Meet our Board voted in at National Conference November 2023 consisting of both Executive Officers and Representatives for State, Territories and Young BPW (under 35). 


BPW Executive Officers

National President

Gillian Lewis

Club: BPW Adelaide – SA





Gillian has been a BPW Member for 27 years, and has been active at local, national and international levels.  She is a Past President of BPW Adelaide and BPW South Australia, most recently serving as State Representative on the Board.  Gillian was a BPW International delegate for BPW Australia, attending 3 BPWI Congresses and the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

Gillian has been recognised on the South Australian Women's Honour Roll and is the 2023 recipient of the BPW Australia Jean Arnot Award. She is a social worker and policy advisor by profession, advocate and organiser by passion.

Gillian graduated in Social Work and has a Diploma of Teaching and Early Childhood Education. She was President of the Playgroup Association SA and currently serves on the Board of the Australia Day Council of SA. She founded and is Co-convenor of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast and is Secretary on the White Ribbon SA Committee.

Gillian has extensive experience and expertise across the health, disability, early childhood and community services sectors, working within teams and leading teams. She spent many years as a Senior Policy Advisor to SA Health, serving on and working with a number of government boards and committees, and liaising with and advising ministers and sector leaders.  Now semi-retired, she facilitates in the Gender Consortium international women's empowerment program at Flinders University.

Gillian is keen to bring her policy expertise, leadership experience, knowledge of governance and government, consultation and collaboration skills to the role of President.

president@bpw.com.au

Director of Membership

& Vice President

Trish Springsteen

Club: BPW Caboolture QLD






Trish Springsteen, a Creative Marketing Consultant and leading advocate for empowering introverts, excels as a Get Known Be Seen Specialist. An esteemed mentor, speaker, bestselling author, and host of Get Known Be Seen WebTV.

Founder of Purple Unicorn Marketing Academy, Trish passionately guides clients to embrace confidence in speaking, visibility, and sharing their message, book, or business.

A former BPW Caboolture President and QLD State Representative, Trish, a Fellow of BPWA, champions the Keys To Achievement program.

Trish coaches introverts, authors, and executives, fostering enhanced communication and confidence. Her accolades include the 2018 BPW North Lakes Inspirational Woman Award and the 2016 Women World Awards Mentor of the Year. Trish, an author of 19 books, continues to inspire globally through coaching and speaking engagements.             membership@bpw.com.au

Director of Policy


Ronnie Gurung

Club: BPW Sydney NSW







Ronnie is passionate about creating a equitable, environmentally aware and fair society.  She was born in India and moved to Australia as an adult for work. 

Ronnie works in the training and consulting space, delivering workshops in risk management, food safety and  quality management systema. She has management experience, a well-rounded skill set and a collaborative approach. As a facilitator, Ronnie has experience working effectively with a wide range of people and has well-honed communication skills.

Ronnie has appreciated working with organisations which provided plenty of opportunities to develop different skills, and continuously works towards extending her skill set.

Ronnie has been working on advocating for the Women's Empowerment Principles with BPW and training to be a facilitator with Climate for Change.She speaks for a living as a facilitator and wants to use her voice for good of women and the environment we live in.                  policy@bpw.com.au


Ronnie is passionate about creating a equitable, environmentally aware and fair society.  She was born in India and moved to Australia as an adult for work. 

Ronnie works in the training and consulting space, delivering workshops in risk management, food safety and  quality management systema. She has management experience, a well-rounded skill set and a collaborative approach. As a facilitator, Ronnie has experience working effectively with a wide range of people and has well-honed communication skills.

Ronnie has appreciated working with organisations which provided plenty of opportunities to develop different skills, and continuously works towards extending her skill set.

Ronnie has been working on advocating for the Women's Empowerment Principles with BPW and training to be a facilitator with climate for change. She speak for a living as a facilitator and I want to use her voice for good of women and the environment we live in.

Executive Secretary

Debra Costarella

Club: BPW Perth - WA





With over 30 years of hands-on experience in Office Administration, ranging from receptionist roles to managerial positions, Debra brings a wealth of expertise in managing day-to-day operations efficiently and effectively. Her extensive tenure has equipped her with invaluable insights into navigating diverse administrative challenges with adeptness and precision.

Debra's work history encompasses diverse administrative roles that have contributed significantly to her skill set. She has served as a Governance Adviser for local government, providing essential administrative support and guidance. Furthermore, as an Operations Manager in a wealth management company, she honed her skills in streamlining operations and ensuring seamless administrative workflows. Additionally, her role as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of an Aboriginal Corporation allowed her to showcase her adaptability and versatile administrative capabilities in a varied and dynamic environment.           secretary@bpw.com.au

Director of Finance

Helen Toon MBA

Club: BPW Joondalup-Wanneroo – WA

Helen Toon





Helen has been an BPW member since 2016, serving as Secretary of BPW Joondalup-Wanneroo from June 2017 to July 2019 and Club President from August 2019 to June 2021.  She continues to play an active part on the executive committee.

Helen has been Director of Finance for BPW Australia since October 2021, seeking a new challenge on completion of her MBA. She has worked in a range of management roles for a large aged care provider in WA. Providing advice on risk, compliance, insurance, quality management, developing and completing internal audits. Identifying areas for and driving continuous improvement. Invoice payment and financial reconciliation of client accounts. She is currently a Work Health and Safety Manager.  Prior to emigrating to Australia in 2013, Helen worked for the UK Government as a Senior Learning and Development Manager, where she was responsible for the development of training for Jobcentre Plus. As an experienced trainer, her passions lie in Leadership training and development. finance@bpw.com.au  

IPP Club President BPW Joondalup-Wanneroo August 2019 to June 2021, Secretary June 2017 -July 2019. Member of BPW since September 2016.

