National winner

2017 Telstra Australian
Business Woman of the Year

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

Violet Roumeliotis has held leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, in a career that has been focused on supporting at-risk communities throughout Australia.

Since 2012, she has been the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI). A community-based not-for-profit, SSI is intent on giving a voice to vulnerable Australians and raising awareness of the economic value of migration.

Violet has set an ambitious course for SSI’s growth and development, investing heavily in three major social enterprise projects. One of which is The Staples Bag, a retail store and pop-up shop providing affordable groceries to approximately 750 families every week. 

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.
Violet Roumeliotis

Settlement Services International Limited
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

National category winners

2017 Telstra Australian
Entrepreneur Award

Hana-Lia Krawchuk
Love To Dream

Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants’ sleep patterns.

Hana-Lia Krawchuk
Love To Dream

When Hana-Lia Krawchuk gave birth to her first child, his reluctance to sleep for longer than 45 minutes at a time quickly took its toll on family life. 

Desperate for a solution, Hana-Lia created the patented Love To Dream Swaddle UP, which has helped millions of babies & families around the world get a longer, better night’s sleep.

The extensive range offers an alternative to traditional swaddles, where infants’ arms are secured by their sides. Instead, Hana-Lia’s designs support babies’ natural sleeping positions, allowing infants to self-soothe with their arms freely raised above their head.

Word spread quickly about the incredible products and Love To Dream experienced rapid growth from the word go. Love To DreamTM products are now exported worldwide.

Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants’ sleep patterns.
Hana-Lia Krawchuk

Love To Dream
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra Australian
For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

Violet Roumeliotis has held leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, in a career that has been focused on supporting at-risk communities throughout Australia.

Since 2012, she has been the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI). A community-based not-for-profit, SSI is intent on giving a voice to vulnerable Australians and raising awareness of the economic value of migration.

Violet has set an ambitious course for SSI’s growth and development, investing heavily in three major social enterprise projects. One of which is The Staples Bag, a retail store and pop-up shop providing affordable groceries to approximately 750 families every week. 

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.
Violet Roumeliotis

Settlement Services International Limited
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra Australian
Young Business Women's Award

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business. 

Elise’s vision is for Capital Chemist Wanniassa to make a positive impact on the health of the community. Her wish is to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra. 

After the untimely passing of a co-worker, Elise developed a passion for better informing her community about mental health issues. She continues to raise awareness by volunteering as a telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists' Support Service, as well as becoming an instructor for 'Mental Health First Aid' training.

 

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.
Elise Apolloni

Capital Chemist Wanniassa
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra Australian
Public Sector And Academia Award

Professor Leah Bromfield
University of South Australia

My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work.

Professor Leah Bromfield
University of South Australia

As Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Leah Bromfield deals with the worst things that can happen to children. This helps her stay focused on the overall goal of her teams’ research: not just to provide research, but to inform real change in policy and practice around child safety. 

Leah’s career-long dedication to the field saw her appointed Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This significant role developed a new evidence base to improve knowledge and greater understandings around child sexual abuse across a range of institutions.   

Leah’s adoption of adaptive technology enabled her to continue to undertake her important work after suffering sudden vision loss in her only sighted eye in 2015. 

My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work.
Professor Leah Bromfield

University of South Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Business Woman in Asia Award

Saskia Groen-in't-Woud
Damco

Finding the balance of using smarts, courage and heart to address business problems and build high performing teams has been incredibly satisfying.

Saskia Groen-in't-Woud
Damco

Having studied business at a small regional university in Queensland, Saskia Groen-in't-Woud seized every possible opportunity to develop a global career. Having worked her way up from being a small business owner, she is now Asia COO for international logistics provider Damco. 

Saskia brings disciplined attention to driving bottom line performance, from the way the business interprets customer requirements, to how it procures and manages the efficient execution of its services. Her appointment has supported the company’s financial turnaround, from a $300m loss in 2014 to turning a profit from 2016 onwards.

Finding the balance of using smarts, courage and heart to address business problems and build high performing teams has been incredibly satisfying.
Saskia Groen-in't-Woud

Damco
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

State winners

2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business. 

Elise’s vision is for Capital Chemist Wanniassa to make a positive impact on the health of the community. Her wish is to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra. 

After the untimely passing of a co-worker, Elise developed a passion for better informing her community about mental health issues. She continues to raise awareness by volunteering as a telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists' Support Service, as well as becoming an instructor for 'Mental Health First Aid' training.

 

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.
Elise Apolloni

Capital Chemist Wanniassa
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Queensland Business Woman of the Year

Bernadette Eriksen
Flavour Creations

I hope my business success shows other aspiring female entrepreneurs that we all have the ability and responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in.

Bernadette Eriksen
Flavour Creations

Bernadette Eriksen took an unorthodox route into the food industry. After considering studies in food technology, she instead chose accountancy, arming herself with the knowledge to run a business. Now, Bernadette is the CEO of Flavour Creations, a company that provides essential nutrition services to some of Australia’s most vulnerable people, primarily those living with dysphagia.

50 percent of aged-care residents suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. Flavour Creations’ pre-thickened drinks and nutritionally advanced product solutions assist clients from infants to the elderly to restore their diet by making their food enticing and accessible.

