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Meet your committee for 2023/2024

Learn a little about us and why we got involved in the SBWN ... maybe you'll be inspired to join the committee one day!

President - Penni Ellicott

Penni first joined the committee in  2022 and became President in 2023.  Penni grew up in Fish Creek and moved back to South Gippsland in 2003 after living many years throughout Australia. She now resides in Leongatha and works at South Gippsland Shire Council as the Coordinator Arts, Culture and Visitor Economy. Penni is extremely excited to join the SWBN committee and looks forward to connecting with the inspiring women across South Gippsland / Bass Coast and encourage new members to the network. Outside of her professional career, Penni is passionate about nature and you’ll find her hiking or hitting a rail trail in her spare time.

Vice President  - Robyn Eva

My name is Robyn Eva and have lived in Leongatha for over 20 years although my husband and I spent 7 years working in China. I've created my business, 4evatraining, delivering coaching, mentoring and training to leaders, educators and parents on emotional intelligence. EQ is a learnable, measurable skill that will help you create better relationships and make better work and life choices. Prior to moving I was a member of SBWN and am happy to rejoin to engage with the amazing women in Gippsland.

Treasurer - Gabe Windsor

Really happy to be joining a great team in this committee. Having lived in Inverloch for the past 23yrs, raising two (now adult) children, I really love our outdoor lifestyle, and jumping in the ocean every day!

Professionally, after completing a Post Grad course in Education Business Leadership, and working in education for 23yrs, I am currently business manager at Leongatha Secondary College. Have also undertaken treasurer, PD convenor & mentor role for the state-wide association, Business Managers Victoria over the past 11yrs.

Really interested in meeting, connecting with, and supporting other inspiring women, and hope to contribute to the continuing success of this network.


Secretary - Sue Phillips

After commuting to and from South Gippsland for the last 18 months, Sue finally moved to the area in January 2023 along with her two beautiful springer spaniels, and loves the lush, rolling countryside of the shire. Sue is a health economics and outcomes researcher at HEARS Pty Ltd, a boutique micro-consultancy that helps companies navigate the challenges of achieving reimbursement for innovative pharmaceuticals and vaccines in Australia and New Zealand. The company is owned and operated by Sue and her two co-directors. Her special interests lie in public health policy and in the economics of healthy ageing and well-

being. Sue has partially completed a PhD in health services associated with healthy ageing and brings to SBWN a passion for supporting fellow women in business combined with strong project management and governance skills.

    Events - Jessica Odgers 

    Jess is an event manager with over 10 years' experience working on community fund-raisers and events. She is currently the fundraising and event coordinator at Bass Coast Health and runs her own Event Decorating and Planning business. Jess is a South Gippsland local who is passionate about exploring the outdoors and women's soccer. She looks forward to using her skills to organise the networks events and meeting new people.

    Website Management - Sam Morris

    Having relocated to Wonthaggi at the start of 2022, I joined the Southern Business Womens Network to meet people and what better way to also serve my new community than to join the committee.  As a Business Coach and Mentor, I help business owners develop systems and processes that empower them to stop being the bottleneck in their business.  With a background in marketing, auditing and data analytics, I especially love it when I get to help people automate their business so they can work less hours without compromising their customer service or their bank balance.

    Social Media - Sarah Vesty

    My name is Sarah Vesty, the first Gippsland appointed, Mobile Senior Home Lending Specialist for the Commonwealth Bank.  Gippsland born and bred, a local to Inverloch for over 25yrs, I am passionate about the Gippsland area and providing the exceptional customer service that comes with Mobile Lending.  As a mobile lender, I can cater to all your home lending needs at a place and time most convenient to you.  Whether it be your home, local Cafe, workplace or even over the phone, I can assist with all from first home buying to experienced investing.

    General - Cindy Nicholas

    Cindy is employed as the CEO at Carinya Aged Care in Korumburra and has been in the role for 8 years. She studied accounting and has postgraduate qualifications in Innovation and Leadership. She has lived in the local area her whole life and is passionate about community and women in leadership. She is new to the SBWN Committee and joined so that she could grow her communication skills. Outside of her career, she loves travelling, hiking and gardening.

    General - Jill Wellard 

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