Management 2021-2022

Management Committee, Key Positions & Officeholders

NCWQ President 2021-2022

Chiou See Anderson

President

Born in Singapore, Chiou See arrived in Brisbane in 1988 to complete her Accounting degree at QUT. Over the next 15 years, she had a variety of careers spanning running a 2 site Ford dealership, accounting for an Italian coal mining company and marketing for a large Queensland legal firm before starting a business advisory consulting business.

During her business advisory career, Chiou See’s clients included a prominent Brisbane family business, the Queensland government and various construction industry unions. A subsequent business review of the Royal Queensland Aero Club in the late 90s resulted in a full-time appointment. During the 5-year tenure, an international flying school and an aircraft engineering school were added to the portfolio and Chiou See successfully secured the first overseas airline training contract to Brisbane in the early 2000s.

In 2003, whilst completing her MBA, Chiou See’s class modelled the aggregate purchasing power of the world’s ageing population. Later that year, she secured a block of land in the Daisy Hill koala habitat with a view to starting a retirement village. A development application refusal resulted in a lengthy and costly appeal in the Planning & Environment Court. The preliminary court approval was handed down in Jan 2007 with final negotiations concluding in Mar 2008. Elements started construction in late 2009.

Today, Elements Retirement Village is fully complete with 123 villas and is home to 170 seniors.

GAIL KER OAM, NCWQ Board

Gail Ker OAM

Hon Secretary

Over the past 20 years, Gail Ker OAM, DUniv's vast industry experience and arguably unrivalled expertise in the Australian multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors has seen her change countless lives for the better.

A nationally lauded and award winning visionary, Gail is the CEO of Access Community Services Ltd where, with humility, compassion and a tireless work ethic, she leads her nearly 300 staff in pursuit of their organisational vision; to create social, cultural and economic experiences and opportunities that transform the lives of individuals and communities globally.

Renowned for her expertise in innovative service solutions for newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants, Gail is a recognised thought leader in needs-based community planning, innovative business models, social cohesion, strategic partnerships, employment pathways, funding opportunities and strategic direction. Under her tutelage and leadership, Access has grown from a one room youth employment service in Logan City into one of Australia’s leading organisations in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support, housing and social enterprise services for migrants, refugees and Australian born clients with an annual over turn over in excess of twenty million dollars.

Her often quoted mantra is “Every Client Counts”.

Informed and working at the cutting edge of policy and sector engagement, Gail’s knowledge is actively sought by politicians, industry leaders and research bodies alike, both nationally and internationally. From 2007 to 2014 she attended the UNHCR’s annual consultations with NGO’s in Geneva.

She has several prestigious board appointments including;
Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC) – Deputy Chair
Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA)- Qld Representative on the Executive Migration Council Australia (MCA) - Member
Netball Australia One Netball Advisory Group - Member
Queensland Social Cohesion Implementation Committee – Member
City of Logan Mayor’s Charity Trust Limited Board for Logan City Council - Director
Queensland Public Transport Fares Advisory Panel – Board Member
Logan City of Choice Leadership Team – Co-Deputy Chair and Community Representative
Interim Multicultural Community Reference Group – Member
Logan Community Policing Board – Member
The Mayors Charity Trust Board – Member Migration Council Australia Women's Alliance – Member
Commonwealth Bank of Australia External Cultural Advisory Council – Member
Griffith University Logan Campus Advisory Board – Chair
Queensland Futures Institute – Member

NCWQ Committee Member, Laorraine Hardgrave

Lorraine Hardgrave

Membership Secretary

With over 40 years experience in all three levels of Government and Private Sector roles, including three years based on Norfolk Island providing a Vice Regal support role to her husband, the Administrator, Lorraine has developed a formidable knowledge of Government, public policy, political decision making and how communities work.

Lorraine is a loyal and highly motivated contributor to everything she does. She provides ethical leadership and example to others. Her solid work ethic comes from being raised within a proudly rural producer family with deep ties into the local community.

Lorraine has built a strong and credible reputation for discretion and is highly outcome focused. Her organisational skills in clerical, administrative, advice and fund raising circumstances is highly sought after.

