Chair: dr dale spender AM FRSA
Has been the president for the past few years; she has a background in writing, public speaking, broadcasting and academic/ educational consulting. A former chair of the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) she is currently the deputy chair of the State Library of Queensland
Treasurer: Marjorie Morton
Marjorie Morton has been the treasurer since Second Chance became an incorporated body. Trained as a radiation therapist in the days when women, once married could no longer hold permanent positions in the Public Service, she founded a food brokerage business which has morphed into a national company, marketing and distributing disposable food packaging. A large proportion of the products her company stocks are also manufactured by companies held by the family. The skills utilised to fund a rapidly growing business for such a long time are the same skills required to make best use of the hard earned funds and to keep the records.
Deputy Chair and Project Organiser: Vicki Scott
Vicki has worked in government at Federal and State levels where she has managed large projects – such as CHOGM and the Reconciliation March over the Harbour Bridge. She has a talent for developing ‘best practice’ outlines for events and projects and is the cofounder of STARS which runs Bootcamp 4 Life programs; she has also worked in Indigenous Affairs for over 20 years.
Secretary: Cate Heyworth Smith
A barrister, Cate has practised in London and is currently at the private bar in Brisbane. Her legal experience and skills as an advocate, and her knowledge of corporate governance are a great resource in her role as secretary: Cate has been a member of other boards and has undertaken pro-bono work for the Welfare Rights Centre.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School Liaison: Abby Hills
Is an innovative artist and teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, responsible (among many other things) for the student Second Chance Program leadership project. BGGS SCP committee raises money, undertakes blanket drives and puts together comfort packs for homeless women, and Abby’s writing talents are employed in providing guidance for the girls and reports for SCP. Her social skills assist her in developing community links and activities that bring the girls into contact with homeless young women and which encourage them to appreciate the purpose, possibilities and personal satisfaction of service to others.
Networks and Prizes: Pia du Pradal
Pia du Pradal has had a second career as a successful Brisbane based fashion designer and manufacturer. (She was once an anthropologist in Botswana.) She has been on the committee for several years and enjoys working together with the team in raising money to help homeless women overcome their desperate situation. Being entrenched in the local business community (and a member of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International) she is generally able to network and rally support for the donation of prizes (a major contrbution!) for Second Chance fundraising events.
Media: Kathleen Noonan
Kathleen Noonan is a Brisbane-based journalist and columnist. She is a feature writer and weekly columnist for The Courier-Mail. She has a broad career in journalism, having started reporting in rural Queensland before moving to Brisbane to work for The Courier-Mail and The Australian. For a number of years, she worked overseas as a reporter and sub-editor in South Africa and the UK. She has certainly enlivened some of the reports and newsletter items for SCP
Zara Sexton: (Coordinator, Swing into Spring: Marketing, Web page etc)
Zara Sexton is one of the younger members who commenced fund raising for Second Chance long before she became a member of the committee and she has brought to Second Chance her internet expertise and well-developed skills in organization and marketing. She is a business development consultant at Freehills and the mother of baby Georgia.
Project Manager: Molly Hitchock
Molly Hitchcock is a relatively new member of the Second Chance committee and brings with her significant experience and skills in project management and strategy development. In her role as a Project/Change Manager at KPMG, Molly has worked with private, government and not-for-profit organisations to design and implement operational strategy projects. Molly is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the committee to help develop and support the growth and success of the Second Chance Programme; she also expertly manages new born baby Charlie.
Donor Program and Relationships: Margo Powell
Margo Powell is the most recent committee member and comes with an impressive background in fundraising – in the areas of arts, health and medical research in higher education; she is currently campaign manager for $25 million capital project at QUT. Her wealth of expertise, and her extensive fundraising skills, are now being utilised by SCP in the interest of homeless women.