Bernadette founded Flavour Creations 20 years ago, and her products can now be found in every government-owned hospital in Australia.

I hope my business success shows other aspiring female entrepreneurs that we all have the ability and responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in.
Bernadette Eriksen

Flavour Creations
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Victorian Business Woman of the Year

Michelle Gallaher
The Social Science

Social and professional networks are enormously powerful in accelerating careers and building innovation ecosystems. Women know this, yet many of us hold back from investing and leveraging networks in the same way that men do.”

Michelle Gallaher
The Social Science

After 25 years in leadership roles within the biopharmaceutical and medical research sector, Michelle Gallaher decided to leave her comfort zone for a more uncertain path in start-ups.

Her first venture, The Social Science, focuses on digital content creation for clients within the STEMM innovation industries. Her second is Women in STEMM Australia. This organisation looks to reduce the industries’ barriers to entry for women and close the gender pay gap. The third business is a dermatology-focussed biotech start up with near-term clinical skincare products launching this year.

Michelle’s businesses are powered by her belief that Australia cannot reach its full innovation potential if a significant proportion of the STEMM-qualified workforce opts out mid-career or, even worse, fails to enter into it at all.

Social and professional networks are enormously powerful in accelerating careers and building innovation ecosystems. Women know this, yet many of us hold back from investing and leveraging networks in the same way that men do.”
Michelle Gallaher

The Social Science
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Toni Moate
CSIRO

Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for the next hundreds of years.

Toni Moate
CSIRO

Toni Moate joined the CSIRO in 1991 as a project officer, but her continued part-time studies in commerce saw her develop the skills to become a business leader. 

Having ascended through the ranks, Toni is now the director of National Collections and Marine Infrastructure at the CSIRO, overseeing research activities for one of Australia’s largest natural assets: the ocean, which makes up 60 percent of the nation’s territory, though only 12 percent of that has been mapped.

From 2009-2014, Toni led the design, build and commissioning process for Australia’s only blue water research ship, the Investigator. At the time, it was the single biggest contract the CSIRO had signed excluding property, and the vessel is now available for the international marine research community.

Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for the next hundreds of years.
Toni Moate

CSIRO
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
South Australian Business Woman of the Year

Tammy Barton
MyBudget

By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, I’ve grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudget’s cause.

Tammy Barton
MyBudget

Tammy Barton started MyBudget in 1999 after witnessing the devastating impact debt can have on people’s lives. 

MyBudget has since become one of Australia’s leading financial services companies, designing customised money strategies that support clients’ financial goals, from debt management to savings planning.

Tammy’s unwavering commitment to reducing her clients’ money worries and improving financial literacy in the wider community are the bedrock of the business’ success. In the last five years alone, she has grown MyBudget by more than 400 percent into a company that now has more than 20,000 active clients and turns over $34 million a year. 

By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, I’ve grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudget’s cause.
Tammy Barton

MyBudget
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory Business Woman of the Year

Karinda Gill
Abode New Homes

Improving the industry, setting benchmarks, and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture.

Karinda Gill
Abode New Homes

Born into a financially challenged family, Karinda Gill set about educating herself from a young age with the goal of achieving financial freedom. Now with a $50 million empire to her name, it seems her younger self did a stellar job.

As director of four companies, shareholder of two others and the business manager for one more, Karinda is a serial entrepreneur. 

Her primary business, Abode New Homes, is a residential construction company focused on helping first home buyers succeed within the property market. By supporting clients in every aspect of creating their dream home, from obtaining finance through to selecting the finishes, Karinda believes everyone should be able to live in a beautiful home that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Improving the industry, setting benchmarks, and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture.
Karinda Gill

Abode New Homes
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales Business Woman of the Year

Belinda Tumbers
Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd

I love a challenging situation and live by the motto, ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Belinda Tumbers
Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd

Belinda Tumbers’ first introduction to marketing was as an entry-level receptionist at an advertising agency. After working her way up to become an account executive, Belinda was approached by one of her clients, Kellogg, to join its marketing team. 

19 years later, after predominantly a career in sales, Belinda is now the managing director of Kellogg in Australia and New Zealand. She took on the role in an acting capacity, becoming the first female to hold the position in the company’s 90-year history down under. Within nine months, Belinda had assumed the position permanently, having been given full responsibility for turning the company’s fortunes around and instigating cultural change. 

Belinda is passionate about continuing WK Kellogg’s founding mission of providing accessible nutrition to families in ANZ, as well as helping to support more women in getting to C-suite roles in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

I love a challenging situation and live by the motto, ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Belinda Tumbers

Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

State category winners

2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Corporate And Private Award

Ayesha Razzaq
ActewAGL

My work sees me involved with many great communities. It’s given me the chance to make a tangible difference by helping customers to manage their energy and influence perceptions about what the future will bring.

Ayesha Razzaq
ActewAGL

During her 18-year service with energy supplier ActewAGL, Ayesha Razzaq has climbed the ranks to General Manager Retail. A position which involves leading a dynamic business through a time of significant industry change.

With a background in engineering, Ayesha is committed to a customer-centric focus that runs through every level of the business. This has seen her overhaul ActewAGL Retail’s operations to help customers view the company as a solutions-based energy supplier. 

Since 2015, Ayesha has also been leading ActewAGL Retail’s digital business transformation program. Harnessing disruptive technology, ActewAGL is building capability to accommodate the changing needs of customers. One such project Ayesha has led was the company’s implementation of a new billing and customer management system – the largest technology undertaking ever made by the business.

My work sees me involved with many great communities. It’s given me the chance to make a tangible difference by helping customers to manage their energy and influence perceptions about what the future will bring.
Ayesha Razzaq

ActewAGL
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Queensland Corporate And Private Award

Kyra Bonney
Chandler Macleod

By providing employees with a deeper insight into the challenges and opportunities of Indigenous employment, they can better understand why there’s a gap and become emotionally invested in contributing towards solutions.

Kyra Bonney
Chandler Macleod

With a background living and working in remote communities, both in blue and white collar roles, Kyra Bonney is a passionate advocate for closing the gap in employment inequality in Australia.

As General Manager of Indigenous Strategy for Chandler Macleod Groups Staffing Services team, Kyra strives to create opportunities through employment, training and education. Kyra’s role is to establish a team of Indigenous recruitment specialists across Australia, who focus on the long-term employment and development of Indigenous Australians.

In 2014, Kyra was awarded the Most Outstanding Woman in Resources Award (Western Australia) by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was recognised as a finalist in the Exceptional Women in Australian Resources National Awards. 

By providing employees with a deeper insight into the challenges and opportunities of Indigenous employment, they can better understand why there’s a gap and become emotionally invested in contributing towards solutions.
Kyra Bonney

Chandler Macleod
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Victorian Corporate And Private Award

Gemma Fordham
Southern Cross Austereo

We are about making people laugh, connecting with them through storytelling and music. We strive to create compelling content every day across the country, across all of our assets – from live radio to social, digital and events.

Gemma Fordham
Southern Cross Austereo

Gemma Fordham started her career in radio at just 14, answering studio phones. Since then she has been an executive producer for several high-rating shows, and worked as a creative executive for Nicole Kidman as part of her film production company.

Now, in her role as head of content for the Hit Network at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), Gemma ensures the Hit brand is maintained across 43 stations nationally.

Radio has long been known as a male-dominated industry, and when Gemma was appointed head of the network she was the first woman to fill the role. Gemma is proud of this achievement and hopes she is the first of many to come.

We are about making people laugh, connecting with them through storytelling and music. We strive to create compelling content every day across the country, across all of our assets – from live radio to social, digital and events.
Gemma Fordham

Southern Cross Austereo
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian Corporate And Private Award

Camille O'Meara
Stornoway Maintenance

I believe that barriers are meant to be broken and you can achieve anything through hard work, being solution-focused and developing effective partnerships.

Camille O'Meara
Stornoway Maintenance

After a decade-long hiatus from the world of asset management, which saw her take on a role with confectionary giant Cadbury, Camille O’Meara rejoined Stornoway, where she now heads up the Business Services team.

Over the subsequent years, Camille took Stornoway’s safety management system to Australian Standard 4801 – making it the first private Tasmanian company to achieve such a status.

Wanting to retain the company’s strong, values-based culture and give back to the local community, Camille also launched a School to Work program. The scheme provides young Tasmanians living in socio-economically challenged areas with meaningful pathways to employment, through both educational and vocational opportunities.

I believe that barriers are meant to be broken and you can achieve anything through hard work, being solution-focused and developing effective partnerships.
Camille O'Meara

Stornoway Maintenance
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
South Australian Corporate And Private Award

Elly Griffin
SILK Laser Clinics

Throughout my career, I’ve learnt that challenges are vital to the growth of an organisation, because they promote learning and idea creation, but it also fosters effective teamwork within a business.

Elly Griffin
SILK Laser Clinics

With a passion for people and performance management, Elly Griffin held several roles in the HR and recruitment sector when she started working for skin clinic SILK Laser Clinics. As the business was just starting out, she initially provided HR consulting services, before being hired as manager of operations and human resources. 

Working across all functions of the business, Elly is involved in recommending and implementing solutions for policy development, process improvement, effective leadership and staff retention. 

Alongside this, Elly has a particular interest in the internal purpose of the business, which is to make a positive difference to the local community. It provides employment opportunities for locals, uses local suppliers and runs a community program for local charities.

Throughout my career, I’ve learnt that challenges are vital to the growth of an organisation, because they promote learning and idea creation, but it also fosters effective teamwork within a business.
Elly Griffin

SILK Laser Clinics
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory Corporate And Private Award

Nicole Walsh
Yeperenye

I feel fortunate that I have held positions in my career that have allowed me to be passionate, take a role and make it my own. This role at Yeperenye Shopping Centre has allowed me to achieve so much on both personal and professional levels.

Nicole Walsh
Yeperenye

For close to ten years, Nicole Walsh has undertaken the role of marketing manager of Yeperenye, a proudly Aboriginal-owned shopping centre and property investor in Alice Springs.

Nicole’s role entails a lot more than just marketing. She also manages the sponsorship budget and runs the centre security, as well as the general direction of the business, dealing with small and big issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

Nicole maintains the centre’s commitment to the Indigenous community of Central Australia through employment opportunities, sponsorship programs, charity donations and community involvement. 

Her hard work has resulted in Yeperenye being rated in the top 20 shopping centres across Australia in their category for turn over per square metre. 

I feel fortunate that I have held positions in my career that have allowed me to be passionate, take a role and make it my own. This role at Yeperenye Shopping Centre has allowed me to achieve so much on both personal and professional levels.
Nicole Walsh

Yeperenye
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales Corporate And Private Award

Belinda Tumbers
Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd

I love a challenging situation and live by the motto, ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

Belinda Tumbers
Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd

Belinda Tumbers’ first introduction to marketing was as an entry-level receptionist at an advertising agency. After working her way up to become an account executive, Belinda was approached by one of her clients, Kellogg, to join its marketing team. 

19 years later, after predominantly a career in sales, Belinda is now the managing director of Kellogg in Australia and New Zealand. She took on the role in an acting capacity, becoming the first female to hold the position in the company’s 90-year history down under. Within nine months, Belinda had assumed the position permanently, having been given full responsibility for turning the company’s fortunes around and instigating cultural change. 

Belinda is passionate about continuing WK Kellogg’s founding mission of providing accessible nutrition to families in ANZ, as well as helping to support more women in getting to C-suite roles in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.

I love a challenging situation and live by the motto, ‘if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
Belinda Tumbers

Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Entrepreneur Award

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business. 

Elise’s vision is for Capital Chemist Wanniassa to make a positive impact on the health of the community. Her wish is to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra. 

After the untimely passing of a co-worker, Elise developed a passion for better informing her community about mental health issues. She continues to raise awareness by volunteering as a telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists' Support Service, as well as becoming an instructor for 'Mental Health First Aid' training.

 

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.
Elise Apolloni

Capital Chemist Wanniassa
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Queensland Entrepreneur Award

Bernadette Eriksen
Flavour Creations

I hope my business success shows other aspiring female entrepreneurs that we all have the ability and responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in.

Bernadette Eriksen
Flavour Creations

Bernadette Eriksen took an unorthodox route into the food industry. After considering studies in food technology, she instead chose accountancy, arming herself with the knowledge to run a business. Now, Bernadette is the CEO of Flavour Creations, a company that provides essential nutrition services to some of Australia’s most vulnerable people, primarily those living with dysphagia.

50 percent of aged-care residents suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. Flavour Creations’ pre-thickened drinks and nutritionally advanced product solutions assist clients from infants to the elderly to restore their diet by making their food enticing and accessible.

Bernadette founded Flavour Creations 20 years ago, and her products can now be found in every government-owned hospital in Australia.

I hope my business success shows other aspiring female entrepreneurs that we all have the ability and responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in.
Bernadette Eriksen

Flavour Creations
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Victorian Entrepreneur Award

Michelle Gallaher
The Social Science

Social and professional networks are enormously powerful in accelerating careers and building innovation ecosystems. Women know this, yet many of us hold back from investing and leveraging networks in the same way that men do.”

Michelle Gallaher
The Social Science

After 25 years in leadership roles within the biopharmaceutical and medical research sector, Michelle Gallaher decided to leave her comfort zone for a more uncertain path in start-ups.

Her first venture, The Social Science, focuses on digital content creation for clients within the STEMM innovation industries. Her second is Women in STEMM Australia. This organisation looks to reduce the industries’ barriers to entry for women and close the gender pay gap. The third business is a dermatology-focussed biotech start up with near-term clinical skincare products launching this year.

Michelle’s businesses are powered by her belief that Australia cannot reach its full innovation potential if a significant proportion of the STEMM-qualified workforce opts out mid-career or, even worse, fails to enter into it at all.

Social and professional networks are enormously powerful in accelerating careers and building innovation ecosystems. Women know this, yet many of us hold back from investing and leveraging networks in the same way that men do.”
Michelle Gallaher

The Social Science
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian Entrepreneur Award

Alison Flakemore
Alison's Garden & Landscape

Alison's Garden & Landscape is building opportunity for individual development so that its people may in turn assist my vision of community improvement through sustainable horticulture.

Alison Flakemore
Alison's Garden & Landscape

Twenty years ago, Alison Flakemore entered the garden and landscape industry with an old van, a lawnmower and basic hand tools. Today, the services offered by Alison’s Garden & Landscape include gutter cleaning, testing and tagging, and contracts with both corporate clients and the Tasmanian Government.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. In 2013, Alison faced life-threatening health issues including breast cancer, and her business suffered in her absence. Upon returning to work, Alison oversaw a company restructure and implemented a system for real-time data reporting, rescuing her business from disaster.

Alison’s business has come a long way since being run from the back of a van, and she has recently engaged a marketing team to redesign its social and search engine strategy.

Alison's Garden & Landscape is building opportunity for individual development so that its people may in turn assist my vision of community improvement through sustainable horticulture.
Alison Flakemore

Alison's Garden & Landscape
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
South Australian Entrepreneur Award

Tammy Barton
MyBudget

By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, I’ve grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudget’s cause.

Tammy Barton
MyBudget

Tammy Barton started MyBudget in 1999 after witnessing the devastating impact debt can have on people’s lives. 

MyBudget has since become one of Australia’s leading financial services companies, designing customised money strategies that support clients’ financial goals, from debt management to savings planning.

Tammy’s unwavering commitment to reducing her clients’ money worries and improving financial literacy in the wider community are the bedrock of the business’ success. In the last five years alone, she has grown MyBudget by more than 400 percent into a company that now has more than 20,000 active clients and turns over $34 million a year. 

By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, I’ve grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudget’s cause.
Tammy Barton

MyBudget
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory Entrepreneur Award

Karinda Gill
Abode New Homes

Improving the industry, setting benchmarks, and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture.

Karinda Gill
Abode New Homes

Born into a financially challenged family, Karinda Gill set about educating herself from a young age with the goal of achieving financial freedom. Now with a $50 million empire to her name, it seems her younger self did a stellar job.

As director of four companies, shareholder of two others and the business manager for one more, Karinda is a serial entrepreneur. 

Her primary business, Abode New Homes, is a residential construction company focused on helping first home buyers succeed within the property market. By supporting clients in every aspect of creating their dream home, from obtaining finance through to selecting the finishes, Karinda believes everyone should be able to live in a beautiful home that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Improving the industry, setting benchmarks, and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture.
Karinda Gill

Abode New Homes
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales Entrepreneur Award

Hana-Lia Krawchuk
Love To Dream

Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants’ sleep patterns.

Hana-Lia Krawchuk
Love To Dream

When Hana-Lia Krawchuk gave birth to her first child, his reluctance to sleep for longer than 45 minutes at a time quickly took its toll on family life. 

Desperate for a solution, Hana-Lia created the patented Love To Dream Swaddle UP, which has helped millions of babies & families around the world get a longer, better night’s sleep.

The extensive range offers an alternative to traditional swaddles, where infants’ arms are secured by their sides. Instead, Hana-Lia’s designs support babies’ natural sleeping positions, allowing infants to self-soothe with their arms freely raised above their head.

Word spread quickly about the incredible products and Love To Dream experienced rapid growth from the word go. Love To DreamTM products are now exported worldwide.

Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants’ sleep patterns.
Hana-Lia Krawchuk

Love To Dream
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2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward
Australian College of Nursing

I love what I do because I know that nurses can, and do, make a tremendous difference to the welfare and well-being of societies.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward
Australian College of Nursing

With a clinical background in intensive care and aged care, Kylie Ward has been nursing for 26 years. Currently, as CEO of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), Kylie aims to enhance healthcare by advancing nurse leadership; supporting those who are often overlooked in the medical industry and encouraging them to know their worth. 

With a sound knowledge of the significant contribution nurses make to health and aged care, community outcomes and patient experiences, Kylie is passionate about the nursing profession. 

Through the ACN, Kylie provides a platform for nurses around Australia to advocate for themselves, access greater education and connect with the wider nursing community. Her career success has been rewarded with three honorary Professorships at Deakin, Monash and UTS universities.

I love what I do because I know that nurses can, and do, make a tremendous difference to the welfare and well-being of societies.
Professor Kylie Ward

Australian College of Nursing
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Queensland For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Gail Ker OAM
Access Community Services Ltd

I believe in creating a welcoming, inclusive and productive Australia, which we can all be part of. Our refugees and migrants are some of the greatest contributors to that vision.

Gail Ker OAM
Access Community Services Ltd

Gail Ker OAM has dedicated her life to championing the causes of refugees and migrants, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Gail has a 30-year history at Access Community Services, where her professional purpose is centred on addressing disadvantage to cultivate community inclusiveness.

One of Queensland’s largest and leading not-for-profits, Access provides support services designed to help individuals, families and communities to effectively settle and engage in their new environments.

As the organisation’s CEO, Gail heads up the team of over 300 employees and over 200 registered volunteers. Collectively, staff come from over 50 different countries and speak over 90 different languages or dialects, with the organisation’s own cultural make-up reflecting the diversity of the regions in which it operates.

I believe in creating a welcoming, inclusive and productive Australia, which we can all be part of. Our refugees and migrants are some of the greatest contributors to that vision.
Gail Ker OAM

Access Community Services Ltd
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Victorian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Katy Barfield
Yume

I come into work every day knowing that myself and my dedicated team are creating a positive impact on the environment.

Katy Barfield
Yume

Katy Barfield is passionate about the sustainable food industry. Yume, launched in 2014, is an online marketplace that connects food suppliers, such as manufacturers and distributors, with commercial buyers (including restaurants and hotels) to prevent surplus food from going to landfill, by offering significant discounts on food that would otherwise be wasted.

Katy’s position as founder and CEO of Yume follows roles at SecondBite and Spade & Barrow. Her lifelong commitment to food rescue has seen millions of kilograms of surplus food saved from wastage under her watch.

As a leader in business and food rescue alike, Katy has worked to secure likeminded investors who are focused not only on financial returns but also environmental and social benefits. 

I come into work every day knowing that myself and my dedicated team are creating a positive impact on the environment.
Katy Barfield

Yume
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
South Australian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Elaine Bensted
Zoos South Australia

Our mission to connect people with nature and save species from extinction has never been more important. The animals we've returned to the wild wouldn't be there without us.

Elaine Bensted
Zoos South Australia

Award collected by Sarah Brown on behalf of Elaine.

Elaine Bensted grew up with dreams of becoming a veterinarian. As CEO of Zoos South Australia, she plays an important role in animal conservation not just across Australia but the globe, during a time when species are being wiped out at an alarming rate. 

