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.
President – Jules Steer
Over the past 13 years, Jules has started three successful small businesses, of which two were sold and continue to trade. As a small business owner, she is acutely aware of the pressures that business owners face, and the importance of support networks.
An innovative team player with a down-to-earth attitude, Jules loves interacting with people and empowering them to achieve their goals. She is fiercely passionate about women’s rights and values integrity above all else. With over a decade of experience in executive and board positions, Jules brings governance, leadership and media skills to the position of CBWC President.
Vice President – Jodie Cassar
Jodie has been with BOQ for over 13 years. During this time, she has worked in various roles including Assistant Regional Manager. She is currently the Lending Manager at BOQ Earlville. She has mentored and developed staff members and hopes to do the same for our local business women.
Already an active member of CBWC, Jodie looks forward to strengthening her involvement through her new position as CBWC Vice President. In particular, organising events and encouraging like-minded professional women to join the organisation to assist them in professional development.
Vice President – Adriana Braid
Adriana is the director and founder of Painting Party. Having worked in many industries, from video shops, television production, education, signs, sporting clubs, food distribution, not for profit organisations and the funeral industry, Adriana prides herself on learning quickly about the goals of others and how she can collaborate with them.
After seven years with Business Liaison Association in Cairns, Adriana will bring experience in fundraising, corporate governance, sponsorship compliance and skills in events management to her position as CBWC Vice President.
Treasurer – Jodi Allen
With a background in accounting, Jodi’s passion is supporting people in business with economical ways to promote and connect their organisations and skill sets. Currently a valued committee member with a number of not-for-profit organisations, Jodi enjoys the intrinsic value of volunteering, from turning the ‘snags on the BBQ’ to listening to the community’s needs and ideals, planning events, reviewing, advising and reporting on financial requests and projected outcomes.
Secretary – Sandra Roberts
Sandra has proven background in business management, finance and team leadership. With experience across private business, corporate enterprise and professional services, Sandra is a skilled business leader and general management professional. She has worked in senior management and leadership teams in a wide variety of industries.
Professionally, Sandra is passionate about operational and financial management, leadership development, businesses processes, and strategic planning. Sandra’s business vision and strong leadership qualities are demonstrated by her proven track record of leading organisations to deliver tangible growth and success.
General – Peta Abela
Having worked in the Banking industry for the last 25 years, Peta knows that teamwork is everything in achieving great outcomes and common goals. Peta looks forward to assisting the board to support the local women in business here in Cairns, now and in the future.
Marketing – Renee Accatino
Renee has been working in commercial radio for 16 years. Her roles have included being on air and leadership positions behind the scenes. Renee also runs an entertainment business in her “spare time”. She is very passionate about women in business.
Renee has always negotiated flexibility which has helped her to be successful throughout a vast majority of roles and thrive from the challenges that come from that.
Outside of business, Renee is a member of the St Joseph’s School P&F Committee and has an active role with Animal Rescue Tablelands Inc.
Marketing – Gerlinda Stella
Gerlinda’s biggest passion is connecting with others. She loves helping people to meet, collaborate and share with each other. The Cairns Business Women’s Club has had a wonderful impact on the growth of Gerlinda’s personal styling business over the past 14 years. The CBWC networking community has led her to be part of new friendship circles and continues to do so to this day.
Governance – Nardine Collier
A lawyer for almost 25 years, Nardine has spent much 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, which is why the support of other women through organisations like CBWC is so important.