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2023/24 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

WHO WE ARE: Current Executive

Ramon Fenton
President

As an initial founder of WVNA, Ramon has developed into a capable and experienced leader in the not-for-profit community.

In 2013, Ramon was a co-founder of the Women Veterans Network Australia, previously mentor/facilitator and female team leader for Trojan's Trek. Ramon currently is the team leader for two groups of volunteers for EAT UP Australia whilst also being a volunteer member of the Townsville RSL Sub Branch.
Ramon retired from the Australian Regular Army after 16 years of exemplary service - her career started at the age of 17 in Transport Corps: During her service, Ramon completed multiple deployments to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, until a medical injury required her transition.
Ramon is a passionate advocate for women veterans, and currently sits on many ex-service organisation (ESO) committee’s, including the highly regarded Department of Veteran Affairs - Female Veterans ’Policy Forum.
Ramon currently lives in Townsville.

Natalie Colbert
Vice President

Natalie is a Canberra based Businesswomen/CEO, starting her own large company in 2009. 
Natalie is a veteran of both the Australian Regular Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force - serving for 24 years: including a deployment to East Timor.

 

Natalie is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the University of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Arts, and Masters degrees in both Business and Technology, and Project Management. Natalie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

 

She also currently acts as the Deputy Chair for the Prime Minsters Advisory Council for Veteran’s Employment.

Melanie Annand
Secretary

I have chosen to pursue my passion to help fellow veterans by working as a
volunteer in the veteran community for over 15 years. Through this work I
have obtained extensive experience liaising with all levels of government
and those within the community. My success in this area has stemmed from
my strong interpersonal and leadership attributes, my collegiate and
collaborative approach to work and my exceptional communication, time
management and organisational skills.
My work in this area was formally recognised by the Gold Coast City Council
in 2021, when I was awarded the Australia Day Community Service Award.

Karen Schilling
Treasurer

Karen is a professional Corporate Manager and Chief Operating Officer with over 20 years experience managing and growing the highly successful Sigma Bravo business. Following the Sigma Bravo sale to KBR she took on the role of Director, Business Systems within KBR. She is a Director of the Canberra Cyberhub.

Karen holds a primary Bachelor’s degree - Management from James Cook University, and a Masters in Human Resource Management from UNSW, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

 

In addition to her professional credentials, Karen is a mother of 4 children, and has served in both the Australian Regular Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force.

We are women who have served in the Australian Defence Force who have created a unique organisation for all women who have served in the Navy, Army or Air Force, either in a full time or Reserve capacity, whether they have deployed or not.

We are all working towards one, common goal – to connect past and present women who have served in the Australian Defence Force with social support, resources & information.

WHO We ARE: Our MEMBERS

Support WVNA

The cost of military and combat service is unique to each woman. They are strong and resilient, but because of the magnitude of the challenges faced, they may well need support during post-military readjustment periods.

The number of women in the ADF today and their evolving roles in our national defence continue to rise, which means a greater number of women experiencing transition in the future.

The absence of a network of support for women veterans brings a heightened risk of social isolation and exclusion, which is unacceptable at a time when the world commemorates the centenary of WWI.

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