Key positions and officeholders are:

President- Caroline Snow

Caroline is a practicing lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. She is a Partner at Russells Solicitors. Caroline has a keen interest in improving access to education and support for at risk, disadvantaged and underprivileged women and children through the formal education system and early education. As mother to two energetic boys, Caroline understands the challenges of juggling a professional corporate career with distance education, postgraduate study and motherhood. Caroline is also member of the Queensland Law Society, the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland, the Australian Institute of Management and the Governance Institute of Australia.

Past President- Lyn Buckley

lyn-copyLyn grew up on country New South Wales, went to Presbyterian Ladies College in Goulburn. I joined the Public Service in Canberra after leaving school and then married a soldier, eventually arriving in Brisbane in 1980. Lyn has two children who are married and five grandchildren. Lyn’s parents taught her the importance of family and community involvement and her strong commitment to both led her a 30 year career in the nonprofit sector as a professional fundraiser.

Lyn worked for a diverse range of organisations in the areas of disability, medical research, cancer support, youth, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and ageing, giving her an insight to the issues facing many in the community. Lyn worked in her own business as a Fundraising Consultant specialising in grant seeking and project development from 2004 to my retirement in 2012. Lyn is a Fellow Emeritus of the Fundraising Institute, having previously held positions as FIA’s Queensland Secretariat manager as well as other positions on the Qld FIA Board.

To continue her community involvement, Lyn has been a member of ESA International Alpha Pi (Redcliffe Branch) for over 25 years. She has held many positions including Branch President, District President and State President Treasurer and Secretary during those years. ESA International is an organisation member of NCWQ and as one of ESA’s representatives, Lyn involvement with NCWQ commenced in 2013.

Lyn sees her involvement in NCWQ as being of part of the chorus of women’s voices to encourage women to be the best that they can be and bring about change for those at risk of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence.


Secretary – Alison Muir

photo-alison-muirAlison Muir grew up in country Queensland and moved to Brisbane in the mid 80’s due to work. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years and prior to that in electorate offices for State and Federal politicians.

Alison’s work in the nonprofit sector has included everything from administration to fundraising and has involved the homelessness; drug & alcohol; health and the disability sector. Currently she manages the Business Services team of a disability family support organisation.

In her spare time, Alison is a member of ESA International, an affiliate member of the National Council of Women Queensland and Secretary of Dragon’s Abreast Brisbane Incorporated, a dragon boating team consisting of breast cancer survivors and their supporters.

Alison holds qualifications in Frontline Management, Human Resources and Community Sector Management and is currently an Industry Reference Group Representative on the Queensland Workforce Council.

Alison’s goal is to travel the world, meeting as many people and experiencing as many cultures as possible.

Treasurer – Amy Henderson

Amy is the Engagement and Marketing Manager at The Women’s College within The University of Queensland.  She has a background in fundraising, sponsorship, event management and marketing within a range of fields including the Non‑for‑Profit sector, the Tertiary Education sector, the Arts industry, private industry and politics.  She grew up in Adelaide, lived in Brisbane for a few years before heading to the UK for five years, then returning to Sydney and eventually re‑settling in Brisbane.  Her professional commitment to women in society started during her university years and, as a mother of two young boys, she now has a very personal commitment to educate the next generation.

Recording Secretary – Noela O’Donnell AM

Noela O’Donnell AM, a delegate from the Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) has been an active member of the NCWQ Management Committee for 13 years. She has held various positions including that of President from 2011 – 2015.

For over 6 years, she has been a Board Member of the National Council of Women of Australia Ltd. (NCWA)

Noela was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List for “significant contribution to regional and remote women, medical research fundraising and to the community”.

 Management Committee

Pat Burgess

patPat has been a member of NCWQ since 1994, a delegate from the University of Qld Women’s Club. She has also served on the committee since 1997 and was Minute secretary in 1999 and 2001. Pat served as NCWQ President 2002-04 and 2008-11 and has been Convenor of the Children with Potential conferences 2010-2013.


Steph Carter – Communications

stephSteph Carter works as Communications Manager for the DFAT funded Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI) program, based full time in Jakarta. She holds a Masters of Integrated Marketing Communications, and is also a past State Director and National Operations Manager of World Vision Australia’s national youth movement ‘Vision Generation’. Steph first joined NCWQ at the age of 19, after speaking at an NCWQ event. She manages NCWQ/s website.

