Dr June Kane AM
Club: BPW Melbourne North-West – Victoria
June has worked for more than two decades with the United Nations, including as Spokesperson for the first and second World Congresses against Sexual Exploitation of Children and as Spokesperson and Advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children.
She is known globally for her work with UNICEF and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the areas of exploitative labour, child labour, abuse and exploitation, and human trafficking. She was seconded for more than a decade as Senior Technical Expert to the European Commission on Violence against Children and Women, and most recently has taken responsibility for Women and Governance project analysis with the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF).
June was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her international work in 2007. She is also a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medal for Humanitarian Action.
June is a Board Member of BPW Australia and the Bill Hutchison Foundation, and Ambassador for Barwon Youth Services. She is also a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University and teaches Women and Development at Victoria University, Melbourne.
June’s international work followed a career as university professor, journalist and, briefly, in corporate affairs at BHP. Dr Kane has extensive management experience as well as global experience in research, strategy and planning, training and evaluation.
Director of Policy
Club: BPW Coffs Harbour – NSW
Andrea has a long involvement in women’s organizations, working in primary health care, and a passionate interest in women’s issues. Throughout her career, she has gained expertise in developing a wide range of policy and procedures and has successfully implemented these in the areas in which she has worked.
Since 2012, Andrea has been BPW Australia’s representative on the Asia-Pacific Standing Committee for Health and in 2013 coordinated the Red Belt project which collates data on assessing women’s risk to cardiovascular disease.
She is passionate about translating policy into action and is particularly committed to improving educational and career opportunities for girls and young women as well as mentoring women into leadership roles in the community, corporations and government.
As Director of Policy, Andrea ensures BPW Australia takes the lead in issues affecting women.
Director of Membership (ad interim)
Club: BPW Melbourne – VIC
Karen is the Managing Director of Bridges International, a private organisation development practice specialising in business strategy and culture, change management and leadership.
She began her career in a fast-paced government agency managing significant restructures and business transformation. Before founding Bridges, Karen worked in National Australia Bank, Energy Australia (formerly TRU Energy), Health Victoria and Centre Link (formerly Social Security).
Karen is a member of BPW Melbourne and is currently Vice-President Membership there.
Director of Young BPW (ad interim)
Club: BPW Strathfield – NSW
Erin has had considerable involvement in developing youth mentoring programs for young women in schools around Western Sydney, focusing on leadership and empowerment. She has spent her career as a trainer and assessor and a youth mentoring consultant, focusing on young people who have challenging behaviours.
An entrepreneur, Erin has started her own public relations, training and lobbying company called Lobby Point. She does business both domestically and overseas.
She is also the founder and a convenor for the Asian Australian Alliance, which convenes community consultations and advocates on common issues facing the Asian Australian community. She has also started the Asian Australian Alliance Young Leaders which provides mentoring and professional development support for youth in university campuses across Australia.
Erin was part of BPW Strathfield in its initial stages and served as the Interim Secretary and Vice President for Membership.
She is passionate about furthering the agenda for women, particularly young women’s participation in education, public and private sector and in politics.
Dr Jean Murray
Club: BPW Adelaide – SA
Jean has considerable, long-standing experience in BPW Australia and BPW International. She was Executive Secretary of BPW International from 2008 to 2011 and is Resolutions Chair for the 2014 BPW International Conference in Jeju, South Korea.
Jean is an adjunct academic at Flinders University School of Health Care management and works in the areas of bioethics. She has wide experience in constitutional review and reform, governance and planning.
As Executive Secretary, Jean is responsible for ensuring accurate record keeping and administration of documentation to ensure our governance and compliance, and supports the National President in the day-to-day management of BPW Australia.
Director of Finance
Club: BPW Darwin – NT
Heather brings with her over 20 years experience in both Project and Management accounting in hospitality, construction and the oil and gas industry. Her vast knowledge of various management systems brings a wealth of knowledge to take BPW Australia financial and administration systems forward over the term of her appointment.
Heather looks forward to applying her knowledge for the benefit of BPWA and mentoring members looking to improve their accounting, treasurer or financial skills.
The Director of Finance is responsible for the day-to-day financial and fiscal management of BPW Australia.
Immediate Past President
Club: BPW Cessnock - NSW
Marilyn Forsythe is the Immediate Past President of BPW Australia and held the office of President from 2007 to 2013.
Marilyn has a long commitment to charity work and was a Board Member of United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Australia for three years and founder of the UNIFEM Australia Spring Walk Campaign. Marilyn was Chair of the BPW International UNIFEM Task Force from 2004 to 2007.
In 2011 Marilyn and Sandra Cook were awarded 2nd prize in the category Power to Make Difference (Advocacy) by BPW International in Helsinki for the founding of the Equal Pay Alliance
In 2013 Marilyn was awarded a Certificate of Merit from BPW International for her commitment to women’s rights both in Australia and in Asia Pacific.
Marilyn had a 35-year career in middle management in NSW public hospitals, working in Patient Services, Telecommunications, Critical Care and Medical Records.
Director of Marketing (and Media)
Club: BPW Melbourne North-West – Vic
Sifat is a strategic and creative thinker with more than 10 years of marketing experience across financial services, telecommunication, business and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently the Director of Global Marketing Strategy at Western Union and is responsible for developing marketing and customer strategies for the company’s business to business division. In addition to her corporate experience, Sifat is also passionate about working with charities. She was the VP and Marketing Director of BPW Mid City in 2011 and 2012 and has been involved with other international not-for-profit organizations such as CCC Foundation and Rotary.