Our Board

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​RRR Women, also known as Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN), deliver on strategic objectives designed to support and develop the capacity of Queensland RRR women through education, to overcome adversity, develop leadership and participate in decision-making. ​

Our Executive Board of Directors are passionate about our purpose to CONNECT, DEVELOP and INSPIRE the wonderful women in Rural, Regional and Remote Queensland, and help them build better futures.​

The Board meet 6-7 times per year to provide strategic direction for organisational growth and development, and continuously advocate for Queensland RRR women state-wide and federally. ​

Julie
Mayne

President

Grazier, artist. Ensuring the contributions of RRR women are championed and recognised. Read More

Juliette
Wright OAM

Vice President

Grazier and founder of GIVIT. Read More

Margot
Richardson

Treasurer

Passionate advocate, contributor and participant in the rural industry.
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Priscilla
Stevens-Guiney

Secretary

Courageous leader and advocate for healthy RRR environments and communities.
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Jo
Best

Projects & Events

Proud regional woman helping women create their own paths.
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Erika
Entz

IT & Operations

Recently rural woman with a passion for developing people and businesses through learning & technology.
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Mary
Lockton

Board Member

Passionate about building community in rural, regional and remote areas.
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Message from our President ​

“RRR (rural, regional and remote) women are an economic powerhouse that is not yet fully harnessed by this country, due to their innovation, implementation of technology, dedication to learning and community and entrepreneurial activity. They are the change makers that will drive resilient and vibrant RRR communities and economies that underwrites the prosperity of this nation. They are the solution to many of the headwinds this country faces from the impacts of disasters, responses to climate change, technology implementation and driving innovation and economic activity for the better futures for all of us.”​


Julie Mayne

President

QRRRWN has held a special role in my life over the last couple of years.  It has kept me informed, involved and connected with other likeminded women in our ever-changing world.  I first become involved with QRRRWN as a part of the History Project with Cecily, transcribing interviews, doing book reviews, and interviewing members from which I gained an immense appreciation for the strong history and achievements of many amazing women.  Gosh, did they have some stories to tell!I have worked in the rural industry for 30 years, mostly remotely, as a single mother with two children (now grown and gone). I am a beef breeder and producer situated in central Western Queensland and am slowly expanding my enterprise, and value adding to my business through various creative endeavours.

My skill set is large and varied; a horse trainer, contract musterer, dozer operator, truck driver through to station manager, branded beef marketing and business management, all in a male dominated arena… My strengths are Project Management, visionary and futuristic outlooks for our industry and I consult with various media channels to best promote our rural identity.  I have been featured in Graziher magazine, Wander of the West campaign with Edwina Robertson, Channel 7’s ‘Queensland Weekender’ program, ‘My Way’ on Channel 9, and the Queensland Country Life.  The images of my life have also been used a brand ambassador for various organisations like RB Sellars, and Ergon Electricity. I feel strongly that QRRRWN’s remote members need as much support as possible.

There are a great many remarkable, talented, resilient women who are forging careers, businesses and creating strong focus on community and family, and do it with very little resources.  I would love to have these women onboard, growing the organisation and diversifying QRRRWN into more remote areas through networking, knowledge, creativity and upskilling.I am a passionate advocate, contributor and participant in the rural industry and would love to contribute to this amazing organisation.

Juliette Wright

Vice President

An inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Establishing an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need and championing it to become one of Australia’s leading charities, Juliette is changing how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people, in and out of natural disasters and emergencies. Juliette is also a grazier.

Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in more than 2.5million items donated through GIVIT’s website to directly assist Australians in need. Juliette’s passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need. The GIVIT model ensures the right people get the right things, in the right way – always buying locally. 

As a prominent social justice campaigner, Juliette has been awarded 2015 Australia’s Local Hero by the National Australia Day Council, National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General, The Australian National Innovation Challenge Award, Ernst & Young Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmasters Communicator of the Year, Moreton Bay Citizen of the Year 2016 and inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame. 

Priscilla Stevens-Guiney

Secretary

Priscilla is the Director of the Vice Presidents Office, Global Development. In addition, Priscilla is a Director/Board member for Ecological Society of Australia and previously performed roles as Committee Chair, Committee Member and Treasurer. Her experience/expertise is in environment, conservation, tourism and the higher education sector. As a Director, Priscilla provides senior executive and advisory support to the Vice-President Global Development and represents the office across a range of strategic and operational matters. Priscilla is a commercially focused and collaborative business partner with a proven record in leading highly complex projects in areas such as systems innovation and integration; whole-of-organisation change leadership, business continuity and critical incident preparedness and response.  

Prior to joining CQUniversity, Priscilla worked in the field of conservation and protected area management at Parks Victoria and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. 

