AGW Inc. Council

The Council oversees AGW business is responsible for advocacy and action at national level. The Council consists of:

The four (4) AGW Inc Office Bearers

Three elected council members (to be appointed)

The following officers will be appointed by the Council –  the Fellowship officer;  the Resolutions officer;  the Education Rapporteur;   the Status of Women Rapporteur;  the Website Manager, the AGW representative to the  Education Trust;

AGW Inc. Office Bearers 

PresidentProfessor Jaya Dantas, PhD accepted the position of President in April 2019. She is currently Dean International and Professor of International Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University in Western Australia. Jaya has worked for 32 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Australia and has undertaken teaching and research in Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Pakistan and South Africa. Her research focusses on  resettlement among migrants and refugees especially women and youth. She is a passionate advocate for education of women and youth.  As a migrant women from India whose life has been immensely impacted by education, she contributes lived experiences on gender, education and health.

Co-ordinator for International RelationsProfessor Shirley Randell AO, PhD, has been a past World Vice President of IFUW and member then Convener of the IFUW Projects Committee. She is currently a member of the Graduate Women International Special Committee on Project Development. Shirley was Founder and President of the Ballarat Branch of AFGW Vic, an Executive member of AFGW ACT, and Founder and CIR of both the Vanuatu Association of University Women and the Rwanda Association of University Woman. Since returning to Australia she has been CIR of AFGW NSW and is an Executive member of AFGW City Branch. Shirley has worked at all levels of education in Australia, Asia, Pacific and Africa and is currently Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Canberra and Newcastle.

SecretaryJenny Jones is the immediate Past President of GWWA on the Committee. She completed a Bachelor of Science at UWA, followed by a career as a Teacher, Computer Programmer and Systems Analyst, and an Academic.  She has raised children and step-children, and is now enjoying her time with grandchildren. Since retiring, she has been involved with several not-for-profit groups, finding a particular resonance with the goals of Graduate Women both here in Australia and Internationally. As well as an on-going interest in science and its ability to inform public debate in different areas, she also enjoys reading, writing poetry, philosophy and travel.

Business Manager:  Alison Hayden worked with the Commonwealth Bank for 23 years.  While working, she studied a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and completed a Graduate Diploma in Education.  She then worked in schools in country WA and in Perth teaching Accounting and Finance and taught in China for a year teaching English.  Alison worked for 8 years as a finance administrator for a charitable organisation in Broome, WA.  Whilst working in Broome in 2001, Barbara Hale visited from Perth and gave a talk about Graduate Women WA.  On her return to Perth, Alison became a committee member and later Treasurer of GWWA. She is committed to being part of an organisation dedicated to assisting women achieve their potential through education.

Public Officer: Merle Thompson – to contact click here Email



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