To achieve social justice for all women by promoting equity, respect, safety and diversity in our communities.
Values & Commitment
At The Centre For Women & Co. we value honesty, openness and acceptance of each other and the services we provide for women, children and the community.
We are committed to instilling hope by using a non-judgemental, empathetic and compassionate world view.
We act with integrity and commitment to professional practice in all interactions with clients, team and the wider community.
Through sharing knowledge we aim to inspire freedom, choice and self-determination.
As a feminist service, we promote structural and systemic change to ensure family wellbeing, non-violence and dignity for all persons.
We respect women’s freedom to choose their pathways to grow. We stand side by side with women to create a sense of belonging and connectedness.
Our Board Of Directors
Marilyn - Director
Marilyn has diverse experience including business ownership and management, commercial and residential property management, administration and account management within the community sector and aged care services. Marilyn is also currently her mother’s full-time carer.
She volunteered for over two years at Logan Women’s and the Hands Across Logan program, where she developed a strong understanding of our clients’ needs and service provision requirements.
Marilyn’s dedication has enabled her to transition to Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer during the 5 plus years she has been a voluntary member of the Board. Marilyn has a strong passion for both women’s services and the community.
Outside her role at The Centre for Women & Co. she enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren, the Gold Coast lifestyle and her lifelong Yoga practice.
Lea – Director and Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee
Lea is the founder of The Mindful Wealth Movement, a uniquely feminine program that empowers women to take control of their relationship with money and create financial wellbeing for themselves and their families. Former Award Winning Financial Adviser, now Global Speaker, Coach and Workshop Facilitator, Lea is passionate about financial well-being and empowering women through creativity and education.
Named 2017 Australian Female Financial Adviser of the Year and 2016 Money Management’s Young Achiever of the Year, Lea’s work has also been featured in many publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Age, Elle and Wellbeing Magazines.
Shweta – Director
Shweta is dedicated to supporting training and development needs, through the belief that ‘passion drives excellence’. She is an experienced educator, with a track record of successful entrepreneurial leadership.
Shweta holds a Ph.D. in Biodiversity, a Masters in Business Administration and a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. She is currently a Lecturer at The University of Queensland but has also held positions at James Cook University and Griffith University.
Based on her research, she has published over 10 works on various education and innovation related topics, including articles in leading journals. She has received a number of globally recognised awards and nominations for teaching, research and service activities.
Stacey – Director & Company Secretary
Stacey has had a strong passion and commitment to the community sector from the beginning of her career. With qualifications in Human Services and Community Development, combined with strong management skills, Stacey helps deliver outstanding results for the community sector. Stacey is also a Director for Brisbane Housing Company and The Independent Social Enterprise Network-Logan.
Her inspiring ideas, an endless desire to do good and the ability to empower others to reach their full potential enable Stacey to be a dynamic and passionate leader. Motivated by the people she works with, Stacey’s entrepreneurial way of thinking inspires people about the possibilities within their own lives and communities.
Stacey loves nothing more than being with her family and friends as well as hanging out with her eight chooks, two dogs and two cats.
tara - director
Tara is a lawyer and a Group Principal at the Nexus Law Group.
She worked with McCullough Robertson from 2007 to 2014 before co-founding View Legal in 2014. In 2018 Tara become a Group Principal at the Nexus Law Group and founded an online education business for accountants and financial planners called The Art of Estate Planning Pty Ltd.
Tara specialises in estate planning, tax planning, asset protection, business succession, superannuation and trusts. She is a fellow of The Tax Institute and a published author in Australia’s leading monthly tax journal, The Tax Institute’s Taxation in Australia and the leading weekly tax journal, Thomson Reuters’ Weekly Tax Bulletin.
Tara is passionate about helping clients reach peace of mind about the protection of their wealth and transition to the next generation. She is passionate about equality for all and using her skills to assist the community and women in need.
emma - director
Emma has been a commercial solicitor for the past 6 years, commencing her career with an international law firm, moving to an in-house role in 2019. Emma strives to achieve legal outcomes that align with wider business objectives and which foster longevity in internal and external stakeholder relationships.
Emma has experience across a range of legal matters and brings commercial nous and corporate experience to the Board of The Centre for Women & Co. Emma is passionate about using her skills and knowledge to give back to the community and has previously volunteered with Women’s Legal Service.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting from the Queensland University of Technology.
heather - chairperson
Heather is a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in child health, health promotion and prevention, management, and public policy. She has a fierce commitment to the provision of public health and social services. She has a particular passion for crafting innovative solutions and leading change that results in accessible and quality services that better meets the needs of our communities’ women, children and their families. Heather is results-driven with a reputation as an effective steward and is recognised for her leadership and ‘hands-on’ flexible and professional management style.
Heather has executive and board experience and has proven ability in setting direction, leading governance, effectively managing risks and issues, active communication and negotiation. She drives a collective common purpose with a focus on building a trusting and dynamic high-performing culture.
Heather loves spending time with her partner, family and friends and enjoys practicing yoga and Pilates and walking her two rescue dogs.