When Elaine commenced her duties with Adelaide and Monarto Zoos in 2012, Zoos SA was in a precarious financial position. Elaine’s implementation of a five-year business plan, and a 20-year master plan, has seen the organisation hit new membership records and increase its visitor numbers past half a million annually.

Zoos SA is a conservation charity, so Elaine’s skills in negotiation and relationship management are essential for its efforts in preserving the animal world.

Our mission to connect people with nature and save species from extinction has never been more important. The animals we've returned to the wild wouldn't be there without us.
Elaine Bensted

Zoos South Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Janine Arnold
Carers Tasmania

I believe volunteering is the right thing to do. It inherently connects people to each other and is a small way that I am able to give back and show gratitude for the life I have.

Janine Arnold
Carers Tasmania

Janine Arnold strongly believes that society can be best measured by the way it treats its most vulnerable people. She is a dedicated volunteer in her community and the CEO of Carers Tasmania.

Janine’s personal principle of showing kindness runs through every facet of her life, including her volunteer work. At Carers Tasmania, she is able to help deliver valuable services to the family and friends who act as unpaid carers for loved ones living with disability, mental illness, chronic conditions, alcohol or drug addiction or severe frailty due to age.

In three years as CEO, Janine has encouraged working “smart with heart.” Her focus for the business has included reducing corporate overhead costs, launching Carers Tasmania’s first television commercial, developing corporate partnerships and innovative programs for young carers. 

I believe volunteering is the right thing to do. It inherently connects people to each other and is a small way that I am able to give back and show gratitude for the life I have.
Janine Arnold

Carers Tasmania
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Carley Scott
Developing East Arnhem

My role requires positivity, strategy, a willingness to listen and learn, and the ability to lead and withstand criticism to ensure projects and people living in challenging situations have opportunities to thrive.

Carley Scott
Developing East Arnhem

Following a ten-year career in economic and business development, Carley Scott left Melbourne to become the inaugural CEO of Developing East Arnhem. The not-for-profit's goal is to promote new economic and business opportunities in the remote community of East Arnhem following a downturn in mining.

Carley oversees a team of up to three office staff and 27 contractors, which means her duties as CEO are especially hands-on, managing the multimillion-dollar funding portfolio.

Despite its modest size, Developing East Arnhem has brought significant benefits to the region. Under Carley’s watch, the company has driven innovative developments, rented over 200 houses to local businesses for their employees, and supported $6 million of investment including $1 million in direct funding into business growth.

My role requires positivity, strategy, a willingness to listen and learn, and the ability to lead and withstand criticism to ensure projects and people living in challenging situations have opportunities to thrive.
Carley Scott

Developing East Arnhem
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.

Violet Roumeliotis
Settlement Services International Limited

Violet Roumeliotis has held leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, in a career that has been focused on supporting at-risk communities throughout Australia.

Since 2012, she has been the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI). A community-based not-for-profit, SSI is intent on giving a voice to vulnerable Australians and raising awareness of the economic value of migration.

Violet has set an ambitious course for SSI’s growth and development, investing heavily in three major social enterprise projects. One of which is The Staples Bag, a retail store and pop-up shop providing affordable groceries to approximately 750 families every week. 

I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives.
Violet Roumeliotis

Settlement Services International Limited
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Young Business Women's Award

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.

Elise Apolloni
Capital Chemist Wanniassa

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business. 

Elise’s vision is for Capital Chemist Wanniassa to make a positive impact on the health of the community. Her wish is to connect customers with the most passionate and educated pharmacy health experts in Canberra. 

After the untimely passing of a co-worker, Elise developed a passion for better informing her community about mental health issues. She continues to raise awareness by volunteering as a telephone crisis supporter at Lifeline Canberra and as a phone counsellor for the National Pharmacists' Support Service, as well as becoming an instructor for 'Mental Health First Aid' training.

 

I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions.
Elise Apolloni

Capital Chemist Wanniassa
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Queensland Young Business Women's Award

Alyce Keegan
Kit and Clowder

To be able to bring a smile to someone's face, who may be experiencing hardship at the moment, really drives home what Kit and Clowder is all about.

Alyce Keegan
Kit and Clowder

Alyce Keegan took her passion for art and transformed it into a lucrative craft education business with a social impact. Kit and Clowder teaches online art and craft classes for all skill levels. Through its community, the business support crafters who are dealing with disability, loss, illness and depression, providing a fun creative outlet but also a form of therapy and support.

After realising the potential of Kit and Clowder as a nourishing community for people who are struggling, Alyce got a Diploma in Art Therapy. She now runs her business as both a place to create art and as a safe space for people to share their experiences.  

To be able to bring a smile to someone's face, who may be experiencing hardship at the moment, really drives home what Kit and Clowder is all about.
Alyce Keegan

Kit and Clowder
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Victorian Young Business Women's Award

Linda Monique
Almo Milk

The food we eat impacts our overall gut health. By reducing the presence of questionable additives and creating transparency around sourcing, we can reduce the burden of disease and improve the quality of life for many.

Linda Monique
Almo Milk

Linda Monique is the founder and CEO of Almo Milk and one of 75,000 Australians suffering from Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.

Linda’s own struggle with severe digestive issues inspired her to develop Almo Milk – an Australian-sourced almond milk which, unlike others on the market, is entirely free from questionable additives, sugars and starches.

