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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.

National winner

Leanne Preston - Wild Child

2007 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

Leanne Preston is Chief Executive Officer of Wild Child. The Wild Child range of baby, children and family products, including baby care and sunscreens, contains only natural or nature identical ingredients. Leanne founded the company in 1997 as a home-based business and has since grown the company to retail Wild Child products in more than 14 countries around the world.

WA

National category winners

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2007 Telstra Australian Young Business Women's
VIC

Kristina Karlsson - kikki.K

Kristina Karlsson is Managing Director and Owner of kikki.K. From a fledging start-up in 2001, Kristina's boutique retail concept has grown into a multi-million dollar business with 17 kikki.K boutiques in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. Kristina is also Creative Director and heads up the design and production teams, and the visual merchandising department.

2007 Telstra Australian Business Owner Award
WA

Leanne Preston - Wild Child

Leanne Preston is Chief Executive Officer of Wild Child. The Wild Child range of baby, children and family products, including baby care and sunscreens, contains only natural or nature identical ingredients. Leanne founded the company in 1997 as a home-based business and has since grown the company to retail Wild Child products in more than 14 countries around the world.

2007 Telstra Australian Community And Government Award
VIC

Linda Sorrell - Melbourne Health

Linda Sorrell is Chief Executive of Melbourne Health. Linda leads, manages and develops the operations of Melbourne Health including financials, staff, healthcare and key stakeholder relations. Melbourne Health employs more than 7,000 staff, manages more than 1,000 beds, sees 55,000 emergency patients and provides over 700,000 occasions of services annually.

2007 Telstra Australian Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
SA

Susan Filby - ETSA Utilities

Susan Filby is General Manager Services at ETSA Utilities. Susan's role includes the operational responsibilities of providing reliable connection, billing and complaint resolution, stakeholder management and the representation of ETSA Utilities in the media. Susan currently sits on the Rural Solutions SA Board.

State winners

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2007 Telstra Business Owner Award
NSW

Angela Vithoulkas - VIVO Café

Angela Vithoulkas is the Owner of VIVO Café. Angela is responsible for identifying new areas of revenue and target markets, fiscal and administrative management, marketing, quality control and customer service. Angela also manages a team of 30 staff who serve approximately 6,000 customers each week.

2007 Telstra Business Innovation Award
State Winner ACT

Anne Kowalski - Kowalski Recruitment

Anne Kowalski is Managing Director of Kowalski Recruitment. Established as a one-person operation in 1997, Anne has brokered over 5000 job opportunities, more than 4,200 of them women. Her business is also committed to community partnerships, including CanTeen, Cancer Council, Care Australia and the Red Cross.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
NSW

Belinda Sullivan - The Eye Foundation

Belinda Sullivan is Chief Executive Officer of The Eye Foundation, a non-profit organisation. Formerly in the stockbroking industry, Belinda has successfully restructured and consolidated the organisation. The Eye Foundation represents over 812 medical specialists in Australia and New Zealand and has formed alliances with the Fred Hollows Foundation.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
QLD

Bex Gold - Cinderella

Bex Gold is Director of Cinderella. Bex developed her range of cleaners after she identified a market gap for easy-to-use, allergy-safe and authentically-fragranced cleaning products. Cinderella Products launched into Australian supermarkets in 2006 and entered New Zealand stores in 2007.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
State Winner NSW

Carole-Anne Priest - Altiora Insurance Solutions

Carole-Anne Priest is Chief Executive Officer of Altiora Insurance Solutions, an insurance underwriting agency. Carole-Anne is also a Director and honorary legal advisor of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the management and promotion of Australia's only living memorial dedicated to those who served in World War II.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
QLD

Colette McCool - Gold Coast City Council

Colette McCool is Director of Gold Coast City Council. Colette is the only woman on the council's Executive Leadership Team and oversees 650 staff across a range of council services. Colette has also worked extensively with the State Department of Housing and various non-profit community groups.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
QLD

Dr Le Neve Groves - ABC Learning Centres

Dr Le Neve Groves is Chief Executive Officer Education Global with early childhood service provider, ABC Learning Centres. Since the business was established in 1988, Le Neve has overseen the policies, practices and curriculum content of ABC Learning Centres around Australia as well as in the UK,New Zealand and the United States of America.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
ACT

Dr Margaret Byrne - United GroupLimited

Dr Margaret Byrne is Principal Consultant with United GroupLimited. United Group Consulting provides end-to-end strategic consultancy services internally as well as to external clients. Margaret has co-authored a number of books on business communication and in 2005 completed her PhD analysing the number of women leading Australian organisations.

2007 Telstra Business Innovation Award
NSW

Elizabeth Le Noble - Corporate Compliance Partners

Elizabeth Le Noble is Managing Director of Corporate Compliance Partners, a specialist secretarial and corporate governance service provider to ASX Listed Entities. She developed and commercialised Australia's first Graduate Diploma of Corporate Governance of ASX Listed Entities, and is currently developing a world-first I.T. system.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
ACT

Emily Mudge - Bovis Lend Lease

Emily Mudge is Project Engineer with Bovis Lend Lease. Emily currently manages 98 projects with over 20,000 stakeholders and is involved in the planning, budgeting, management and design reviews of each project. Emily successfully implemented the recent ACT Prison Project and represented Bovis Lend Lease to the United Nations as a Housing Advisor in Sri Lanka.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
ACT

Evol McLeod - Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Evol McLeod is Director of Tuggeranong Arts Centre. As Director, Evol oversees all operational and management aspects of the centre, including obtaining funding and resources from government and philanthropic bodies. Since joining in 1998, Evol has successfully increased staff and visitor numbers and introduced an interactive program for young people.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
TAS

