Patten to deliver keynote speech to VTA women’s lunch

Brotherton and Ross to also be on hand to address the function

Patten to deliver keynote speech to VTA women’s lunch
Fiona Patten


The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has secured Upper House Victorian MP and Reason party founder Fiona Patten to deliver the keynote address at the association’s Annual Women’s Lunch, on Friday, April 20.

Patten was elected as the independent member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Northern Metropolitan in 2014. she has been described by ABC broadcaster Jon Faine as one of Australia’s "most effective legislators", and is one of a handful of crossbenchers to hold the balance of power in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament.

"Fiona Patten is one of the most influential figures in the Victorian Government, and with such a diverse and interesting career in and out of politics, she will no doubt have a compelling message for guests at our Annual Women’s Lunch," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

"The rise of independent MPs in Australia and around the world has really been something to behold so it will be interesting to hear Fiona’s views on the emergence of non-traditional political parties and social groups, and how this will disrupt conventional politics and ways of doing things."

"The VTA shares the same passion Fiona has for getting common sense outcomes in policy and planning and we look forward to welcoming her to our Annual Women’s Lunch next month."

The association has also secured a number of other prominent and successful women in transport to address the lunch including the chair of Transport Women Australia (TWA), Jaquelene Brotherton, and Viva Energy Australia logistics manager Kersten Ross.

"The VTA has taken a leadership role in working to increase the participation rate of women in the transport industry," Anderson says.

"The Annual Women’s Lunch is a great opportunity for members to network with each other, and discuss ways we can work together to attract and retain women to the industry."

The lunch is being held Friday, April 20 at Richmond’s Fenix River Terrace. Individual and table registrations are now available at or by calling the VTA on 03 9646 8590.


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