TASMANIA STATE WINNER
2016 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in 1999, Susan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania.
In her time managing WLST, it has grown from three staff to 11, has locations in Hobart and Burnie, has greatly increased the level and kinds of assistance provided to the women of Tasmania and their families and become nationally recognised as a leading community legal centre.
Susan has also played a key role in a number of significant law reforms around Australia.
Under Susan’s guidance WLS has produced Australia’s largest legal information website and app for young women, www.girlsgottaknow.com.au, which was a finalist in the 2013 Melbourne Design Awards and which saw WLS win the 2014 Australian Centre for Leadership for Women Bronze Award for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations Award.
In 2015 Susan was named Tasmanian winner of the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category of the Telstra Business Women’s Award. In 2014 she was awarded the Tasmanian Women Lawyers Biennial Achievement Award for outstanding contribution and achievement to the practice, development and education of law and social justice.
Susan is a regular contributor in both local and national media on a number of issues including family violence and reproductive health and her opinion is sought on a frequent basis by legislators across Australia at state and federal level.
CEO and Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service Tasmania