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Thriving Women June Event

Join us for our living room chat with Captain Fiona Sneath, RAN who is the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross a large operational Navy base at Nowra on the South Coast of NSW which incorporates Navy’s only air station and is the base for the headquarters and helicopter squadrons of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm, including the Australian Defence Force Helicopter Aircrew Training School. 

HMAS Albatross also hosts a number of other diverse Navy and wider Defence units and as the Commanding Officer it’s Captain Sneath’s responsibility to ensure everything from safety, security, airfield coordination, provision of personnel, discipline and administrative bureau services run smoothly as well as being responsible for promoting the Navy and Defence reputation in the region.

Captain Fiona Sneath started her career as an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Officer in 1986 and during this time with the AFP obtained her initial qualifications in law as well as undertaking duties ranging from Bomb Search and Identification to investigation of organised criminal activities.

She joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 as a Direct Entry Legal Officer and has experienced a wide range of postings as an ADF Legal Officer, including at training institutions (HMAS Cerberus and the Australian Defence Force Academy); as the Deputy Registrar of the former Australian Military Court; and as staff Legal Advisor to Chief of Navy and Chief of Defence Force.

On promotion to Captain in 2015, Fiona commenced duty as the Director Military Law Centre/Deputy Director Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.  In that position she was responsible for managing and delivering legal training requirements for ADF Legal Officers and military justice training for general officers.

Fiona has deployed on operations in the Middle East and was awarded a Commander Joint Operations Gold Commendation for her performance as a legal officer on operations. Fiona has been seconded to the NSW Police Prosecutors Branch and the Office of the Commonwealth Defence Force Ombudsman; and also worked as a Legal Officer for the former National Crime Authority for a period of two years.

Fiona took command of HMAS Albatross in December 2016.

Fiona is married to a Naval Officer, they have a son studying at University, and a daughter at primary school.  When she isn't busy commanding HMAS Albatross, she enjoys cooking, reading, walking and stand up paddle boarding.

It is an honour to have Captain Sneath join us on the 26th June to share her valuable insights into how she has achieved such a distinguished career in the Australian Navy and Defence Force, it really is a night not to be missed so please purchase your Early Bird Ticket as soon as possible!

Take advantage of our Early Bird Special Discount and grab your ticket by the 15th June - it's a night not to be missed!!

2018 Calendar of Events

Event Date
Time & Location
Shellharbour Civic Centre

22nd February 2018

Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
5th April 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
15th May 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
26th June 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
9th August 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
18th September 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
23rd October 2018 Shellharbour Civic Centre 6.00 – 8.00
28th November 2018 Be Brave and On Purpose for 2019
Tumbling Water's Retreat

Event Information

What is Thriving Women?
Thriving Women is a business network aimed at providing a safe space for women in business (although men are very welcome) who wish to feel supported both in their business and personal life so they can share and grow without feeling judged or criticised.  It is a platform to teach and mentor participants with the primary focus being to ensure all participants feel supported and valued as they grow.

If you are interested in joining like-minded business women who want to:

  • Network to grow their business
  • Learn how to grow their business in an increasingly challenging business environment
  • Learn tips and strategies to grow themselves so they are well equipped to support their family whilst they build their business
  • Take a holistic approach to their life and their business
  • Feel safe and supported knowing they have a network of women who have got their back
  • Be educated and supported in a caring environment invested in them and their future
  • Gain local business knowledge and learn from the ‘Business Elders’ in our community
  • Engage their passion for supporting local business and local people
  • Gain confidence with their networking skills
  • Network in a fun engaging way that adds value to them and their business

Will there be food?
Definitely, our Caterer's provide our Thriving Ladies with a lovely grazing table full of yummy food and yes there are gluten free and vegetarian options available.

Will there be drink?
Of course, all Thriving Women participants recieve a free drink on arrival, drinks include a soft drink and a glass of  bubbles, white or red wine, but not hard liquor. 

What can I expect when I attend Thriving Women Event's? 
Thriving Women's motto is 'Grow your business, Grow yourself, Grow your community and have fun doing it!' Feedback from our Event's so far has been fantastic!  Participants routinely say what a great evening they have had.  They experienced quality networking, made great new connections and enjoyed listening and learning from both our local business ladies and Isha Knill. 

What are the seating arrangements?
There is no formal seating at our events you can sit where you like with whom you like.

Why are there different ticket prices?
Thriving Women Members receive a discount on all our event tickets.  Guests (non-members) must pay full price.  If you would like to know more about Thriving Women Membership including the benefits you receive by being a Member please email Isha Knill at

When and Where?
All our events are held at The Shellharbour Civic Centre from 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

Event Start Time
So that we don't overrun we ask that all participants arrive at 5.45 for a sharp 6.00 p.m. start, thank you

Advertising and Promotional Material
A benefit of being a member of Thriving Women is that you can display your promotional material on a promotional table which is available at each event.  Please be advise that this is for Thriving Women Members and Sponsors only.

Ticket Refunds & Exchanges once booked
All tickets to Thriving Women events are non-refundable, however for Thriving Women monthly events you may transfer your ticket to another date.  If you wish to transfer your ticket you must contact Thriving Women at 48 hours before the event in question.  Please be advise that Thriving Women’s larger quarterly events tickets are non-refundable or transferrable.

Event Sponsorship
Thriving Women have some great Sponsorship options available for businesses who wish to contribute towards helping Thriving Women support our local community by providing quality networking events for our business community to take part in.  In return for their Sponsorship our Sponsors enjoy a great range of benefits.  If you wish to know more about our Sponsorship options, please contact Isha Knill via email on and we will get back to you shortly.  Thank you.