WNA Leadership Team
Meet the inspirational business women who have taken on leadership roles within our organisation. All of them are long standing WNA Members, outstandingly successful in their business pursuits, resourceful and most importantly they are very clear on the effective role networking plays in business success. All of these women are amazing role models and they gain much pleasure in supporting other women in business by hosting our networking events and forums in their region.
NATIONAL - MANAGING DIRECTOR
Janelle Bostock | WNA Managing Director
In mid-2017, long time Women’s Network Australia Member Janelle Bostock was appointed as the Managing Director of Women’s Network Australia. With more than 20 years’ experience in event management and virtual assistance support, Janelle is poised to guide Women’s Network Australia through the next decade and beyond. A small business owner herself for many years with more than a 11 years experience on the Australian Institute of Office Professionals committee of management, Janelle brings diverse marketing skills, connections and innovative ideas to the national membership. This is an exciting time for Women’s Network Australia and its members as we innovate, restructure and adapt quickly in an ever changing national business environment.
NATIONAL - FOUNDER & PATRON
Lynette Palmen AM | WNA Founder & Patron
Women's Network Australia was established in 1990 by business entrepreneur, Lynette Palmen AM. Inspired by her own personal and business experiences in the corporate sector, she set out to design an organisation based on what she wished had been available to her. For over 28 years Lynette has dedicated her career to improving the lives and business outcomes for women. Lynette has championed women's issues and has been instrumental in developing a framework in which women are educated and empowered to succeed in their career or business pursuits. Lynette's vision and leadership qualities are inspirational. She has mentored and is a role model to thousands of women across Australia. Lynette received the prestigious Queen's Honour for her role in improving the quality of life for women across the Nation.
NATIONAL - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Nikita Crone | WNA Business Development Manager & Advertising Sales Manager
Nikita Crone has been with Women's Network Australia for the past 16 years. She has her finger on the pulse when it comes to providing support services to our Members. Her ability to connect with Members and offer them excellence in customer service is outstanding. Her role within the organisation includes business development and managing our online and magazine advertising accounts. Nikita's positive and professional approach is one of the reasons our organisation continues to shine.
INTERNATIONAL - AMBASSADOR
Samea Maakrun | WNA International Ambassador
Samea Maakrun MBA BBus (Acc) PNA - Founder and CEO of Sasy n Savy Pty Ltd. A long standing WNA Member, Samea is a qualified accountant who decided to follow her entrepreneurship calling and channel her business skills into developing a range of natural and organic skincare and wellbeing products. The company runs its day to day operations from a state-of-the art factory based in Sydney where it manufactures and sells 100% Australian made natural and organic skincare and aromatherapy products to markets all over the world. Samea exports through out Asia, UK, the Middle East, EU, Aegan and the Pacific markets and she travels extensively across the globe markets expanding her brands presence. Sasy n Savvy also manufactures white label products for day spas, hotel chains, and skin and body care companies. Learn more about Samea's business.
NATIONAL - AMBASSADOR
Robyn Henderson | WNA National Ambassador
Global networking specialist, Robyn Henderson has authored and contributed to more than 30 books on networking, self promotion and self esteem building. Robyn has spoken in 12 countries and has never advertised. All of her work comes from networking, referrals and her website. Her career includes over 20 years as a professional speaker, 10 years in sales and telemarketing management and 13 years in hospitality. Robyn also successfully ran women’s networks for 6 years and was listed in the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame (1997) and listed in the Top 100 Spirited Women of Australia (New Woman Magazine). Robyn is regarded as an networking expert and social media LinkedIn specialist. Learn more about Robyn's Business.
CORPORATE & DIVERSITY - AMBASSADOR
Hon. Teresa Gambaro | WNA Government, Business and Diversity Advisor
Ms Gambaro was elected as the Federal Member for Brisbane at the 2010 Federal Election and was re-elected in 2013 becoming the first woman to win the seat of Brisbane since Federation and only the second Liberal MP to win a second term. Teresa is now an Australian former politician and member of the Liberal National Party after announcing her retirement from politics in 2016. Before entering Parliament Teresa worked as a Senior Business Executive in the Hospitality, Personnel and Franchising Industries. Teresa has tutored marketing at the School of Marketing and International for the past 20 years. Teresa is a honorary ambassador for the city of Brisbane. She is passionate about gender equality and increasing the number of women in politics. Teresa is also a passionate advocate for homelessness, mental health and Parkinson’s research and was Chair of Dementia and Parliamentary chair of Italian Australian friendship group.
