The Millinery Association of Australia’s Committee is elected each year in November at the Association’s AGM.
The Committee consists of four executive positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and up to six ordinary committee members.
To apply to become a member visit the application page here

Lauren J Ritchie - President - The Millinery Association of Australia

Lauren Ritchie – VIC

Lauren completed her Millinery training at Kangan Batman Institute with a Certificate IV in Millinery. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fashion from RMIT University and has a Graduate Diploma in Education from Deakin University.

Lauren has spent time working in Louise Macdonald’s studio in Melbourne before working for Edwina Ibbotson and Jane Taylor in London.

She now runs her own studio under the brand Lauren J Ritchie producing pieces for every occasion. She is also a contributing Editor for The Hat Magazine, writer for Hatlines Magazine and Head of Content for Millinery.Info.

Catherine Storm – VIC
Vice President

Catherine started her millinery journey while living in Europe. Largely self-taught, she gained accreditation as a Fellow Member of Millinery Australia in late 2020. She joined the Committee in 2021.

Catherine creates unique and elegant occasion and race wear as well as bold and funky streetwear. Her work has sold around the world and featured on catwalks in the UK, France, China and Australia.
She is also a Member of the Dutch Millinery Association (NHV).

Catherine brings to the committee a strong corporate business background with both Australian and international experience.

Fiona Cooper – VIC

Years ago Fiona was affectionatly called ‘Laa Laa’ by her young nephew who couldn’t pronounce her name. So it was only natural that it became the inspiration for her brand ‘Millinery LAA LAA‘.

You may think you see lots of photos of Fiona on social media but take a second to look twice. She’s a triplet! But what you may not realise is that she’s also a twin. Yes, an identical twin within a triplet set! She says even Facebook recognition technology can’t tell her and her twin sister apart and they are always being tagged incorrectly!

Fiona’s first love is millinery. She studied at Kangan TAFE in Richmond and graduated with a Cert IV in 2010. Her other love is snow skiing. She likes nothing better than to hit the slopes, breathe in some crisp alpine air and enjoying après ski wearing an amazing winter hat!

Fiona has been the MAA secretary since 2020.

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Chris Mullane – VIC

Chris is mum to four boys and she ran a successful dairy distribution business with her husband Rob for 30 years until it was sold recently.

She lives on a small hobby farm south of Melbourne with a menagerie of animals, including a pet pig and a peacock. She’s always been an avid race goer and over the years has owned several racehorses, including one that ran second on Oaks Day in 2014.

Chris got into millinery due to her love of racing and studied at Kangan TAFE graduating with a Cert IV in millinery in 2018. She took out the win at MIMC ’19 with her signature hat design…a modern take on the classic 60’s pillbox.

Abigail Fergusson – NSW
Ordinary Member

After ten years of working in the corporate world in both Sydney and London, Abigail decided to follow her passion and start making beautiful hats. Starting with a short course at the Sydney Community College, she continued her studies and completed a Certificate 3 in Millinery at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute in 2018 before launching her own label, Abigail Fergusson Millinery, in 2020. In addition to her bridal, race and occasion wear collections, Abigail launched a casual range of fun sunhats under the label Lala + Pippi in 2021.

Elena Kornienko – SA
Ordinary Member

Elena’s journey into the world of millinery started four years ago after being enrolled on the Millinery course at TAFE SA. Millinery has become a genuine passion for her and fully accomplished her other love in flower making art. Starting with taking a few private lessons in Moscow, Elena continued her studies in the flower making art. In 2020, she was awarded with two diplomas of basic and advanced levels at “Somebana” School by Sayoko Yasuda in Japan. In 2021, she completed Certificate IV in Millinery at TAFE SA in Adelaide. Elena’s works are famous under the brand “SilkyFlora”.

John Westwood Hill – NSW
Ordinary Member

John Westwood Hill is the face behind the brand and millinery channel on YouTube, JWH Millinery. John’s millinery career started with making pieces for their own wedding.

Since graduating with a Distinction in Millinery at Leeds College of Art they have remained a creative soul and is now sharing their skills via their YouTube channel.

After a move to Sydney from the UK, John has joined Millinery Australia and has very much enjoyed getting to know milliners and the millinery industry in and around Australia.

Rachael Hart – VIC
Ordinary Member