2018/2019 Canberra Women in Business Committee

Meet some of the passionate women working on Canberra Women in Business. They are all about promoting, growing and advocating for women through events, business relationships and not-for-profits.

You’ll also find a team of passionate committee members and volunteers that pitch in for specific events, lending their expertise in making decisions in the background – supporting CWB where they are able to. 

Peta Swarbrick

Peta Swarbrick

President & Sponsorship

One Agency

Passionate about advocating for women in business, I believe women do business differently and, in many cases, better. As a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer, I’ve many lessons in business but none more important than learning to take responsibility for myself and learning about people’s motivations. If you ask me what I love about Canberra… the mountains and the sky.

Jen Large

Jen Large

Committee Member

I believe in my own capabilities and take challenges in my stride.

Throughout the last 20 years, I have worn many hats in the construction industry and experienced a broad range of roles, which continues to fulfil me professionally and personally. I am the Sales Manager for a local double glazing business, owned by a fearless, hardworking, inspiring woman, who promotes a respectful workplace and encourages personal growth and success. We help people create a more comfortable home that will forever bring them joy.

Gender equity has grown in the construction industry and has now evolved that women have stronger career opportunities and are proven to be the right fit for the right job. CWB is all about raising the profile of women and I love meeting the many varied diverse, creative, gutsy, hardworking women, to promote and share their stories of business success.

Canberra has the best coffee and a smorgasbord of beautiful mountains to walk around or conquer their peaks, there is a lot that is breathtaking about the Berra.

Maryanne Gore

Maryanne Gore

Committee Member

I joined Canberra Women in Business in 2006 as a way to meet other business women after being inspired by the speakers at a conference run by CWB.  I’ve met some lovely friends through the group and I’ve learned things that have saved my business money.

After winning Business Woman of the Year in 2016, I thought it was time to give back to CWB by serving on the committee.  In 2018, I learned the Treasurer role – something I found very interesting.  I’m continuing in that role in 2019 along with helping with the newsletter and events.

I spent 28 years with our family business, Project Lighting, the last 16 as Chief Executive, but now I’m enjoying retirement and the extra time that gives me to devote to CWB and other volunteer activities.

I am passionate about helping women to build thriving businesses in the ACT and develop prosperity in our region.  I see this as enabling charitable contributions for the whole community to share in that economic well-being.

Sheena Ireland

Sheena Ireland

Committee Member

I’m a passionate advocate for meaningful connection in communications, public affairs and marketing. I believes storytelling has the power to truly connect people and through it, we can build trust and brand awareness, and influence change for the better.

I am the founder and director of communications consultancy Specialists in Communications, and I have held senior communications positions in government and industry, including in the areas of science and research, automotive, arts and sport.

I regularly speak on the importance of communications strategy, the power of social media and the need for stakeholder engagement in any communications plan. I also facilitate panel and ‘in-conversation’ discussions on meaningful connection, our quest for happiness, and mental health and wellbeing.

I believe the true connections we can facilitate through CWB helps strengthen all of us, helping build businesses, confidence and resilience.

I am also a proud supporter of Lifeline Canberra and The Hope Project, and Director of Baringa Childcare Centre.

Alison Kaigan

Alison Kaigan

Committee Member

I’m a financial adviser and small business owner and joined Canberra Women in Business as soon as I moved to Canberra as a way to meet fellow women in business. Joining CWB was the best thing that I could have done in this respect.

It’s been a great way to meet new people, find out about local businesses and get involved with local events. I’m grateful to be a part of the positive community and passionate about helping women. I’ve joined the CWB committee as a way to show my appreciation and to try and give back to the CWB community.

Join Our Team

Join Our Team

Committee Member

Interested in joining our team? Passionate about supporting women in business throughout the Canberra region?

Contact us and let us know what you can bring to the team.

Please feel welcome to approach any of the committee members during our events with any enquiries you have about the association.

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