May Volunteer Spotlight – Lorna Boyes

Lorna Boyes

Member since: 2020

Day job: Senior Legal Counsel, Curtin University

Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’ve worked as a lawyer in both private practice and in-house roles in the litigation, commercial, renewables and education sectors. I have a husband and two gorgeous sons who I’m proud to say are also strong feminists! We were all born in different countries but are so grateful to call Australia home. Between us we spend a lot of time on sports fields (them more than me) and at arts events (me more than them).

How long have you been involved with 100 Women?
I’ve been a member since 2020 and since 2021 have volunteered on the Grants Committee. It’s a privilege to be able to get ‘up close and personal’ with the inspirational people and organisations we partner with, as part of the grant making process. I also love collaborating with, and learning from, other Committee members as together we curate a high quality shortlist of projects for our members to vote for. This year I’ve also taken over the Grants Manager role from the wise and wonderful Michelle Otterman Emmett, and I’m looking forward to continuing her careful stewardship of our grantee relationships.

Which 100 Women grant stories inspire you the most?
Some of the projects I love most are those which tick multiple boxes close to my heart. Bower Reuse and Repair Centre and Pollinate Energy are great examples – not only do they support disadvantaged women, but they also have a positive impact on our environment. Bower diverts used homewares from landfill and refurbishes them for women at risk of homelessness.

While Pollinate empowers women in poor rural communities to run their own clean energy businesses. Love the compounding positive impacts of these projects!

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