NCWA Executive Members
Chiou See Anderson
Chiou See was Vice President of NCWQ from 2010-2012 and is the current President of the NCWQ. She is a FCPA, a Graduate of the AICD Programme and has a Master of Business Administration. She currently chairs Conpago (a technology platform servicing seniors) and owns and manages two retirement villages in Brisbane with a total of 250 residents.
Chiou See cut her teeth in her early twenties managing a diverse range of businesses including a motor dealership, a coal mining firm and a top 5 Qld legal practice before helping the Qld government establish the first construction skills centre in 1994. At the age of 30, she was managing a flying school with a fleet of 20 aircraft at Archerfield. In 2003, applying her learnings from her MBA, she purchased a block of land to tap into the projected growth of the ageing population. It took a total of 15 years to design and build her dream retirement community in the Daisy State Hill Forest at Springwood. In 2022, Chiou See added another Brisbane retirement village to her portfolio.
As an NCW member and advocate, Chiou See believes strongly that education is paramount to success, and she would also like to see working parents supported through equitable tax policies with men encouraged to play a more active role in parenting in order to stem the loss of female talent in the workplace.
Chiou See and Brendan have a total of 6 children plus in-laws and 1 grand-daughter scattered between Jervis Bay and the Sunshine Coast and splits her time between Brisbane and Sydney. A jazz and blues tragic, Chiou See volunteers with Brendan at the Brisbane Jazz Club as a glassy on their spare weekends.
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.
Senior finance professional nudging speciality coffee forward. Extensive experience leading finance, operations and projects.
Yvette had led start-up development overseas, identifying new markets, establishing business processes, developing policy frameworks, designing accounting and finance systems delivering strategic commercial and business improvement, driving governance and operational initiatives and forging key customer and business partnerships.
A pioneer. The first woman founder of a motorsport company in Australia championing women’s participation in motorsport through an innovative and modern approach to shift industry goalposts and deliver accessible motorsport events for all. Yvette is the creator of the Women’s PACE Project and the Educate, Inform & Inspire (EII) Experience, a race Team Manager, motorsport competitor, official and volunteer.
Yvette is the current Vice President of National Council of Women New South Wales.
Yvette’s board experience includes a property investment company with a $75m portfolio and an organisation that fosters, preserves and promotes the history, culture and traditions of people of Greek origin in Australia.
Yvette has a BA in Business (Accounting), is an RMT Success & Confidence Coach, Children’s Book Author and a 2021 Edna Ryan Award recipient. The Edna’s recognise women whose activity advances the status of women.
Laura has experience in a variety of different management and advocacy groups through Girl Guides, at a Local, State and National level. She was the executive of NCWWA from 2019 till 2022, where she was the Young Women’s Representative.
Currently Laura is studying her Master’s in Public Policy and Management, previously studying history and criminal behaviour. This study has led her to begin her career within Government. During her undergrad Laura ran the university magazine and was an active member of the student body advocating for greater opportunities for women entering and being part of the university decision making process.
As a young women Laura is passionate about empowering those around her to achieve their goals and help them in realising their own passion. She is an educated advocate for young women’s advancements in leadership and decision making. Creating more opportunities for girls and young women to create positive effective change for the coming generations to give them the opportunities she didn’t have, allowing for a more inclusive world.
Laura wants to see a future world where girls and women are able to reach their full potential and have the opportunity to speak up without fear of discrimination or being ostracised by society.
Immediate Past President
Robyn Nolan is the Immediate Past President of National Council of Women Australia (NCWA) having recently completed three years as President (2018-2021). Robyn is also the current President of National Council of Western Australia. 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.
Barbara is the immediate past National Coordinator of Standing committees and a 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-two years of experience in public service including at the senior executive level and led numerous change initiatives at the local, state, and national levels. Barbara 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 the National Youth Leadership Award program in Rotary.
Barbara holds a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Social Science and is currently undertaking her Ph.D. at Charles Sturt University.
Barbara is also Chair of the Board of BIG hART and arts-based organisation to drive social change, particularly in disadvantaged communities. Barbara is a Women’s Climate Congress founding member and Director and is passionate and committed to addressing women’s issues and climate change. She is a strong advocate for gender equity and equal opportunity for women and committed to working to achieve it.
NCWA Board Members
Julie Morris was President of National Council of Women of Australia (2012-2015). She is now retired from the paid workforce and living in regional NSW.
She is currently President, NCW NSW and Group International Officer & Assistant Treasurer, Wollondilly Group, Country Women’s Association of NSW. 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 career 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, France 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.
Ronniet Milliken was elected NCWV President in 2020 after becoming a NCWV Committee member in 2019. Ronniet has extensive experience working as a Board member and working with Australian and International business enterprises and community organisations since 1990.
With over thirty years experience, Ronniet has been Executive Manager,Company Secretary and in-house legal counsel in the private/public/government business enterprises and not-for-profit sector across a range of industries-including utilities, logistics, manufacturing, retail services,sport and child care/community services.
Ronniet has a BA LLB from Monash University 1979 and graduate of AICD 2009.
Dorothy has a background in Industrial Relations.
Her early roles included Office Administration in the Industrial Relations area in both full and part–time positions, retiring completely in 2010.
She has been involved with NCWT since 2000 in several honorary roles including President and Treasurer and is at present President.
Dorothy has been involved with a Women’s Shelter in Hobart for over 30 years and is at present Honorary Secretary on the Board of Caroline House Inc. which is a long term home for women with mental conditions.
Dorothy is the Mother of four children and Grandmother of four.
Lynne Thomson joined the ACT constituent council in 2013 and has been a committee member for the last three years and public officer. She was President (and is a Life Member) of the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association helping new mothers cope with the demands of twins or triplets; conducted community meetings in Canberra and nearby NSW area on health and nutrition for a national organisation and did volunteer work in health centres. She has assisted in pastoral work in local churches and with university students and, as a trained volunteer, helped migrant women with English literacy. Lynne also established and conducted her own small business providing library services to ACT and Commonwealth law libraries.
Lynne has a desire to see the NCWA, at local and national levels, contribute effectively to meeting women’s physical, mental and emotional health needs, especially when facing the challenges of domestic or financial insecurity, homelessness, cultural and linguistic diversity and of disadvantage. Meeting these needs often requires continuing personal support and encouragement.
Lynne’s strengths are in working closely and supportively with others in devising and implementing shared community initiatives: she is an effective, empathic and engaging communicator. She has lived in NSW, ACT, England, Greece and the United States, is married, has three children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter.