Winners were announced in six categories at the 2016 among IML Leadership Excellence Awards ceremony in Brisbane on October 19.
Leaders from right across the country were celebrated at IML’s 27th annual Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs) national final, held in Brisbane on 19 October. David Pich, IML chief executive and master of ceremonies for the evening, says the awards are about celebrating managers and leaders from all sorts of industries who have driven commercial success, motivated their teams and made contributions to their communities. “We believe that great managers and leaders are responsible for decisions that really impact people’s lives and that this impact is felt well beyond the workplace. It is our vision to create better managers and better leaders for a better society.”
From a record 1000+ nominations, winners were announced in six categories:
- Leader/Manager of the Year
- Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year
- Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year
- Community Leader of the Year
- Emerging Leader of the Year
- Student Leader of the Year
Leader/Manager of the Year went to Queensland-based Cherie Curtis. An organisational psychologist and chief executive of people analytics company Revelian, Curtis impressed the judging panel with “her passion for ethical leadership and willingness to collaborate with clear, consistent vision”.
Tasmanian Lucy O’Flaherty’s passionate advocacy of aged care services and her focus on raising the bar on standards led judges to name her Not-For-Profit Leader of the year. O’Flaherty, chief executive of Glenview Community Services, impressed the judges by her “calmness and confidence”.
Glenn Keys, co-founder and co-executive chair of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, was named the 2016 Community Leader. This is a new category for 2016, which acknowledges leadership outside the immediate workplace. Key was honoured for his dedication to eradicating diseases in remote Indigenous communications and for his work as founder and chair of Project Independence, a housing initiative for people with intellectual disabilities.
Emerging Leader of the Year went to sports consultant Paul Mead from the Northern Territory, who was acknowledged by judges “for his commitment and leadership [which] is demonstrated in his collaboration and engagement with others in the sporting community in the NT”.
The Student Leader, another new category for 2016, was awarded to University of Newcastle student Dominic May, in a result that judges deemed “a photo finish” due to the high calibre of the finalists. It was a point May underlined himself in his acceptance speech: “I was amazed by the calibre of finalists in all categories. IML has given me a platform and a community to celebrate great management and leadership around Australia.”
In closing, David Pich acknowledged the exceptional standard of all this year’s finalists. “Leaders with this degree of passion and commitment to their workplace, community or institution deserve to be celebrated. I am confident that all of the finalists, especially the six winners, will continue to excel in their leadership roles long into the future.”