Testament to Linda’s continual hustling and the product’s national relevance, in less than a year since its launch, Almo Milk has secured distribution contracts across three countries. The brand continues to grow nationally and overseas in over 400 outlets.  

The food we eat impacts our overall gut health. By reducing the presence of questionable additives and creating transparency around sourcing, we can reduce the burden of disease and improve the quality of life for many.
Linda Monique

Almo Milk
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian Young Business Women's Award

Dr Jessica Manuela
Dental South

There is a lack of education as to how poor oral health detrimentally affects overall health and so I am determined to use my professional knowledge and skills to make a difference.

Dr Jessica Manuela
Dental South

As both a company director and principle dentist, Jessica Manuela looks to counter the epidemic of dental disease currently plaguing Australia, along with the country’s culture of “dental fear”. Her philosophy is centred on improving her patients’ oral health through holistic education and quality care.

Having opened her own dental clinic in 2014, Jessica swiftly followed her debut practice’s success with the launch of a sister clinic just three years later.

Jessica’s entrepreneurial drive has also seen her push the clinic’s capabilities into the realm of progressive dento-facial procedures, offering the likes of botox, thread lifts, dermal fillers and micro-needling.

There is a lack of education as to how poor oral health detrimentally affects overall health and so I am determined to use my professional knowledge and skills to make a difference.
Dr Jessica Manuela

Dental South
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory Young Business Women's Award

Karlene Dagg
HK Holistic Health Klub

As human beings, health is the wealth of our existence, which is why I'm committed to inspiring and educating my clients to take a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing.

Karlene Dagg
HK Holistic Health Klub

Five years ago, a serious back injury left Karlene Dagg bedridden, unable to exercise and faced with the prospect of major surgery – a situation made all the more difficult by her passion for fitness and her profession as a personal trainer.

Having come across a holistic lifestyle coaching program that enabled her to overcome these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Karlene used the learnings from her experience to create HK Holistic Health Klub with her husband.

Like its owners, HK Holistic Health Klub runs on the motivation to help clients become the best version of themselves, with Karlene creating tailored programs designed to support everything from weight loss and injury recovery to elite athletes.

As human beings, health is the wealth of our existence, which is why I'm committed to inspiring and educating my clients to take a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing.
Karlene Dagg

HK Holistic Health Klub
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales Young Business Women's Award

Gen George
tamme

My personal mission is to make an impact. I want to achieve this by continuing to create new things, such as sustainable commercial businesses, which push new boundaries.

Gen George
tamme

Returning from her gap year in 2011, Gen became a team assistant at Colliers International, while simultaneously launching OneShift, an online recruitment model.

After receiving $5 million of investment in 2013 - valuing OneShift at $18-20 million in its first year – she sold the business in December 2016.

Gen is now managing director of Skilld and tamme. Skilld helps hospitality businesses and retail SMEs access great talent in their area, while tamme is an analytics and advertising platform for hyperlocal marketplaces that heavily rely on spending where the marketplace has a deficit in supply or demand.

Gen is passionate about rallying people to get behind a cause or a vision, which led her to co-found LMBDW, (Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine) a Facebook group for women who run their own businesses.

My personal mission is to make an impact. I want to achieve this by continuing to create new things, such as sustainable commercial businesses, which push new boundaries.
Gen George

tamme
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Australian Capital Territory Public Sector And Academia Award

Daryl Karp
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Australia has world leading democracy, but satisfaction is at an all time low. The 2016 election had the lowest turnout since compulsory voting was introduced in 1927. The Museum of Australian Democracy is uniquely placed to make a difference – which we do with our vibrant exhibitions, school programs and events. I’m immensely proud of the role we’re playing in empowering visitors, shaping research and shifting attitudes for the future.

Daryl Karp
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

Award collected by Edwina Jans on behalf of Daryl.

With an international education, Daryl Karp has 30 years of experience working within cultural industries, including for ABC TV and Film Australia. Her time in this space has given her an appreciation of the intrinsic value of democracy.

Currently, as Director of The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Daryl has overseen a period of significant growth, with visitor numbers more than doubling in the past four years. 

Today, the museum provides a space for all Australians to explore and engage with the concepts of active citizenship, by reflecting on, and connecting with, our democratic traditions.

Daryl attributes much of her success to her ability to take new ideas, trends and technology, and find ways to look at problems from different perspectives.

Australia has world leading democracy, but satisfaction is at an all time low. The 2016 election had the lowest turnout since compulsory voting was introduced in 1927. The Museum of Australian Democracy is uniquely placed to make a difference – which we do with our vibrant exhibitions, school programs and events. I’m immensely proud of the role we’re playing in empowering visitors, shaping research and shifting attitudes for the future.
Daryl Karp

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
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2017 Telstra
Queensland Public Sector And Academia Award

Dr Nicki Murdock
Health Leaders Australia

If we don't change how we deliver healthcare, by 2030 our society will be spending all of its revenue on health – something that will affect us all if we do not act now.

Dr Nicki Murdock
Health Leaders Australia

Dr Nicki Murdock is a passionate advocate for quality healthcare, both as a practitioner and in terms of management and governance styles.

