Chair, Roselynne Anderson
An educator with 45 years experience in Australia and New Zealand. Roselynne is the National President of the Association of Women Educators (AWE) and has been a member for over twenty years, involved in AWE Brisbane Branch and National Executive in a range of voluntary positions. In this role, Roselynne advocates strongly for the local, state, national and international issues affecting women and girls in education. Roselynne, in her employment, is a Special School Principal funded to be the full time President of the Queensland Association of Special Education Leaders (QASEL). She holds membership of a number of professional associations and organisations, and is an inaugural Board member of the Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA) representing special education issues for Queensland on the national and international agenda. Roselynne’s diverse experiences and knowledge of the Queensland Department of Education and Training (DET) processes and policies are an asset in seeking provision of solutions for Special Education Leaders and the effective implementation of Special Education programs that cater for the diversity of needs across all settings in Queensland.
Roselynne continues to be a member of eS4W economic Security 4 Women, since its’ inception in the early 2000s as a Secretariat under the Federal Minister for Women, representing AWE, but also actively advocating for education as a key factor in ensuring lifelong economic security throughout the life cycle for girls and women.
Vice Chair, Christine Hepburn
Christine’s professional life has been dedicated to being a catalyst for positive change.
To inspire, motivate and empower people to take action toward their full potential; to live their brand from the inside out through positive cultural change.
She believes we are innately wired to want to learn and grow and in order to reach our full potential, often all we need is the right knowledge, and a catalyst to help us turn that knowledge into motivated action.
Collaborative in approach, Christine utilises a strategic blend of consulting, facilitating, training, coaching and behavioural analysis, tailored to suit specific outcomes.
Christine’s areas of passion and interest link beautifully with those of her professional world and life experiences.
Considering it a privilege and a pleasure, she advocates and serves for women’s issues through her associations – as Area 5 (Tasmania) Director 2016-2018 of Zonta International; as President of the Zonta Club of Launceston; as a member of the Tasmanian Women’s Council for six years and Chair for two; As a member of eS4W; and Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Tasmania northern region.
A recognised export and business development strategist for National Governments, International Trade Agencies, Business Councils, Universities and Social Enterprises for the Oceania, Northeast and Southeast Asian regions.
She has worked in executive roles in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and China and was a key contributor in the restructure of China’s largest multinational oil and gas company’s exporting and procurement departments to fulfil recognition requirements with the World Trade Organisation. She has been a long time contributor to free trade agreement negotiations and joint ventures with some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest trading nations.
In relation to her association with Economic Security for Women Australia, Melanie was a founding member of the Australian Government’s Women in Global Business Network; past Board Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women and past Board Director for the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry, and a Board Director of the White Ribbon Say No to Violence Campaign New Zealand. She has provided policy advice to international forums including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women’s Leaders Network and the Small Business Network, and was former Australia Singapore Young Business Ambassador. She was also on the organising committee for the inaugural G20 Women’s Dialogue hosted by Australia in 2014.
Melanie’s board expertise includes risk management, inter-country trade relations, employee relations, environmental sustainability, grant and venture capital acquisition to support new business, social enterprises and charities. Amongst her professional and philanthropic pursuits, she is currently writing with healthcare collaborators, a book on sustaining human vitality during stressful encounters.
Dianne believes in empowerment through knowledge. Building confidence in your financial world. With over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Planning profession, and over 10 years as a practicing Certified Financial Planner, Dianne’s specialist qualifications include Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and Direct shares. She has also held senior roles in funds management, insurance, superannuation; and now is the Director of Jade Financial Group. A family orientated business, working hard to provide Clients with, honest, long term financial advice in order to turn their goals into reality.
In 2010 Dianne founded the Jade Kids Foundation – a not for profit organisation helping our next generation to make better money choices for a secure financial future.
Dianne is a proud member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and in 2012 and 2013 was a Finalist in the AFA Female Excellence in Advice Award. Now Dianne sits on the board as the AFA’s Queensland Director, helping to provide its members with a voice and to continually improve practices. Particularly, Dianne is committed to improving Financial Literacy and leads the AFA Financial Literacy Working Group on important issues for women and our elderly.
Dianne is an active member of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, and in 2014 Jade FG was awarded the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award. She has previously been a finalist in the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. More recently Dianne and Jade FG have qualified as “Most Trusted Adviser” status from the Beddoes Institute, voted by our clients.
A Business Performance Strategist with 30 years consultative experience across corporations, businesses and all levels of government. Judith has diverse disciplines and expertise focusing on mentoring, due diligence, governance and risk assessment. She has a lifetime experience of entrepreneurship including manufacturing, engineering, construction, export, import, retail and design. Judith is a founding Director, CFO and CoCEO of Justice Equality Rights Access (JERA) International. She holds and has held positions on a number of Boards including National Foundation of Australian Women (NFAW), Riding for the Disabled Association Australia RDAA, the Council of Small Businesses of Australia (COSBOA), past National President of Business and Professional Women Australia (BPWA) and was Founding Chair of Security 4 Women. Judith has several occasions been a CSO Expert Advisor on Australian Government delegations to UN CSW and to the APEC Women in the Economy Summit (WES).