Committee 2023-2024

Management Committee, Key Positions & Officeholders

Sandy Smith, NCWQ President

Sandy Smith


Sandy was elected President at the 2023 NCWQ Annual General Meeting.

She is the Immediate Past President of the Quota Club of Brisbane, and has had an association with Quota for more than two decades.

From 2019 Sandy has served on the NCWQ Management Committee and on the Quota International Region 13 Board as Treasurer. Sandy has been serving on the NCWQ Executive Committee as Recording Secretary, and from November 2023 as President.

As Past Governor of QI District 30 Sandy is no stranger to volunteering. While in Primary School in Western Queensland Sandy recalls being a member of the Red Cross, as a teenager in Capricornia she supported Horse Riding for the Disabled and volunteered at the Jardine Street Spastic Centre. While at University she also helped out at the Early Intervention Special Education Program. Sandy also served for two years as a member of and then Chairman of the Board of South Burnett Catholic College (St Mary’s).

Her career spanning 35 years in Education saw her many roles focusing on helping others. Sandy, mother of two, has a Diploma in Education, Post Grad in Special Education, a Master in Education – Guidance and Counselling, Certificate in Emotional Release Counselling, training in grief counselling, mentoring and art therapy.

Now retired, Sandy supports her local community by coordinating the collection of toiletries for the local Women’s Crisis Centre, Maybanke and the Mental Health Unit at the Redland Hospital with support from her Quota Club and the local community. She has also held a number of Teal Events raising money for Ovarian Cancer Research. Sandy enjoys living close to family, art and craft, aqua aerobics and kayaking.

dana voyle


Dana is a focused and determined professional with 30 years’ of providing excellence in sales and customer service.

She has worked in a number of industries including retirement living, private education and IT, and supported in various sectors across private and local government.

With demonstrated capabilities in sales, team leadership and operations management, key to Dana's success is the ability to establish trust and strengthen relationships, leverage technology to improve process and systems, and her strong work ethic and desire to achieve.

She is current Group Manager at Elements Living Springwood and Carindale and has been a member of NCWQ since 2020. She completed her first term on the Management Committee as Honorary Secretary in 2023 and continues in the role.

Chiou See Anderson


Chiou See is the immediate past president of NCWQ and current President of NCWA.

She is a FCPA, a Graduate of the AICD Program 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 20s managing a diverse range of businesses including a motor dealership, a coal mining firm and a top 5 Queensland legal practice before helping the Queensland 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 15 years to design and build her dream retirement community in 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.

In May 2022, Chiou See was elected Assistant Treasurer and Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the International Council of Women. She is the first and only member of the National Council of Women to hold simultaneous offices at State, National and International levels.

In September 2022, Chiou See was appointed by the Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet to the Women Economic Equality Task Force. This taskforce was established to provide advice to the Australian Government to support the advancement of women’s economic equality and achieve gender equality.

Esha Sharma


An ambitious and curious thinker, passionate about driving positive change in scientific industries. Experienced in pure medicine, research and health industries within quality, compliance and project management Esha has a proven record of ensuring transformative results for clients and employers.

Practised in Intellectual property law, risk management, quality systems, regulatory management, operational planning, business development, change management, project management and compliance.

Ronda Nix

Ronda Nix (OAM)


Ronda is a delegate for Forum Communicator’s Inc to NCWQ and is a NCWQ Bursary Coordinator. She has a background in Business Management and IT and has been a Company Director, Company Secretary and Board Member.

Ronda possesses high level organisational skills and has considerable experience in various voluntary administrative roles including President/Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and on Constitutional Committees and Finance Committees responsible for administering large budgets. She also has a vast amount of experience in conducting large events and functions.

For her commitment to sport, Ronda has received numerous awards such as Queensland Government Service to Sport Award, Queensland Sports Administrator of the Year, Distinguished Service Awards and Long Service Awards and Life Memberships. She is an internationally qualified hockey Tournament Director who has been in charge of numerous international, national and state tournaments. She was appointed to the technology team for hockey at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Ronda has conducted hockey officiating courses and workshops for many years and mentors and assesses officials, both men and women, for their State and Australian accreditation. She has been recognised by all levels of government for her work with hockey and in 2013 was awarded an OAM for her service to the sport.

Ronda hopes to see improved gender equity in sports management in future, with the appointment of more female CEOs to state and national sporting organisations.

