Executive Committee

The Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc is managed by a committee appointed yearly at the Annual General Meeting in June.

The current Executive and Management Committee is outlined below and has been elected for the 2023/2024 year.  A full list of previous WLAQ Committees can be found on our History Page.

Jessica McClymont
Jessica is excited for WLAQ members to congregate in person again, and do what WLAQ does best - inspire, nurture and support its members.
Leanne McDonald

Leanne is looking forward to working with our southern regional women, supporting members and working with our regional ambassadors to be voices for our region.

Sarah Ford

Sarah would like to better educate the legal profession about the important role the WLAQ plays, and the many ways in which the association positively contributes to, and enriches, our profession.

Daiana Yoon

Daiana aims to support the committee by continuing to recognise women's achievements in the legal profession. She looks forward to being a part of a collaborative community of like-minded leaders. 

Amie Mish-Wills
Amie is excited to take on her new role as treasurer and support her fellow committee members to achieve WLAQ's strategic objectives over the next 12 months.
Catherine Cheek
Immediate Past President & AWL Representative
Women lifting up other women is at the centre of Catherine's goals for the year, through listening, recognition, education and advocacy.
Management Committee
Shelley Williams
Membership Officer

Shelley is looking forward to engaging with the WLAQ membership and enhancing the support available to women lawyers to help them achieve their professional goals.

Emma Davidson
Corporate Membership Officer

Emma feels privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to the realisation of women’s empowerment and gender equality through the education and advocacy work of WLAQ. Over the next 12 months, she hopes to assist in extending the reach of WLAQ, in the continued support of women lawyers in Queensland.

Peta Willoughby
Media Officer, Joint Social Secretary

In Peta's time on the Committee, Peta hopes to be able to actively support junior practitioners through the WLAQ mentoring program, promote equity and diversity at the Bar and promote access to justice through pro bono initiatives.

Hannah Wordsworth
Joint Social Secretary

Hannah is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to WLAQ committee. This year Hannah hopes to support WLAQ to engage with women lawyers through the provision of purposeful events. She is passionate about how WLAQ’s socials and events combine to connect and empower women lawyers.

Jillian Barrett
Special Projects Chair

Jillian is looking forward to helping WLAQ tackle, head-on, the issues that women in the legal profession face and continuing her mentoring of women lawyers to help them reach their full potential.

Rachel Varshney
Advocacy Chair

Rachel is looking forward to continuing to promote the interests of WLAQ members, and advocating for those issues which are central to our membership. She is also excited to continue connecting both solicitor and barrister members through events throughout the upcoming year.

Rachel Boivin
Northern Regional Representative

Rachel hopes to promote the profile and objectives of the WLAQ in the north and engage with members to better represent the interests of female lawyers in regional practice.

Kerala Drew
Diversity Chair

Kerala would like to improve diversity within the profession and help junior lawyers find their feet and work towards that illusive work life balance. 

Katia Ricco
Student Member Representative

Katia is keen to develop the relationship between WLAQ and law students across Queensland by initiating opportunities for students and legal professionals to collaborate.