Mentor Circles

The TBWC Mentor Circles are free for members. Up to six participants are selected by each mentor through an application process.

How To Apply

If you are ready to leave your comfort zone and share your challenges and experiences, we want you to apply. It is important that all applicants understand the level of commitment required, in order to get the most out of the Mentor Circles.

Our mentors are volunteers and mentees are expected to be flexible. 100% participation at no less than six monthly meetings is required (in person). Each mentor selects the six participants for their circle. Two people from the same organisation or industry will not be selected for the same circle as this can impact on a participant’s ability to be completely honest and transparent in discussions.

Complete the Mentor Circle Application Form. Mentors will make their selection and you will be notified of the outcome of your application.

Applications close March 26, 2021.

Applications are now closed.

How They Work

TBWC Mentor Circles are free for members. Six participants will be selected by each mentor through an application process.

The circles will meet no less than monthly over six months. Mentors will act as guides and provide support and feedback for participants who will be expected to play an active role in the circles.

Mentoring has been recognised as an effective way of professionally and personally developing for decades . When you connect with a successful and inspirational leader, that mentor can greatly assist you to navigate through issues, challenges and progression with ease by sharing their experiences and knowledge with you in addition to encouragement, support and guidance. The circles will not only give you access to the knowledge and experience of your mentor, but you will be able to collaborate with five other participants.
Session runs from April - November. Mentoring requires a high level of trust and commitment to the process and a sincere focus on learning and development. In return mentees will:

• share personal and professional experiences and learnings
• discover and explore new perspectives
• be encouraged to think strategically and holistically about business and life
• receive guidance on challenges
• be supported and coached on how to overcome barriers or push themselves further
• increase their effectiveness through learning
• review and renew their goals and visions

The Mentors

Past Mentors

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Our Sponsors

Jayne Arlett

“Grow Your Own Big Little Business”

Jayne is one of Townsville’s most prominent business women and has been actively involved in the local business community for the past 25+ years. Jayne has been the CEO/managing director for a range of businesses largely in the health, distribution, property and retail fields. Having sold her primary business interests to a company for public listing, Jayne now operates a boutique business consultancy focusing on business growth and optimisation strategies for small to medium enterprises. She also serves as a Company Director for several large entities in the government, education and tourism sectors.


Dr Jo Lukins

Elite Performance Mindset

Author ~ Speaker ~ Psychology Consultant

Dr Jo Lukins spends her day inside the heads of individuals, teams and organisations – seeking to understand what makes them tick and assisting them to reach their potential.  A psychological Indiana Jones, she describes it as a truly fascinating career that she is grateful for every day.

She holds a PhD in Psychology, has over 30 years’ experience, and a breadth of knowledge in the sport, organizational and educational domains.  Dr Lukins is an Associate Professor at James Cook University in the Sport Science and Post-Doctoral Programs. She delivers programs in resilience and expert performance for the Australian Defence Force.

Dr Lukins has worked with elite athletes and outstanding professionals throughout her career, giving her a unique insight into the world of success.  She is the inaugural Sport Psychology Consultant to:

North Queensland Cowboys (1996-present, NRL)
Townsville Fire (2001-2019, WNBL)
Queensland Women’s State of Origin Team (2020)
Adelaide Lightning (2020, WNBL).

She has been acknowledged as an expert in her field, being awarded an Outstanding Alumni by James Cook University for her achievements.  Dr Lukins is sought after as a presenter, interventionist and for her expertise in the media space.

Dr Lukins is the author of two books:

The Elite: Think like an athlete, Succeed like a champion (2019); and
In the Grandstands: Champion your team through the tears and triumphs of sport (2020);

She is completing her third book in 2021.

Knowing that she has made a difference in the lives of others is the ‘why’ of her work and the most satisfying element of her career.


Debbie Rains

Becoming Your Best Professional Self

| Profile |
Owner operator of 4 franchise Travel Associates travel agencies, 2 located in Townsville, 1 in Mackay and 1 Rockhampton. Business owner/manager for over 33 years.

| Board and Committee Positions | 

Good Shephard Hospice (Townsville)
Immediate past president Townsville Chamber of Commerce
Food Relief Townsville
Travel Associates Advisory Board

Townsville Grammar School Board of Trustees
Observer Townsville Enterprise Ltd
Reconstruction Advisory Board Townsville (after the floods)
Townsville Port Authority
President Townsville Business Women’s Network (now Circle)
PNG Economic Development Committee
Singapore Economic Development Committee
Townsville Fashion Festival­­­­
Member Stadium Activation Committee
Roman Catholic Trust
Australian Federation of Travel Agents

| Past Winner |
Qld Telstra Businesswomen of the year awards and first retail travel agency to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after winning numerous Australian Federation of Travel Agents awards. ­­­


Joanna Murray

Finding Your Voice

Joanna Murray is an Occupational Therapist and Director of Access Therapy Services, Sisu7 and Access Health Education and has been in small business since 2010. Joanna has built her companies from being a sole trader to now operating on a statewide and national level. Joanna became the inaugural President of the Townsville Business Women’s Circle in 2015 and is a Director on the Occupational Therapy Australia National Board. Joanna completed the North Queensland Emerging Leaders program during 2013/2014, completed her MBA/MPH (Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health) in 2017 and completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2019.

Joanna has been integral in the development and implementation of innovative health programs and partnerships in the Townsville and North Queensland region and is passionate about providing a supportive and flexible working environment to allow women and men to engage fully in the workforce despite their needs.



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