Board Members

As an incorporated association, the organisation is led by a Management Committee elected annually from the general membership. Staff and Management Committee work together in partnership to ensure that Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc functions as an effective and dynamic organisation.

Janette Clonan

Janette Clonan - Chair

Janette is the Director of Write & Win Pty Ltd, a global business providing tender, grant and award writing services, and workshops and coaching to boost writing skills. Janette works as a social entrepreneur working in the area of capacity building and business development in developing countries. Her passion is empowering women through business development, creative thinking and strategic questioning.

Faileen James

Faileen James - Secretary

Faileen is the Director of James & Button Services Pty Ltd, a management consulting and legal firm. Faileen has held CEO and senior executive positions in small and large Not-for-Profit organisations, and local, Commonwealth and State government, including Queensland Health. Faileen is passionate about expanding the reach of health services to those experiencing social and other disadvantage.

Alison Hill

Alison Hill - Treasurer

Alison is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Australian Childcare Projects, an organisation which builds and operates long day care centres. Alison was previously the Group Finance Manager at Devine Limited and prior to that the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Ask Funding Limited.  Alison is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in commercial and private practice with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wattyl Ltd (Queensland), Evans Deakin Industries Limited (now Downer-EDI) and Collection House Limited.

Shevaun Stewart

Shevaun Stewart - Ordinary member

Shevaun is on the Executive Management team of one of the largest ICT Remarketing companies across Australia, Asia Pacific and Japan. With more than 30 years in sales and marketing, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the government, corporate and retail sectors. Shevaun joined the Committee in 2014 and is passionate about improving service delivery and supporting infrastructure to disadvantaged communities locally, regionally and globally.

Karin Walduck

Karin Walduck  - Ordinary member

Karin orignally trained as a pharmacist in Victoria and undertook her Ph.D. in pharmacology at UQ. She moved from hospital pharmacy into IT management and currently works at the State Library of Queensland as ICT Services Manager. She has extensive experience as a non-executive board director on sports boards and is willing for another not-for-profit organisation to benefit from this experience.

Annie Backhaus

Annie Backhaus - Ordinary member

Annie is a 43 year old director of her own family business, and secretary and publicity officer for the local Qld Country Women’s Association. Annie lives in a remote aboriginal community, Doomadgee and is passionate about the mental and physical health of rural and remote women.  She believes that there is a need for support, generosity of heart and compassion to all women, whether they live in the country or suburbia.

Sanmarie Schlebusch

Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch - Ordinary member

Dr Sanmarié Schlebusch is a medical practitioner specialized in microbiology and the Director of Microbiology at Mater Misericordiae Ltd Brisbane. She has worked in frontline medicine in hospitals, community based healthcare as a GP and as a medical specialist. Her medical knowledge; broad range of other experience and ongoing professional development contributes to the advocacy for women’s health.

Faiza El Higzi

Faiza El Higzi - Ordinary member

Faiza has more than 20 years’ experience in the community sector as a board member, manager and volunteer focusing on emerging African, Arab and Islamic communities. She is also experienced in government policy at both state and federal levels. Faiza is passionate about women’s issues and has worked tirelessly since arriving in Australia 20 years ago to advocate for gender issues, in particular for women from diverse backgrounds and disadvantaged groups.


Johanna Neville - Ordinary member

Jo is the Family Health Manager, at Apunipima Cape York Health Council. She has worked with families for the last 20 years as both a Midwife and Child health Nurse. She has a special interest in the value of a family centred model of care within home visiting programs working in Aboriginal communities. 

Photos: Little Footsteps - Photography by Anna

Last updated: 25/1/2018