MAUREEN JEAN EARDLEY-WILMOT JP MA (Hons) Dip Ed Psych
BPW Auckland 1992 – 2015
Now an Individuall Member 2015 – present day
Since arriving in New Zealand in 1972 Maureen has been a Secondary School teacher, an Educational Psychologist and is now Executive Director of Computer Forensics NZ Ltd, which she owns with her husband Brian.
Maureen joined Auckland BPW in 1992, the following year she was elected Vice President and subsequently President in 1995. Her first NZ Federation position was as Chair of the Education and Training committee, then as a delegate to the BPW International Congress in Venice in 1996. She was a speaker at the inaugural BPW Oceania Regional seminar in Australia and attended the Australian Conference in Darwin in 1998 as well as the Asia-Pacific regional meeting in Singapore.
From 1997 to 1999 Maureen was the Federation First Vice President and Chair of the Status of Women and United Nations Committees. In 1999 she was elected BPW NZ President and led the NZ delegation to the International Congress in Vancouver. She also represented BPW NZ at the APEC Women Leaders Network meeting in Wellington.
During her Presidency, she attended the Australian Conference in Adelaide and travelled to Nepal to visit the literacy programme and the kindergartens which BPW NZ supports.
Maureen was a delegate in the 2002 and 2005 BPW International Congress in Melbourne and Luzerne respectively, In 2003, she attended the 47th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women at the UN in New York, where she was a workshop speaker to NGOs attending on “Good Practices for Handling Violence against Women”. That same year she was also a speaker at the BPW Asia/Pacific Regional Conference in the Cook Islands.
In 2004 Maureen was selected to attend APEC E-Biz Training at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul and elected President of the Asia Pacific Women’s E-Biz Alumni.
At BPW International level she has been a member of the UN committee, the Resolutions Committee, Chair of a Taskforce on Violence Against Women and a member of the UNIFEM Taskforce.
She received both the 1990 New Zealand Commemoration Medal and the 1993 New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal for services to women.
She is still an active member of BPW and continues to mentor and advisor as our much-treasured Parliamentarian and still supports several other women’s organisations.
Maureen was awarded the BPW NZ Badge of Honour in 2017 for outstnding service to BPW New Zealand and BPW International.