Occupation:   Manager Risk and Compliance for a large aged care provider in WA. Providing advice on risk, compliance, insurance quality management, developing and completing internal audits. Identifying areas for and driving continuous improvement. Leading, identifying and coordinating risk management strategies organisation wide.

Academic, business, professional qualifications:   MBA, Cert 4 Training and Assessment

Offices held in national, state, local organisations: Partnership Manager, Dept of Work and Pensions (UK Government): Developed partnerships with local authorities, police and NFP organisations.

Senior Learning and Development Manager, Dept of Work and Pensions, (UK Government): Led the design, development, delivery and evaluation of 120 hours of key learning products to support UK Welfare Reform.

Director of Marketing

Gayna McBride


Club: BPW Perth - WA






Gayna has had a dynamic career traversing marketing, national government secretariat functions, tourism,  projects and major event management. She has actively contributed to BPW through executive roles, conferences, and as a founding member of a new city club during her tenure with BPW since 1994.

Demonstrating proficiency in strategic development, stakeholder engagement, and advanced computer skills, Gayna has held directorships in local government community, economic development, tourism, and as a Director of Marketing within a large private enterprise representing the Asia-Pacific region at meetings in London and Singapore. These roles have enabled her to drive organisational growth and success.

Beyond professional achievements, she is deeply committed to leveraging her expertise for the betterment of future generations. As a parent and grandparent, ensuring a world of empowerment and opportunity, especially through her involvement with BPW, remains a personal mission.

Immediate Past President

Jacqueline Graham


Club:BPW Joondalup-Wanneroo -WA






National President for two terms, 2018 - 2023, Jacqueline joined BPW in 2012, and was elected to the  Board in 2013 as Victorian State Representative. She is a Board Member of AGEC (Australian Gender Equality Council), a member of the National  Foundation of Australian Women, the Association of Women in Operations and an Associate Member of AHRI.

With more than 20 years professional leadership experience in corporate and franchise retail and sales organisations, beginning her working life as an analytical chemist, Jacqueline has succeeded in business in New Zealand, the UK and Australia.  Currently working with  independent Paint Specialists in a National Business Performance Management role, she has worked with businesses large and small in strategic and operational leadership, including National Operations roles.

She is a passionate advocate for women in the workforce, for change and personal growth, and lifelong education. Jacqueline believes that by connecting with other like-minded people, we can all influence change.            ipp@bpw.com.au


BPW Australia Board Representatives


Young BPW Rep

Harmony Moxham

Club: Strathfield - NSW






Harmony is a highly qualified Young BPW, boasting a diverse educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Macquarie University, and a Bachelor of Computer Science, demonstrating her multidisciplinary expertise.

Since 2021, Harmony has served as the Young BPW Representative, showcasing her commitment to the organisation's values and mission. Her dedication was recognised when she was nominated for the Young BPW Award in 2022.

In her eight-year tenure within the hospitality industry, Harmony exhibited a strong customer-centric approach and a remarkable aptitude for acquiring new skills. Her professional journey highlights her adaptability and eagerness to excel in various domains.                ybpw@bpw.com.au

Queensland Rep

Deborah Fay

Club: Caboolture - QLD 






South Australia Rep

Jean Murray

Club: Adelaide - SA 





Jean has been a BPW member for 33 years and has served BPW at local, state, national and international levels.  She is a Past President of BPW Adelaide and BPW South Australia, a Past Vice President Policy and Executive Secretary of BPW Australia, and a Past Executive Secretary and Resolutions Chair of BPW International. She has an extensive knowledge of women's policy and governance and reviewed and reformed the Constitutions of both BPWI and BPWA during her Executive Secretary terms.

Jean has a medical scientist background and is a Doctor of Public Health.  She was a Principle Policy Adviser to state and federal governments in bioethically contentious policy areas such as reproductive medicine and genetics.  Since leaving government, she has been an adjunct academic teaching in the post-graduate MBA program for the Flinders University Medical School and in the Gender Consortium international women's empowerment program.  bpwsa@bpw.com.au

Victoria Rep

Carole Shaw

Club: Melbourne - VIC





Carole has been a member of the BPW Melbourne Club since 2007 and has attended BPW International (BPWI) Congresses, Regional and National Conferences. She is currently a BPWI Human Rights Standing Committee Member – Chair of the Human Rights Group and has worked with BPWI at Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) and attended meetings in New York. Carol is on the BPW Congress 2024 team.

With a focus on human rights and gender equality, Carole is highly skilled in Gender Policy, International Relations, International Policy, Nonprofit Organisations, Government, Program Evaluation , Lecturing, Grass Roots Activism and Volunteer Management. Carole works within an intersectional human rights framework to support the capacity of national organisations to engage and advocate for social justice, equity and empowerment of women and girls.  A thought leader in movement building to ensure gender-inclusive policies address structural barriers to women’s access to resources and advancement.              bpwvic@bpw.com.au

Western Australia Rep

Kate Waters

Club: BPW Perth - WA





Kate has actively served in leadership roles with BPW, Internationally, she represented BPW Australia as a delegate at the Mexico Congress in 2008 and United Nations Women - Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in 2010. She attended multiple Congresses in 2002, 2005, and 2011.

Nationally, Kate served as WA Division President and State Representative from 2016 to 2018. Additionally, she chaired PDGP and participated as a Conference Delegate in various locations.

At the state and club level, Kate held roles as President, Membership, Treasurer and Secretary and attended events in multiple regions.

Kate's career spanned administration, recruitment, and assisting in special needs education. She held significant roles in national, state, and local organisations, contributed notably to initiatives serving as a committee member with Belmont Business Enterprise Centre Inc. and Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA , and Refuge Week.             bpwwa@bpw.com.au


New South Wales & Northern Territory

Currently Vacant




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