Our 2021 Sponsors

Tradeswomen Australia was established to encourage, recruit and retain women in skilled trade roles that are male-dominated. We support industries to capitalise on previously untapped workers through the engagement of all stakeholders and by leading large scale culture change projects. By recognising the need for change in social attitudes we support businesses to take the lead and remove the barriers for women who wish to enter their trade.

Tradeswomen Australia Patron

Susan Alberti
Patron

Pioneer Susan Alberti AC, one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, businesswoman, role model and mentor to young women.

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Tradeswomen Australia Board Members
Jane Sydenham-Clarke
Chair & Non-Executive Director

CEO of Skyline Education Foundation Australia, formerly CEO at Freemasons Victoria, Jane has held leadership roles including at Fed Square, Kidney Health Australia and Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct.

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Tony Noble
Non-Executive Director

Tony has over 35 years of experience in the electrical and communications industries and was one of five owners of a National Electrical Communications company, prior to moving into a global role with an international company.

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Sarah Palmer
Non-Executive Director

Sarah works as the Project Manager of Capital Projects at Boral. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Science and is an inclusive leader with a track record of building high performing teams.

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Fiona McDonald
Executive Director

Fiona McDonald’s career began as a light vehicle apprentice, during which Fiona started a networking group for women in trades, building relationships and establishing partnerships with business and industry.

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Katie Gardiner
Non-Executive Director

An experienced lawyer and former senior associate, Katie has acted for Australian and multinational companies across a wide range of complicated disputes.

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Rachna D’Mello
Non-Executive Director

Rachna D’Mello is a Senior Manager at Fordham Group’s Melbourne Office since June 2015 and prior to that was at PKF Melbourne for nearly 11 years.

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Tradeswomen Australia Team

Sarah Curley
Administrator

As a construction, business and educational professional, completing a double degree in Construction Management and Design (Architecture) and qualifications in Business Management, Business Administration, Technology and Occupational Health and Safety, Sarah is a passionate advocator in creating gender equity across the board in male dominated industries. 

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Frank Kennedy
Head of Operations
Chelsea Bryans
Workplace Diversity Officer

Experienced in Work Health and Safety, Human Resource Administration, as well as completing a BA in Politics, International Relations and Islamic studies along with a post-graduate in Human Resource Management, Chelsea is passionate about shifting the workplace culture to better facilitate diversity and equal opportunity for women.

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Yasara Dissanayake
Workplace Diversity Officer

Experienced in Human Resources and Clinical Mental Health, completing Master of Human Resource Management and undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology, Yasara is passionate about fostering and strengthening diversity initiatives to open doors for women and minorities working in male dominated industries. 

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