Members meet every three years at the Triennial World Conference. The 29th Triennial World Conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia in April 2019.


In addition to debating and passing resolutions delegates elect a Board of Trustees. This comprises the World President, Deputy President, Treasurer, Secretary (The Executive); three other specified Committee Chairmen (namely Projects, Communications & Marketing and ACWW United Nations committees); and the nine Area Presidents.


The Board meets in full once per year. The Specified Committees meet between two and three times and the Executive and Finance Committees meet three times.  As costs of travel rise, some Committee members now join their meetings via Skype.

Mrs Ruth Shanks A.M.

World President

Mrs Margaret Yetman

Deputy President

Mrs Henrietta Schoeman


Mrs Heather Brennan


Mrs Magdie de Kock

Chairman; Communications & Marketing Committee

Mrs Anne Marit Hovstad


Projects Committee

Mrs Kerry Maw Smith

Chairman; United Nations Committee

Mrs Sheila Needham

Area President;


Mrs Dotsie Gordon

Area Presdient; Caribbean, Central & South America

Mrs Thilaka Perera

Area President;

Central & South Asia

Mrs Irene Chinje

Area President;

East, West &

Central Africa

Mrs Margaret McMillan

Area President;


Mrs Maria Abdul Karim

Area President;

South East Asia &

the Far East

Mrs Maybel Moyo

Area President;

Southern Africa

Mrs Gail Commens

Area President;

South Pacific

Mrs Jo Ellen Almond

Area President;

United States of America


Agriculture Committee

Mrs Margaret Yetman (Canada) – Chairman

Mrs Donna Jebb (Canada)

Mrs Joan Brady (Canada)

Mrs Therese Casemore (Wales)

Mrs Pamela Brown (Northern Ireland)


Finance Committee

Mrs Heather Brennan (Australia) – Chairman

Mrs Maggie Simons (England)

Mrs Alison Burnett (Scotland)


Triennial Conference Committee

Mrs Henrietta Schoeman (South Africa) - Chairman

Mrs Lynn MacLean (Canada)

Mrs Afrodita Roman (Romania)

Mrs Sue Watkins (England)

Mrs Lynette Harris (Australia)



Communications & Marketing Committee

Mrs Magdie de Kock (South Africa) – Chairman

Mrs Marie O'Toole (Ireland)

Mrs Deborah Reardon (England)

Mrs Moira Hammond (England)

Mrs Rehanon Mackenzie (England)


Projects Committee

Mrs Anne Marit Hovstad (Norway) – Chairman

Mrs Hazel Armstrong (England)

Mrs Roma Patten (England)

Mrs Edwina Marr (Northern Ireland)

Sr Viji Dali (India)

Mrs Paddy Blake (Ireland)


United Nations Committee

Mrs Kerry Maw-Smith (New Zealand) - Chairman

Mrs Christine Reaburn (Canada)

Mrs Christine Trewick (England)

Mrs Susan Jonas (England)

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