Ramona McGregor - Pilot Partners

Ramona McGregor

Vice president

Ramona has been an important member of the NCWQ Committee for several years, most recently as Treasurer and now as Vice President.

She is passionate about helping women access education and courses to help them build skills and knowledge to empower them in life. She has come on board to lend her skills and expertise to the NCWQ, its members and its networks.

Ramona is a Chartered Accountant working as the manager of the taxation services specialty team at a mid-tier accounting firm. Her area of expertise is specialist taxation, however she possesses a very broad knowledge base across a wide range of business, finance and compliance matters. As part of her role, she has experience with attending to bookkeeping and financial reporting obligations for businesses, as well as dealing with charity and not-for-profit requirements.

In her downtime, Ramona enjoys playing soccer, board games sessions with friends and rock climbing.

Cheryl Gray

Vice President / Media & Publications Committee Chair

As CEO of Australia’s longest running networking group for women in business, Cheryl Gray has the honour of celebrating and supporting the success of thousands of women business owners and leaders.

Having built her own successful communication and public relations firm following more than 25 years’ experience in consulting, she took on the national leadership role with Women’s Network Australia in 2021.

Based in Brisbane, Cheryl began her career as a journalist at Queensland’s leading daily newspaper, The Courier-Mail, where she spent almost a decade reporting, before moving into a role as Senior Media Advisor for a prominent female Queensland Senator and then leader of a national political party.

Cheryl’s private sector roles have included consulting to diverse clients ranging from fintech start-ups to multi-national and global enterprises. She has worked extensively with government agencies and in the not-for-profit sector.

Cheryl has held a number of not-for-profit Board roles and has operated the Mulberry Seed Communication consultancy in Brisbane for seven years.

Aligning with her mission to support and empower women, Cheryl is also the Oceania Market Lead for WEConnect International – an organisation that aims to put more money in the hands of women-owned businesses.

She has supported NCWQ's communication effort through social media and website content.

Olivia Anders

Olivia Anderson


Olivia is an experienced finance manager working across an aged care and technology portfolio, with responsibility for a wide range of business functions.

She demonstrates a strong customer focus and emphasis on client relationships.

Kathy Cavanagh Bursary Program manager

Kathy Cavanagh


Kathy 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.

A wide-ranging career both within Australia and internationally has developed broad skills in communication, management and coordination, adapting to change. Writing skills in varied contexts, evidenced by production of second edition of self-funded booklet on cancer experiences, distributed to support other women and their families experiencing cancer.

Coordination, team work and management skills in bursary coordination role, working with over 100 people, including sponsors for 40 bursaries in 2020; coordinators and selection panel members; and recipients. Flexibility in adapting established processes within the COVID-19 environment to meet the required outcome of meeting sponsor conditions in the selection and recognition of bursary recipients.

"The 115-year history of NCWQ provides the knowledge, strength and basis for ongoing growth and relevance of the organisation today. I have the commitment, time and passion to be part of an NCWQ that continues to reflect the needs of women and families through ongoing support of our advocacy and research role through the advisers; enabling female students through the bursary program; and emerging directions, focussing on what NCWQ offers to its affiliated organisations and associates."

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall

Committee member

Rebecca is an experienced executive in trade, investment and education engagement, working in government, not-for-profits.

Most recently, she was Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia and formerly led Austrade’s engagement in promoting Australia’s international education sector.

Prior to joining the Australian Government, Rebecca led international education strategy for both the Queensland and Victorian Governments.

In various roles, Rebecca has contributed her skills and passion for international education through economic development, international relations, strategy development and industry engagement. She has worked across local, state and federal governments, peak bodies and education providers.

Her not-for-profit board experience includes appointments to International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Branch and the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) and as board member and deputy chair of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of International Business Relations and a Master of International Relations and is also a Graduate of the AICD.

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Kley McPherson

Webmaster (non-committee)

NCWQ Honorary Life Members

NCWQ Honorary Life Members include the following:

Dr Laurel Macintosh OBE, MB BS, DO, FRACO

Mrs Val Cocksedge OAM, DipHSc

Mrs Ailsa Scurr Dip.T

Mrs Noela O’Donnell AM

In recognition of the work done by these members: Download list of NCWQ Honorary Life Members for 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 (pdf 30kb). Source: NCWQ Annual Reports.

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