Cairns Business Women's Club Board have an extensive range of business skills and experience which they bring willingly to CBWC. You can find out more about these remarkable business people below.
President - Julianne Steer
Over the past 13 years, I have started three successful small businesses. I am acutely aware of the pressures that business owners face, and the importance of support networks.
I am an innovative team player with a down-to-earth attitude. I love interacting with like minded people and empowering them to achieve their goals. I am fiercely passionate about women’s rights and value integrity above all else. With over a decade of experience in board positions, I will bring governance, leadership and media skills to the position.
Vice President - Lindsay McDonnell
I’m Lindsay McDonnell, Communications Officer at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS), and a board member at the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service (CRDVS).
The skills and attributes I bring to the CBWC board include high level written and verbal communication; event management; media partnership relationships; sponsorship acquisition and management; writing and acquitting grants; Survey creation, collation and analysis; digital and print marketing experience; governance and board protocol skills.
I am passionate about the way women network and I’m committed to helping others achieve success within the community ‘village’ that is the Cairns Business Women’s Club.
Vice President - Candy Phillips
As a business owner, especially in the construction industry I love to empower and encourage women to be in business I joined the board for my own personal development and I have met a diversity of great women within the board and within the club.
I bring to the CBWC board my professionalism and youthfulness ideas. I also have a passion for creativity and really enjoy planning events for all the members and non-members. I have been the Raffle Prize Coordinator for 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I look forward to contributing to the continued success of CBWC.
Treasurer - Jodi Allen
My background is accounting, but my passion is supporting people in business with economical ways to promote and connect their organisations and skill sets.
Currently a committee member with a number of not-for-profit organisations, I enjoy the intrinsic value of volunteering, from handing out the ‘snags’ and listening to the community’s needs and ideals, planning events, reviewing, advising and reporting on financial requests and projected outcomes.
Secretary - Michele Annison
After 15 years with the Commonwealth Bank, I commenced employment with Smartline in 2004 and purchased my own franchise in 2012. Passionate about finance broking for home owners, investors and business owners, I soon built a solid clientele which benefited from my enthusiasm, capacity to think outside the square and desire to make a difference.
A born and bred Cairns local, I’ve been actively involved both as board member and player with local sporting teams and on the business front, have a passion for supporting, empowering and developing local business women.
Being involved with the CBWC, ensuring the vision is continued in 2018 and encompassing all that this club represents is something I’m committed to.
Marketing - Megan Davie
General Board Member
Megan’s career in media started at the tender age of 19 and thanks to her drive and passion (and ridiculously good organization) saw her make the move to Metro at 22.
From there, Megan has proven herself across many fields such as office management, finance, media, data analysis and content creation. All of which used her passions for both numbers and media.
Joining ADhesive Communication in 2017, she now loves managing the office, all media campaigns, and creating shareable content. Covering television and radio to digital and social.
Megan’s high organization levels and passionate drive gives her the skills to accomplish amazing things every day.
Sponsorship - Lainie Poon
General Board Member
I am very excited about this appointment and in particular to be working with Sponsors both existing and new. I am looking forward to having a positive influence on the diverse and vibrant CBWC Membership.
I offer enthusiasm, commitment and a genuine desire to assist Members establish meaningful connections and promote the Club culture of inclusion and support in a fun, friendly way.
I bring extensive event/project management, customer service, marketing and administrative skills to the Board. And as Chair on my Body Corporate Committee - negotiation, mediation, problem solving and leadership skills are tested. I am thrilled with the calibre of women on the 2018 Board.
Let’s push the boundaries and keep striving together!
Membership - Laurie Pritchard
General Board Member
Ten years ago I created Small World Journeys--an educational tour company – and have experienced all the ups and downs that go with being a small business owner. Through my business I have helped young people achieve academic success, and on the CBWC board I would like to help Cairns women achieve business success.
I was honoured to be chosen as the 2017 CBWC Small Business Woman of The Year, and the network of bright and brave women that opened up to me because of CBWC has brought me great joy and a lot of new friends.
I volunteer my time for two organisations in Cairns who are actively helping to reduce food waste and help those living rough or on the street, and I am excited to extend my volunteering time to join a productive and supportive Not-For-Profit Board.
General Board Member
I have been a lawyer for about 23 years, most of those running my own practice. I am an Accredited Specialist (Family Law); and am a Mediator and Arbitrator.
Balancing a career and raising a family is hard work which is why the support of other women through organisations like CBWC is so important. I have been a member of clubs likethis in other places over the years and can honestly say this club is the best. I would be honoured to contribute towards its continued growth and success!
I have also served on a number of committees and Boards over the years; in particular a high level Hospital Board; and have completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course