WLA ACT Committee

2017/18 Committee Members



Danielle Mildren

Vice President

Georgina McKay


Belinda Miller


Emma Lawrence

Policy Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Rori Moyo

Alison Osmond

Events Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Fiona Paton

Tori Cumner

Communications Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Liz Leiter

Kirsty Easdale

Australian Women Lawyers Representative

Liana Westcott

Membership Officer

Ashlee Berry

Who are we?

The WLA ACT Committee currently comprises four executive and four general committee members.  We also nominate the ACT representative to the Australian Women Lawyers.

The committee is responsible for managing the activities and initiatives of the WLA ACT and also oversees four subcommittees - policy, events, finance and marketing, and memberships.

What are the committee and subcommittees like?

Our committee and subcommittee members pride ourselves on being an inclusive and friendly network, qualities also reflected in our membership.  We work in different areas of the law and come from different backgrounds.  Some of us have a terrible weakness for puns.

All of us have a keen interest in promoting the interests of our members within our community and beyond.  We love being engaged with our members and are also active across a range of issues and platforms. The Committee meets monthly.

Policy Subcommittee

The Policy Subcommittee aims to:

  • promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession in the ACT; and
  • bring justice and social issues that affect women to the attention of WLA ACT members and the community.

We develop resources, programs and events directed to:

  • employment issues affecting women such as sexual harassment and discrimination;
  • flexible work practices for lawyers;
  • retention, attrition and pay equity for female lawyers; and
  • career progression of female lawyers into leadership roles.

We also promote awareness of human rights issues that affect women including by organising panel discussions and events, preparing submissions and reports and publicising law reform issues.

The policy subcommittee meets monthly. Please contact us at contact@wlaact.org.au for more information.

Policy Subcommittee Members:

Rori Moyo (Co-Chair)

Alison Osmond (Co-Chair)

Prue Bindon

Nilanka Goonetillake

Juliet Behrens

Stephanie Chow

Angela Lauman

Katrina Marson

Harriet Boothman


Communications Subcommittee

The mission of the Communications Subcommittee is to support the functions of the WLA ACT to promote the interests of women lawyers in the ACT. We do this in three core areas:

Connect – Support – Engage.

We connect with women lawyers in the ACT via the association’s social media, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

We support important policy initiatives of the association, as well as WLA ACT events throughout the year, by promoting events, organising invites, and capturing the highlights and important conversations arising from these events.

We engage members via the association’s many communications channels, including the website, social media, monthly emails to members, and the quarterly newsletter. We also engage the broader ACT legal profession by supporting the advocacy and policy work of WLA ACT. This includes providing assistance in drafting letters and other communications.

Please contact us at contact@wlaact.org.au for further information, or if you are interested in joining the Communications Subcommittee.

Communications Subcommittee Members:

Kirsty Easdale (Co-Chair)

Liz Leiter (Co-Chair)

Jessica Ng

Rebecca Pickford

Belinda Miller

Liana Westcott


Finance and Membership Subcommittee

The Finance Membership and Marketing Subcommittee is responsible for:

  • developing and monitoring WLA ACT’s budget and expenditure; and
  • managing memberships, including working with the committee to attract new members.

The Treasurer sits on the Finance and Membership subcommittee. The subcommittee provides the practical support to WLA ACT, which enables the organisation to meet its objectives.

The Finance, Membership and Marketing subcommittee meets monthly. We are always happy for new members. If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please contact us at contact@wlaact.org.au for more information.

Finance and Membership Subcommittee Members:

Emma Lawrence (Chair)

Liana Westcott

Ashlee Berry


Events Subcommittee

The Events Subcommittee works with the general committee members to determine the calendar of events and activities throughout the year. Its hardworking members strategically organise, plan and coordinate with members of the judiciary and prominent women in the legal profession, as well as academics and women advocates to bring together exciting, diverse and informative events. 

We strive to make our events:

  • A celebration of the value of women in the legal profession;
  • A platform for networking, connecting and fostering relationships; and
  • A way to educate our members and the wider public, including CPD events.

A snapshot of our past events include:

  • Mentoring events
  • Networking events
  • Family focused events
  • Our annual Junior Lawyers’ Pay and Conditions Survey
  • Our annual Law Week Dinner (in collaboration with the ACT Law Society)
  • Regular continuing professional development seminars

For more information on our past and upcoming events, please see out Events page.

The Events subcommittee meets monthly (usually over a wine!). Please contact us at contact@wlaact.org.au for more information.

Events Subcommittee Members:

Tori Cumner (Co-Chair)

Fiona Paton (Co-Chair)

Angela Li

Nikita Kwan

Rori Moyo

Emma Hlubucek

Margot McCabe

Madeleine Harrington

Sangeeta Sharmin

Christine Wright


Are you interested in getting involved with a WLA subcommittee?

Email us at contact@wlaact.org.au. We would love to hear from you!

If you would like to join WLA, you can purchase membership online.