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 volunteers below.
Known for her leadership and business acumen, Vlasta has built her success on a reputation of hard work, integrity and depth of industry knowledge. Founded Signature Staff in 1998, a company which assists businesses with managing their staff.
Vlasta acquired strong leadership qualities over the years not only through her own business, but also as a Distinguished Toastmaster and a Director Consultant for BNI.
A people person, Vlasta enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and experiences and enjoys nothing more than seeing others succeed. Vlasta values community contribution and proudly has a strong history of giving back.
A member of the CBWC for many year and Board Member (2015 – 2018) including 2 years as a Vice President. Vlasta’s values align with those of the club while her business skills provide governance and leadership capabilities.
Supporting others to succeed is her driver, Vlasta believes that together, we can all make a positive difference.
VICE PRESIDENT – RENEE ACCATINO
Renee has served on the CBWC Board for 1 year as a General Board Member and gratefully stepped up to the Vice Presidents role towards the end of the term to fill the vacant position. A proven background in leadership and creativity, Renee has experience across small business as well as corporate enterprise and is very passionate about women in business.
Renee has worked in commercial radio for over 17 years, her roles included being on air as well as leadership positions behind the scenes. Renee also runs an entertainment business in her “spare time”.
Renee has always negotiated flexibility which has helped her to be successful throughout a vast majority of roles within the media industry and thrive from the challenges that come from that. One of Renee’s biggest satisfactions is collaboration and helping others.
Outside of business, Renee is an active member of the St Joseph’s School P&F Committee as well as saves furry lives as a foster carer for Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT – JACQUI PIGGOTT
Throughout her career, Jacqui has been involved in small business. She’s operated as a sole trader taking wedding, event and corporate photos; a partner in owning a small chain of retail photographic stores and a director (in partnership) of two businesses, North Point Photos and North Point Sunshine Coast.
Running a business is what she is most passionate about. It’s important to her that women in business are promoted wherever possible. Jacqui tends to work with individuals who are likely to have some insight into the challenges she faces as a woman in business.
She’s witnessed and been inspired by the positive influence the women of the CBWC have on their members. She’s seen them connect, support and promote each other in a variety of ways. Jacqui has also attended networking events over the last 12 months that have made her proud to be a member of the CBWC.
Her business keeps her very busy but she believes she has the time management skills required to take on the responsibilities of a board member.
I am excited to jump in and nominated for a 3rd and final term in the position of Treasurer of the CBWC Board 2020.
Being on the Board has proven to be an all-encompassing and intrinsic value package – firstly I get to learn more about business in the Cairns region, connect with so many wonderful people, contribute to a team that is willing to go the extra mile to consider and adapt to the needs of the members of the Club and our ever changing local economy, gain new skills both personally, professionally, organisationally, tech wise – and the fun stuff – EVENTS!!
My business is Trading Mate and my passion is collaborating with and assisting small businesses to take their vision to new heights, and would like to encourage all businesses to get themselves out there and connected in as many places as possible, whenever time permits – as I see it, building relationships that encourage referrals, trust and providing quality of delivery on services and products is the key to success and growth.
Susan is the Owner of Susan Fischer Consulting which commenced in Oct 2018 after 13 years working in the financial industry. The business was created to help and empower women struggling financially through unforeseen life changes as well as educating our youth on future financial responsibilities.
Susan has been a treasurer for a Cairns sporting club as well as a netball coach and umpire since arriving in Cairns from South Australia in 2012. Susan is a mother of two young boys and understands the value of being a mother and supporting the family financially and the struggles that can come with that, especially with no family in Cairns.
Susan is highly passionate about helping women either personally or in business and building the presence of strong women role models within the Cairns community.
Nardine has served on the Board for the past two years.
As a lawyer for more than 25 years, Nardine has spent most of that time running her own practice. She is an Accredited Specialist (Family Law), a Mediator and an Arbitrator.
Nardine knows that balancing a career and raising a family is hard work, and how valuable it is to have the support of other women through organisations like CBWC.
Annie is the owner of Dare Waxing and Tanning. She is a local to Cairns and opened her business back in 2012. She has been attending the CBWC Lunches and various other networking events and groups for years.
Annie has a passion for small business and the Cairns economy and its future. She believes that this year in particular it’s going to be very important for local businesses to collaborate and support each other and she would love the opportunity to be apart of something bigger.
She’s organised, driven and committed and feels these traits will make her a great asset to the club. Annie strongly believes that as as women, as business owners and as locals, we are stronger together.
Stacey is the Principal Psychologist and Director of Searchlight Psychology. She is a Cairns local of 20+ years and loves the tropical lifestyle and steady pace of FNQ.
Being a health practitioner in private practice Stacey believes that when women have a collective voice and support each other through mentorship and promotion as a group they are stronger and more empowered to succeed.
She juggles a busy family life with multiple business commitments and always has a new project on the go.
Stacey is a driven professional and prior to launching her private practice at the beginning of 2018 she worked in both government and non-government roles. She has highly developed communication and relationship building skills and is excited to contribute both personally and professionally to the progression of the CBWC and its members within the community.