Meet Our Boards

Founder, Patron and Ambassador

Founder

Fiona McDonald

Fiona McDonald’s career began as a light vehicle apprentice, during which Fiona started a networking group for women in trades, building relationships and establishing partnerships with business and industry.

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Ambassador

Kendra Heil

AFLW player Kendra Heil from the Essendon Bombers, a painter, has joined the TWA Community Foundation team as an Ambassador.

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Tradeswomen Australia Board Members

Jane Sydenham-Clarke
TWA CHAIR

Jane Sydenham-Clarke

TWA Chair & Non-Executive Director
TWACF Board Member

CEO of Food Frontier, formerly CEO of Skyline Education Foundation Australia and Freemasons Victoria, Jane Sydenham-Clarke has held leadership roles including at Fed Square, Kidney Health Australia and Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct.

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TWA Board Member

Kit McMahon

Non-executive Director
Kit McMahon is a C-Suite executive with 20 years’ leadership experience and an in depth capacity for strategic planning and execution. Significant working knowledge of workforce development, workforce planning, skills (policy and practice), capacity and capability building at industry, organisation, individual, and community level.

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Georgia Ellis TWA Secretary
Company Secretary

Georgia Ellis

TWA Company Secretary

Georgia is a finance professional with a background in mining and infrastructure who has gained experience in operational and corporate roles in Australia, Asia, America and Latin America. She focuses on improving operational outcomes and developing a culture of cost ownership and optimisation, by refining systems and processes.

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TWA Board Member

Amber Stevenson

Non-Executive Director
Amber is the Superintendent of Aboriginal Development at Fortescue Metals Group, with a long-standing career in mining and community services.

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Luana
TWA Board Member

Luana Melis

Non-Executive Director

Luana Melis is a general counsel, company secretary and director with over 20 plus years experience in the property and construction industry.  This includes positions with Mallesons (now King Wood Mallesons), funds manager QIC and developers Grocon and Time & Place.   

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TWA Board Member

Melanie Woodward

Non-Executive Director

Melanie Woodward is currently the CFO of Master Electricians Australia and formerly CFO of Orange Sky Australia. Spanning a 25-year career, Melanie has held leadership and non-executive director roles across the building and construction, financial services, consulting, charity and association industries.

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TWA Board Member

Maree Davenport

Non-Executive Director

Maree Davenport is Managing Director of Government and Corporate Advisory Network, and a strategic advisor specialising in gender equality. An accredited Mediator (NMAS), she holds a Master of Leadership, along with tertiary qualifications in property, communications, risk (GIA) and governance (AICD).

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Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation Board Members

TWACF Chair

Kate Hughes Hallett

Kate supports her clients to tender for and deliver major projects. Kate’s skills in this field are supported by a Bachelor of Civil and Environment Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management.

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TWACF Board Member

Amy Wells

Amy is an engineer with private and public business experience. Skilled at growing people and business, Amy is often the foundation stone in times of change when teams and organisations are looking to scale, are scaling, or need to reshape.

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TWACF Board Member

Jo Farrell

Jo’s career spans over two decades and across multiple spectrums of the industry. A qualified carpenter by trade, licensed builder, certified building designer and now

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TWACF Board Member

Richard Dent

Richard Dent OAM FAICD has exercised leadership for a better world for more than 25 years.  As a Chair, Board Member, CEO and Executive across multiple for-purpose organisations he has focused on inclusion, equity, governance, strategy and leadership. 

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TWACF Board Member

Ruth Palmer

Ruth Palmer is a well-known business leader in the Northern Territory. With a Master of Business and over seven years of experience as Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, she has become an adept and strategic leader in membership-based organisations.

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TWACF Board Member

Radmila Desic AM

Radmila was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for her significant service to women in the construction industry, and to unemployed youth.

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TWACF Board Member

Erica Pegorer

An experienced Executive Director in a PJP, with a demonstrated history of working in the educational and mission leadership.

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Thank you to our Strategy Council for the incredible contribution they have made to our organisation!