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

Margot
Richardson

Treasurer

Passionate advocate, contributor and participant in the rural industry.
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Carmen
O’Keefe

Secretary

Further details to come.
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Juliette
Wright OAM

Board Member

Grazier and founder of GIVIT. Read More

Mary
Lockton

Board Member

Passionate about building community in rural, regional and remote areas.
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Caitlin
McConnel

Board Member

Further details to come.
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Melissa
Brooke

Board Member

Further details to come.
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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.

To Be Announced

Vice President

Margot Richardson, FCPA, GAICD, FGIA

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.

Carmen O’Keefe, GAICD

Secretary

Originally from the Central West of NSW, Carmen recently finished her first rewarding career in Canberra as an Executive Director and Senior Advisor in Federal Government. In 2021 she transitioned to the mining and resource sector, which saw Weipa, in Far North Queensland, become her new backyard. Excitingly, Weipa has given Carmen’s family an amazing home in a small, thriving community of hard-working, fun & adventure-loving women and families. Cape York has thrown the family the ‘challenges’ of living remotely (patiently waiting for the barge for their supplies and enjoying the outdoors while avoiding crocs). Yet, it has exceeded their dream to live in one of the most diverse and beautiful areas of our country.

Specialising in governance, complex program management, public policy and financial performance led Carmen to design and implement the governance structure for the new National Disaster Recovery and Resilience Taskforce for the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet in 2021. (Formerly the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, now known as Australia’s National Emergency Management Agency). Prior, she delivered the Australian Army’s first program management framework resulting in the approval of $24bn in new capability funding from Australia’s National Investment Committee. Carmen considers herself fortunate to volunteer for two charities close to her heart; Ronald McDonald House Charities and Tangaroa Blue, who work tirelessly across our beautiful Queensland coastline to monitor and remove marine debris. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Master of Business Administration.

The lived and worked experience in FNQ has shown me the inspiration and motivation networks like ours bring into our homes and communities. The contribution I can make to QRRRWN is through board governance, administration and promotion and representation of the network across Federal and local Governments. My current role in commercial services allows me to support employment inclusion & diversity initiatives in the Western Cape region, where I work closely with community groups and local businesses. The women of Cape York are passionate and proud of the region we are lucky to live in. I am excited to further foster and strengthen the connections between the
amazing membership of QRRR women and Cape York
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Juliette Wright OAM

Board Member

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. 

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.

Caitlin McConnel

Board Member

Caitlin is a Senior Associate at ClaytonUtz, specialising in agricultural legislation and policy, focusing on ESG, climate change litigation, and water law. In March 2020, Caitlin was recognised as one of the top 50 early-career lawyers in Australia as an Australasian Lawyer 2020 Rising Star. In March 2022, she was also recognised as one of the top 16 agribusiness professionals under 40 in Australia as a Young Gun of Agribusiness by The Australian Ag Journal.

Caitlin is also a sixth-generation grazier whose passion for agriculture stems from
her work on her family’s historical property, which produces beef cattle in
Toogoolawah, Queensland. Her family is the oldest family business in Queensland
and one of the oldest in Australia. Caitlin works closely with her parents in respect of their operations at “Cressbrook”, and she represents the family as a historical
spokesperson.

Alongside her professional pursuits, Caitlin is an advocate for youth in agriculture
and agribusiness, and mental health& wellness in the legal and agricultural sectors. She is currently a Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Future Farmers Network and a Director of the Royal Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) Foundation. She has contributed to a great number of forums on topics pertaining to climate risk, agriculture, as well as mental health and wellness.


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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