Meet Our Boards
Patron, Founder and Ambassador
Dr Susan Alberti AC AO AM
Pioneer Susan Alberti AC, one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, businesswoman, role model and mentor to young women.
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.
AFLW player Kendra Heil from the Essendon Bombers, a painter, has joined the TWA Community Foundation team as an Ambassador.
Tradeswomen Australia Board Members
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.
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.
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.
Amber is the Superintendent of Aboriginal Development at Fortescue Metals Group, with a long-standing career in mining and community services.
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.
Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation Board Members
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.
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.
Charmaine has been a Partner at PwC for 12 years and currently leads PwC’s Enterprise Digital business. This is where industry and subject matter expertise is combined with leading coding capability, delivering custom machine learning, robotics and platform solutions to automate data normalisation, calculations, visualisations and outputs.
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.
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.
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.