Her deep and genuine commitment to others from diverse cultures, religious and economic backgrounds has built her an eclectic and loyal cohort of admirers. In particular, Lorraine is passionate about fairness and equality of opportunity, respect and decency for older Australians and those needing an advocate. She has always stood up for those who are vulnerable and treats all people with respect.

Career History
Company Director, Private Consulting Business 2008 - current
Patron of various organisations Norfolk Island 2014 - 2017
Office Manager, State Minister 2012 - 2014
Senior Ward Officer, Brisbane City Council 2008 - 2012
Executive Assistant, Springfield Land Corporation 2007 - 2008
Ministerial Office Manager, Executive Assistant - Australian Parliament 1994 - 2007
Executive Assistant, Ernst & Young 1992 - 1994
Office of State Revenue 1992 (temporary role)
Executive Assistant, Hospitality Industry 1991 - 1992
Executive Assistant, Queensland Agent-General (London) 1988 - 1991 Ministerial Executive Assistant, Australian Parliament 1977 - 1988
Community Service and past Patron roles Member Red Cross Sunnybank Branch - current Women & Girls Norfolk Island (WAGNI) 2014 - 2017
Whiteoaks Seniors 2014 - 2017
Quota Club of Norfolk Island 2014 - 2017
Red Cross Australia Norfolk Island Branch 2014 - 2017
RSL Women's Auxiliary 2014 - 2017
Norfolk Island Hospital Auxiliary 2014 - 2017
Country Women's Association 2014 - 2017

Dr Pat Pepper

State Coordinator

Pat Pepper, a delegate to NCWQ from Forum Communicators, is in her second year of service on the NCWQ Management Committee as State Coordinator, having previously served as Treasurer from 2009 to 2013. Since May 2009, Pat has been the NCWQ Environment Adviser.

In this capacity she has prepared many submissions to Government on a variety of environmental issues including impacts of micro and nano plastics, coal seam gas, mega mines etc on Australia’s ground water and the Great Barrier Reef. Coming from a country and a scientific background, the role of researching and reporting on environmental issues is one she relishes. She is currently also NCWA Environment and Habitat Adviser having previously served as NCWA Environment Adviser since 2015.

Professionally, she held several scientific research appointments in the field of Biometry with the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF) until 2012 when she retired. In 2009, she was awarded an Australia Day Award by DPIFin recognition of outstanding contribution to Queensland primary industries.

A member of Forum Communicators since 1980, she has held all offices at the local Club level and many at State level including President. Other volunteer organisations in which she has held office include Women’s Graduates, Community Aid Abroad and Zonta Brisbane West. Other interests include travel, playing golf and bridge, and she is active in her local church.

NCWQ Committee member, Saalihah

Saalihah Seedat

Queen of Events

Saalihah Seedat is a Consultant Clinical Pharmacist, social entrepreneur, philanthropist and mentor who is passionate about leadership, social issues and making a difference in people’s lives.

A mom of 3, Saalihah strikes a work-life balance between working as a Consultant Pharmacist conducting medication reviews in the community sector, a part-time Clinical Pharmacist in private hospital practice and as a My health for life Facilitator. Along with her passion for inspiring and motivating individuals as a personal development and wellbeing specialist, Saalihah is a highly skilled social innovator of change. She says that she owes her success and achievements to her supportive husband who has been her biggest cheerleader since they migrated to Australia in 2002 from Southern Africa.

Saalihah has undertaken voluntary roles with the various Share the Dignity initiatives, Skilling Queenslanders for work programs, and also in the organising of Breast Cancer fundraising events for the Crescents of Brisbane. Saalihah has sponsored a NCWQ bursary for an Emerging Female Leader from a culturally and linguistically diverse background (2019/2020) and has undertaken the role of Mentor to the National Council of Young Women of Qld.

Saalihah has also received the following achievements and accolades: Profiled as part of the global Celebrating Women initiative in 2017; Finalist in the 2018 Access Community Services Ltd Qld Women in Leadership award; Finalist in 2019 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Bowl Of Hygea Qld Pharmacist of the Year Award; City Of Logan 2020 Australia Day Awards, Citizen of the Year Finalist; Finalist in 2020 The 25th International Women’s Day Festival (Gold Coast) Leadership in Community Sector Award; Blackmores Mercie Whellan Women+Wellbeing Awards Finalist 2021.

