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Celebrating Australia's leading women in business

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

National winner

Georgina Rinehart - Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd

2009 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

Georgina is Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group. She took over the business in 1992 from her father Lang Hancock who had been Hancock Prospecting’s Chairman, turning the company into a mining enterprise which is now the 4th largest exporter of iron ore in Australia.
WA

National category winners

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2009 Telstra Australian Nokia Business Innovation
NSW

Dr Catherine Foley - CSIRO

Dr Catherine Foley is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia's largest government research organisation. As one of Australia’s top applied physicists, she has achieved international recognition in her field, particularly for the commercialisation of systems for mineral exploration, which has contributed to the discovery of more than six billion dollars’ worth of mines worldwide.

2009 Telstra Australian marie claire Young Business Women's
VIC

Dr Emma Cassar - Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice

Dr Emma Cassar, 32, was the first female and youngest person to ever transition from forensic psychology to an operations management role within the Victorian prison system. Innovative policy and astute decision-making has seen Emma promoted rapidly over a five year period, and she now finds herself General Manager of the Women’s Prison System in Victoria with responsibility for all functional areas of the Victorian women’s prison system, managing a budget of $22.3 million.

2009 Telstra Australian Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
WA

Georgina Rinehart - Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd

Georgina is Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group. She took over the business in 1992 from her father Lang Hancock who had been Hancock Prospecting’s Chairman, turning the company into a mining enterprise which is now the 4th largest exporter of iron ore in Australia.

2009 Telstra Australian Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
NSW

Rhonda Brighton-Hall - Luxottica

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communication, Asia Pacific and Africa, Rhonda Brighton-Hall influences the working environment of 8,500 employees regionally. Rhonda leads the development and implementation of strategy in people, culture and communication.

2009 Telstra Australian White Pages Community & Government Award
NSW

Romilly Madew - Green Building Council of Australia

As CEO of the Green Building Foundation of Australia, Romilly Madew’s biggest business achievement has been growing a small industry association into an influential, internationally recognised organisation tackling the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

State winners

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2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
NSW

Andrea Culligan - Unimail

As Managing Director of Unimail, Andrea Culligan has developed a successful business that understands how to talk to the ‘hard to reach’ graduate market. From the development of graduate job directories, Andrea has built a successful niche market for connecting students with employers in Australia.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
SA

Ann-Marie Chamberlain - NAB

After starting her career as a clerk typist, Ann-Marie now holds the equal most senior position at NAB South Australia and nationally is among NAB’s most senior female employees. As State General Manager, Ann-Marie is responsible for $6.4 billion in personal and small business investment in SA and NT.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
NSW

Annalise Law - The Kanga Group

After Annalise launched The Kanga Group, it quickly became a leading promotional products company and was responsible for Australia’s largest ever order of promotional products, the Australian government’s ‘Be Alert But Not Alarmed’ fridge magnets.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
SA

Annapurna Nori - Nunkuwarrin Yunti (NY)

As a Public Health Physician at Nunkuwarrin Yunti (NY). Annapurna is passionate about seeing Indigenous youth become Australia’s future leaders and hopes to see a noticeable improvement in health standards among the Aboriginal community.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
NT

Charmaine Barrett - Northern Territory Industry Capability Network (NTICN)

Charmaine Barrett, 30, is Marketing and Project Coordinator of the Northern Territory Industry Capability Network (NTICN), responsible for showcasing the strength, experience and ability of NT businesses and matching them to relevant project and business opportunities around the country.

