Rebecca is the first president of the Queensland branch who is not an elected member within Local Government.
Rebecca has a MBA in Strategic Human Resource Management and Communications, and is the Client Relations Manager at Local Buy Pty. Ltd., which was established by the Local Government Association of Qld as a procurement service for Councils and government entities.
Councillor Jan Clifford has been an elected member with Whitsunday Regional Council since 2008. Jan’s current portfolio includes Planning & Development, Major Developments and Business, Housing and Airlie Tourism. Jan also sits on a number of boards and committees including the Police Citizen’s Youth Club as well as being a patron of the Whitsunday Crisis and Counseling Service. Jan has completed the Australian Institute of Directors "In the Boardroom" course and also has a Diploma of Management.
Daphne is a long standing Councillor of Gold Coast City Council, first elected in 1991 also having held the Deputy Mayor position from 2007-2012. She is a member on various Council Committees including Economic Development & Major Projects, Disaster Management, and City Infrastructure and Water. Daphne has been a member of ALGWA since 1992 and was awarded Life Membership in 2010. Daphne has a Diploma in Local Government Administration and is also a patron of a number of organisations and is actively involved with community groups and sporting associations within her local community.
Samantha is the General Counsel for Ausbuild. Samantha is a multidisciplinary lawyer who specialises in planning, infrastructure, government, environmental and property development law. Samantha has worked with many Queensland local governments, providing advice in respect of governance, infrastructure and environment matters, planning documents, local laws and many types of agreements and deeds for local governments in south east and rural Queensland.
Pierina Dalle Cort was elected as a Councillor at Burdekin Shire Council from 2004-2016. Pierina has always been a passionate advocate for a diverse range of community issues and is currently the Chair of the Burdekin PCYC. Pierina remains a member of the ALGWA Executive. Pierina also owns and operates a business and enjoys traveling and eating cultural food.
Karen has worked at Logan City Council for the past 15 years predominately in the Governance Branch overseeing Council meetings and legislative requirements. For the past 18 months, Karen has worked within the Community Development team managing the Council’s health and wellbeing and school holiday programs. Karen has been involved with ALGWA since 2006 having completed a Diploma in Local Government Administration with the then ALGWA Executive.
Nikki works at Logan City Council where she has undertaken a variety of administrative and clerical support roles within Council and has held her current role as Executive Services Officer since 2007. Nikki has Diplomas of Business, Local Government Administration and an Advanced Diploma of Management. Nikki first joined ALGWA in 2011 and has recently joined the Executive as the Publicity Officer in the hopes of contributing positively to the local government industry.
Abigail was born and schooled in Mossman – Douglas Shire- which she has always considered one of the most rewarding and beautiful places in the world to live.
When the unexpected happened and Douglas was allowed to de-amalgamate from Cairns regional Council, Abigail ran for council and became the new Shire’s Deputy Mayor on 1/1/14. She has since then successfully been re-elected for a new term.
Abigail defines her forte as understanding her community. As Councillor she has endeavoured to help build a resilient and thriving community, a place that is safe and nurturing for all.
She hopes to make her career in Council a long and fruitful experience.
Gail Godwin-Smith was elected to Central Highlands Regional Council in 2012. Together with her husband Howard & his family they operate a beef cattle and dryland cropping aggregation in Rolleston district, which is only a short drive from the beautiful Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Gail’s career experience is in banking & finance, small business, education & agriculture. A recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Gail is keen to explore board opportunities in the corporate arena and currently fulfils director roles in the Not-for-Profit sector. As the Central Highlands is almost the size of Tasmania, Gail spends a lot of time travelling to get across the 13 communities that make up the council area. She is enjoys volunteering in her own community and is a First Responder for the Queensland Ambulance Service and a SES Specialist Member.
Councillor Jo McNally was first elected to Southern Downs Regional Council in February 2010 and holds the Finance and Governance Portfolio. Cr McNally has resided in Warwick since 1990 and lives there with her husband and two sons. Before being elected to Council, Cr McNally worked in Administration and the Financial Sector and she also served as a Queensland Police Officer at Toowoomba and Warwick Police Stations. Cr McNally is currently studying externally through the University of South Australia for a Bachelor of Accounting.
Errolyn is a relative newcomer to Local Government, and has worked for the North Burnett Regional Council as Executive Admin in their Monto Office since April 2015.
With a background in Banking and Queensland Education Administration, Local Government has been a baptism by fire; however is a challenge that Errolyn has enjoyed and is eager to pursue.
Errolyn attended her first ALGWA conference in 2015 and was incredibly impressed by the proactivity and ethos of the group, as well as the support networks that ALGWA offered. She jumped at the chance to represent Zone 4 when the position became available in 2016.
Errolyn believes that the strength of any group lies in the support, encouragement and networks that they can provide to each other, and would love to hear from anyone in Zone 4.
Remember - “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
Denise was an academic for over 30 years, having previously worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics prior to joining the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Her expertise is in management, policy formulation and evaluation, and statistics. From 1970 to 2010, Denise held positions on State, National and International bodies of professional organisations associated with public policy/public administration.
Denise retired from full-time work in 2010 and accepted a position as Visiting Academic at LGAQ, Brisbane where she assists on a variety of projects. She has researched and written on women in local government and has compiled national data on women elected to local government from a variety of primary sources. Denise is committed to supporting women in local government, both as elected representatives and as staff members. When not researching, volunteering her time, or being involved in community service, Denise grows orchids and goes fishing.