Executive Committee


QRRRWN’s volunteer board brings together an exceptional group of talented women who are inspired to offer their time, experience, and effort for RRR women of Queensland.  They believe in the future of rural Queensland and in the capacities of women in those communities to make a difference for themselves and others. 

The board meets by phone hook up monthly with face-to-face meetings occurring twice a year. An executive of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer can make critical decisions between meetings.  Each meeting, board members report on the actions taken to progress various portfolios including communications, membership, social media, annual conference, partnerships and sponsorships, projects and finances.

The QRRRWN's Board is composed of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Members. All of these positions are completely voluntary and are elected annually by QRRRWN members.

Alison Mobbs - President

Alison is a director and secretary of Mobbs Cattle Co Pty Ltd; breeding beef cattle south of Blackall in the central west of Queensland. She and her husband have in the past few years diversified into earthworks and most recently have purchased a motel in Longreach.
Alison has many years experience in devising and delivering community based cultural and skill development projects, events and training. Her interests are wide ranging and include business, the arts, tourism, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, community development and education.
Alison has completed a Master of Business Administration majoring in Leadership as well as Bachelors of Teaching and Education. She has had governance experience as a councillor on the Murweh Shire and as a community representative on steering committees and ministerial and other advisory boards.
Alison was previously the vice president of the Queensland Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network and  a branch president and Agricultural and Environment Advisor to the Queensland Country Women’s Association.
Her experience is in engaging stakeholders, working with community members from a diverse range of groups, providing effective facilitation, developing ideas and delivering great outcomes.
Alison would like to leverage the strength of QRRRWN to rally women in rural, regional and remote communities from across Queensland to find and use their voice to be better heard and understood, particularly by people of influence. And similarly, she would love women from ‘rrr’ communities to develop the skills to better hear and understand others so that their surging energy can be thoughtfully directed towards areas of most impact.

TRUDY AZZOPARDI - VICE PRESIDENT

Trudy Azzopardi is the local Bank Manager for Westpac based at Roma. Trudy is passionate about helping women achieve and connect through networks such as QRRRWN. From growing up on farming properties in regional NSW to working for Westpac over the last 12 and a half years Trudy has spent the majority of her time in regional communities throughout NSW and QLD and is familiar with the challenges and opportunity that many rural women face.

Trudy's time with Westpac has taken her on a development pathway from teller, through sales roles into leadership at a young age. Since this time Trudy has developed a strong leadership skill set with extensive finance industry knowledge including understanding the needs and requirements of small to medium enterprise businesses.


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Bronwyn Reid

Bronwyn Reid is a small business owner and entrepreneur whose passion is helping small business grow – especially  those in regional areas.   

Her new venture – Mining for Business – will be her third startup, all from the regional Queensland base of Emerald. 

Bronwyn is a driven and vocal advocate for regional businesses, and is active in a number of groups and committees that promote regional business growth. Her firm belief is that sustainable businesses are a pre-requisite for sustainable regional communities.    

Bronwyn is a Central Highlands local, having grown up on a property near Capella. After several years of living and working overseas, mostly in developing nations, Bronwyn and her husband Ian settled in Emerald and established 4T Consultants in 1996. 


 

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Fiona O'Sullivan

Fiona has worked in a range of roles with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for the last 17 years including Inspector, Training and Development Officer and Operations Manager.   She now manages the Agriculture Strategy Unit of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, where her small team work closely with industry and government stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to high risk issues in the agriculture industry. 

 Having grown up on a family grazing property in the Gympie district, she went on to work in a number of rural businesses before studying Occupational Health and Safety at the Central Queensland University. More recently she graduated from QUT where she studied Public Sector Management.  

Fiona brings a practical perspective to workplace safety and has a passion for improving safety through communication and good work design. Her current priorities are to work with stakeholders to see a reduction in death and serious injuries from quad bikes, to improve the safety and wellbeing of travelling workers in the horticulture industry and to get people working together to find practical solutions to high risk issues through the beef supply chain.    

Recently appointed to the Board of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network, she is eager to work with members and the broader community to have a practical conversation about workplace safety.  

   


Kara Pennisi

I was born and raised on the darling downs in a small town called Stanthorpe (more precisely in the township of Amiens).  As a result of my upbringing I am acutely aware of the hardships but also the significant benefits of rural and remote areas.  Some of my family still resides in Stanthorpe so I regularly travel back there.  When I finished school, I moved to Brisbane and did a double degree at university in Law and Psychology.
 
