Our Board


Jacquelene Brotherton

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Director Bio’s


Jacquelene Brotherton | Chair

Jacquelene has worked in the transport and logistics industry for 48 years and is still as passionate as ever.  Her many and varied roles have included livestock, general and refrigerated transport as well as fleet management.

She currently works as Transport Manager for Oxford Cold Storage. Involved with many Industry Associations, Jacquelene serves as Chair of the Wyndham Industrial Liaison Development (WILD) committee; Chair of the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association transport issues committee; in 2018, she was appointed to the Women in Trucking Content Advisory Council (USA) and the Victoria University Melbourne Australia – Outer West of Melbourne Advisory Committee. She is also involved in in several other committees throughout Australia and the USA.

She has been a Life Member of the Livestock Transporters Association of NSW (now LBRCA) since 1998; this was bestowed for her contribution to the group. In 2018, she won both the Excellence in Road Transport Award at the Women in Industry Awards and the Inaugural Female Leadership in Transport Award at the Australian Freight Industry Awards.

She is now sharing her passion with future generations of women and men who are being encouraged to join the industry. She has been able to do this most recently through the TWAL projects with the Girl Guides, the “Women Driving Transport Careers” female licensing course and her regular column in Big Rigs Magazine

She says, “Trucking has been a wonderful career and life for me and I know that it can be for anyone.”

Transport Women Australia are continuing their campaign to improve the profile and everyday image of everyone in our industry.

Past Chair of TWAL – Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan remains on the Board as the Immediate Past Chair. 

Pam was invited to join the board of Transport Women Australia Ltd in 2000, soon after incorporation. She served 11 years as Chair in the ensuing years.  She is always available for invaluable advice and knowledge about the history of TWAL.

She was the Transport Women representative on the Australian Trucking Association Council for seven years.

Pam was the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 1999 and the 2017 Women in Industry Award winner for Excellence in Road Transport.


Di Caldwell-Smith | Vice Chair

Di has worked with and formed lasting friendships with many employers and operators in the transport space during her association with The Transport Industry Superannuation Fund. This together with working on the 2014 Fair Work Review of Awards, for super, ensured a fascination with and interest in transport and logistics, especially long distance transport and the issues affecting the businesses and families making a living there.

has worked with and formed lasting friendships with many employers and operators in the transport space during her association with The Transport Industry Superannuation Fund. This together with working on the 2014 Fair Work Review of Awards, for super, ensured a fascination with and interest in transport and logistics, especially long distance transport and the issues affecting the businesses and families making a living there.

Di’s specialism is in superannuation, tax and corporations law, on the flip side she loves marketing, in particular how digital marketing and promotion are changing the face of business in Australia.

While these days Di is working in Sydney in superannuation, Di grew up on a dairy farm in Queensland, with her first experience of transport being milk, cattle and feed trucks. Di has previously owned her own small business with its own legal, and tax challenges.

Di is enthusiastic about the future for women in the Transport space, the variety of opportunities available, as well as the role Transport Women Australia can play in promoting and encouraging women to enter and thrive in their chosen transport careers and working arrangements.


Coralie Chapman | Director/Secretary

Coralie has worked in Road Transport for just over 19 years now. She is a Transport Scheduler for Linfox in their Government and Defence business unit.  This year has been a big year for Coralie both personally and professionally.

In March 2018, Coralie represented the VTA at the first Future Leaders Program by the ATA and sponsored by Daimler.  She says, “It was an amazing experience to work with others who share the same drive and passion I do for this industry.  I learnt so much and met some wonderful people  and I cannot thank the ATA and Daimler enough for the chance to be a part of the program.”

Working with the board this year has been awesome.  We have worked well as a team and we put on an amazing conference.  To have so many likeminded strong women in one room was something that I had never experienced before.  She says, “I have learnt so much this year from our board that I hope to learn so much more with our new board members over the next 12 months.”  Working with the Girl Guides has been a revelation, as she never knew how much the guides offer to young girls.

Coralie is really looking forward to the new year where she will spend more time working with the Guides on new events and projects, going to Truck Shows and helping organise the 20th Anniversary dinner that is planned for the 16 November 2019.


Cinzia Chu | Director

Cinzia, IT Operations Manager, Diversity Council Chair and Male Champions of Change Implementation Leader at PACCAR Australia.

Cinzia has qualifications in Women in Leadership and a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School plus a Master of Economics from Anhui University, China.

Cinzia has experience as an IT Operations manager to manage production systems and IT projects. In addition, as a Commodity Manager who managed global suppliers to meet local requirements and drive continuous improvements.

Her focus is on customer support to achieve business objectives, looking at innovative technologies to tackle technical, quality and process improvements. Developing strategies on how to improve and apply seamlessly in other facets of the organisation.

Her involvement in truck manufacturing companies has spanned 11 years and has given Cinzia the opportunity to work in Italy, China and now in Australia.

