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.
A collaborative and agile leader with an extensive financial and operational background.
Yvette has 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 President of National Council of Women New South Wales. NCWNSW was founded in 1896 in Sydney and remains the voice to advance and promote women in NSW.
Yvette’s board experience includes a $75m property investment company 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 Community Award recipient.
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.
NCWA Board Members
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.
Sandy currently serves on the NCWA Board as she is the President of the NCWQ having been involved in the NCWQ Management Committee since 2019 as one of the delegates for Affiliate Organisation, the Quota Club of Brisbane.
Sandy has a long history of working to support the community as a volunteer and through her working life as a Guidance Officer, Primary School teacher, Learning Support Teacher, Acting Senior Guidance Officer, Statewide Verifier and Acting Statewide Senior Guidance Officer. Now retired from her career within Education which spanned thirty-five years Sandy is able to devote more time to her passion for helping others.
This passion has led to Sandy taking up leadership roles within Quota having joined Quota in Kingaroy in 1996. Some of those roles include Student of the Year Coordinator, President, Secretary, Governor of District 30, Treasurer of Region 13 and Listening to Learn Program Coordinator. As immediate past President of the Quota Brisbane Sandy was happy to coordinate the development of the club’s new website and still administers the Facebook page which she established some years ago. Sandy is currently serving as Secretary.
A lateral thinker, Sandy is known for her organisation and thinking outside of the square. She enjoys swimming in her pool, kayaking and walking her fur baby Muffin, a feisty Maltese X. Sandy enjoys visits from her two children James and Ebonney and her two Grandchildren Indy and Lorreli.
Sandy has a Masters in Education – Guidance and Counselling, Post Grad in Special Education and Diploma in Teaching- Primary. She also has certificates in Emotional Release Counselling, Mentoring and Mediation.
Margaret Findlater - Smith
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.