New members join ‘Women in Community Life Advisory Committee’

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Council has 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.

The committee started in 2013 to advise council on matters relating to women’s participation, representation and leadership in community life.

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 education;
  • 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 her community;
  • 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 equity.

Christine 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 these issues.

Congratulations to all six women on being appointed.

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