Priscilla is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Harvard Business School and earned her MBA from Australian Institute of Business, a Bachelor in Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) from Charles Sturt University and is currently completing her Professional Doctorate with CQUniversity. Priscilla is based in Rockhampton.

Margot Richardson

Treasurer

Margot Richardson joined the QRRRWN Board as Treasurer in February 2021.

Margot Richardson, FCPA, GAICD, FGIA, is a highly qualified and extremely motivated businessperson whose dedication to quality outcomes and learning is only matched by her professional expertise. With more than 40 years business and industry experience, she is a proven manager, strategist, and director. She is a graduate of the Company Directors Course, facilitator of AICD courses and has completed the Mastering the Boardroom program. Margot is also a Fellow of CPA Australia and has extensive experience in the NFP Sector.

A key attribute of Margot’s skillset is her ability to support governance development, and she is passionate about the proper application of good governance. She is also very skilled at managing and supporting strong financial management.

Living and working in Far North Queensland Margot has extensive experience with a broad range of people in the region. She lives on the Atherton Tablelands but has extensive networks throughout Queensland.

Jo Best

Projects & Events

Jo has been serving on the QRRRWN Board since May 2020.

Jo is a Bundaberg girl – born & raised with her 3 sisters in the cane growing district. Her husband hails from Rockhampton & they lived & worked in Mount Isa for three years, before returning to Brisbane to continue their corporate careers and raise their family.

Jo is an executive manager at Hastings Deering (Caterpillar) and has more than 25 years’ experience in several companies including Aurizon, Glencore and Amcor Ltd. Her expertise includes transformational change, business strategy, turnaround commercial performance, visible leadership and employee experience.

Jo is passionate about helping women create their own paths and reach their potential. She has raised 3 boys, assisted others through mentoring and coaching and created workplace programs to drive flexibility, diversity and inclusion. Her efforts were recognized when she won the 2020 Exceptional Woman in Queensland Resources award.

Jo holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Queensland and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certified member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Erika Entz

IT Digital Transformation & Operations

Erika has been serving on the QRRRWN Board since May 2020.

Erika Entz has always been very passionate about people, customers and businesses. Learning & Development and improving Business Processes is the core values of how she lives. Not only she enjoys gaining knowledge, but she always quotes… Gain to Share.. You have to gain knowledge to be able to share knowledge. Certainly something Erika has been doing for decades. 

Currently employed as Head of Implementation & Professional Services at simPRO Software as a global role covering AU, NZ, UK and US implementations operations. simPRO is a global operations management software for trade services industries. Working in the ever changing and hyper growth SaaS industry Erika accustomed to change, and delivering exceptional service to internal and external customers. Other strengths include business operations and systems efficiency and deployment, learning & development, leadership lunch & learn and development program and high performance teams program.  

Her core role is to create strategy, tools, resources and deploy them globally allowing to hire, onboard, educate the Implementation Consultants and also played an inherent role in the development of the customer education program. 

Erika has previously served on the Committee of Management as well as President of QLD for AIOP (Australian Institute of Office Professionals).

The passion to learn and passion to share the knowledge and support organisation lead Erika to wanting to contribute to organisations such as AIOP as Committee Member and President QLD Division in the past and now to QRRRWN. She hopes to bring value and benefits to the members and partners by understanding the needs, collaborating with fellow Board Members and Members and Partners.  Erika’s focus is IT/Data and Systems.

Mary Lockton

Board Member

Mary Lockton is passionate about building community and is a strong advocate for enhancing the services and opportunities available to those living in rural, regional and remote areas.

With over a decade of senior engagement and marketing roles in not-for-profit membership associations, Mary understands how to communicate with a rural audience and how to present rural issues to metropolitan-based entities in engaging and impactful ways.

She has mentored young farmers in bringing their business dreams to life, and supported women through her coaching and mentoring business. Mary believes in proactively creating and driving opportunities for oneself. This drive led her to living and working abroad for many years, continuing her growth and development.

Mary’s passions for networking, engagement and rural opportunities underpin her work with QRRRWN, assisting with membership, marketing and communications for the benefit of building strong networks and opportunities for women, the lifeblood of rural communities.


Past Presidents

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

YEARNAME
2019-2021Tracey Martin
2017-2019Melissa Barnett
2014-2017Alison Mobbs
2010-2014Georgie Somerset
2009-2010Georgie Somerset and Wendy Agar (joint presidents)
2007-2009Linda Silburn
2006-2007Andrea Middleton
2004-2006Di Gresham
2001-2004Moya Sandow
2000-2001Lillian Lever
1999-2000Rosemary Burnett
1997-1999Barbara Anderson
1996-1997Myra Dingle
1993-1996Jan Darlington

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