2009 Telstra Nokia Business Innovation
NSW

Dr Catherine Foley - CSIRO

Dr Catherine Foley is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia's largest government research organisation. As one of Australia’s top applied physicists, she has achieved international recognition in her field, particularly for the commercialisation of systems for mineral exploration, which has contributed to the discovery of more than six billion dollars’ worth of mines worldwide.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
VIC

Dr Emma Cassar - Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice

Dr Emma Cassar, 32, was the first female and youngest person to ever transition from forensic psychology to an operations management role within the Victorian prison system. Innovative policy and astute decision-making has seen Emma promoted rapidly over a five year period, and she now finds herself General Manager of the Women’s Prison System in Victoria with responsibility for all functional areas of the Victorian women’s prison system, managing a budget of $22.3 million.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
State Winner TAS

Fiona Reynolds - The Examiner

For more than two decades Fiona Reynolds has been pursuing and delivering the news. She is currently Tasmania’s first and only female daily newspaper editor, after bringing her extensive experience in print, radio and TV to The Examiner. She returned to the Launceston-based newspaper 20 years after it first hired her as a cadet.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
TAS

Janis McKenna - Carers Association of Tasmania

Accomplished business woman Janis McKenna is CEO of the Carers Association of Tasmania. In 2006, when Janis started with carers Tasmania, the organisation was on the brink of losing State and Federal funding. Janis used her entrepreneurial skills to re-structure Carers Tasmania and increase funding from $650,000 to $940,000 in just two years.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
ACT

Joanne Metcalfe - GHD

Jo Metcalfe is Business Group Manager for GHD. She is responsible for the performance of the Management and Property group, which comprises 40 project managers, management services consultants, planners, community consultation experts and landscape architects, and has an annual turnover of $7.2 million.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
VIC

Karen Cariss - PageUp People

Karen Cariss, CEO of PageUp People, an online integrated talent management company, helps large global corporations find people, develop and keep them. She has grown the company into an $8 million industry-leading business, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London and Shanghai.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
QLD

Karen Read - Xstrata Copper's copper business

Karen Read is the General Manager of Business Planning and Reporting for Xstrata Copper's copper business. Her career has spanned over 20 years in the mining industry traversing the world in a wide variety of finance and management roles in coal loading, exploration, petroleum, financial services.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
TAS

Kellie Wilkie - BODYSYSTEM

After working long hours and with a high turnover of patients in a typical physiotherapy practice, Kellie founded BODYSYSTEM in 2001 as a way keeping her happy, healthy and passionate about sports physiotherapy. Kellie dreams of going to the Olympics to provide physiotherapy support to the Australian Rowing Team.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
ACT

Kelly Tunney - Kelly Tunney Photographer

At just 21, Kelly Tunney established her freelance photography business in her lounge in Belconnen. Within two years, she created another two photography studios to meet the growing needs of her clients. She now shoots over 55 weddings and 40 portraits a year and has three studios.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
TAS

Lee-Anne Levett - The Travel Studio

Lee-Anne Levett’s passion for travel and exceptional customer service has paved the way for her success as Managing Director of The Travel Studio. In the past 12 years, Lee-Anne has grown her business from a staff of two to eleven highly valued team members, with a multi-million dollar annual turnover.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
QLD

Michelle Weaver - Voc Ed Learning Group

Establishing her business from home in 2003, Michelle Weaver is the Director of Voc Ed Learning Group, a national leader in providing vocational education and training, professional development programs and consulting.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
VIC

Monique Conheady - Flexicar

Co-founder and CEO of Flexicar, Monique Conheady, positioned her sustainable transport service as a cheap, green, easy alternative to personal and business car ownership. In just a few years, Flexicar grew from a pilot with two cars and ten members to a profitable industry leader with 80 vehicles and over 2,000 members.

2009 Telstra Nokia Business Innovation
QLD

Nicole Lander - Battlefield Sports

Nicole Lander is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Battlefield Sports. Business-savvy Nicole grew the outdoor laser tag company from a niche hobby to a thriving international business. Having first been exposed to table-top role playing games in the 1980s, she moved onto computer simulation games.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
State Winner VIC

Pauline Nugent - Australian Catholic University

Professor Pauline Nugent’s passion and dedication to health sciences has seen her champion major changes to how our professionals are educated. As Dean of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University Pauline has been responsible for a rapid expansion in health courses and research activity.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
State Winner NSW

