Women in Business & Regional Development (WiBRD) presented their four new Board Members Ebony Moulden of Bersee Legal, Toni Vorenas of Metro Bakery & Café, Nicole Reschke of Koonara Wines and Liz Rymill who is a primary producer and broadcaster with ABC Radio at their Annual General Meeting on October the 8th 2019 at the Commodore on the Park.
The announcement of the new high-profile Board comes at a great time for the network which is celebrating the momentum from the successful 2019 Influential Women in Business Awards. Jacinta Jones, Managing Director of the Blue Lake Building Group and Cathy Beckman of Salts of the Earth were re-elected unopposed as Chair and Deputy Chair of the network. Harriet Keatley of Landmark Keatley has stepped into the role of Treasurer. Reflecting on the announcement of the Board, Jacinta added that “each of the Board members come with an extensive skill set and put the organisation in a great position as we plan for 2020 and beyond.”
A proportion of the AGM was dedicated to thanking and celebrating the departing Board Members Cathy Lunnay and Caitlin Kennedy who stepped down in early September to make way for Toni and Ebony to join the Board along with Di Ind and Lauren Milich who retired from the Board prior to the AGM. Each Board member were thanked for their invaluable contributions and volunteer time they have committed to our network during their tenure as Board members.
The retirement of former Chair, Di Ind was acknowledged by former Board Member Fiona Pulford at the AGM. As a Board Member for over 6 years, and a Chairman for 3 years, Di’s contribution has been instrumental in the networks success. Fiona congratulated Di on her tenure, commenting that she has been the driving force behind a number of key initiatives such as the Hall of Fame.
In her Chairman’s address, Jacinta highlighted the importance of acknowledging the organisations accomplishments and looking forward to the potential in our future. This was evident as Women in Business & Regional Development celebrated 20 years, which was an opportunity to reflect and celebrate how far the network has come.
On reflection the 2018-19 year has had many highlights for WiBRD which has seen the implementation of a number of processes and programs to improve the networks operational efficiencies including the launch of the new website. On top of this, Women in Business & Regional Development hosted over 21 events for their Members, Partners and community which support their core values as a networking organisation. Jacinta went on to say that the organisations priorities in the coming year will be to ensure the board and organisation are supported to do their best work through strong communications, streamlining processes and a renewed commitment to our core members, partners and community.
WIBRD is a not for profit organisation with a vision to empower women to achieve their goals. Their supportive environment with like – minded women has encouraged women to build confidence, network and develop skill sets. The Board are passionate about their mission to ignite, support, advocate and celebrate through our community.
Board Members of Women in Business & Regional Development are elected to the Board for a two-year tenure, there is a maximum 6 year term for each Board Member.