National Convenor - Linda Simon

Linda's contact details are:

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Phone: 0411 550 439

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Linda Simon has been a teacher in schools, TAFE and now at university. She currently teaches in VET and VET policy at UTS and Charles Sturt University. She was Secretary of the TAFE Teachers Association for over fifteen years, and Federal TAFE President of the Australian Education Union for six years. Currently she is an Executive member of AVETRA. She has served on the Boards of NCVER and BVET in NSW, and is an educationalist and researcher committed to equity and public education.

Co-Secretary - Kimberley Turner-Zeller

Kimberley Turner-Zeller shares WAVE's National Secretary position with Robyn Woolley and they are the first port of call for information.

Kimberley's contact details are:

Phone: 0414 599 495

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Treasurer - Annette Bonnici

Annette is from NSW. Annette's contact details are:

TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute

Phone: 02 9942 0179 BH

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Secretary - Robyn Woolley

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Robyn Woolley - WAVE Co-National Secretary

Robyn has worked in the field of gender equity as an educator, researcher, consultant and activist for the past 3 decades.

Equity for women and girls in the Australian VET system, especially in NSW has been a central focus for Robyn’s work. Robyn has designed and implemented educational programs for women and girls, managed and worked collaboratively on numerous funded research projects relating to girls and women, work and work related education and training. Robyn developed Digi-Girls a registered program within TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute, as a technical skills acceleration program for girls in middle and senior years of high school. This has been recognised as a best practice program.

Additionally Robyn has contributed to the management of numerous community and special interest women’s advocacy and service organisations [local, state and national and international].

Robyn’s service to education was noted in 2011 as a finalist of the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award.

Robyn co-runs a small holiday cottage business in the Hunter Region of NSW.

Past National Co-convenor/WAVE Ambassador - Elaine Butler

Elaine's contact details are:

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Phone: 0402 517 999

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Elaine has worked as an academic, educator, researcher, consultant and activist in the field of gender equity for over four decades. This work has been at national, local and also international levels, with an enduring focus on education and training, and policy outcomes to enhance the wellbeing of women and girls. Policy discourses and practices relating to equity for women in the Australian VET system and elsewhere have been of special interest to Elaine over the last 3 decades, and continue as a high priority for her.

As well as an academic appointment at University of Adelaide- Department of Social Inquiry (Labour Studies & Women’s Studies) (1996-1999) Elaine was a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of South Australia, where she worked 1984- 2008, and continues as an associate member of the Research Centre of Gender Studies. She is immediate past National Co-convener of WAVE and continues as a member of economicSecurity4Women, one of the Australian Government’s National Women’s Alliances that report to the federal Office for Women.  Elaine was a member of the Australian Government delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW55) in New York in 2011. Elaine is WAVE’s representative on ASPBAE & ALA. She is currently Visiting Scholar 2013 – 2014 for the Erasmus Mundus European Masters of Lifelong Learning: Policy & Management (MA LLL) program.

Elaine has worked and undertaken consultancies in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, 7 southern African nations, Viet Nam and People’s Republic of China.

The dynamic inter-relationships between the changing nature, organisation and distribution of work and work related learning, including the global/local policy logics and frameworks in this broad field are central to her interests, as is the problematic of  ‘place’.   Elaine’s research, international consulting, and academic work also focus on issues of equity and social justice in education and work, especially as they concern women and girls.

Whenever possible given the usual work/life juggle that continues even in an effort to ‘retire’, Elaine enjoys reading, walking, gardening; and especially catching up with friends, perhaps by sharing good movies as well as good coffee, food and wine. Travel is also high on the agenda, as is keeping one step ahead of her small cairn terrier.

NT - Joy Taylor

WAVE's convenor in the Northern Territory is Joy Taylor.



