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.
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 in local government for approximately 20 years predominately in the Governance area overseeing Council meetings and legislative requirements. She has also had the opportunity to work across numerous sections of Council including a period in the Community Development area for 18 months looking after the health and wellbeing and school holiday programs. Karen's professional qualifications include Advanced Diplomas in Business and Management, Diplomas of Local Government Administration and Project Management and IAP2 Engagement Essentials. Karen has been involved with ALGWA since 2006, first joining the Management Committee in 2011 as the Secretary.
Nikki has worked in local government for 30 years and has been employed at Logan City Council her whole career 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 joined the Executive in 2014 as the Publicity Officer in the hopes of giving back and contributing positively to the local government industry.
I joined ALGWA during my first term in local government between 2012 and 2016 and just loved the support I received and the people I met. As Councillor of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council for a second time I hold the very important Portfolio for Economic Development and Tourism. Over the past 25 years I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge having owned and managed many businesses with my husband Paul. My background is in fashion but I’ve spent most of my professional career in retail management and agriculture. I’m a proud sugar cane farmer and now passionate dessert maker. I was a contestant on Season 2 of Zumbo’s Just Dessert which aired on Chanel 7 late in 2019 and is now viewed by millions all over the world on Netflix. I am proud of my region and the abundance of beautiful fruits and crops we produce. I hope to inspire other women to believe in their ability and be the best they can be by never giving up.
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.