endorsed the appointment of six new members to the Women in Community Life
Advisory Committee, bringing the total number of members to 12.
The City welcomes
Lynne Beaumont, Emma Cvitak, Rachel Drady, Emily Kerr, Soraya Mobayad and Kara
Tieman to the committee, for a term ending no later than 31 March, 2021.
committee started in 2013 to advise council
on matters relating to women’s participation, representation and leadership in
The WiCLAC is
proactively focused on delivering positive outcomes of equality, inclusion and
respect for women across the region.
These new members bring
a wealth of knowledge and experience to the recently vacated roles:
- Lynne Beaumont is on the Shell Australia
Gender Balance National Advisory Board and the Geelong Cricket Club’s Pink
Stump Committee. Lynne has worked with schools to encourage young women in
- Emma Cvitak is a community lawyer with
Barwon Community Legal Service and is on the Barwon Respect Cup Planning Group.
She is committed to preventing violence against women and children;
- Rachel Drady sits on the Central Geelong
Marketing Committee and is part of the GMHBA staff group for Reward and
Recognition, Marketing and Compliance Review. Rachel is keen to give back to
- Emily Kerr has a PhD in STEM related
sciences and is very engaged in supported opportunities for young women in STEM
disciplines. She is also a gender equity advocate at Deakin University;
- Soraya Mobayad is passionate to see women
with diverse cultural and social backgrounds thrive. She has completed a
mentorship in inclusive and accessible artistic programming for diverse communities;
- Kara Tieman is the Chief Marketing Officer
of Empowered Together and is an International Women’s Day Melbourne Committee
member. Kara is a new resident to Geelong and is deeply committed to gender
Couzens, Shurlee Swain, Jeni Wills, Stevie Van der Chys, Erica Wastell and Simone
Stevens are the current members of the committee.
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood
It’s wonderful to see these intelligent and experienced
women join the Women in Community Life Advisory Committee.
I’m sure they will identify barriers and increase
opportunities for women in the Geelong community and I look forward to their valuable
advice on issues.
Greater Geelong Councillor Sarah Mansfield, Chair, Women
in Community Life Advisory Committee
These appointments will help us tap into the depth of talent we have in
our community when it comes to issues of gender equity.
The six women we’ve appointed are really outstanding, and I’m excited to
see where we can now take this committee in the future. They’re voluntary
positions, so it’s pleasing that women in the community are prepared to put
themselves forward and want to be engaged with local government to assist us on
Congratulations to all six women on being appointed.