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Winners

Celebrating Australia's leading business women

A massive congratulations to our Telstra Business Women's Award winners, who have been recognised by our expert judging panel for changing business for the better. We wish them the best of luck as they continue towards their future goals.

State winners

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Alison Flakemore - Alison’s Garden and Landscape
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
TAS

Alison Flakemore - Alison’s Garden and Landscape

“Gardens heighten our senses without thought, sight, smell, touch, taste and sound. I have a vision of community improvement through sustainable horticulture."

More than 20 years ago, Alison Flakemore entered the garden and landscape industry with an old van, a lawnmower and basic hand tools. Today, Alison’s Garden and Landscape is an industry leader.

Anne Walters - Northern Territory Government
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
NT

Anne Walters - Northern Territory Government

“Through my work, I endeavour to deliver outcomes for industry and the community that enable informed decision making, generate social and economic outcomes and affect positive change.”

As Chief Plant Health Officer, Anne Walters is responsible for the strategic direction of plant biosecurity in the Northern Territory and works nationally to drive reform and improvements to the plant biosecurity system.

Bec Hammet - SH Build
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
State Winner NT

Bec Hammet - SH Build

“I am passionate about the building industry and want to ensure we are committed to providing a superior service at the best possible price, while having a positive impact on the community.”

Bec Hammet is General Manager of SH Build, a construction business specialising in remote building construction, that she founded with her husband Scott in 2008.

2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
ACT

Bree Hills - Canberra Christian School

“I’m passionate about educating the young minds of tomorrow and creating an environment that not only promotes great academia but also the values of acceptance, perseverance, respect, faith, grit, service and optimism.”

As Principal of Canberra Christian School, Bree Hills is making a positive impact through education and is influencing and shaping the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

Catherine Murdoch - Tasmanian Office of the Coordinator-General
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
TAS

Catherine Murdoch - Tasmanian Office of the Coordinator-General

“I am passionate and driven about achieving outcomes in my current role as it focuses on creating new economic and social value in Northern Tasmania.”

In her role as Executive Director Northern Cities for the Tasmanian Office of the Coordinator-General, Catherine is responsible for managing initiatives that aim to establish Launceston as Australia's leading regional city.

Courtney Bowie - Her Lawyer
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
NSW

Courtney Bowie - Her Lawyer

“Law has not traditionally been a space that accommodates women, especially those returning to work after having children. I wanted Her Lawyer to offer women a career in law in a non-traditional way.”

Breaking away from the common models and stereotypes of law, Courtney Bowie built Her Lawyer - a legal practice dedicated to empowering ambitious women in business and providing a space for a team of female lawyers to thrive.

Dr. Majeda Awawdeh - Global Education Academy
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
NSW

Dr. Majeda Awawdeh - Global Education Academy

“I started Global Education Academy to make my dream of teaching for understanding come true. Education gave me the power to overcome my tough circumstances, and I want to inspire others in the same way.”

Dr. Majeda Awawdeh is Founder and Managing Director of Global Education Academy - a learning centre modeled on her PhD research into cognitive load theory and mathematics education.

Dr. Sarah Pearce - CSIRO
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
State Winner NSW

Dr. Sarah Pearce - CSIRO

“I strongly believe in trying to leave the world a better place, and that my route for this is through science and technology.”

A pioneering and internationally recognised physicist, Sarah Pearce is delivering world-leading facilities for the international astronomy community in her role as Deputy Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Emma Kelly - The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
NT

Emma Kelly - The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation

“I believe that I have the opportunity to turn employment programs into something that helps drive change and positive outcomes for Indigenous Australians.”

As the Community Development Program Manager at the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation, Emma Kelly helps support Indigenous Australians make self-determined choices about their future.

Gabrielle Iwanow - OZ Minerals
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
SA

Gabrielle Iwanow - OZ Minerals

“I am passionate about creating an environment where people feel courageous enough to speak up and be part of building a great workplace.”

Gabrielle Iwanow brings extensive experience from across the globe to her role. As General Manager of Prominent Hill at OZ Minerals, she is responsible for mining, processing and associated infrastructure.

Glenys Tarrant - Micronised Mineral Solutions
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
NT

Glenys Tarrant - Micronised Mineral Solutions

“My passion comes from the natural environment and everything it encompasses. I want to be part of making a difference to the world’s environment, and for that change to happen now.”

Glenys Tarrant co-founded a small engineering company which evolved into Micronised Mineral Solutions. The business helps manage and repair the environmental effects caused by the mining and industrial sectors.

2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
ACT

Hannah Gill - Independent Property Management

"I am passionate about helping people succeed, be it helping tenants find a home, helping landlords create wealth, or helping my team grow and develop professionally and personally.”

Hannah Gill is Managing Director at Independent Property Management. A highly regarded professional and advocate for the property industry, she regularly speaks at conferences across Australia and internationally.

Hannah Spilva - LVLY
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
VIC

Hannah Spilva - LVLY

“I want to spark an honest debate about vulnerability and self-doubt not being a weakness, but a weapon we can channel to build businesses that make the world a better place.”

Hannah Spilva is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LVLY, an online flower gifting company. The all-female team has grown significantly since 2015, and gives back by supporting community initiatives.

Jeanette Allom-Hill - Sunshine Coast Regional Council
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
QLD

Jeanette Allom-Hill - Sunshine Coast Regional Council

“As a leader it is my responsibility to be an authentic, brave and truthful voice with compassion and to create a safe and supportive culture that allows our people to do their best work for the community.”

Group Executive Business Performance at Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Jeanette Allom-Hill, is responsible for a portfolio including Finance, IT, Human Resources, Procurement and Property Management.

