Our Directors have strong relationships across business, government and academia, and promote the importance and value-add of women-owned firms to the economy.
Corinne Kemp (Chair) is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has worked for the Commonwealth and State Governments in a range of policy and program management roles. She has also worked for various not-for-profit organisations.
Corinne founded her own company, DKC International, a Conference and Event Management company. Now in its eight year of successful operation, DKC has experienced steady growth and achieved valuable recognition.
Corinne was a delegate at the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit, has participated in two Commissions on the Status of women, in 2009 and 2010, and has been an active board member of UN Women Australia (formally the United Nations Development Fund for Women).
Corinne has chaired the Chamber for the past two years.
Yolanda Vega (Executive Director) represented Australia at the first Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women's Economic Summit (WES), chaired by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 2011. In 2012 Yolanda presented the AWCCI national research paper on female entrepreneurs at WES in Russia to 21 APEC economies. She also represented Australia as a 'Young Leader' at the 2009 International Women's Forum World Conference.
Yolanda has owned several small businesses and was appointed to the Federal Government Ministerial Advisory Council in 2014 and the Small Business Advisory Committee in May 2012. Yolanda has appeared on several TV and radio programs and has featured in BRW, SMH, The Australian Financial Review, The Telegraph, The Australian Women's Weekly, The Age, and The Australia, to name a few.
Chris Middleton (MAICD) has worked in international marketing, political & communications management in global organisations. He currently leads the Whisky Academy providing education and business development to the world's leading liquor companies. He was global brand director for the world's largest whiskey brand, start-up management team for a whisky distillery & founding chair.
Other boards Chris has served on include BBDO Clemenger Sydney, Australasian Speciality Coffee Association and the Jefferson Educational Foundation.
Michael Montgomery is a corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in technology, intellectual property and procurement projects. Michael acts for clients across a variety of industry groups including IT&IP, telecommunications, infrastructure and major projects, clean-tech innovation and media, sports and entertainment.
Michael has more than 15 years experience working at leading national law firms and regularly represents listed and private companies, state and commonwealth government, venture capitalists, associations and individuals from Australia and internationally.
Sarah Rey is a founding partner of Justitia, a workplace relations firm based in Melbourne. Sarah has 20 years experience advising a wide range of organisations.
Since establishing Justitia eight years ago, Sarah believes more than ever that she understands the variable drivers of business, and the pressures that affect her clients including SMEs.
She has a particular interest in women in business, and the law, as evidenced by her involvement in various groups including Victorian Women Lawyers, and her governance roles as a Council member with a network of girls' schools.
She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law based at the University of Melbourne.
Jo Scard is one of Australia's foremost strategic advisers to Not-For-Profits (NGOs), government and corporates. She has more than 20 years' experience in communications, political advisory roles and journalism.
Jo is a respected former journalist (UK and Australia) having worked with ITV, Associated Press, the Seven Network, SBS, ABC and Fairfax. She has spent more than a decade advising corporates and NGO's at CEO and board level across strategic communications, government relations and public relations.
She has also co-authored a best-seller: The Working Mother's Survival Guide. Jo was a finalist for Rural & Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in the inaugural 2013 NAB Women's Agenda Leadership Awards. She frequently appears on Radio and in 2013, Jo was nominated for the Telstra Business Women's Awards.