Women leading and influencing

Nirose and Nola

Back to Current Cohort

Nirose Silas

Master in Business Management (alumni)
Queensland University of Technology, QLD

 has recently completed a Master's degree in Business Management at Queensland University of Technology. An auditor by profession, she is returning to her native Vanuatu, where she hopes to continue to work with the Public Accounts Committee, supporting the Vanuatu Parliament.

Nirose's future goal is to become the Auditor General of Vanuatu. She is committed to improving the leadership skills of women in Vanuatu, and to support them to take on senior government and public sector roles. Nirose hopes her participation in the Women's Leadership Initiative will enable her work more strategically and effectively with male colleagues, as to build stronger linkages between Vanuatu and other Parliaments in the regions.


Hon Nola Marino, MP

Federal Member for Forrest, WA

 was elected as the Federal Member for Forrest in November 2007. She was appointed Deputy Opposition Whip immediately upon election, and appointed Deputy Government Whip in September 2013. In September 2015, Nola became the first woman to be appointed to the position of Chief Government Whip.

Nola is the Co-convener for Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers and Co-convener for Parliamentary Friends of End of Life Care. She is an Endometriosis Ambassador and patron for a number of organisations. She has spent extensive periods of her parliamentary career on the committees for Communications, Environment and the Arts. She also currently sits on the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, and Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration.

Nola has longstanding experience working with - and for - the community. She received a Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award (WA) in 2004; a Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Community from the Harvey Shire Council in 1997; and was awarded ABC Regional Rural Woman of the Year in 1996.