Cooking and experimenting with different cuisines stirs her soul and she adores stimulating conversation. Saalihah is currently pursuing a Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Pharmacy Aged Care through Monash University. She strongly believes that ‘Knowledge is Power’ and by sharing knowledge we can contribute to a more connected, empowered and united community

Caroline Snow, Vice President

Caroline Snow

Vice President

As an industry expert in governance, risk and compliance and an adviser to associations, not for profits and companies in relation to their company secretariat, I feel that I am well placed to assist NCWQ to support and empower young women. I have 20 years' experience in capital markets and corporate governance, enhanced by executive education and professional training as an advocate. I have previously served on the Management Committee and worked with NCWQ with its Creators of Change program, the pre-cursor to NCYWQ.

I am a keen advocate of equitable access to education for all young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds either through societal or developmental constraints. I look forward to once again utilising my skills for the benefit of members of NCWQ and the broader public to create opportunities for a more accessible and equitable Queensland.

Erin Cunningham

Vice President / Team Bursary

I have been involved with NCWQ since 2014, when I was awarded the inaugural Moreton Bay Regional Council Bursary. Since becoming a financial member and being appointed to the Management Committee for the first time in 2017, I have held the following positions: Acting President: 2018-19, Secretary: 2018-19, Management Committee member: 2017-19, 2020-present, Member of the Bursary sub-committee: 2017-present, Board Member of NCWA: 2018-19.

In June 2020 I was re-elected to the Management Committee after a short break in 2019 to finish my tertiary studies. Shortly after my election, I was appointed as Chair of the Publicity and Marketing sub-committee. I am a strong supporter of the NCWQ Bursary Program and the empowerment it provides to young women in Queensland. For each year of my involvement in the program, I have sat on the selection panel for a number of bursaries. In 2019 and 2020 I was the Coordinator for three bursaries in the program.

In 2018 I saw the formation of the National Council of Young Women of Queensland sub-committee (“NCYWQ”), a longstanding goal of NCWQ. Since its inception, NCYWQ hosted events and coordinated projects to connect and empower Queensland young women.

"In 2020-21 I am committed to focussing on NCWQ’s advocacy objectives and forming improved relationships with our organisational members. I have been an active volunteer from a young age and look forward to strengthening the skills I have obtained in previous roles, in my capacity as Vice President. I enjoy volunteering because of the outstanding benefits to my professional and social skills, and because I enjoy helping people."

Ramona McGregor - Pilot Partners

Ramona McGregor

Treasurer

Ramona is excited to be part of the management committee team at NCWQ to help women across Queensland and give back to the community. 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.

Kathy Cavanagh Bursary Program manager

Kathy Cavanagh

Bursary Program Manager

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."

Ronda Nix NCWQ Board member

Ronda Nix (OAM)

Team Bursary

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.

NCWQ Committee member, Sandy

Sandy Smith

Events & Support

Sandy’s association with Quota began over twenty-five years ago when she lived in Kingaroy.

Currently Sandy is President of and NCWQ delegate for the Quota Club of Brisbane Inc. Sandy has served on the NCWQ Management Committee since 2019 during which time she has played an active role in scanning and uploading NCWQ records to the State Library, writing articles to showcase ‘Women of Note’ from NCWQ’s history and advocating for Endometriosis education in Queensland.

As Past Governor of Quota International 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 volunteered for 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 thirty-five year in Education saw her many roles focusing on helping others.

Sandy, mother of two has a Diploma in Education, Post Grad in Special Education and a Master in Education – Guidance and Counselling. Now retired, Sandy supports her local community by coordinating the collection of toiletries, linen and cleaning products for the local Women’s Crisis Centre run by Maybanke with support from her Quota Club and the local community. She has also held a number of events including an art festival in the South Burnett, Teal events raising money for Ovarian Cancer research in the Redlands, collecting for Share the Dignity and the Heart Foundation.

Operational & Committee Support

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Webmaster (non-committee)

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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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