Janine Arnold - Leishman Associates

Janine Arnold is General Manager of Leishman Associates. Janine has been responsible for the co-ordination of events with up to 700 delegates. Subsequent appointment to the dual role of General Manager has Janine directly involved in strategic planning, human resources management, marketing and business development.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
VIC

Jennifer Weller - Hadar Homes

Jennifer Weller is General Manager of Hadar Homes. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of the business including human resources, training, finances, procurement, sales and marketing, information technology and occupational health and safety. Prior to joining Hadar Homes, Jennifer worked for Goodman Fielders' Uncle Tobys brand.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
SA

Judy Curran - SCOSA

Judy Curran is Chief Executive of SCOSA, the Spastic Centres of South Australia. Judy is responsible for delivering the organisation's strategic plan, and regularly lobbies Government and key stakeholders for resources and support. Judy leads a team of 280 staff and volunteers.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
NSW

Kerry Stubbs - St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

Kerry Stubbs is Executive Officer of St Vincent's Hospital Sydney and oversees the strategic direction as well as the operational aspects and managing 2,000 staff. Kerry has held Director positions on a number of not-for-profit Boards, including E-Water Ltd, an organisation devoted to research addressing water management in Australia, and the Eleanor Dark Foundation Ltd.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
VIC

Kristina Karlsson - kikki.K

Kristina Karlsson is Managing Director and Owner of kikki.K. From a fledging start-up in 2001, Kristina's boutique retail concept has grown into a multi-million dollar business with 17 kikki.K boutiques in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. Kristina is also Creative Director and heads up the design and production teams, and the visual merchandising department.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
State Winner VIC

Linda Sorrell - Melbourne Health

Linda Sorrell is Chief Executive of Melbourne Health. Linda leads, manages and develops the operations of Melbourne Health including financials, staff, healthcare and key stakeholder relations. Melbourne Health employs more than 7,000 staff, manages more than 1,000 beds, sees 55,000 emergency patients and provides over 700,000 occasions of services annually.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
State Winner NT

Mary Williams - Tennant Creek Hospital

Mary Williams is General Manager and Nursing Director at Tennant Creek Hospital. Mary's role is to coordinate the strategic, clinical, operational and business management of the hospital which services a large area of central Australia. Mary has been responsible for initiating a review clinic at the hospital to provide relief to patients with chronic disease.

2007 Telstra Young Business Women's
SA

Mirella Morizzi - Training Innovation – Management & Enterprise Pty Ltd (TIME)

Mirella Morizzi is the Executive Manager for Business and Training Services for Training Innovation – Management & Enterprise Pty Ltd (TIME). Mirella is responsible for the promotion and implementation of TIME's services, and since joining in early 2007, has launched a new division of the organisation and successfully identified two new business markets.

2007 Telstra Community And Government Award
TAS

Natalie Cantrell - Centrelink

Natalie Cantrell is Call Centre Manager for Centrelink in Launceston. Natalie is responsible for the day to day operations of a 125 person call centre, as well as its overall strategic positioning. Natalie is a member of the Call Centre Leadership Team and provides input into national projects which aim to increase Centrelink's overall level of service delivery.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
TAS

Nina Nelson - MyState Financial Credit Union of Tasmania Ltd

Nina Nelson is Chief Financial Officer at MyState Financial Credit Union of Tasmania Ltd. Nina began her career in finance at the age of 32, having been responsible for the treasury, risk management and compliance functions in her previous role at Connect Credit Union of Tasmania.

2007 Telstra Business Owner Award
State Winner TAS

Sue Hickey - Slick Promotions

Sue Hickey is Managing Director of Slick Promotions. Sue established Slick Promotions in 1991 with a $1000 loan, and has since grown the Hobart-based business to supply promotional products to organisations throughout Australia. Sue has developed extensive worldwide business relationships, resulting in an impressive portfolio of clients.

2007 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
SA

Susan Filby - ETSA Utilities

Susan Filby is General Manager Services at ETSA Utilities. Susan's role includes the operational responsibilities of providing reliable connection, billing and complaint resolution, stakeholder management and the representation of ETSA Utilities in the media. Susan currently sits on the Rural Solutions SA Board.

2007 Telstra Business Innovation Award
QLD

Tammy Halter - Absolute Data Group

Tammy Halter is Sole Director of Absolute Data Group. Originating in her home, and now located in Brisbane, Tammy's business now has 13 staff servicing clients in the defence, aerospace, transportation and automotive industries. Recognising a gap in the market, Tammy developed R4i CSDB software, which allows the production of interactive electronic technical manuals.

2007 Telstra Business Owner Award
State Winner SA

Tammy May - MyBudget

Tammy May is Director and Owner of Debt Management Specialists T/A MyBudget. Tammy founded MyBudget in 2000 at the age of 22, and has grown the business to currently employ 25 staff and consult to over 2000 clients. Tammy is responsible for the development and implementation of sales and marketing strategies, financial reporting of the company and customer service.

2007 Telstra Business Owner Award
State Winner QLD

Terri Irwin - Australia Zoo

Terri Irwin is Director of Australia Zoo. Previously a four-acre roadside Zoo, Terri oversaw the growth of Australia Zoo from 30 employees and less than 200,000 visitors a year in 1997, to today where they now welcome over one million tourists each year and employ 550 staff.

2007 Telstra Business Innovation Award
VIC

Tracy Bialek - Ripple Products

Tracy Bialek is Director of Ripple Products. These products are designed with key environmental messages in mind to promote the reduction of water consumption by individuals. Ripple Product's clients include government departments, water companies, large corporates and environmental agencies.