On Australia Day 2018, Penrhos Old Girl Joanna Hayter was appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia Honours List. The award was cited for ‘distinguished service to women in the areas of gender equality and individual rights through leadership and policy development roles, and to the promotion of global health, peace and security’.
Joanna graduated from Penrhos with the Class of 1977 and remains very close to many of her school friends to this day. She told us she was absolutely thrilled to receive this honour, which came at a milestone moment in her professional life. Namely, 30 years in international development and 40 years in the workforce. She had just resigned after seven very happy years as the CEO of the International Women’s Development Agency when she heard the news, so it seemed like the icing on the cake to finish this chapter with this award. Joanna commented that too few women receive Honours and the system is now working harder to ensure these awards truly represent the breadth and diversity of Australian society and the contribution nontraditional leaders make.
Joanna is now working independently with a mixed portfolio of roles including Victoria’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, company directorships, advisory and lecturing roles on global feminist leadership, public speaking, and her greatest love — inspired by her mother Jane — gardening, for which she is now being paid and is thrilled to have a trade card at last.