Board Members

Leonie Noble

Women in Seafood Australasia

Leonie Noble is from Geraldton in the Midwest of Western Australia, where she is the mother of three beautiful talented daughters and along with her Husband holds a licence in a rock lobster fishing business at the Abrolhos Islands and the Midwest of WA.

Leonie is the President on the National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC) board, and Immediate past National President of the Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC) which is a particular passion, Leonie also sits on the National Fishing Advisory Council and is a Director on the Western Australia Fishing Industry Council. Leonie is also deputy chair of the Mid-West Gascoyne Regional Development Board and sits on the Northern Alliance RDA board.

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Sarah Parker

Vice President
Australian Women in Agriculture

Sarah is a partner in an irrigated dairy farm near Undera since 2004. Sarah has executive and management experience in in agriculture, extension and research and community development and education. Sarah is a Director of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, and the of Australian Women in Agriculture, a founding director and company secretary/treasurer Australian Dairy Collective (milk supply group) and a member of the Victorian Farmers Federation Farm Business and Regional Development Committee. Sarah is passionate about a sustainable future for agriculture, the environment and regional communities. She strongly believes in equitable access to services and support for all Australians, Sarah enjoys working with a variety of stakeholders and is keen to see opportunities for women to develop capacity and capability delivered across RRR Australia.

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Jan Clifford

Company Secretary

Australian Local Government Women’s Association

Councillor Jan Clifford was re-elected in the 2020 Queensland local government elections as the representative for the Whitsunday Regional Council, making this her fourth successive term as a Councillor. Jan is well known for her energy and commitment to the well-being of the Whitsunday area and its citizens and is an active member of the community, serving on many boards and committees and volunteering at events. Jan has called the Whitsundays home since early 1995 after a long career across Australia in various management, sales and marketing roles. Jan has always been a strong advocate for protecting and preserving the natural environment in the Whitsundays, both on the mainland and in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Jo Stewart-Rattray


Jo Stewart-Rattray is from Auburn, South Australia. Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the Technology field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities and Tourism arenas, and 19 in the Information Security arena. She underpins her technology and cyber security background with her qualifications in education and management.

She specialises in consulting in strategic technology issues with a particular emphasis on governance in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across several industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing, tertiary education, retail and government.

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Tanya Cameron OAM

Country Women’s Association of Australia

Tanya is the National President of Country Women’s Association of Australia and lives in Dorrigo in North-eastern NSW and previously lived in Rowena, North-western NSW. Mrs Cameron has been a member of CWA of NSW for 33 years and was awarded a Barwon Group Life Membership in 2008 and CWA of NSW Life Membership 2017.

Born and raised on a farming property in the Moree district in the north-west cropping belt of NSW. Tanya was educated in Moree and at the New England Girls’ School, Armidale. Married (to Jeff) with three adult children and one grandchild, Tanya is a partner in the family beef Cattle business.

Rechelle Leahy

Independent Director

Rechelle is a principal sector specialist in governance, contract management, procurement, and social policy issues. Rechelle’s passion lies with gender equality, equity and improving policy through advocacy, specifically related to the specialised issues of rural, regional and remote women and girls in Australia.

Rechelle provides technical expertise and specialist advice to government, and other institutions on policy, strategy, research and advocacy in key areas of social policy including gender equality, disability services, domestic violence, rural and regional workforce planning and employment, and technological and communications access focussing on the needs of RRR women and girls of Australia through her business RegionalCollab, and as a representative on many Boards and Committees.

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Melanie Saba

National Rural Health Alliance

Melanie became the Chief Executive of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) in October 2017 and has over a decade of CEO experience in education, regulation, and health. Prior to her role at RACMA, she was the CEO of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria.

She has contributed to the development of policy at both national and state levels, in roles with organisations such as the Council of Psychology Registration Boards of Australasia, the Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities, and the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership.

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Dr Sharman Stone

Independent Director

Sharman Stone is a Northern Victorian, born a 5th generation wool grower. She is a human rights advocate, in particular championing the rights of all rural women. She was a pioneer analyst of institutional racism in Australia; and helped shape the gender equity and environment protection agenda in the Federal Parliament as Member for Murray, and in the Victorian Public Service.

Sharman worked to advance Australia’s standing internationally as the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls and as a writer and academic. She is an advisor to national and state bodies addressing FASD and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights. She is currently a part-time Professor of Practice, Gender and International Relations, Monash University.

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