Management Committee

The Management Committee consists of eight members with a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer elected for a period of three years. The following members were elected to the Management Committee in September 2020

Fiona H Rohde BCom, BSc, MInfSystems, PhD

Fiona Rohde is Associate Professor of Information Systems within the Business School at the University of Queensland.   Her research focuses on data and information quality.  She has been a member of the FFI management committee since 2008.

Mary Rose Cooney


Immediate Past President and Treasurer

Mary Rose is a retired finance academic and medical practitioner whose interests include financial markets, investment and superannuation.  She has served for many years on boards and committees of not-for-profit and Church organisations and on the management committee since 2001.

Arna Duetz LLB (Hons) QUT, GDip URP


Arna worked for many years as Lecturer in the Law Faculty at QUT before studying Urban and Regional Planning. Following graduation she worked in the multidisciplinary areas of Planning and Environmental Law and Town Planning. She strongly in the importance of education for women of all ages

Lyn Peacock PhD (Newcastle) BA Dip Soc Sc  M Litt (UNE) M Ed (Sydney)

Lyn is a member of Graduate Women Qld (Sunshine Coast. She has a professional background in secondary and tertiary education with particular interest in gender issues embedded in curriculum. Prior to retirement, Lyn was Assistant Head of the School of Humanities at the Central Coast Campus of the University of Newcastle. She has wide-ranging experience in nor-for-profit organisations and professional organisations, including ten years as membership secretary of the Home Economics Institute of Australia.  Lyn's tertiary experience at the University of Western Sydney and the University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus has heightened her interest in supporting young women as first family members to attempt tertiary education.

Ellie (Larelle) Chapple  LLB (Hons) QUT, LLM (UQ), SJD (QUT)

Ellie is Professor at the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology. Her research and teaching interests include corporate law, corporate governance, fraud and business forensics.

Carole Crowther BA (Syd) DipEd(Syd) TCert STC GCert TESL (Griffith)

Carole is currently VIcePresident of Graduate Women Queensland Inc. She was the foundation Treasurer of the fledgling AFUWQ (now GWQ) - Gold Coast Branch when it was formed in 1978, has since served three terms as President of the Gold Coast Branch and has been awarded Life Membership of that group.  Carole has a professional background in business and Secondary Education where she implemented a number of programmes incorporating innovative approaches to teaching and community issues.  She is a fervent believer in the value of lifelong education and the liberating power of education for women.

Robyn McKenzie BCom (UQ) MPhil (QUT) GCertMgt (QUT) GAICD FCPA FCG

Robyn is a non-executive director and a specialist advisor in effective governance. She has extensive experience in finance reporting and management operations and is currently working with boards on strategy, risk and providing solutions in complex environments. Her interests are in strategic management and corporate governance and her focus is on ensuring organisations are managed holistically balancing profits, people and the environment

Pip Coore  BJ/BCommun (UQ), LLB (Hons) (QUT), DPhil (Oxford)

Phillipa (Pip) Coore has undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Communication (UQ) and Law (QUT, a Masters in Law and DPhil (Oxford). She has a passion for changes in the area of Elder law and  has spent time as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute of Population Aging in order to educate herself on the key sociological and demographic issues associated with the growth of ageing populations. She practises as a Barrister in Brisbane.