Professor Roz Hansen

Professor Roz Hansen was instrumental in the formation of the Women's Planning Network, Victoria Inc. (WPN) in 1994,

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This was exactly one year after the 1993 National Women and Planning Conference in which Roz had also played a pivotal role. The WPN was formed in response to recommendations to the National Conference, namely that women's planning organisations be established in each State or Territory. To date, Victoria is the most advanced in having a formal Network, which initiates and implements activities and events on behalf of its membership.

At the WPN's first AGM in 1994, Roz was elected President and remained as President until her retirement from office in July 1998. Roz has provided strong effective leadership to the Network and over the four years she was President, the Network had completed many projects and conducted many informative meetings and seminars which have made a positive contribution to planning in Victoria.

Some of these projects and milestones are: Liaison with the Municipal Association of Victoria; Roz as president of WPN was instrumental in the formation and leadership of the Local Government Women's Charter. Successful completion of a number of publications, including the Women's Transportation Needs Study (1995), Women's Perception of the Central City Study, the Women's Guide to Town Planning (1997), and the continual production of the quarterly newsletter Vantage since 1995.

Roz was largely responsible for the establishment of the WPN Annual Award, which recognises members of the Network who have made significant contributions to the planning profession and the Network in general. Since 1997, Roz has been actively involved in the development and implementation of the WPN Mentoring Program, a unique formal mentoring program designed by women especially for women in the planning and related professions.

Throughout Roz's Presidency of the Network, she has also successfully managed her planning consultancy business which included a number of work trips to Vietnam. As the President of the Women's Planning Network, Roz has led with enthusiasm, energy, efficiency, effort and equality. Her leadership has resulted in the ongoing success of Network since its infancy in 1993. Members come from a diverse range of planning related interests and embrace a cross-section of age groups as well as public and private sector professionals.