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COTA
Board

Board

Jill Iliffe - Chair

Executive Director, Commonwealth Nurses Federation
Registered Nurse
Registered Midwife
Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Sydney University
Master of International Studies, Sydney University
Family Planning Certificate (Australia)
Women's Health Nurse Certificate (NSW)

Bruce Shaw - Director

Bruce Shaw has been a director of COTA ACT since 2014; he joined the COTA Australia Board in November 2015. He has qualifications in public policy and is deputy Chair of the COTA ACT Policy Council. Bruce has held senior policy roles in a number of organisations including the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia and Palliative Care Australia. He was member of the Government's Ageing Expert Advisory Group from 2012-2014. Bruce is a member of the COTA Australia Governance, HR and Remuneration Committee.

Peter Howells - Director

President COTA Queensland
Member COTA Q Audit and Risk Committee
Self employed HR consultant - corporate and public sector
Graduate member Australian Institute of Company Directors
Certified Professional Australian Human Resources Institute
Former Chair Financial Institutions Remuneration Group
Former member and Deputy Chair Greater Brisbane Area Consultative Committee

Joan Hughes - Director

Joan Hughes has been a director of COTA NSW since 2014 and joined the COTA Australia Board in 2016. She has qualifications in social science and education. Joan was Chief Executive of a number of not for profit organisations over 20 years. She is currently CEO of the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust and volunteers for various community organisations. She is a member of the COTA Australia Reconciliation Action Group.

Jan Jewell - Director

Jan Jewell is President of COTA NT and of the Coomalie Branch of COTA NT. She became a Director of COTA Australia in 2016.

Anne Edwards AO - Director

President COTA SA
Chair, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (previously the National Centre of Excellence to reduce violence against women and their children)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences
Fellow of the Australian College of Educators
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Former Vice Chancellor Flinders University
Former Deputy Chair Australian Research Council
Former Deputy Chair, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority

Philippa Roberts - Director

Philippa Roberts is Vice President of COTA Tasmania. She became a Director of COTA Australia in 2017.

Cathy Mead - Director

Cathy Meade is President of COTA Victoria and Chair of its Policy Council. She became a Director of COTA Australia in 2016.

Judy Hogben - Director

Judy has been a director of COTA WA since 2009 and became President in December 2014; she joined the COTA Australia Board in 2014. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ability Centre. Judy is Chair of the COTA Australia Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Kate Andrews - Director

Kate Andrews is a Non-Executive Director and Management Consultant and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director (GAICD). Kate has extensive experience in marketing and advertising including 17 years’ experience in executive leadership in Australia and the US, spanning superannuation, technology, telecommunications, financial services, automotive, and packaged goods.

Kate Andrews was appointed by the Board as an independent Ad Hoc Director of COTA Australia in December 2016.

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