management board

Cairns Business Women’s Club Board have an extensive range of business skills and experience which they bring willingly to CBWC. You can find out more about these remarkable volunteers below.

President

Kearley Dent

Kearley Dent is the sole owner of Cairns Floral Supplies. A passionate local Cairns businesswoman for 13 years and recognised for her outstanding efforts in the business community and volunteering in the wider Cairns community. Kearley has established a reputation as an expert in the floral industry. Kearley continues to have a long involvement with the CBWC, attending lunches for 11 years, been a member for 10 years, a finalist in the CBWC Awards and a corporate partner for 8 years. A passionate supporter of the Club, Kearley has been on the Board in the positions of Vice President and Partnerships Co-ordinator for the past 2 years. Her aim this year is to continue the hard work of previous Boards and guide the Club carefully into the future in alignment with its strategic planning goals.
Email: Kearley Dent

Vice President

Kim Siegmann

Kim is the Managing Director of Cairns Car Brokers and has been on the Board of the Cairns Business Women’s Club since 2021. Kim has an extensive background in community service having been a prior President of the Stingrays Swimming Club, committee member for TAS Swimming and Secretary of the FNQ Regional Swimming Association. She has also been and an active volunteer in the dance community for over 13 years – as well as participant and volunteer for the Cairns Ironman. Kim has established a reputation of being passionate for locals, by developing the growth of local clubs and supporting local initiatives to help others rise up and achieve their goals. Kim brings a vast array of skills and experience to the Board of the CBWC. Her core values centre around exceptional customer service, value and trust. Her vast array of skills pertaining to accounting, marketing and legal administration make her an excellent addition to the CBWC Board. This year Kim will be focussing on her own personal development having recently been selected by the Motor Traders Association of Queensland to partake in the Executive Ready Course being run by Women & Leadership Australia. Kim intends to use the skills she learns to help other women in the Automotive Industry break through the glass ceiling and barriers of an industry.
Email: Kim Siegmann

Vice President

Sarah Debono

Director/Clinic Manager, SILK Laser Clinics Cairns. With extensive experience in customer service, sales and the development of relationships, I moved to Cairns and helped create new marketing strategies within the SILK network for regional areas. The focus was to create brand awareness, build a successful business but also build community connections. An example would be conducting lectures at TAFE to develop and build the next generations of industry. Sales and innovation are my strengths where I strive to ‘work smarter not harder’ and provide positive influences that enable the best outcome for the bigger picture, utilising a variety of networks to streamline outcomes with improved and long-lasting results.
Email: Sarah Debono

Secretary

Alexis Rogato

Alexis Rogato is an astute professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the corporate and private sectors across management, client servicing, leadership and sales. She prides herself on the ability to connect with people from all walks of life and build relationships that last, which has seen her reputation in North Queensland flourish. Originally from Victoria, Alexis has called our tropical oasis home for the past 10 years and has raised a beautiful family here in Cairns. Contributing to the community in varying aspects, Alexis is humble, reliable and brings a positive burst of fresh energy in all that crosses her path.
Email: Alexis Rogato

Treasurer

Debbie Lucas

Debbie Lucas is a seasoned professional with a passion for finance and a strong commitment to empowering women in the business world. With a rich background in the corporate sector, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as Treasurer of the Cairns Business Women’s Club. As the Director of ZenBook, Debbie established herself as a leader in her field, demonstrating exceptional financial acumen and a keen understanding of business dynamics. Her dedication to fostering growth and success among women in business led her to join the Cairns Business Women’s Club, where she now serves as the Treasurer. In her role as Treasurer, Debbie Lucas is responsible for managing the club’s finances, ensuring transparency, and facilitating financial stability. She is a dedicated advocate for women’s professional development and is committed to leveraging her financial expertise to support the club’s mission of empowering and connecting women in the Cairns business community. Debbie’s leadership, combined with her financial prowess and commitment to women’s advancement, makes her an invaluable asset to the Cairns Business Women’s Club. Her vision and dedication continue to inspire and drive positive change within the organization and the broader business community.
Email: Debbie Lucas

Marketing

Jodie Ferrero

Executive Editor, FNQ Food Magazine. With a career spanning media, publishing, marketing, tourism and event management over 30 years, Jodie has taken projects from concept to completion working collaboratively with stakeholders across many sectors. Co-founder of Flambe, FNQ’s first specialist Food Marketing Agency and executive editor of FNQ Food Magazine, Jodie works with a diverse range of food and beverage businesses in creative communications to raise profile and showcase Far North Queensland as a food and beverage destination.
Email: Jodie Ferrero

Events

Heidi Healy

Heidi Healy is a dedicated mother of three and a lifelong resident of our local area. Raised in a small family business environment intertwined with a background in politics, Heidi has cultivated a deep understanding of hard work and community engagement. With over a decade of experience as a business owner, she currently owns La Belle Lash and Beauty and is the founder of Cairns Beauty Bar, a thriving hub that supports six female-run businesses. Heidi’s professional journey includes managing and operating a business with over 25 staff before embarking on her entrepreneurial path. Her leadership extends beyond her businesses; she has served as a Rural Ambassador and is currently taking on the role of introducing new ambassadors. Heidi is an active member of the Cairns Show Committee, passionate about keeping agriculture and horticulture alive within the school community. She has also been a panel speaker for the BLA, addressing over 200 high school students in Cairns for two consecutive years. Recognised as one of the top 30 entrepreneurs of 2023 by the Cairns Post, Heidi’s influence continues to grow as she joins the Cairns Business Women’s Club as the Events Manager. In addition to her business endeavours, Heidi works for our federal member and has previously run for local council. She holds key positions as the Far North Branch Chair for the Young Liberal National Party (YLNP) and Treasurer of the LNP Cairns Women’s Branch. She is passionate about advocating for small family businesses, empowering women in politics, and spending quality time with her family.
Email: Heidi Healy

Governance

Kate Lamason

As the owner of Little Tuna and Cairns Little Seafood Market Kate’s distinguished career spanning from local government, NFP organisations and the seafood industry. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a fully certified accountant (CPA) and holds a Diploma of Management. Furthermore, she is a board director for Tuna Australia and recently completed the AICD Governance Foundations for NFP Directors course. Kate is proud to work with the Women In Seafood Australasia (WISA) actively increasing awareness and support to women. Her most recent achievements include hosting national bursary programs, leading the Women’s Allyship project (2023) and impactful public speaking. Awards include QLD Agrifutures RWA runner-up (2023), Ausmumprenuer Silver (2022) and nominated for CBWC small business owner (2022).
Email: Kate Lamason