Julie Hirsch - Eloments Natural Vitamin Tea
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
State Winner VIC

Julie Hirsch - Eloments Natural Vitamin Tea

“I believe the best things in life are free, and everything else should be fairly traded. In launching Eloments, we’ve created a for-purpose, for-profit business, where ethical decision making is the norm.”

From her early years in California, Julie Hirsch has had a passion for progressive causes. After becoming Deputy Director of a climate action organisation, she co-founded Eloments, the world’s first natural vitamin teas.

Julie Verner-Mackay - aXcelerate
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
QLD

Julie Verner-Mackay - aXcelerate

“My focus is largely on human success because I believe our people are our greatest assets and establishing a positive culture is critical to business success. Our culture is what makes our business successful.”

Julie Verner-Mackay’s role as Human Success Director of aXcelerate is crucial because she believes that, without a commitment to staff, staff don’t have a commitment to their clients.

Katherine McConnell - Brighte
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
NSW

Katherine McConnell - Brighte

“I want women to choose careers in finance and have greater representation and peer support. I want them to see my path as one they can take and then progress much further than I have.”

Katherine McConnell is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Brighte, a rapidly growing financial services company with a predominantly female C-level executive team.

Kerrie Campbell - Flinders University
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
State Winner SA

Kerrie Campbell - Flinders University

“My personal vision is to make IT more relatable to businesses, rather than a mysterious 'black box' that is complicated and confusing.”

Chief Information Officer at Flinders University, Kerrie Campbell, is primarily responsible for all IT systems including HR, Finance, Websites and CRM's, cybersecurity and network infrastructure.

Leanne Healey - Everyday Independence
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
VIC

Leanne Healey - Everyday Independence

“Supporting people with a disability to reach their unique potential, and removing barriers that limit their participation in everyday life, has a profound impact on the whole of the community.”

Occupational therapist Leanne Healey founded Everyday Independence in 1997 aiming to help people with disabilities live everyday lives.

Lisa McConnon - Enwave Australia
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
TAS

Lisa McConnon - Enwave Australia

“I approach every business I work in as if it were my own, and take pride in the guidance I give our team. Being able to contribute to others’ journeys in their work life brings me great satisfaction.”

As General Manager of Corporate Services at Enwave Australia, Lisa McConnon oversees all HR, IT and marketing functions, helping shape the company’s culture and strategy.

Mellissa Larkin - Peripheral Blue
2020 Telstra Small Business Award
SA

Mellissa Larkin - Peripheral Blue

“Since launching the business, I've found continued inspiration in knowing that what we are doing is truly different, and is redefining the way people engage with and think about their legal service providers.”

In founding Peripheral Blue in 2016, Mellissa Larkin’s vision was of a legal and consulting firm with a difference. She has embraced innovation, providing a dynamic new style of legal services to benefit her clients and team.

Onica Tapiwa Mhaka - Height Dynamics Pty Ltd
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
QLD

Onica Tapiwa Mhaka - Height Dynamics Pty Ltd

“My career trajectory has been successful because I welcome mistakes and challenges. I also dare to dream and keep my dreams alive.”

Zimbabwe-born Onica Mhaka has overcome challenges and hardships to become a Project Manager at Height Dynamics Pty Ltd.

Professor Belinda Tynan - RMIT University
2020 Telstra Public Sector & Academia Award
VIC

Professor Belinda Tynan - RMIT University

“I have oversight of the complete academic life-cycle of our students at RMIT across Melbourne, Singapore and Vietnam. I know first-hand the importance of education and a supportive environment and network.”

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education and Vice-President of RMIT University, Professor Belinda Tynan leads a team responsible for implementing strategies that impact more than 90,000 students.

Rachel Vasicek - Francesca
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
TAS

Rachel Vasicek - Francesca

“As a leader, I have a great appreciation for different personalities within the business. Playing to their strengths and empathising with them when they need is really important.”

Rachel Vasicek founded Francesca with her sister in 2013, selling jewellery at Salamanca Market. Since then, she’s driven the business’ digital marketing, design and operations as it has expanded across Australia.

Rebecca Clare - PhysioWest
2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
SA

Rebecca Clare - PhysioWest

“I say yes to every opportunity and back myself and my team to be able to find a solution. I have always strived to learn new things and see every challenge as an opportunity to grow.”

Rebecca Clare is Operations Manager and Co-Owner of PhysioWest, an Adelaide healthcare and wellbeing service. She has a vision to make a lasting impact in the healthcare industry and create better health outcomes for all.

2020 Telstra Small Business Award
ACT

Rhiannon Beach - Pups4Fun

“I’ve learnt that what we perceive as a challenge is sometimes a blessing. The ability to problem solve and think out of the box helps me as a leader.”

Rhiannon Beach’s unique approach to pet care is driven by investing in people and collaboration. Her dog daycare business, Pups4Fun, has grown from caring for a few pups per day, to more than 400 dogs per week.

2020 Telstra Emerging Leader Award
ACT

Samantha Truscott - Allegro Education

“A workplace should embrace vulnerability, creativity and courage. I don't want my company to grow, I simply want my work to matter and for others to have that same opportunity.”

Samantha Truscott is Founding Partner of Allegro Education, an early intervention service provider that uses music to help children with disabilities.

Yinzhu Quan - Rio Tinto
2020 Telstra Medium & Large Business Award
QLD

Yinzhu Quan - Rio Tinto

“Managing a team within a typically male-dominated industry like mining is challenging but also highly rewarding. I hope to inspire other women to see their future in mining.”

Joining Rio Tinto as an engineer, Yinzhu Quan was selected to be one of just six members on its Pioneer Lab - a panel working on 10-20 year-long strategies and new visions for the company.