Imelda Roche AO has been internationally recognised as one of the 50 leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.
Imelda established Nutrimetics International (Australia) Pty Limited in 1968, together with husband Bill, and 23 years later, in 1991, acquired the worldwide interests of Nutrimetics International. The Group was subsequently sold in 1997 to the Sara Lee Corporation.
In 1986 Imelda was awarded the Australian Pursuit of Excellence Award for her outstanding leadership and performance in the Direct Selling Industry. In 1993 she was appointed Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations representing 50 national associations, 1500 member companies with over 20 million representatives. A first for a woman and a first for an Australian!
Kathryn Greiner, AO, has had the opportunity to contribute in a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies, government bodies and non profit organisations. She has also had extensive media experience in hosting programs for both radio and television. Kathryn was an elected Councillor to the City of Sydney Council, 1995-2004.
Kathryn's particular expertise and interests are in Health; Education, and Welfare. She is currently engaged as: Chair of the NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing; a member of the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board; Chairman of Loreto Kirribilli School Council and was a member of the Review of Funding for Schooling (The Gonski Report).
Kathryn completed her term as Chairman Australian Hearing at the end of 2011. Kathryn was a member of Bond University Council (2005-2010) and Vice Chancellor (2009-2010) and a member of the Advisory Council of LEK Consulting Ltd (2000-2011). Kathryn's non profit activities include, or have included: Director Bell Shakespeare Company, Chairman Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Chairman Save the Children, Australia, Chairman Sydney Peace Prize Foundation, Chairman Woollahra Festival Arts and Ideas, Chairman Mary Ward International Australia Ltd.
Kathryn is a graduate of The University of New South Wales ( Bachelor of Social Work) and received an Order of Australia in 2001 for services to social welfare, philanthropy awareness and local government.
Judi Hausmann is CEO of Hausmann Communications, a full service public relations agency that she established in 1990. She also heads up Open Haus and Health Haus, two subsidiary PR agencies that form part of the Hausmann Group.
Hausmann specialises in brands that target the consumer and over the years has been retained by many of the world's leading brands to oversee their public relations efforts in the Australian market. Past and present clients of Hausmann include Virgin, Sony, Nokia, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble and Unilever. In addition to her business activities Judi is involved in supporting numerous charities and Arts organisations. She is a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company and works closely with them on their fundraising efforts.
Deborah Hutton is one of the most recognisable, respected media personalities in Australia. She has influenced the Australian public throughout her career and continually exudes a persona of trust, intelligence and loyalty. Australians look to Deborah Hutton as a barometer of good taste, style and professional achievement.
Deborah was an editor for The Australian Women's Weekly for more than 10 years. She hosted several top rating programs including Location Location, Amazing Homes and Celebrity Overhaul as well as being a regular contributor on the Nine Network's Fresh Food programme and guest reporter on Getaway.
Jane Jordan-Meier has been at the forefront of women’s leadership and development since the early 1980s as a Board member of the then highly successful Women in Management organisation.
A mentor, coach and high-stakes trainer and former journalist she turned her skills to developing a very successful PR and marketing consultancy and then a media and crisis skills training business, turning them into $1 million businesses. She works with senior management teams to “bullet-proof” them for any crisis situation. In this capacity, she heads the high-stakes training division at the award-winning PR consultancy, Sefiani Communications Group. Jane also works as a coach and mentor with many emerging female leaders. She is absolutely passionate about education that empowers women.
Phillip Weinman is driven by passion and an eye for business opportunity. He turned his self-made business model into a flourishing success. Since founding Australia's largest privately owned IT compnay in 1983, with a turnover in excess of $300 million, his entrepreneurial prowess has seen him repeatedly succeed in business growth and development. Philip is currently Chair of Deasil Management Group; the group strategically invests and partners with businesses seeking to grow. Deasil Management Group gives partners access to human capital, infrastructure and management expertise to help drive and maximise long term returns.
Clair Jennifer created her childhood dream at just 19; a women’s clothing chain called Wombat. With second-hand shop fittings, $2,000 and fully equipped with determination Clair grew the business into a national chain of 54 highly successful fashion retail stores. In 2004 Clair sold the business.
Clair has won more than fifty business awards recognising her outstanding entrepreneurial success. In 1992 Clair was awarded the title of Young Australian of the Year. Just a few years later, in 2001, Wombat was ranked in BRW as the 42nd fastest growing company in Australia. In the same year Clair was awarded the Ernst & Young Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Clair was then inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame and made BRW’s rich young list in 2004.
Clair took on Time Warner International, a multinational mogul, to fight for the intellectual property rights of her Harry Potter trademark label sold in her Wombat stores – she won and kept her label!
Clair is today CEO of a group of private companies and an inspiring mentor and business advisor; she also sits on several advisory boards.
Lynette Mayne is the founder and executive chair at Work Wear World, a company she created breaking all the rules. Employees at WWW know they are not only empowered to do things but are expected to create a company like no other.
Lynette's career started offshore, including some 15 years working for companies such as NBC, Pan Am and Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York. Returning to Australia, during the 90s she was a divisional CEO with Lend Lease. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and jointly runs its Leaders Program to enhance the skills of senior females to hopefully become CEOs of their own companies. She is also a member of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International and we are proud to say an Ambassador for the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce. Lynette has written two books, has been Chair of the NSW Health Industry Council and attends APEC where she received an innovation award in the USA.
Our Research Chair
Dr Patrice Braun (PhD) is Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Women & Technology, one of ten globally networked centres focusing on mainstreaming women in the knowledge economy, and Adjunct Professor with the Collaborative Research Network at the University of Ballarat.
Patrice holds a PhD in regional network innovation underpinned by information and communication technologies (ICT) and a Masters by Research on the use of the Internet for community informatics. A globally engaged action researcher, her work includes women's empowerment and inclusive entrepreneurship. Patrice is active in APEC and consults with government and industry both in Australia and abroad on gender and SME policy, education, networks, collaboration and ICT for Development (ICTD) processes.