Board Directors 

Kristy Simpkin - Co-President

Kristy is a Director in the PwC Consulting practice and has been working in the ICT industry for the past 15 years.  She has spent a large portion of this time in Telecommunications & Health, focusing on management of IT & Business Change Programs. 

She has a passion for anything people related. This combined with the fact she has two small children has sparked a special interest in mentoring and supporting women back in to the workforce & working through the challenges of making balance work for the family unit. 



Alison Rice - Co-President           

Alison is a creative and strategic thinker and has an analytical and practical approach to problem solving. She is an open and engaging communicator and facilitator and has a constructive and inclusive leadership style whilst being a committed and productive team player. Alison is a strong networker and relationship manager and an effective project manager taking projects from concept to deliverables. 

Emma Greenley - Secretary

Emma completed the WiT Board Readiness Program in 2016 and I believe, as a result of this, I am well placed to be a highly effective contributor to the outstanding work WiT is doing to impact the experience of women in technology industries.  My skill set and experience as Secretariat for various government boards has given me the tools to provide high level Secretary support to WiT.  I am extremely passionate about supporting the roles women play within industry.  My personal values and goals to make a difference to women, have drawn me to the WiT organisation as I feel our goals and values align strongly.



Michelle Cheong - Treasurer

Michelle is a recruiter in the Technology industry specialising in the recruitment of Sales and Business Development roles in IT. She has a first class reputation for building great industry connections and delivering the highest of quality candidates. Results driven, Michelle delivers in a timely manner and ticks all the boxes in everything that she does. Combined with her unique team-work, attention to detail, social-based networking and commitment to truly adding value to everyone she liaises with, Michelle is a credible and safe choice for your next recruitment need. 


Lisa Crowley - Life Sciences Committee Chair

Lisa is a Research Operations Manager with over 10 years’ experience as a biomedical and clinical researcher. She completed a PhD in Medicine and Health from University College Cork (Ireland). In 2011 she moved to Brisbane to take on a biomedical post-doctoral position. During this time, she realised her passion for translational research and shifted to clinical research, choosing to concentrate on Stillbirth prevention. Lisa has always been driven to improve the research working environments. actively participating in committees including the ECR committees, User groups and mentoring. In 2014 Lisa she took an opportunity to concentrate on the operational side of research. Currently she oversees the operations of Mater Research across 3 sites. Through this she has honed skills such as project management, organization, communication and collaboration.     



Joanna Field - ICT Committee Chair

Joanna is a manager with an outstanding track record of business performance, customer relations, strategic leadership and long term planning.  Her career in the IT industry has been long (21 years), 17 years with Telstra starting as a Kelly's agency employee doing data entry and moving through the business to finish as Group Manager Service Relationship before leaving in 2011 to take up a position with Dimension Data.  As Field Services Manager Joanna is responsible for leading a team of technical resources in the delivery of Professional Services.  These services comprise a complex array of Security & Contact Centre solutions into client environments including Banking & Finance, Government, Corporate, Insurance and Councils to name a few.

Joanna is very passionate about developing our future leaders and is doing this through the graduate program.  This program is well viewed and supported by the business.  Joanna also takes a lot of pride in delivering customer service excellence and thrives on customer centric roles.   


Sarah Smith - Director, Marketing Communications

Sarah is a dynamic and respected business strategy and marketing communications professional. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and as a business owner. Sarah drives organisational performance through targeted communications, effective stakeholder engagement and a strong commitment to continuous business improvement. Sarah delivers innovative campaigns on time, within budget and to a very high standard. 

Penelope Holder - Governance & Operations      

Penelope is a dedicated professional and team leader, passionate about collaborative working environments, excellent team culture and consistently improving personal and team performance.  She has a strong customer focus and unwavering commitment to delivering public value through high quality government.  She is a natural communicator and has the ability to build strong relationships within a diverse network of internal and external stakeholders.   Penelope is extremely passionate about the health sector and am completing a Bachelor of Public Health at Queensland University of Technology and is driven to make a positive contribution to the Queensland’s Public Health system to address community need and realise the vision for better health care for Queenslanders.

Tracy Russell - Business Development

There are two things that I am passionate about.  Seeing more women getting involved in technology careers and business development.  I believe my career has given me a strong network and the ability to drive successful outcomes for WiT.  I already contribute to WiT as a volunteer Mentor in the Mentoring Program.

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