Governance & Principles

CWES Board

 

Kathryn Viegas
Non-executive director

Kathryn is the Director and Principal Solicitor of Nomos Legal, a boutique immigration law firm. She brings a unique combination of technical skills, strategic thinking, empathy and pragmatism to the Board of CWES. In addition to being an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, she has been recognised in the annual Best Lawyers list for Australia each year from 2018 to date.

Kathryn became a lawyer to make the world a better place, and she now balances her passion for lawyering with other pursuits in the not-for-profit sector. She is the Chair of the Management Committee of the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre, a Founding Director of the TLR Foundation and a Board Member of Diverse Women in Law. She also lectures in the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law at Victoria University, is a member of the Law Society of NSW’s Specialist Accreditation Immigration Law Advisory Committee and the UNSW Law Advisory Council.

Trina Sunday
Non-executive director

Trina Sunday is the founder and CEO of Reimagine HR, a consultancy firm specialising in human resources and organisational performance. She brings her executive leadership and technical expertise, along with her passion for social justice, to the Board of CWES. Collaborating closely with boards, executives, and People and Culture teams, Trina enhances organisational governance, overhauls HR functions, and fosters positive workplace cultures. Her contributions to the HR profession have earned her a Fellowship from the Australian HR Institute (AHRI), solidifying her reputation as a sought-after HR specialist. Beyond her professional endeavours, Trina is deeply committed to supporting initiatives that empower women and girls, serving as a philanthropist and vocal advocate for gender equity.

Nicole Brown
Non-executive director

Nicole Brown is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years financial and commercial experience across Australia, the UK, and Middle East. She currently leads the finance team responsible for some of IAG’s consumer insurance brands.

Nicole is an advocate for inclusion, particularly championing women’s financial and professional empowerment, in her work-life and through not for profit and community engagement. She is involved with several other charities, including as a Board Member and Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee of the Antenna Film Festival, and a past Board member of Dress for Success Sydney. Nicole is a member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne Yates
Chair

Joanne has a background in strategic advice, policy development, advocacy and stakeholder engagement across diverse sectors. She is currently acting Deputy CEO at People with Disability Australia. She has previously worked in government and civil society, for members of Parliament in NSW and the Commonwealth, and for not-for-profit organisations in women’s leadership, gender equality, and addressing domestic violence. Joanne is a member graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca Glenn
Management Director

See Management Team for Rebecca’s Bio.

Our Principles

 

Empowering

We acknowledge and respect women’s resourcefulness and expertise in their own lives. We recognise women’s agency and will support women to access opportunities to (re)establish, maintain and build economic safety and security.

Collaborative

Economic wellbeing is multi-faceted and requires interactions across different sectors, services and organisations. To bring about positive individual outcomes and positive social change, we will work with partners across the ecosystem.

Fearless

The social change we seek in support of women’s economic safety will require cultural changes, organisational changes, system changes and legal and policy changes. Some of the changes will be hard and there will be resistance, but we will be persistent in our mission.

Reflective

We do not know, and cannot imagine, all there is to know about every woman’s experiences and approaches to achieving the outcomes we and they seek. We are committed to listening to lived experience, reflecting on our activities and practice, and will adapt our approach and thinking as we go.

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