Transport Women Australia gets new chair

Brotherton takes the reins from McMillan, who retired late last month

Transport Women Australia gets new chair
Jacquelene Brotherton


Jacquelene Brotherton has returned to the role of chair of Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) board, a position she held between 2009 and 2011.

The announcement comes following TWAL's annual general meeting on November 27, when the organisation bid farewell to long-time board member and former chair Pam McMillan.

McMillan, a former columnist for our sister publication Owner//Driver, was thanked and congratulated for her outstanding service to the organisation and the entire transport industry during her 18-year term on the board.

The new TWAL board comprises:

  • Chair: Jacquelene Brotherton, transport manager, Oxford Cold Storage, Laverton North
  • Vice chair: Di Caldwell-Smith, product and training manager, OneVue, Sydney
  • Secretary: Coralie Chapman, transport scheduler, Linfox Logistics, Essendon Fields
  • Director: Liz Martin OAM, CEO, Road Transport Hall of Fame, Alice Springs
  • Director: Michelle Harwood, executive director, Tasmanian Transport Association
  • Immediate past chair: Pam McMillan, D & P Haulage, Albury.

"This is my second time as chair and I never expected to be back in the role," Brotherton said at the AGM.

"However, with Pam retiring and Di and Coralie having been with us for only one year, it was a decision that was made with the support of the board in keeping the association strong.

"And as we move forward with our new Board, I feel that – as a team – we have never been stronger.

"It is by far the largest number of board members we have had in my time with TWAL and we are a great team dedicated to continuing the hard work of our predecessors."

Brotherton says the TWAL team will be making some changes over the next few months.

"We hope that these changes will make it easier for the board to operate, with members encouraged to have more input into the association, if they wish," Brotherton says.

Brotherton says the board will now concentrate their efforts on the next TWAL conference in May 2018, as well as "some other exciting functions throughout the year".

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with our sponsors including our foundation business oartners – National Transport Insurance, BP and Volvo as well as other sponsors to whom we are deeply grateful.

"Our aim is to continue to grow the TWAL profile, increase membership and supplier partners while building on our current projects in addition to commencing some exciting new projects".

Brotherton has been in the industry for over 47 years and continues to dedicate her time on a voluntary basis to improving conditions for the transport industry.

She joined the TWAL as a board member in 2008 and is a life member of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA).

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