Kathy Cavanagh

kathy-copy-copyKathy has been involved with NCWQ since 2011, and has been associated with ESA for many years. Now retired, Kathy has worked in a variety of contexts, both overseas and inter-state, in roles ranging from small business to writing and photography, but the main focus has been in adult education. Her experience as a part-time, distance education student, for more years than worth counting, has given an understanding of the difficulties in achieving educational goals whilst dealing with work and the various other complexities of family and life. So Kathy was naturally drawn to being involved with the NCWQ Bursary program, which she now coordinates. Kathy sees the need for generational change against the background of technology-based communication as the NCWQ faces the challenge of being as relevant today as the organisation has been throughout its proud history.

Irene Cayas

irene-copy-copyIrene came to Sydney Australia with her family from the small island of Lipsos in the Dodecanese of Greece in 1954 – she was then 6 years old. Irene’s volunteer work started when she was still at high school and got involved in fund-raising activities for the Red Cross, and in helping out at (as it was then known) the Cripple Children Society of NSW. She commenced her involvement with the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Greek Orthodox Church at Mt. Gravatt in 1981, where she was elected Treasurer, and later held the position of President for many years. She was also elected a member of the Main Committee for two terms.

In 1998 Irene joined the Ethnic Communities Council (ECCQ) and subsequently held the positions of Deputy Chairperson and Convenor of the Women’s Ethnic Network. She represented ECCQ in the Queensland National Council of Women (NCWQ), the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) and the Queensland Council of Grandparents (QCOGs). Irene has been a committee member since the inception of the ESTIA Disability Support Group of Qld, and she is a volunteer helper at the St. Nicholas Nursing Home.

Irene’s ongoing passion is in the care of the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged in the community. Her love is for her family – especially her seven grandchildren.

Georgina Pickers

georgina-copy-copyGeorgina was a former travel agency owner and worked in the tourism and travel industry for over 35 years and was also a board member of the Queensland chapter of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). Now a self-funded retiree, Georgina is a member of Business and Professional Women Australia (BPW) Queensland Justices Association (QJA) International Peace through Tourism (IIPT) and UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM) and SAVE Wildlife Foundation. Georgina has been a NCWQ member since 1985 and is currently Adviser for International Relations & Peace and Human Rights. Interests are Current Affairs – National and International, Reading, travel and walking besides the wonderful Brisbane River.

Erin Cunningham

Erin has been a member 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.  Erin is also in her fourth year of a dual Bachelor of Business/Laws (Hons) at QUT, with an aspiration to practise law in the near future.

Christine Stewart

Christine has rejoined the NCWQ Management Committe after a two year absence.  Retired from full time work in real estate sales,  Christine now works part time with Australian Redcross Brisbane in the Commercial Division.  Christine has three grown up children and four grandchildren, and her interests include advocacy for womens Issues, bush walking and yoga.


Margaret Vallance

margaret-copyMargaret Vallance is a retired secondary teacher, Head of Department English and LOTE. She is a member of Quota International and delegate for their 30th District and is State Secretary of Australian College of Educators (Qld) and the Clan Campbell Society.



Membership Secretary

Kirsty Levis

cam01655Kirsty Levis is the delegate to NCWQ from The Girls’ Brigade Queensland Inc. She has been an adult member of The Girls’ Brigade for almost 20 years and is currently a 2nd Caboolture Leader, leading a group of girls each week and Glasshouse Region Treasurer. Since 1987 when she started as a girl (seven years), she obtained most badges including Pioneer Pin, Queen’s Award and the Leadership Development Course (Stages 1,2,3).

She openly serves others through volunteering for other organisations (Glass House Mountains Rural Fire Brigade, Beerburrum School of Arts Assoc. Inc., Caboolture Historical Village) while working four days a week as a Bookkeeper.

Kirsty, as NCWQ’s Membership Secretary is responsible for the members register and ensuring all members details are correct.


NCWQ Honorary Life Members

NCWQ Honorary Life Members include the following:

Dr Laurel Macintosh OBE MB BS DO FRACO

Mrs Daphne Buckley OBE BSc BA BEd MEd (Admin) FAIM

Mrs Val Cocksedge OAM, DipHSc

In recognition of the work done by these members: Download list of NCWQ Honorary Life Members (pdf 30kb). Source: NCWQ Annual Reports. Compiled by: Noela O’Donnell 2011- 2012