Guarantee. The Directors of the Company are the members of the Board, who are elected at the Triennial Conference for a three year term. The Executive of National Council of Women of Australia usually rotates around Australia each three years.

The Board consists of a President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and Coordinator of Standing Committees plus the Presidents of each State or Territory Council, or their nominees.

At Conferences members of the Board, Delegates from State & Territory Councils, National Coordinators and National Advisers are the voting members of the Company.

Each State and Territory Council is affiliated with NCWA. Autonomous and a separate legal entity in its own right, each operates within the boundaries of its own State or Territory. State and Territory Councils pay affiliation fees to NCWA and share the costs of ICW affiliation.

NCWA is affiliated with the International Council of Women (ICW) and a number of NCWA members have been elected to hold ICW positions.

Constitution and By-Laws

NCWA Executive Members 2018-2021

Robyn Nolan

President

Robyn Nolan is President National Council of Women Australia (NCWA) and President of National Council of Women Western Australia (NCWWA). Robyn is a longtime member of NCWWA and a passionate advocate advancing issues affecting women and their families.

Robyn is now retired, is a former CEO and Managing Director of her own training company which excelled in training in a range of skill areas including hospitality, motivational and “work ready” training for long term long people.

As an active member of her community Robyn is involved in a number of organisations demonstrating leadership and actively participates in public life at a local and national level. Robyn continues to actively encourage women to take up leadership positions in their community. She has a diverse background as an educator, a researcher, in hotel management and as a CEO.

Merrill Cole

Vice President

Merrill, now retired, is a former Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience. Merrill has also had a long involvement as a community volunteer.  She is the recipient of a twenty five year Service Award from Girl Guides WA, initially joining Girl Guides as Applecross Girl Guide leader when her daughter joined the local Girl Guide group. Merrill is also a former Australian PR Adviser for Girl Guides Australia.

Merrill is also a long time member of her local church and has held a number of volunteer positions including being on the Parish Council. A member of NCWWA, Merrill is currently the Communications Officer for NCWWA and is a great advocate for improving issues for women and their families.

Barbara Baike

Immediate Past President

Barbara is the National Coordinator of Standing committees and the immediate Past President of the National Council of Women of Australia.

She is very honoured and proud to hold these roles. She has extensive experience in leadership and facilitation across the public, private, not for profit and volunteer sectors. She has over twenty years’ experience in public service including at senior executive level; taught at Charles Sturt University for six years. Barbara has established and run her own consultancy business for 10 years and has co-written and published two books.

Barbara is a Past President of the Canberra Chamber of Women in Business and has held positions of President, Assistant Governor and District Chair of National Youth Leadership Award program in Rotary. Barbara is currently undertaking her PhD with Monash University and is a passionate advocate for gender equity and equal opportunity for women and committed to working to achieving it.

Yvonne Robson

Secretary

Yvonne retired in 2010 from the Commonwealth Government as a Public Servant after 42 years. She has a background in administration and finance. She has Advanced Diplomas in Financial Management, Contract Management, Project Management and Systems Analysis.  She has a partial degree in Accounting.

Since retiring in 2010 Yvonne joined the Rotary Club of Hall and has held several positions on the executive including President in 2017-2018. She is also a volunteer at the Hall Museum and Heritage Centre.

Yvonne joined NCWA in 2015 where she has held the position of National Secretary for over 3 years.

She and her husband Phil have four children and 2 grandchildren.

 

Angela Diamond

Treasurer

Angela Diamond has a wide range of finance experience across the Australian Public Service.  Angela is a senior executive officer in Defence, leading and managing Defence’s budget, finance performance and management functions.  She is currently an Audit and Risk Committee Board member of two agencies and was also on the Board for the 2018 Invictus Games.  Angela has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

NCWA Board Members

Julie Morris

Board Member

Julie Morris was President of National Council of Women of Australia (2012-2015). Now retired from the paid workforce and living in regional NSW.

She is currently Coordinator of Standing Committees, NCW NSW, ; President, Country Women’s Association of NSW-Nowra Branch; and Hon. Secretary – Nowra Torch Bearers for Legacy. Julie is also a Life Member, Canberra Women in Business, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and has an Associate Diploma in Software Applications (now way out of date).

During her paid working life she worked in the public, private and not for profit sectors. This included 20+ years running a successful social enterprise business working with a number of small professional associations and community groups.

Julie has lived in ACT, NSW, NT, VIC, QLD as well as, then, West Germany. Julie has always had strong volunteer and community organisation involvement including informal support and mentoring of younger women. She has represented NCW Australia at International Council of Women conferences in Thailand, Turkey, Taipei, Indonesia and at a NCW New Zealand conference. Married with 3 adult children and a number of grandchildren. Loves family, travel, reading (history/biographies) and trying to keep up with technology.

Linley Grant

Board Member

A Tasmanian, Linley Grant, is currently President of the National Council of Women Tasmania. Linley has  a BA Hons. Degree (Psych.) and as an RN she has worked in London (1955-58) and in Tasmanian hospitals, notably the RHH Burns Unit (plaque for 25 yrs  notable service).

