Penelope Twemlow

Penelope Twemlow

BA, MBA, MProjMgt, GradDipRiskMgt, GradCertMgtSys, AdvDip(Policing), DipQual, CertTrain, CertOHS
At St Margaret’s 1996 – 2000

Penelope Twemlow is a Principal Consultant for WSP, a globally-recognised professional services firm employing 49,000 people, Co-Founder and Chairperson of Women in Power and Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations for Churchill Coal. She has forged a successful career in strategic and operational management, project and risk management, and governance and compliance.

After graduating from St Margaret’s, Penelope joined the Royal Australian Navy undertaking the roles of Warfare Officer and Military Police Investigator. During her 10.5 years of service in the Navy, Penelope held strategic level positions in project, human resource, risk and emergency management, as well as being a member of the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service. She can also boast the ability to drive an 8,500 tonne armed warship. 

Penelope later held the position of Chief Executive Officer of General Manager Pty Ltd, providing services for national and international clients in the government sector, mining and resources, oil and gas, public utilities, transport and civil construction as a consultant.

In 2015, she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Energy Skills Queensland, a not-for-profit organisation working in the electrotechnology, telecommunications, mining, gas, energy and rail sectors nationally. During this tenure, Penelope was a national representative for industry in matters pertaining to training and skilling, and workforce planning and development. 

In addition to her current roles, Penelope is also a sought-after speaker and sits as a Director on the Board of Durack College and the Australian Well Control Centre. She is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Griffith University and a national Ambassador for various mental health and domestic violence organisations.

Penelope has been the recipient of several awards including being named the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women's Award winner for Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit and winner of four separate categories in the national Women in Industry Awards. She was also named the 2017 APAC CEO of the Year.