The Committee

Meet the ALGWA WA team

The Australian Local Government Women's Association WA (ALGWAWA) Executives are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. 


Serena Williamson

Serena Williamson CA GAICD

Position: President

Council: City of Gosnells Councillor

Serena Williamson was first elected to the City of Gosnells Council in 2017 and has been a strong advocate for environmental and sustainability policies, road safety and increased community facilities.

As a Chartered Accountant and AICD Graduate, Serena brings a blend of governance, policy and financial expertise, complimented by corporate management experience.

Serena values community and has genuine grassroots connections. Involvement with a major community issue prior to becoming a Councillor highlighted the value Serena could add to drive better community outcomes.

Serena is proudly a mother of four children and became the first Councillor in the City of Gosnells to serve whilst pregnant, juggling a twin pregnancy and premature birth whilst continuing to attend council meetings and community engagements. Serena appreciates the challenges balancing council, work and family brings.

As the President of ALGWA WA, Serena is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and supporting women to thrive in Local Government to deliver an equitable future.

 “Encouraging women to the table is just the first step. Supporting and empowering women to be heard and valued at the table is the next vital step”

Darlene Allston
Position: Vice President (Country)

Council: Shire of Exmouth Councillor

Lorna Buchan
Position: Treasurer

Council: City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor

Lorna is a Chartered Accountant, Forensic Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.  She is passionate about supporting women in local government.  She lives in Secret Harbour with her husband, four children and two dogs.  Her involvement with the Association began soon after her election in 2019 when she realised that there were certain aspects of Local Government that were not conducive to women's participation, safety, health and well being - so she set out to make change!

Deborah Sessions
Position: Membership Coordinator

Council: City of Belmont Deputy Mayor

Cr Deborah Sessions was elected to City of Belmont Council in 2021, followed by election to Deputy Mayor in 2023. 

She became involved with Council through volunteering at both City of Belmont and the community in various roles.

Deb is involved in committees and advisory groups, both in Council and in the community and her passion is driven by a desire for equality and a sense of belonging for all. 

A Mum of 3 young kids her time is divided between family, volunteering and Council.

“Today is a beautiful day, I’ve never seen this one before.”-Maya Angelou

Elizabeth Re
Position: Committee Member

Council: City of Stirling Councillor

Elizabeth has worked for over 30 years for state and local governments in sustainability, environmental and public health. She was given the honour of being made Fellow of Environmental Health Australia for her services in the field of environmental public health and promotion of women in the workforce. Elizabeth was the first woman appointed as Principal Health and Building Inspector in local government in Western Australia.

Her advocacy on behalf of women and diversity in the workplace was recognised in 2010 with an award for Australian Ambassador for Women for the Year of Women in local government. She is the founder of several local community organisations and believes community consultation and education are paramount to delivering good services and value for ratepayers and families.

Elizabeth has held many executive position on the ALGWA WA committee over many years, including President in 2012 and Vice President in 2013.


Audra Smith
Position: General Committee

Council: Shire of Ashburton Shire President

Audra Smith has established a career over 15 years, primarily in the field of education, focusing in the disability sector and work placement programs. 

Currently presiding as the President of the Shire of Ashburton, Audra champions initiatives that support people with disability, youth, and education, reflecting a deep commitment to community development and advocacy.

Prior to this, Audra's career trajectory includes significant experience in the gaming industry, where she excelled in roles such as a croupier and in marketing. Her diverse professional background is further enriched by a tenure at the Department of Communities in Western Australia, adding a governmental perspective to her broad skill set.

Beyond her formal roles, this diverse background also includes passionate small business owner, where her love for cooking is creatively expressed. Audra's journey reflects a blend of compassion, leadership, and a commitment to social change, driven by steadfast dedication to enhancing the lives of those in her community.

Terresa Lynes
Position: Past President

Council: City of Gosnells Mayor




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