Janis Shaw

BPW Australia President

2013-14 BPW Australia NT Representative

2004-05 BPW Darwin Policy Officer      

International Conferences Attended:

2015 BPW International Leadership Summit
Presented at UN CSW parallel event for BPW Germany sponsored by German Embassy to the UN

National Conferences Attended:

2013 Ettalong NSW
2016 Geelong VIC as an organiser       

Occupation:  Government Statistician Workplace Development and Industrial Relations

Number of Clubs: 18  


  • Established a new Policy Development Framework, and put in place a vibrant Policy Committee reporting to the Board.
  • Established a Board committee structure to support Executive Directors and to encourage succession development within the association. 
  • Established a Board framework that seeks to ensure that succession management is in place with Committees assisting each Executive role. 
  • Improved internal processes, in particular administration and information management. 
Clearly membership numbers were an ongoing problem for BPW for the past ten years or so. We know that this is similar to many associations with dropping membership and the main issue is to encourage younger members to join in. Some associations have done this well, but others are suffering the same issues of diminishing numbers. This will be an ongoing issue for BPW. YMCA and CWA are flourishing and we could learn some good lessons from them. 

What were the key issues of the day from a BPW perspective? 
Our policy framework and committee addressed some key federal and state issues, including 
  • Pay equality 
  • Access to affordable childcare 
  • Parental Leave 
  • Gender balance on Boards 
  • Superannuation security 

BPW Australia Board 2014 to 2016

President Dr Janis Shaw

Executive Secretary Dr Jean Murray

Director of Finance Heather Veal

Director of Policy Kimberly James / Elena Rorie

Director of Membership Perla Soberon Brittle

Director of Communications Jasmyn Mumme (2016)

NSW State Representative Irene Ross

NT State Representative Julie Davis

QLD State Representative Michelle Halvorsen

SA State Representative  Kerryl Murray McGlennon / Sunita Miranda

VIC State Representative Jacqueline Graham

WA State Representative Kate Waters

Immediate Past President  Dr June Kane 

Other Comments: 
BPW Australia must move into the 21st Century with a strong mindset to modernise and consider culture change. Recommendations to the 2016 Conference were:
1. The importance of building Young BPW
2. Building a significant membership base
3. Supporting clubs to grow and to build their capacity
4. Focussing on succession planning
5. Ensuring that membership benefits align with their expectations.
It is hoped that the new Board makes progress on these issues and builds BPW Australia to a place where taking action for women in the workplace, on boards and in leadership has real influence and positively tangible outcomes for our members, and women across the Australian and international community.

Thank you to the women behind the BPW Australia Past President History Project:
Project Leader, Past President Marilyn Forsythe (2007-2013), 
Past President Kay Morrison (2004-2007), Margaret Tipper, BPWA Executive Secretary (2016+), Robyn Duncan (BPWA Public Officer), Trish Clifford (BPW Central Coast) and Jean Murray (Immediate Past BPWA Executive Secretary) for their assistance and research.  The Past President History will continue to expand as information becomes available about the National Presidents since 1947.  

Please submit further information and photos to secretary@bpw.com.au

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