SBW Advisory Committee

Margot Cairnes

Panel member

Margot started her career running Darwin Family Centres – a community run organization that oversaw 5 child care centre, 3 family day car schemes, a mobile preschool and a social work unit. After her MBA, Margot built what was, at the time, the biggest strategic organizational change and leadership organization in Australia – with reaches into Europe, America, and Asia.

Author of 5 books on leadership and rapid change, Margot has spent the last decade working mainly with entrepreneurs and those recovering from mental illness. Margot’s current interests include Impact Investment and working on two books, one on social changes and the other a memoir.

Sharon Styman

Panel Member

Sharon Styman is a company strategist who helps businesses to grow and prosper. Sharon is a long time local and has worked in multiple multi-million-dollar businesses for over 20 years. She is passionate for helping others achieve their success whatever that may be.  Sharon is also the first female board member of Twin Towns.
Ann Uldridge

Ann Uldridge

Panel Member

Ann has over 30 years’ experience in the information and communications technology industry, holding a significant shareholding together with her late husband in a systems integration firm that grew from 6 to over 600 people during the 1980’s and 90’s. Following the sale of the firm to a USA based private company, Ann invested her energies in a portfolio of directorships and advisory positions for community based as well as private organisations.

Ann was a founding member of Women in Technology in 1997 and its Lifesciences Chapter in 2005 in Queensland.

Jennifer Joiner

Panel member

Jennifer has enjoyed a 30-year career in health care with experience in finance, business planning, sales, marketing and general management. She has strong international experience, including successful management of diverse distributor relationships throughout USA and Asia. Her passion is building strong relationships with customers, employees and business partners.

Her roles include leading the Australian operations of General Electric Medical Systems, Bayer Diagnostics and Applied BioSystems. She was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with a venture capital-backed technology start-up in USA before it was successfully sold.

Jennifer served as a Board Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia for seven years.

Susan Nancarrow

Panel member

Susan has worked in health care delivery, management and research as well as higher education governance and executive leadership roles. She has an interest and expertise in the future of the workforce, particularly in the health care, and is currently a Director on the Northern New South Wales Local Health District Board. She is committed to supporting the development of women in leadership roles. Susan lives with her young family on the far north coast of New South Wales where she is a keen surfer, gardener and aspiring creative artist in her spare time.

Aurora Pagonis

Panel member

As an Evolutionary Leader, Visionary and Feminine Leadership coach, Aurora is dedicated to enabling women in business to thrive and rise into their leadership.
For over twenty years Aurora has traversed the path of business in senior roles in the Telco, IT and Wellness sectors and also equally the path of empowerment as a Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Facilitator.
As these two paths unified, Aurora created She Speaks a leadership coaching organisation inspiring women to step into their highest expressions of themselves and to lead in a new way. She Speaks facilitates 1:1 coaching services, mastery groups, women in leadership roundtables, retreats and events.

Sonja Ceri

Committee member

Australian-based CMO Sonja Ceri has a reputation for smashing the glass ceiling and running a company with a name you won’t forget: Four Drunk Parrots. Marketing strategist by day, mother of 2 under 3 at night. Someone with an opinion, a big smile and a determination to use business as a force for good.

With a Masters in economics and a decade of agency experience, Sonja's interests go beyond textbook marketing theory. Sonja calls herself a storyteller, because that’s easier than listing strategist, journalist, digital marketer, entrepreneur, mentor, workshop trainer, keynote speaker and opinionated mover & shaker. Sonja’s passion for the environment and social impact has led to her business through B Corp and Climate Neutral certification as well as being a member of 1% For the Planet.

Amy Colli

SBW Regional Liaison

Amy Colli - Sourdough Business Women Regional Liaison. Amy’s career spans 25 years working extensively across the Northern Rivers in roles supporting and developing the food and tourism industries and giving her a strong understanding of the needs of a wide variety of regional business women. Amy is responsible for supporting business women in the Byron Shire and expanding initiatives into the Ballina, Tweed and Lismore shires.

Meagan Kruger

Administration Support

Meagan’s career history spans 20+ years working in varying capacities in a small
management consultancy firm specialising in project feasibilities and regional economic
development. Most recently Meagan has volunteered her time to assist in the creation of a local business group for the Tweed Coast beach villages of Cabarita, Hastings, Pottsville and Wooyung.

Meagan is responsible for supporting SBW’s Regional Liaison deliver and expand upon the SBW program across the Northern Rivers.