VIEW has over 15,000 members in more than 300 clubs across Australia. All clubs and members are supported by National Council and the VIEW National Manager.
The VIEW National Manager is employed by The Smith Family and located in The Smith Family's National Office in Sydney. Members of National Council carry out their roles in a voluntary capacity.
National Council is the governing body of VIEW and is responsible for decision making, growth, and the health and wellbeing of the organisation.
National Council consists of three Executive members (National President and two National Vice Presidents), and 11 National Councillors, each of whom is responsible for a specific VIEW area, divided on geographic lines.
National Council meets at least three times per year to:
- facilitate the smooth running of all clubs throughout Australia;
- consider matters of national or club importance, contributed by VIEW members or The Smith Family;
- formulate national policy for the organisation;
- actively work to enhance the relationship between VIEW and The Smith Family;
- provide learning opportunities that will further develop the capacity of members and the organisation;
- collaborate as part of a team and build capacity to further strengthen the organisation.
Each Executive member and National Councillor serves a fixed term of two years. Elections are held every two years and are completed by July, with the successful candidates announced in September.
The Board of The Smith Family and National Council are jointly responsible for determining the strategic direction of VIEW.
Other VIEW volunteer office bearers include Zone Councillors (a zone being a smaller geographical division within a larger Area) and Club committee members.
VIEW National Executive 2020-21
ANNE-LOUISE O'CONNOR, NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Anne-Louise joined Shoalhaven Heads Evening VIEW Club in 2001 where she was a member for 16 years. When she moved to the Hunter Valley, Anne-Louise transferred her membership to Cessnock VIEW Club and became an active campaigner for strengthening and developing clubs in the Hunter / Central Coast area. With an advertising background, Anne-Louise is passionate about helping disadvantaged Australian children with their education and spreading the word of VIEW to the wider community, knowing that together we can make a difference.
“As a Zone and National Councillor I have met and made many wonderful friends. I have also had the opportunity to network with State and Federal Members and share information about VIEW’s connection with The Smith Family and the Learning for Life program.
“As part of the Executive team for 2020-21, celebrating 60 years of strength and support, I am excited about working with National and Zone Councillors to develop new ideas for the betterment of VIEW with the aim of increasing awareness, membership and Learning for Life sponsorships. I would like to strengthen our existing clubs with vision, inspiration, enthusiasm and a willingness to work together to achieve our mission. As diamonds are strong gems, so too are VIEW, The Smith Family and the Learning for Life program.”
JOANNE GRAY, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Jo has been an active member of Picton VIEW Club for eight years, serving on the club’s Committee since joining, firstly as Delegate and later as Secretary. In 2016-17, Jo took on a Zone Councillor role, and then in 2018-19, became a National Councillor. With a varied background in the public service, administration roles and remedial massage, including time spent living and work in Asia, Jo is passionate about supporting disadvantaged young people to have better futures, and ensuring all children can participate fully in their education.
‘In 2020-21, I am looking forward to developing a closer relationship with The Smith Family and taking my knowledge to other members throughout the organisation. I am dedicated to ensuring VIEW is a modern, relevant, purpose-led women’s organisation that continues to have an important impact on more women’s lives while at the same time maintaining our momentum in supporting the work of The Smith Family.
BERYL PIKE, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
Beryl first joined VIEW in Gunnedah in 1991. Due to a work commitment in Tamworth, however, she became a lapsed member, re-joining Gunnedah Evening VIEW Club in 2002. The following year she transferred to Tamworth Peel Evening VIEW Club where later she held the positions of Publicity Officer, President/Delegate, Zone Councillor and National Councillor. Beryl brings great people skills to the VIEW Executive, having worked in ladies hairdressing, hospitality and small business.
“As a member of the National Executive, I am looking forward to being as open, caring and supportive to all our members as possible. I’m keen to work together to achieve a better and stronger VIEW, where we continue to empower members to be the best they can be through supporting The Smith Family and disadvantaged young Australians.
“Always looking to our future but honouring our past, in 2020 we will proudly celebrate 60 years of VIEW, 60 years of strength and support for The Smith Family, and 60 years of making a difference.”
VIEW National Manager
MARYANNE MAHER, NATIONAL MANAGER - VIEW
Maryanne joined The Smith Family in 2008 as Strategic Resource Manager, and in 2009 was appointed as National Manager, VIEW.
As National Manager VIEW, Maryanne drives the strategic direction and works closely with the VIEW National Executive and National Council of biennially elected office holders, all of whom are volunteers and represent the more than 15,000 VIEW members throughout metropolitan, regional and rural Australia.
Maryanne has accumulated more than 20 years experience in a corporate environment, the health industry and not-for-profit organisations. She commenced her career as a commercial lawyer and practised in leading law firms in Sydney and Melbourne before moving into business management. Her qualifications include: BA, LLB, MBA and Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law.