Joy Taylor is based in Alice Springs, NT, and provides services in training, radio broadcasting, community management and project development and grant management through her business Communicate with Joy. She is co-director of Centred in Choice www.centredinchoice.com which produces professional and personal development resources and runs training programs for individuals and groups, providing tools to assist them to take charge of life. Joy is a member of AMGAC, the Australian Music Grants Advisory Committee for the Community Broadcasting Foundation. 


sallyWAVE's Queensland convenors are Sally Queitzsch and Gina Meibusch

Sally is a project and program specialist/operations manager with experience in managing statewide government- and corporate-funded projects that encourage women and girls into non-traditional streams of work and study, such as the recognised Women in Hard Hats campaign and helping with the start-up of non-profit The Power of Engineering Inc. Sally also served as a senior assistant/advisor/coordinator for various Ministerial taskforces and boards addressing women’s participation in sport and active recreation and employment participation in STEM careers, and other male-dominated industry corners. Sally has a passion for improving diversity participation in employment using corporate sponsorship, cross-industry collaboration, media strategies, research and early intervention strategies. Sally has qualifications in communications, languages, project management and is currently completing post graduate qualifications in organisational psychology.


Gina Meibusch profile

Gina Meibusch was one of those girls who became an engineer because she was told she couldn't. She would have made a terrific professional but found the work environment at (the former) Mount Isa Mines confronting and so chose to broaden her skills with studies in psychology, and apply herself to problems in a range of other industries. 
Gina has had success in the private and public sectors in Workplace Health & Safety and Risk Management, as well as IT Project and Program Management. She has had particular experience bringing dysfunctional projects "back on track" and across the finish line. 
Coincident to having 2 daughters, Gina has taken on the challenge of increasing workforce participation and opportunities for women. She:
  • managed the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) Program -- including the AWRA e-Mentoring Program and the highly successful first-of-its-kind 2014 AWRA National Conference -- for the Australian Mines and Metals Association (2012-13), 
  • reinvigorated and expanded the Girl Guides Queensland's Women of Substance Initiative (started early 2014), and 
  • is also currently creating her own NFP Social Venture to find a female role model and mentor for every girl in year 10 in Queensland.
Gina's full professional profile can be viewed on LinkedIn at: 


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VIC - Kira Clarke, Jen Walsh & Demmi Paris

WAVE's convenors in Victoria are Kira Clarke, Jen Walsh and Demmi Paris.

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Kira Clarke

Research Fellow

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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T: (03) 8344 5828

Twitter: @KiraVClarke

Jen Walsh

Housing and Accommodation Manager

University of Melbourne

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LinkedIn: Jennifer Walsh

 Demmi Paris

Industry Manager


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Kira Clarke is a Research Fellow within the Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) unit of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Kira's work has included contributions to the Victorian Qualifications Authority (VQA) October Scanning Paper (2005), the Next Step survey for the Queensland Department of Education (2005, 2006), the Victorian On Track survey (2005-07), aReview of Critical Skills for OTTE (2008), an examination of post-compulsory provision in Melbourne (2008-2009), and a national study examining the Provision of Pastoral Care in Apprenticeships for the Joint DEECD/DIIRD Policy Unit on Youth Transitions. Most recently Kira completed work on an ARC Discovery Project tracking a cohort of VET in Schools students in three Australian states and she is currently conducting a study of VET in Schools as part of an three year NCVER funded project. Kira coordinates the subject Social & Professional Contexts (SPC) in the Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Teach for Australia) and teaches into SPC in the Master of Teaching program. Kira also coordinates the Negotiated Project subject within the Master of Education Policy (International). Kira is currently the higher education representative to the VCAA's Vocational Education Reference Group. Kira is in the final stages of her PhD, examining youth transitions and the role of the Victorian TAFE sector, under the supervision of Professor John Polesel and A/Professor Leesa Wheelahan.

