Key positions and officeholders are:
President – Chiou See Anderson
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.
Vice President and 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 since 2004. She has held various positions including that of President from 2011 – 2015.
For over 6 years, she was 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”.
Treasurer – Paula Ivanovic
Paula has always been interested in community service work. She was an active member of Quota International for over 30 years until this year. She is currently taking a break an looking at other options. She served as an Honorary Treasurer for NCWQ 2013 – 2017.
A CPA, she worked in the accounting field with Telstra for 35 years and since retiring in 2014 has made the most of her leisure time, indulging in her favourite passions, travel, reading and solving cryptic crosswords.
Paula was born and schooled in western Queensland and has a special interest in the plight of the farming communities, many of whom are suffering increasing stress from the current drought.
Secretary – Avril Kent
Avril arrived in Australia with her husband and two young children in January 1976. During her working life she has worked in child care, lifestyle lecturing and for well over 25 years in the examination department at QUT (in a part time capacity). Now retired (but busier than ever), she is coming up to her 30th anniversary of membership with Quota International where she has held many positions including Governor of the 30th District (now Region 13). Avril is a keen golfer and has been President of her golf club at one time, while serving on the committee in many roles over the years. Avril became an Associate member of NCWQ in 2011 after serving as a delegate to Q1 Brisbane City for some years, and became a member of the Management Committee and served in the capacity of Honorary Secretary for four years from 2012 – 2016.
State Coordinator – Dr Pat Pepper
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.
Kathy Cavanagh – Bursary Coordinator
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. 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.
Supre Paleyanda Ponnappa
Ms. Supre Ponnappa is a young scientist in STEM, aspiring to contribute to the field of biosensors. She completed her Doctoral Studies in the field of Material Science from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. As a Materials Scientist Supre Ponnappa has developed and used a simple technique for synthesizing polymers called “Electropolymerization” for detecting nucleic acids and the mi-RNA from the novel ovarian cancer cell.
Recently she has been awarded “Higher Degree Research Student Award 2019” in August by Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT, Brisbane. She has also published five peer reviewed articles and in July 2019 one of her published work was chosen as a cover page in theJournal “Polymer Chemistry” Impact factor (4.9), and has gained enormous attention in the field of Bioelectronics community. She is also a recipient of ‘Women Return to Work Bursary” by NCWQ in 2018. Apart from her academic life, Supre was involved in volunteering “Share the Dignity; It’s in the bag” by collecting the bags across universities as a part of NCYWQ. She was also the keynote speaker in the Redlands Cancer Council AGM 2018, for creating awareness about “Early Cancer Detection using Biosensors”.
Sandy’s association with NCWQ began over ten years ago when she served as President for Quota International of Brisbane City, for which she is now a delegate. New to the NCWQ Management Committee Sandy is also on the QI Region 13 Board serving as Treasurer. 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 supporting Horse Riding for the Disabled and volunteering at the Jardine Street Spastic Centre and while at University volunteering in the Early Intervention Special Education Program. Her career spanning thirty-five year in Education saw her many roles focusing on helping others. She joined Quota International of Kingaroy in 1996 and served for two years as a member of and then Chairman of the Board of St Mary’s Catholic School. Now retired, Sandy supports her local community by coordinating collection of toiletries for a local Women’s Refuge and Mental Health Unit with support from her Quota Club. Sandy also enjoys living close to family, art classes, aqua aerobics and kayaking.
Kirsty 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 Ailsa Scurr
Mrs Val Cocksedge OAM, DipHSc
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. Compiled by: Noela O’Donnell 2011- 2012