Our Board

 

BEVERLEY BAKER
CHAIR

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 BERGMANN
TREASURER

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.


DR PAT BAZELY
MANAGEMENT TEAM

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.


DR PAULINE MANLEY
MANAGEMENT TEAM

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 SLADE
MANAGEMENT TEAM

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).


 

 

 

 

CATE TURNER
MANAGEMENT TEAM

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.


 

 

 

 

CAROLYN NEUMANN
MANAGEMENT TEAM 

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