I was admitted as a lawyer in the QLD Supreme Court in December 2008.  I have been practising property and agribusiness law for the last 6 years.  I have experience in various general property law including:

• commercial and retail leasing;
• commercial, residential and rural conveyancing;
• advice and preparation of documentation for related party purchases, sales or transfers of property for primary production businesses and superannuation funds;
• advice and dealings in respect of leasehold land including transfers, obtaining ministerial consent and surrendering and applying for permits to occupy for roads and live-stock routes;
• property due diligence on commercial, residential and rural properties;
• development and strata titling work including advice in relation to Body Corporate and Community Management schemes;
• transfer duty advice;
• research and advice on the effect of environmental legislation including the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) and Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (Qld);
• research, interpretation and advice on different pieces of legislation;
• advice and assistance on transferring, surrendering or obtaining water entitlements including water licenses, water permits and water allocations from both the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and bulk water providers in Queensland;
• negotiating and preparing contribution agreements for the resumption of roads;
• exposure to preparation and/or negotiation of commercial documentation such as trust deeds, commercial business contracts and general asset protection issues; and
• general property work.

I have practised and completed the above transactions in both Queensland and in New South Wales. In relation to New South Wales water entitlements, I have arranged for the relevant shares to be transferred via the relevant water boards in respect of rural property. I have also done some advice work in the Western Australian jurisdiction particularly in relation to Native Title.

My legal role allows me to travel to various regional and remote centres and to continue to support regional and remote areas.


 

Kalair McArthur

Kalair has grown up in Australia and in countries around the world watching her father work with communities to explore new and innovative agricultural farming practices in line with sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes.  She takes all of this knowledge and some amazing life experiences into every project she gets involved with.

Kalair has completed a degree in Biology and worked for both state and federal environmental agencies with key roles in liaison and communication.

She shifted out of government and went into private enterprise working on several significant environmental impact assessments (EIS's) moving from a technical role into full project management and coordination, including liaison across all levels of government.

She moved fields entirely managing a communications company delivering key return-on-investment strategies and programs for clients and larger projects.

Kalair has worked in several volunteer roles to develop a strong local network of businesses and assist them in gaining access to key resource and opportunities.

This has included facilitating topical local networking events and major industry forums.

Today she enjoys using the range of skills and cross-section of experiences she has gathered in previous roles to deliver and facilitate strategic economic programs and projects across the Fitzroy and Central West Region on behalf of Regional Development Australia.


Board Contacts

Contact details for all the QRRRWN's Executive and Board members are listed below:
 Position Person Phone  Email 
 President Alison Mobbs 0458 888 976 president@qrrrwn.org.au
 Vice President Trudy Azzopardi   trudy@qrrrwn.org.au
 Secretary Davida Melksham
secretary@qrrrwn.org.au
 Treasurer Bronwyn Reid 0417 602 981 bronwyn@qrrrwn.org.au




 Board Member Fiona O'Sullivan   fiona@qrrrwn.org.au
 Board Member Kara Pennisi 0422 234 839 kara@qrrrwn.org.au
 Board Member

Kalair McArthur


kalair@qrrrwn.org.au 

Past Presidents

The QRRRWN has been ably led by a variety of committed, enthusiastic women since it was founded in 1993. Past Presidents:

  2014- present Alison Mobbs
  2010-2014
Georgie Somerset
  2009-2010
Georgie Somerset and Wendy Agar (joint presidents)
  2007-2009
Linda Silburn
  2006-2007
Andrea Middleton
  2004-2006
Di Gresham
  2001-2004
Moya Sandow
  2000-2001
Lillian Lever
  1999-2000
Rosemary Burnett
  1997-1999
Barbara Anderson
  1996-1997
Myra Dingle
  1993-1996
Jan Darlington
  • ·         Presently a Senior Credit Analyst for NAB Agribusiness, based in Toowoomba
  • ·         Having been in my current role for 12 years, being the analysis of rural / agribusiness credit applications both large and small.
  • ·         In October 2014 I recorded 20 year’s service with NAB, undertaking varying customer facing roles in North West NSW before moving to Toowoomba in 2002
  • ·         I have a degree in Commerce, majoring in Agribusiness and Marketing from the University of New England.
  • ·         I grew up on a rural property located at Old Koreelah (half an hour east of Killarney – just across the NSW/Qld border)
  • ·         My parents are still on the property producing Hereford cattle and farming corn, oats and soy beans.
  • ·         I regularly return to the property as an ‘escape’ and assist my family
  • ·         I have a sister who lives in Canberra with her partner and their little boy
  • ·         I don’t have any pets, children or husband; I am concentrating on keeping my garden alive, before moving to bigger responsibilities..
  • ·         My pastimes include travel, music, friends and shoes, of which I am sure I don’t have enough..
QRRRWN
PO Box 1568

Toowoomba, QLD 4350
Phone: 1300 795 571


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