The RRR Network Board consists of 8 diverse women that span Western Australia. Their skills, experience and personalities are driving a robust organisation that is relevant and influential. Our CEO – Kendall asked Elizabeth (Liz) Brennan a few questions about herself and her connection to the RRR Network.
Where do you call home?
I grew up in Wongan Hills in the WA Wheatbelt and have been back here for eight years after a few years of study and work in Perth, and a two-year volunteer placement in Papua New Guinea. I’ve been fortunate to travel quite a bit for work and play, and often joke that Wongan Hills is the best place in the world, very closely followed by Kokopo, which is the small community where I lived in New Guinea Islands. Community makes a place feel like home to me.
How do you keep yourself busy?
Whilst I don’t get to travel back to my ‘tropical home’ as much as I’d like to, for the past four years I’ve remotely managed a multidisciplinary agricultural research for development program right across PNG. This means I can still be connected to PNG, even from home on the farm! I work with thought leaders and researchers from diverse backgrounds, solving some of the world’s ‘wicked problems’ relating to food security. I’ve even had the opportunity to mentor PNG women leaders who work in ag research – see photo above of me and my mentee, Philmah Waken from the PNG National Agricultural Research Institute, in Canberra a couple of years ago.
How did you learn of the RRR Network?
I was first introduced to the RRR Network via the magazine that used to be produced. As an impressionable young woman, I remember looking at the diverse places all over Western Australia where all these women called home and thought, ‘Wow, they’re from little places like me – but do all this really amazing stuff!’ It subconsciously set a precedent for me that meant, regardless of your postcode, you could create real impact from wherever you are in regional WA.
Why did you take the next step and become a RRR Network board member?
When you get a bunch of RRR women together, stuff gets done. When you get a network of RRR women together and strategically channel ideas and action, real change happens. The RRR Network is that for me. The voice and platform to facilitate conversations about tough topics and influence key decision makers to make a positive and lasting impact. I joined the RRR Network board because I wanted to be leading that change.
What has been the most inspirational or outstanding experience since being with the RRR Network?
For me, it’s actually a collection of moments and opportunities that the RRR Network has engineered to get a female RRR perspective into policy debate and decisions. The axiom I live by is that instead of pointing the finger of blame, I’d much put my hand up to do something about it. The RRR Network does exactly that in an empathetic yet strategic way.