Changing of the guard at Transport Women Australia

Jacqueline Brotherton returns as Chair of Transport Women Australia for the first time since 2011

Changing of the guard at Transport Women Australia
Newly appointed Transport Women Australia chair Jacquelene Brotherton.


Following 18 years on the Transport Women Australia (TWAL) board, including 11 years as chair on various occasions, Pam McMillan has retired. Jacquelene Brotherton returns as chair, a position she held between 2009 and 2011.

TWAL made the announcement on December 4 following its annual general meeting on November 27.

At the AGM, McMillan, a former columnist for Owner//Driver, was thanked and congratulated for her outstanding service to the organisation and the entire transport industry.

The new 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," Jacquelene 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." Brotherton adds.

"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 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," Brotherton says.

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

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