Meet Our People

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

CEO of Skyline Education Foundation Australia, formerly CEO at Freemasons Victoria, Jane 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 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

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TWA Board Member

Florence Drummond

TWA Non-Executive Director Florence is Co-Founder of Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia, which is a platform created to bring together Aboriginal and Torres

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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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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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Jane Sydenham-Clarke
TWA CHAIR

Jane Sydenham-Clarke

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

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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

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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Tradeswomen Australia Group Staff

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CEO

Janet Cribbes

Janet brings extensive leadership and community service experience. An Active Board member to St Kilda Community Housing, Chairperson for Wellsprings for Women Inc, Former councillor and Mayor of Port Phillip Council 2004-2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Sciences.

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Staff

Dr Tanya Paterson

Workplace Diversity Officer   Tanya has worked in the gender equity arena for many years across Australia, including TAFE NSW Women’s unit, NSW State Rail,

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Staff

Fearghus Stewart

Apprentice Engagement Officer Fearghus has worked in both commercial and NFP organisations and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business/Commerce from Deakin University.  A key

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Staff

Alison Manton

Communications & Marketing Officer Alison is experienced and formally qualified marketing practitioner with a background in sales, media and publishing. In her career she has

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Staff

Madeline Wells

Apprenticeship Engagement Officer  Madeline has experience in education, the arts, campaigning, organising, caring for country and advocacy. She is a qualified teachers aide, and is

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Staff

Yasara Dissanayake

Workplace Diversity Officer
Experienced in Human Resources and Clinical Mental Health, completing Master of Human Resource Management and undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology, Yasara is passionate about fostering and strengthening diversity initiatives to open doors for women and minorities working in male dominated industries.

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CHELSEA BRYANS
Staff

Chelsea Bryans

Chelsea
Workplace Diversity Officer
Experienced in Work Health and Safety, Human Resource Administration, as well as completing a BA in Politics, International Relations and Islamic studies along with a post-graduate in Human Resource Management, Chelsea is passionate about shifting the workplace culture to better facilitate diversity and equal opportunity for women.

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Staff

Sarah Curley

Administrator
As a construction, business and educational professional, completing a double degree in Construction Management and Design (Architecture) and qualifications in Business Management, Business Administration, Technology and Occupational Health and Safety, Sarah is a passionate advocator in creating gender equity across the board in male dominated industries.

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