Chief Executive Officer

Empower Change at Tradeswomen Australia Group

The current CEO, Janet Cribbes has advised the TWA Group Board that, after a tenure which has resulted in setting up strong foundations and the establishment of a strong, impactful and growing team, she wishes to step down from the role, and pursue other opportunities.

With this news, the Board of TWA Group are now recruiting for the next CEO of Tradeswomen Australia.

About us:

At Tradeswomen Australia Group, we’re dedicated to creating equitable trade sector in Australia by empowering women to excel and thrive and supporting industry and organisations in the sector to create inclusive, diverse and equitable cultures.

As a small yet impactful not-for-profit, centering lived experience of women in male dominated trades, we’re committed to fostering a workplace of safety, equality, and growth.

At a time when Australia is putting significant resources and plans to address our national skill shortage, and putting forward plans for equality and equity across our workforce, the Board of Tradeswomen Australia group is looking for our next Chief Executive Officer to lead the charge for change.

The role: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

As CEO of Tradeswomen Australia Group, you’ll lead a passionate team striving to promote gender equity across traditionally male-dominated trades. Drive advocacy, cultivate vital partnerships, and steer strategy to inspire lasting transformation. Your role will be pivotal in elevating our brand, supporting and nurturing our excellent team, growing our revenue base to achieve our mission, and implementing initiatives with real-world impact.


While the majority of our work is undertaken in Melbourne and Sydney, we are flexible as to the location for this position and are committed to our employees having access to a COVID safe office environment while enabling flexible work options.

Your responsibilities:

Champion equality: Lead the charge in creating a more inclusive landscape within non-traditional trades.

Shape strategy: Develop and execute our strategic plan, steering our mission with innovation and purpose.

Engage partners:  Be the face of our organization, connecting with stakeholders, media and the community to amplify our impact.

Elevate reputation and position: Share our story, showcase achievements, and foster trust to elevate our brand. Amplify our brand by sharing our successes and building trust within the industry.

Identify and address risks: Identify challenges and proactively manage risks to sustain our initiatives.

Fuel growth: Secure funding through grants and innovative partnerships to propel our expansion.

Design and implement programs that make a difference: Develop impactful initiatives that increase women and girls’ participation and retention in non-traditional trades.

Inspire team: Lead, motivate, and support our talented team, fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusive environment.

What we’re looking for:

Advocate for equity: You’re deeply committed to diversity, inclusion, and motivated to drive lasting change.

Strategic leader: With 5+ years of leadership experience, you’re experienced at supporting teams and adept at steering organizations to success.

Innovative visionary: You’re a strategic thinker who transforms ideas into impactful actions strategies and results.

Pro at revenue generation: Your ability to secure grants and partnerships sets you apart.

Compelling communicator: From stakeholders to narratives, you wield communication with finesse.

Industry insight: You’re attuned to non-traditional trades and gender equity issues in Australia.

Why join us:

Lead transformation: Be at the forefront of an organization catalyzing meaningful change.

Collaborative atmosphere: Thrive in an inclusive, innovative, and supportive work culture.

Strategic impact: Your leadership will steer our direction and bring about real-world change.

Growth prospects: Grow as we expand our reach and amplify our impact.

Who are we looking for?

We know that there are many pathways to leadership – often many not yet known by recruiters and Boards. While we are looking for people who have experience and capability in a core set of skills – financial acumen, staff management, stakeholder and client engagement, program delivery/design – we know that there are a range of ways of developing skills required to be a CEO of TWA.

We want to hear from people who can run a business but also have transferable skills in the area of advocacy, working with governance boards and senior leadership and, understanding of the impacts of women (and their lived experience) in male dominated trades.

Application process:

Send your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and passion for gender equity to the Chair,  by 11pm on Sunday the 1st of October 2023.

Applications should:

  • Include a cover letter which speaks to the requirements of the role and selection criteria (previous experience
  • A CV/Resume

Please note that applications will not be required to submit referees however applicants are advised that they will be required, should you progress to shortlisting and interview.

Employees of Tradeswomen Australia will hold the right to work in Australia for an ongoing permanent role and, not be a disqualified director or person by ASIC and the ACNC.

An attractive package commensurate with experience for this role will be negotiated with the successful candidate. 

Further information

Applicants are asked to familiarise themselves with the work of Tradeswomen Australia and the following links are provided as a guide.


Any queries about this role can be directed in the first instance to the Chair of Tradeswomen Australia, Kit McMahon, via email