She has also served in executive roles in voluntary organisations throughout her life: e.g. –Girl Guide Association, Mount Stuart Community Service Association, National Council of Women of Tas., Anti-Poverty Coalition, United Nations Association (Tas);  Womens International League for Peace & Freedom,(WILPF) Tas.; P&F Associations, the Penguin Club of Australia, Australian Rostrum, Birds Tasmania, and the Order of Australia Association (Tas. Branch) for periods ranging from 4- 45 years. She has served on several Government committees.

Community recognition includes : three Life Memberships, a Wattle Award, an Order of Australia Association Plaque, Rostrum Critic’s Accreditation a national Freemanship Award, a Silver Medallion and a Not To Be Silent Award; a Human Rights Award and an Order of Australia Medal (1993) and admission to the Tasmanian Women’s Roll of Honour (2006).  Linley’s family is her chief priority.

Fiona Dorman

 Board Member

I joined National Council of Women SA Inc. as a delegate from the Asian Women’s Consultative Council SA in 2006. Since this time, I have served as an Executive Committee Member, Mass Media Adviser, Newsletter Editor, Nominations Committee and Vice President. I am honoured to have been elected as the President of the National Council of Women SA in November 2018 and look forward to continuing a strong tradition of advocacy and education in our role as a representative network of women working together and in giving a voice to women at all levels of government.

I am grateful for roles and the opportunity to contribute at community radio station, RPH Adelaide 1197am (Vision Australia, 2007 – 2016), Asian Women’s Consultative Council Member (2005 to 2014) and as a Community representative on the Torrens University (Laureate Australia), Human Research Ethics Committee (September 2017 – present).

As a scientist by training, I worked in the Life Sciences for over 10 years, both in Australia and internationally, and have been working in our family businesses since 2010.

I have 3 young boys, George, Samuel and William with my husband, Steve. I cherish my life with my family and friends and opportunities to give back to my community. I believe that belonging matters, giving what you can makes a difference and that we are stronger and can achieve great things by working together.

Elisabeth Newman

 Board Member

Elisabeth Newman has been a member of NCWV since 1976 first joining as a delegate from an Affiliate organisation and then becoming an Associate member in 1985. Elisabeth has held many positions over the years including Vice-President and Coordinator of Standing Committees NCWV. Elisabeth become  NCWV Interim President in 2017 and was elected President of NCWV later the same year.

As a member of ICW-CIF Elisabeth has also held a large number of International positions including Vice-President 2012-2018. Elisabeth has attended General Assemblies and Regional meetings and represented ICW-CIF at International meetings.

Elisabeth has received recognitions including the NCW Ukraine Peace Medal, the NCWV Centenary Award and in 2001 NCWA -The Year of Volunteers a Certificate and Medallion acknowledging her work for the advancement of women and towards the achievement of the aims and objectives of ICW.

Other memberships include a Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Councillor and Convenor of the Women’s Group; Member VCOSS, UNAA SOWC (VIC), Women’s Health, and the Australian Garden History Society. Elisabeth is a keen gardener and other interests include, fine embroidery, cooking, travel, sketching and stamp collecting.

Annie Kiefer

Board Member

Annie Kiefer is President of National Council of Women NSW. She is very involved in her local community and is also a State Vice-President of Country Women’s Association NSW. Annie is a passionate advocate for women and their families. Annie is a member of the Endeavour Energy Customer Council, the CBA Customer Advocacy Committee, the Nurses and Midwives Roundtable on Aged Care and a member of Elder Abuse Action
Australia Network.

Now retired Annie has a diverse employment background and has lived in a number of countries including Egypt, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Italy and the United States of America. Annie is also a volunteer reader for radio 2RPH.

Erin Cunningham

Board Member

Erin is the current Acting President of the National Council of Women of Queensland Inc, and has been a member of the organisation since 2014, after being awarded the inaugural NCWQ Moreton Bay Regional Council Bursary, for her volunteer work in her local community. Erin has extensive involvement with youth community organisations across Brisbane, in particular Leo and Lions Clubs, where in 2012 she formed and chartered the continuously growing Samford Leo Club.  Since graduating High School, Erin’s volunteer opportunities have expanded and her involvement has grown, taking her across Australia and overseas.

Erin’s passions lie in assisting youth and families in need, and coordinating fundraisers and events for volunteer organisations, spanning a variety of causes. In 2018 Erin founded the National Council of Young Women of Queensland sub-group, and enjoys working alongside passionate young women aged 18 to 35, who are dedicated to addressing pressing issues within their generation.

Erin is studying a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at the Queensland University of Technology, and is looking forward to pursuing her career as a legal practitioner in the near future.

Juanita Flett

Board Member

Juanita Flett is the current President of the NCW ACT, having being involved as a committee member for the past 4 years. Juanita has come from a broad business background, having run successful businesses across retail, hospitality and textiles industries and has a strong desire to see ongoing improvement for women in Australia and across the globe.

With a deep social conscience Juanita has volunteered for a number of years with a diverse range of organisations and has created her own charitable programs and social enterprises – with a strong focus on improving the lives of women and children.

Juanita is a mother to three young children, and currently runs her own textile design and interior business. Juanita is looking forward to focusing the efforts of the NCW ACT on a number of key issues, including Homelessness, and growing the number of Younger NCW ACT committee members.