PERTH - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Annette Stanton | WNA - Ambassador (Perth)
Annette is an International Certified Life and Business Coach, Author of The Power of Vision and International Speaker. Coaching has been a natural progression over the past 30 years with Annette starting her journey as a sporting coach and national representative. Annette’s professional career path led her into gaining a wide range of leadership and management experience in the corporate and small business sectors. In 1992, following her passion for personal and professional development, Annette started her own business as a personal trainer and coach which has naturally evolved into her current business, International Life & Business Coaching. With over 3000 coaching hours, Annette specializes in the development of individuals, partners and teams worldwide who are ready to succeed personally and professionally. Learn more about Annette's business.
SYDNEY - NEW SOUTH WALES
Gai Hook | WNA Event Coordinator (Sydney)
Based on not being able to find an outbound call service that offered real time tracking, and the ability to have direct access with the team making the phone calls, Gai founded her business - Virtual Sales Strategy Australia. Gai has developed a team of mature sounding sales professionals, working onsite or virtually who can think on their feet over and beyond a telephone script. Her team of virtual sales representatives meet the needs of businesses who need an experienced sales person who can work efficiently with their marketing or sales manager. The Virtual Sales Strategy Australia team members are mature, business savvy women between the ages of 35 and 55 and their backgrounds and experience are diverse allowing them to be matched to the skill set or industry of the client they are working with. Learn more about Gai's business.
HOBART - TASMANIA
Alison Rogers | WNA - Ambassador (Hobart)
Alison Rogers is an Executive Advisor at Pulse Business Services Pty Ltd the various divisions of her business provides the expertise, experience and insight to give you the business intelligence you need to drive your business growth and ensure the ongoing viability of your business. Her unique 'whole of business' approach to the delivery of her services enables her to meet the requirements of dynamic businesses at every stage of their business growth, ensuring a sustainable business built on a solid financial platform. Alison gets great satisfaction from empowering others to put the joy back into business and live the life they love. Having more sales, less costs, bigger profits and the time to enjoy is all possible! Alison is committed to making a difference through a genuine interest in others well being and how she can be of value to them. Learn more about Alison's business.
BRISBANE NORTH - QUEENSLAND
Kirsty O'Callaghan | WNA - Event Coordinator (Brisbane North)
Kirsty O’Callaghan is the Owner of Unity Words, and is recognised as an expert in the key areas of resilience, relationships and results. Kirsty’s mission is to support women to achieve the results they want at work and home. Through her commitment to this mission, networking with other amazing women, honesty, professionalism and a never give up attitude, she delivers over and over again. The transformational tools and strategies Kirsty has developed and used with thousands of clients inspires them and their businesses to perform 'best thinking' and 'best practice' - getting them better results and outcomes. Kirsty is more than your typical mentor, trainer, speaker and coach. She cares about every single one of her clients, and treats them all as individuals. She brings compassion, innovation, and fun to her work. Learn more about Kirsty's business.
SUNSHINE COAST - QUEENSLAND
Debra Barber | WNA - Event Coordinator (Sunshine Coast)
Debra first became a member of WNA in 2008 when she launched her first business. Over the following 5 years Debra successfully built 3 separate businesses in Perth (with the help of her husband, Rowan). On the sale of these business ventures Debra and her family returned home to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland in 2013. Debra and Rowan founded their own boutique Real Estate Agency, Topaz Property Group which was bought out by Linzen Property Group in 2017. Debra now works with the team at Linzen, selling off-the-plan properties as part of their developments and offering residential real estate sales on both the Sunshine Coast and in North Lakes, Brisbane. Learn more about Debra's projects.