Amanda Rose - Founding Director

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Growing up and living in Western Sydney often has a stigma with a negative connotation, preventing women from realising their true potential and to live a safe, happy and financially secure life. 

My passion is to give a voice to the voiceless and to instigate generational change for women.

Nerida Pearson - Event Manager


Nerida has extensive event management experience and has coordinated many high profile corporate and political events during her career over the last two decades.

Her portfolio includes events covered by Australian and international media such a Prime Ministers’ and Premiers’ election night receptions, major corporate, charity and political fundraisers. Nerida also managed the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s annual Gala Ball and Awards dinners for several years.

Recently, Nerida has worked primarily with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to present a program of high profile corporate events.

Nicole Kastner - Community Coordinator


Nicole is an award winning entrepreneur and speaker with a specific focus on women in the Automotive Industry. A committed advocate for women, she offers consultancy services to help them propel their businesses forward. Nicole has been involved in Australia’s most reputable charity for the last decade and follows her passion by assisting Australia’s first not for profit campaigning for women’s justice. She is an accountant and wrangler of two active boys by profession. Together with her brother, Nicole established and runs a successful automotive workshop in Sydney’s Inner West. It is here she set up the flagship Ladies Car Care Courses to empower women and build their confidence in relation to mechanics.

Bev Barnfather - Relationships Associate WSEW

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Bev Barnfather is the proud founder, owner and CEO of award-winning Corporate Gift Consultancy and Gift Fulfilment Company the Ladybird Group.

Ladybird Group creates “thank you” strategies to help maintain client loyalty, retention and increase referrals.  Bev is enormously proud of their stylish, beautifully presented corporate gifts that generate a return on investment for their clients.

Clients that trust her expertise and advice include Crown International Holdings, Coronation Property, Arden Property Group, DGS Group, The Rilow Group, Laing and Simmons, Real Estate Institute NSW and Lexus among others.

Maria Kovacic (Director 2014 - July 2019)

Maria was a Director of Western Sydney Women from 2014 to 2019.

Maria has a strong commitment to promoting financial literacy, participation, inclusion and education across the diverse landscape of our local communities.

Maria is also an avid Parramatta Eels fan.