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Fri 26 Mar @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brisbane | Charity High Tea – Conversations on the Couch


Conversations on the Couch with Dame Quentin Bryce and Lady Mayoress of Brisbane Nina Schrinner

2021 Charity High Tea – proudly supporting Women’s Legal Service Queensland.

If you enjoyed our much loved Christmas Charity Luncheon, you won’t want to miss this event. Our inaugural Charity High Tea set in the Grand Ballroom, Stamford Plaza Brisbane offers you the perfect opportunity to indulge in another premium Women’s Network Australia experience.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March 2021, which could not be more relevant for our distinguished special guests.  WNA members and guests will be joined by The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO and Lady Mayoress of Brisbane Nina Schrinner for conversations on the Couch presented by our talented Master of Ceremonies, Leigh Muirhead.

The Day

You will be met on arrival with a glass of sparkling.  Network with friends, in the networking lounge, with the quiet ambiance of the music around you.  Move through to the Grand Ballroom, and find yourself enthralled and entertained by the exquisite voice of Lisa Lockland-Bell.  Sit back and enjoy the High Tea experience.  While listening to the Conversations on the Couch with our distinguished guest speakers Dame Quentin Bryce and Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner.

There will be prizes galore in the Charity Raffle (online and at event via Raffletix), great food and fabulous opportunities to meet like minded business women who love to network.  This event like other WNA events, typifies the art of mixing business with pleasure while supporting a great cause.

The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

Quentin Bryce has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and Australia.

Her contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family was recognised in her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2003. Also in 2003, she was invested as a Dame of Grace of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Ms Bryce had become a Dame in the Order of Australia.

On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General, the first woman to take up the office. Her term concluded in March 2014. Fifteen Honorary Doctorates have been conferred on her by universities in Australia.

Across her career she has worked with women, families and young people while extending her influence across broad and diverse spectrums, including the rural, regional, aged, indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors. Ms Bryce remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, with more than forty five years of experience in reform, community building and leadership.

Lady Mayoress of Brisbane Nina Schrinner

Lady Mayoress of Brisbane and Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Nina Schrinner, is a mother of four young children aged between 2 and 7. Nina is also a lawyer and in recent years worked as a special advisor to the Federal Attorney General.

She was born in Queensland and has spent most of her life living in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs. Nina has a real passion for people and absolutely loves the opportunity to provide encouragement and support for the fantastic work being done by charities across Brisbane.

Like her husband, Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner, she believes that the sign of a strong, healthy city is a city with a big heart. As Chair of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, Nina is committed to ensuring the trust continues to increase its support for the charities that are making such a difference in our community.

Our Master of Ceremonies: Leigh Muirhead

Leigh owns a voice-over studio and records voice on television and radio ads, training videos and more. Leigh also produces and hosts her radio program on 94.1FM Gold Coast every Sunday morning. She is a highly sought after MC having hosted Conferences, Awards Nights and Fashion Parades just to name a few. Her friendly manner, modern look and confident style has connected her to audiences across the nation for many years, creating a recognisable face amongst the audience.

Our Charity: Women’s Legal Service Queensland

Women’s Legal Service Queensland provides free legal and social work support to Queensland women. Sadly, 40% of calls to the WLSQ state-wide Domestic Violence Legal Helpline are going unanswered due to resource constraints. And that’s where you can help – all proceeds from today’s raffle go to Women’s Legal Service Queensland to help answer those unanswered calls for help and potentially save a life.

Our Menu: 

Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel’s Spirit of Queensland High Tea is an elegant, refined and quintessential Queensland indulgence.  Inspired by Queensland and Australian tastes, the High Tea menu incorporates flavours hailing from the red soil outback to coastal beachfronts.  The Essence of Queensland entremet was prepared by the hotel’s Pastry Chefs and presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her most recent visit to Brisbane.

COVID-19 Protocols

The venue will be adhering to the Food Services Industry COVID Safe Plan, implementing the social distancing requirements as outlined. There will be a Contract Tracing Register at the Registration Desk which will be required to be completed and signed on arrival. Hand sanitizer will be accessible in the room at all times.

IMPORTANT – Final numbers and Special Diets:

If you have special dietary requirements please make sure you indicate them at time of booking. Due to venue policy, particularly during these challenging times, we are required to give FIVE (5) working days notice prior to this event. If received after this time, sorry we cannot guarantee this occurring. To discuss further contact us on 1800 052 476.



Single Ticket: $125.00 | Table of 10: $1,200.00 (all inclusive of GST).

GENERAL TICKET PRICE (after 12 February 2021): 

Single Ticket: $140.00 | Table of 10: $1,300.00 (all inclusive of GST).

This venue will be adhering to the Food Services Industry COVID Safe Plan, implementing the social distancing requirements as outlined.  Therefore, our numbers are limited to 140 guests.  Book today to avoid disappointment!

About Humanitix:

Our new ticketing platform, provides a seamless booking system, while also giving back to the community at large. Humanitix, donate 100% of profits to the impact project of supporting disadvantaged girls. 

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