The role of the 100 Women Trustee Board is to provide strategic direction and leadership to 100 Women and to assure the delivery of the vision which is “to ignite women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving to advance the empowerment of all women”.  All Trustee Board members act in a voluntary capacity (no one derives an income from member donations).

Meet the team behind 100 Women – our Founder, Executive Officer, and Trustee Board.  Here we tell you about our motivations behind joining 100 Women.


Alicia Curtis


Alicia Curtis is the founder of Alyceum, a successful leadership development company and is a regular keynote speaker.  She has a Masters in Business Leadership and was recognised in AFR’s 100 Women of Influence List in 2014.

“After reading Half the Sky, I was compelled to start an initiative that created real change for women and girls which also brought together women who wanted to make a difference in the world.  I didn’t want to start another project based women’s organisation as there are many great organisations out there already.  I wanted to start a project that was going to be an income source for women’s projects.  That’s how the 100 Women initiative came about!” – Alicia Curtis

Sue Pember

Sue Pember

Executive Officer

Sue Pember takes the role of Executive Officer. Sue is a passionate entrepreneur who has a knack of finding opportunities everywhere she looks. In addition to winning WA Today Female Entrepreneur of the Year and receiving the People’s Choice Award in the Business News top 40 under 40, she was nominated for the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and appointed an Advocate for the City of Perth for her work on the Think Perth campaign in 2018. Sue founded AussieOS Global Mobility ( in 2010 and launched Mi Casa Property Boutique ( in 2015. With both businesses now running themselves, Sue has decided to concentrate on giving back to her community and is excited to share her business development skills and acumen to help 100 Women reach its full potential.

100 Women Trustee Board

Maria Saraceni

Board Chair

A law professional with 14 years experience as an adjunct professor at Murdoch University and seven years practicing as a barrister in the areas of regulatory and compliance law, Maria also servces as a non-executive director for a variety of non-profits and engages in public speaking for the causes she believes in.

“Holding out a hand for guidance and support is a direct and effective way to bring at least one other woman on the journey to achieve her true potential.  But walking alongside that woman gives her palpable inspiration and courage.  Sponsoring her to work her way through the maze of societal norms and expectations gives her a much needed headstart and helps her find her place in the world.  That is why I am supporting as an Ambassador.” – Maria Saraceni

Wayne Peel

Vice Chair 

Wayne Peel is an experienced business leader and executive. Currently Managing Director of Engenium, Wayne brings over 25 years of international experience in engineering projects, technology delivery and the corporate environment. As a business leader and executive with a passion for developing profitable businesses that make a positive impact on society, Wayne received the EY Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018 and was a finalist in the 2018 awards.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Engineering and MBA from Curtin University and is a member of Engineers Australia and AICD.

Alex Willcocks


Alex Willcocks has recently commenced the role of Executive General Manager Group Accounting & Assurance with Wesfarmers Limited having spent 12 years with the Wesfarmers Group. Alex held the role of Chief Financial Officer Kmart Australia and New Zealand (2016 – 2019), Chief Financial Officer Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) (2012 – 2016), as well as a variety of financial and commercial roles across the Wesfarmers portfolio. These included General Manager Business Development (WesCEF), General Manager Investor Relations & Planning (Wesfarmers Limited) and a director of Wespine Industries and Queensland Nitrates.

Alex began her career in London working in the consulting and media sectors, before relocating to Australia in 2004. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, she worked as a Manager with Deloitte’s strategy and operations consulting practice.

Alex holds a masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). 

Bianca Starcevich


Bianca’s purpose is simple: connecting people to purpose to drive high performance which has led her to start Humanitas HR Solutions.

Bianca loves working with teams and her background as an executive leader along with working in some of the best companies across Australia enables her to support your team to achieve business success through culture.

With over 20 years’ experience gained across industries as diverse as Mining, Banking, Financial Services and Retail, Bianca have a strong interest in the Future of Work and how we build sustainable workplaces for the future and the importance of culture in creating competitive advantage.

Lorraine Gregoriadis


Lorraine is an experienced executive and non-executive director, with experience in leadership and management in the not-for-profit and public sectors. She has worked in the fields of education, health, disability, community service, innovation and leadership development in South Africa, Canada and Australia. Lorraine’s most recent roles include Deputy CEO of Leadership WA, Executive Director NDIS Operations for the Department of Communities, and Chief Innovation and Development Officer for Ability Centre. In her current role as the Executive Director Strategic Leadership and Talent with the Public Sector Commission, Lorraine’s focus is on strategic sector wide leadership to enhance integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of the public sector.

Lorraine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. She was a non-executive director for CLAN WA from 2011 to 2017, and the chair of the governance committee from 2013 to 2017.  As a Fellow of Leadership WA and a non- Executive Director, Lorraine gives her time and expertise to a range of community organisations, as well as providing mentoring to young women.

Sarah Bagshaw


Sarah is an experienced marketing professional working predominantly in professional services. Working closely with entrepreneurs and business leaders, Sarah is committed to encouraging and promoting the advancement of women in business as well as every aspect of life. 100 Women and its ethos are a natural fit for her and her passion to ensure opportunities for women and girls.

Adrian Gurgone


Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Ethical Capital, Adrian is an experienced business leader, investor and company director. Starting his career as a management consultant, Adrian founded the successful Fortis Consulting in 2007 and his Fortis pro-bono model has delivered over $1 million in support to the charitable sector over the last decade. Fortis attracted various awards and became a major service provider to the Aged Care industry and Department of Defence before being acquired by Community Vision Australia.

Adrian holds MBA and CA qualifications and sits on a number of boards as a Non-Executive Director.


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