She was originally born in the Anhui province of China, and relocated to Melbourne after falling in love with the culture, diversity and people in Australia.

Through her personal experience, she has been able to witness how a diversified workforce can drive business values, efficiency and results. She is looking forward to building her knowledge, learning and imparting what she has learnt, to influence the next group of women in the transport industry, empowering others to undertake strong leadership roles to benefit the transport and logistics community.


True Ross

True has worked in the road transport industry for 6 years but has been a part of the transport industry since she was born, growing up around her Grandmother and Fathers family business, Ross Transport which was established in 1975. True is our youngest member on the board, who is highly enthusiastic and motivated about the future for women in the transport industry, and recognising the importance of the roles women play in the industry.

She currently works as a Manager, doing various job roles and overseeing all areas of operation for the family run business, Ross Transport. True has completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Human Resource Management and a Minor in Business Law and has completed various other training relating to Transport and Logistics. True is extremely passionate in attracting, hiring, training and more importantly retaining of women and the younger generation into the transport industry.

True is involved with other industry associations and transport events and enjoys being surrounded by other motivated and likeminded women and men in the industry. True is heavily involved in the i98fm Illawarra Convoy, attends various truck shows throughout the year and also attends various industry events such as the ATA conference, ALC conference, TWAL Conference and various other safety forums always making her comment on how the industry can be safer.


Carol Messenger | Director

Carol Messenger (Director) began her first foray into the Transport Industry driving a Mercedes Benz 2626 out on the Yalata flats in South Australia in early 1984. Newly married, she and her husband spent the next 3 years providing a weekly service Perth-Sydney-Perth. These were the days when women truck drivers were a rarity.

As the mining boom took off, and with the purchase of a few more trucks, Carol became involved with roadtrain work to some of the major construction projects in North West WA.

Always outspoken on concerns within the Transport Industry, Carol writes an article for Transport and Machinery magazine. The column, ‘A Birds Eye View’ has been appearing monthly for 18 years with great reader feedback.

In 2001, Carol was awarded the inaugural Transport Woman of the Year in Western Australia. Part of the prize – the personalised number plate WOMAN01 – is proudly displayed on her current truck a 2012 UD Condor 6 Tonne rigid called Valentine.

Carol owns Spartan Freightlines, her work of choice is hotshot runs to minesites, and country runs. She is also heavily involved with Homeless Veterans Australia and runs a Community Pantry helping struggling families with food support.

Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth joins TWAL with 10 years’ experience in the Automotive & Heavy Vehicle Industry currently working as a National Key Account Manager – Commercial Vehicle for HELLA Australia. Elizabeth’s focus is to align with & deliver innovative safety solutions for the Commercial Vehicle Industry.

Elizabeth is a passionate and driven young woman that actively attends & supports various Truck Industry Associations. This year Elizabeth attended ATA National Conference, TWAL Learning Initiative, Brisbane Truck Show, frequently attends HVIA meetings and more recently attended the AfMA Professional Development Forum. Aligning with Industry for a deeper understanding of the pressures, restraints and obligations that our industry encounter ensures that we can feedback the opportunities and requirements to provide optimum solutions, thus ensuring safer roads in Australia.

Elizabeth was the first Female Sales Representative for HELLA Australia, the importance of having influential colleagues to guide and support with development have been instrumental. Elizabeth greatly appreciates & strongly credits the experiences and opportunities to her employer and colleagues at HELLA Australia. HELLA have greatly supported her personal and professional development over the last 10 years. Most recently, HELLA Australia appointed Elizabeth with an inspirational mentor from the Senior Leadership Team. This appointment provides the confidence, emotional intelligence, growth, understanding and ongoing learning opportunities to support her ongoing success.

Elizabeth is excited for the opportunity to serve the board and the TWAL members.

Jodie Broadbent

Jodie is a heavy vehicle compliance expert in the road freight industry. She has been involved in the industry since she was a child, with her father being a truck driver for many years while she was young. Jodie spent many hours at the transport depot where her Dad worked, relishing the chance to play with tools and grease under his watchful eye. Later, when he became a VicRoads officer and Jodie became older, she helped him prepare his prosecution reports, learning what evidence was and how to prepare an argument for the courts.

Jodie started more formally in the industry as a small consultancy advising trucking businesses on how to become NHVAS accredited. In 2009, after her father had retired, Jodie joined VicRoads herself, as a policy advisor in the Compliance and Enforcement section.

In 2011, Jodie went on to work for the ATA as a senior policy adviser, before being promoted to head up ATA NSW (now Road Freight NSW) in 2012. From 2016-2019 Jodie worked as National Transport Compliance Manager at Americold, providing chain of responsibility guidance in six sites across Australia.

Jodie is now the National Safe Transport Manager at Visy Industries, providing guidance on the Safe Transport Management System across 125 sites in Australia and New Zealand. She is supported by her husband of almost 20 years, Steve, who is an interstate B-Double truck driver with Freestones Transport, and their four children, aged from 20 to 10.