Our Board



Beverly has served as the President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW) advocating for parents with students in public schools. She has been instrumental in the establishment and running of a number of charities, notably the FSHD Global Research Foundation.

Bev is a committed feminist. She is the current CEO of the Aboriginal Education Council. Beverly brings her energy and enthusiasm to assisting older women retain their dignity and relevance in a society that too easily marginalises them.


Larissa was a paid member of OWN Sydney for several years before she became active in the organisation in 2013. In 2015 Larissa was elected as Treasurer to the Older Women’s Network NSW, and in October 2017, she was elected as Treasurer to the National Older Women’s Network, continuing to help and contribute to the rights and well-being of older women.


Pat Bazeley is a social researcher, currently attached to Western Sydney University in an adjunct role. Supposedly retired, these days she mostly writes text books, occasionally travels, sometimes rescues struggling researchers, and works at keeping fit. Pat manages evaluation work for OWN Wellness Centres.


After a lifetime as an arts academic, Pauline is turning her focus to the communities that can effect change and provide connection. She now creates community programs, utilising arts practice to provoke discussion about the politics of ageing and what it is to be a woman.


Lorraine joined OWN in 2017 as the Board representative for the Women’s Electoral Lobby. Although he has been a member for only a short time she has known about OWN for many years through her membership of WEL. OWN and WEL members have often joined together for the Sydney International Women’s Day march. Her working career involved some years in the State Government (the Home Care Service) and some years with Local Government (Warringah Council).


Janice Jensen has come to the Board with life long experience in nursing. Her hope is to work to ensure that OWN NSW supports and aligns with the strategic planning of OWN Australia. She regards health on an individual level a high priority. On the community level, she supports the rights of older women, prevention of homelessness and elder abuse and future options for quality and ethically manage aged care.






Lyn’s career in education, communication and management has demonstrated deep concern for socio-economic justice and gender equity. 

She has been active in advocacy for carers, those with physical and mental disability, older unemployed people, fair recruitment practices, sustainable development, parity policy for pensioners, affordable housing, homelessness, aged care and the unpaipd productivity of many women.

She has been an affirmative action advisor in industries as diverse as Banking, Cosmetics, Mining, Taxation and Telecommunications. 

Lyn hopes to bring goodwill, humour and diverse past experience to influence progressive public policies affecting older women whose strength and wisdom nourishes many others but is often undervalued. 






Cate Turner has been a member of OWN since 1994. In her early years she was the convenor of the Women In Community Housing and member of the OWN Aboriginal Support Circle and the OWN Housing Group.

She joined the Management Team in 1998 and served on it at the time of the formation of OWN NSW in 2000. She served on the working group for several years and on the management team of the newly formed OWN Sydney. She helped start new groups in Parramatta, Blacktown and the Hills. She also served as Treasurer for OWN Australia.

Cate is currently the treasurer for OWN Sydney and is the number one fan of the Theatre Group.

Outside OWN Cate has a few other hats, Treasurer for Lane Cove Residents for Reconciliation, 10 years reader for Radio 2RPH, 13 Years member Sydney Lions Club and is am currently Secretary of the Board of the Lions Nurses Scholarship Foundation. She was the first woman to be President of the Sydney Lions Club.

She received an Order of Australia Medal in 2017.





Karen joined OWN in 2018, participating in activities at the Newtown Wellness Centre. Her 35 year career in the IT industry comprised a variety of roles ranging from course and curriculum development and delivery, project manager and business systems analyst. Many of these projects were with State Government, including Department of Health, Legal Aid (Australasia wide), Sydney and Hunter Water, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Service NSW, State Library, ABC and others. Having worked with people across the whole spectrum of the organisations to clarify their vision and implement systems to support it, Karen is hoping to bring this experience to NSW OWN.

On a personal level, Karen has been a lifelong learner with a great interest in wellness (physical, spiritual and emotional) and most recently, has completed online courses on understanding and preventing dementia.






Seeking a creative retirement, Carolyn Neumann found one with a social justice message in the older Women’s Network Theatre Group.

Carolyn joins the OWN NSW Board in 2018 after several years as a member and after a working life in tertiary education and various private organisations