Rhonda Brighton-Hall - Luxottica

As Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communication, Asia Pacific and Africa, Rhonda Brighton-Hall influences the working environment of 8,500 employees regionally. Rhonda leads the development and implementation of strategy in people, culture and communication.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
NSW

Romilly Madew - Green Building Council of Australia

As CEO of the Green Building Foundation of Australia, Romilly Madew’s biggest business achievement has been growing a small industry association into an influential, internationally recognised organisation tackling the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
QLD

Selena Cartwright - Baldwin Cartwright Lawyers

Twenty-seven-year-old Selena Cartwright turned the dreams of her school days into a reality after studying law by correspondence. Within three years of being admitted as a solicitor, Selena became the first female sole Principal of Baldwin Cartwright Lawyers in Gympie.

2009 Telstra marie claire Young Business Women's
SA

Stephanie Horlin-Smith - Clarion Hotel Soho

A fifth-generation hotelier, Stephanie Horlin-Smith feels at home in the Clarion Hotel Soho. The 27-year-old General Manager of Adelaide’s newest five-star boutique hotel was instrumental in the hotel’s creation and design. In addition to aesthetics, she controls strategic direction and human resources for the property.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
State Winner QLD

Sue Scheinpflug - United Synergies

As CEO of United Synergies, Sue Scheinpflug prides herself on the positive change her organisation brings to the lives of families, communities and young people in need. Using herself as an example, Sue sees the not-for-profit sector as a breeding ground for the leaders of tomorrow.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
State Winner SA

Susan Chase - Cowell Electrics

Sue Chase is the determined Managing Director of Cowell Electrics. Sue took over the company when it was close to liquidation in 2000 and five years later injected more capital to ensure the company’s survival. Despite stiff competition, Cowell Electric has quadrupled sales.

2009 Telstra Nokia Business Innovation
SA

Susi Tegen - FREE Eyre Limited

Susi Tegen is the dynamic Managing Director behind FREE Eyre Limited, an Agribusiness predominantly based in the rural Eyre Peninsula. Having witnessed the demise of agriculture on the drought-ravaged Eyre Peninsula, Susi joined a pro-active group of farmers determined to forge a way forward.

2009 Telstra Nokia Business Innovation
VIC

Tamara Jackman - Underdog Training and Behaviour Consulting

At just 24 years old, Tamara Jackman is Managing Director and co-owner of Underdog Training and Behaviour Consulting. With 1,200 clients nationally, Tamara is responsible for a number of innovative programs. Tamara also hopes her work will help prevent dog bites and related deaths of young children.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
State Winner ACT

Veronica Wensing - Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

Veronica Wensing is Executive Officer of Canberra Rape Crisis Centre. The Centre provides 24/7 phone support for people affected by sexual violence; legal and medical advocacy services; face-to-face counselling for women, children and men; community education and input into government policy and reforms.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
ACT

Vicki Berry - Easycare Landscape

A green thumbed entrepreneur, Vicki Berry is passionate about protecting the environment, and developing native landscapes for our harsh Australian climate. Vicki identified a niche for low maintenance, sustainable gardens and started her business in her home office in 1999.

2009 Telstra White Pages Community & Government Award
State Winner NT

Vicki Taylor - Alice Springs Hospital

General Manager of Alice Springs Hospital, Vicki Taylor, and her highly trained staff provide medical services to a population of 55,000 across more than four million square kilometres of central Australia. Vicki has overseen an expansion in the size of the hospital and is now planning a $22 million emergency department.

2009 Telstra Hudson Private And Corporate Sector Award
NT

Wendy Oldham - NT Gas

As General Manager of NT Gas, Wendy Oldham leads a team that delivers gas to some of the most remote areas in the Northern Territory. Wendy’s team of 50 maintains more than 2000 kilometres of pipeline carrying natural gas that is used, amongst other things, to generate the Territory’s electricity supplies.

2009 Telstra Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award
NT

Yvonne Bradley

Since 1994, Yvonne Bradley and her husband have triumphed over extreme hardship and isolation in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria to build a successful seafood business. She has doubled the size of the family’s fishing operation over the past three years. .