Jennifer Walsh is Housing and Accommodation Manger at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. She coordinates accommodation services for prospective international students providing advice and referral to students, parents and education agents.  Prior to this Jen was Branch Deputy Vice-President TAFE and Adult Provision with the AEU Victoria.  She was elected to this leadership position within the Australian Education Union and represented thousands of members in the TAFE, Disability and AMES sectors.

Jen's professional career as a Vocational Educator began in the hairdressing and beauty industry. Jen has been the on-The-Job coordinator at Victoria University managing apprentices in workplace learning. She has completed her Master of Education, Victoria University (2012); Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Victoria University (2009), Diploma of Teaching at the University of Melbourne (1998). Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Certificate IV in Hairdressing, Certificate III in Hairdressing.

She is associated with the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA), Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) and International Hairstylists Society (IHS). Jen delivered her research from her Masters to the AVETRA 16th annual conference in early April 2013.

Demmi Paris has built a  professional career comprising of  15 + years’ experience in  education and management, with the last 10 years as a Management professional, both in the national and international education arena.

Currently Demmi Paris is the Industry Manager at IBSA- (Finance and Foundation skills)… One of Australia’s eleven national Industry Skills Councils, Innovation & Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is Australia’s official voice on skills and training for six industry sector.

WA - Sue Thompson

Sue Thompson is WAVE's WA Convenor


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Sue has worked in further education colleges in the UK and Australia since 1988, as a lecturer, as a program manager/director and in 2013, as a consultant, at the Western Australian Department of Education Aboriginal Education branch. Sue’s specialist knowledge and interests include lecturer development (her Masters thesis was about the history and development of lecturer education in the UK) and the use of technology in teaching and learning, (Sue was one of ANTA’s inaugural Flexible Learning Leaders in 2000). Sue is currently Learning Portfolio Manager for ESL & General Education at Central Institute of Technology in Perth. Her aim is to reinvent and reinvigorate the Community and Adult Education space, a topic which combines many aspects of her experience in the sector and is enabling her to examine the possibility of personalised learning, a key emerging theme in the delivery of public services, including education and training internationally. Sue is pursuing studies in a range of areas, including the role of Social Enterprise in skills development and employment for socially disadvantaged groups.

Rural & Regional Liaision - Cecilia Blackwell


Cecilia Blackwell is WAVE's Regional & Rural Liaison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is old enough to know better, but is currently working half time as a community services teacher with TAFE, and half time as a mental health counsellor with Centacare. In her spare time, she reads diverse books and potters around her farm, looking after poultry, sheep & very naughty goats. A born feminist, she is struggling to come to terms with what seems to be a social backslide in terms of girls’ and women’s rights.


You new convenor for NSW is Jane Newton.

JaneJane is currently employed at Manufacturing Skills Australia as the Research Manager.


SA - Jane Habner

WAVE's convenor in South Australia is currently vacant.

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ACT - Sue Salthouse

WAVE's convenor in the ACT is Sue Salthouse.

Director, Didactic Enterprises 
Vice President, Women With Disabilities Australia 

Ph: 02 6291 6842 
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Sue Salthouse has worked in the area of social justice and human rights since 1996, with numerous sortis into the education sector depending on country of residence. Australia’s ratification of United Nations Human Rights conventions provide the scaffold she uses to address the discrimination and marginalisation experienced by women and girls with disabilities in the education sector and in the wider community.

Her particular focus has been to play an active role in systemic advocacy to improve the status and opportunities for women and girls with disabilities to participate in education and employment. Sue is currently Convenor of Women With Disabilities ACT, a role she has held for over a decade.

In the Not For Profit sector Sue is director of a number of non-government organisations which address aspects of equity in access to education and employment, including Rights & Inclusion Australia (RI Australia), and Advance Personnel (a Disability Employment Service), and is a member of the Council of the University of Canberra.

Sue is also a past President of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), Women With Disabilities Australia(WWDA) and is an inaugural life member of the Australia Nepal Friendship Society. Sue is the 2014 ACT Senior Woman of the Year.