A UK paediatrician and GP who migrated to Australia in 2001, Nicki was struck by the burden of poorly designed compliance requirements and IT systems imposed on healthcare workers.

Intent on alleviating these industry pressures, Nicki harnessed her entrepreneurial nature and appetite for the high-risk to set up Health Leaders Australia. The company provides IT solutions to assist in accreditation of safe, high quality health services and education.

Today, her tenacity has created a tidal wave of change across the sector, helping to shift resource allocation towards patient care and away from time-consuming compliance requirements.

If we don't change how we deliver healthcare, by 2030 our society will be spending all of its revenue on health – something that will affect us all if we do not act now.
Dr Nicki Murdock

Health Leaders Australia
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2017 Telstra
Victorian Public Sector And Academia Award

Associate Professor Kate Hoy
Monash University

With no significant treatment breakthroughs, there is expected to be more than 1 million people with dementia in Australia by 2056. New approaches to treatment are needed and the research my team is conducting has the potential to deliver these.

Associate Professor Kate Hoy
Monash University

There are currently more than 46.8 million people living with dementia worldwide. Without any significant breakthroughs in treatment, that figure is predicted to rise to 131.5 million by 2050.

In her role as head of the cognitive therapeutics research program at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Associate Professor Kate Hoy is leading the charge in tackling such cognitive disorders.

In addition to her current exploration of effective treatments for dementia, Kate’s role also sees her mentor the future research workforce. She is especially focused on helping female scientists to break into senior positions within male-dominated research fields, in a bid to reverse the low proportion of female senior level academics nationally. 

With no significant treatment breakthroughs, there is expected to be more than 1 million people with dementia in Australia by 2056. New approaches to treatment are needed and the research my team is conducting has the potential to deliver these.
Associate Professor Kate Hoy

Monash University
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Tasmanian Public Sector And Academia Award

Toni Moate
CSIRO

Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for the next hundreds of years.

Toni Moate
CSIRO

Toni Moate joined the CSIRO in 1991 as a project officer, but her continued part-time studies in commerce saw her develop the skills to become a business leader. 

Having ascended through the ranks, Toni is now the director of National Collections and Marine Infrastructure at the CSIRO, overseeing research activities for one of Australia’s largest natural assets: the ocean, which makes up 60 percent of the nation’s territory, though only 12 percent of that has been mapped.

From 2009-2014, Toni led the design, build and commissioning process for Australia’s only blue water research ship, the Investigator. At the time, it was the single biggest contract the CSIRO had signed excluding property, and the vessel is now available for the international marine research community.

Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for the next hundreds of years.
Toni Moate

CSIRO
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
South Australian Public Sector And Academia Award

Professor Leah Bromfield
University of South Australia

My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work.

Professor Leah Bromfield
University of South Australia

As Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Leah Bromfield deals with the worst things that can happen to children. This helps her stay focused on the overall goal of her teams’ research: not just to provide research, but to inform real change in policy and practice around child safety. 

Leah’s career-long dedication to the field saw her appointed Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. This significant role developed a new evidence base to improve knowledge and greater understandings around child sexual abuse across a range of institutions.   

Leah’s adoption of adaptive technology enabled her to continue to undertake her important work after suffering sudden vision loss in her only sighted eye in 2015. 

My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work.
Professor Leah Bromfield

University of South Australia
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
Northern Territory Public Sector And Academia Award

Erica Gibson
Northern Territory Police

I love that each Police day is different. Every victim needs an advocate with strengths in communication and crisis management. I deal sensitively with people at their lowest point.

Erica Gibson
Northern Territory Police

Almost 30 years ago, Erica Gibson relocated to the Northern Territory to begin her career with the police. Starting out in Groote Eylandt, where she served a population of under 2,000 people, Erica has worked across the territory and is now Sergeant of Police at Nhulunbuy Police Station in East Arnhem Land.

Policing in remote communities presents unique challenges, and one of Erica’s recent achievements has been her implementation of a family safety framework to combat domestic violence. 

Erica chairs fortnightly meetings with stakeholders including the Department of Health, Miwatj Health and Centrelink, sharing information between agencies to speed up the process of victim protection. As resources are limited, this system has been crucial in reducing instances of domestic violence in the region.

I love that each Police day is different. Every victim needs an advocate with strengths in communication and crisis management. I deal sensitively with people at their lowest point.
Erica Gibson

Northern Territory Police
Nominate a Brilliant Business Woman

2017 Telstra
New South Wales Public Sector And Academia Award

Simone Constant
NSW Treasury

My strengths are identifying and defining strategy to deliver on opportunities of scale for broader community, membership or public purpose.

Simone Constant
NSW Treasury

Following a diverse private sector career in law, banking and fund management, including appointments in the UK, US and Australia, Simone Constant joined the NSW Treasury in 2011. In her six years with the public service, Simone has held four deputy secretary roles and is currently deputy secretary of financial and risk management transformation.

Simone has successfully transferred her commercial expertise into her work with the NSW Treasury. She recently oversaw the State Government’s financial management transformation program, briefing stakeholders including the Premier and Treasurer. Simone’s leadership has been essential for the fiscal health of the state and she is determined to keep delivering on behalf of the citizens of New South Wales.

My strengths are identifying and defining strategy to deliver on opportunities of scale for broader community, membership or public purpose.
Simone Constant

NSW Treasury
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