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Ruth McGowan OAM

When women are treated fairly and respectfully, we all benefit.

Ruth McGowan OAM

Consultant and community activist

About Me

Ruth is a successful community leader with a passion for advancing equality and supporting masterful leadership in the local government and community sectors. She is a recognised expert in gender equality in local government as well as beings an inspiring speaker and innovative trainer.

Before establishing her own consulting business, Ruth enjoyed a career as a scientist and project manager in the Victorian Government and worked with diverse agricultural industries and communities. Ruth is a past Councillor & Mayor, nationally recognised with an OAM for her outstanding community leadership after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire disaster, and was also awarded a National Emergency Medal.

Encouraging greater participation of women in politics is a passion and Ruth is a Fellow of Melbourne University’s Pathway-to-Politics program. In 2017, she co-founded #HonouraWoman, to push for a more inclusive Australian Honours system and a fairer system to recognise outstanding women.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Masters of Applied Science (Agriculture and Social Ecology)
Cert IV Life Coach
CertIV Governance

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