Congratulations to the 2017 finalists and winners of the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards!

The National winners of the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards are:

 

  • 2017 Community Leader of the Year –  James Lolicato (VIC)

James is the co-founder and CEO of the grassroots movement Proud 2 Play Inc which connects LGBTI identifying youth between the ages of 14-24 that wish to participate in group and community sports. James has spent the last decade facilitating and convening local LGBTI youth groups throughout Victoria and challenging sporting associations and communities to be more accepting of the LGBTI environment and develop ideas and programs which help the advancement of inclusion within community and sport clubs.

“Diversity and inclusion in our organisations is the most important thing,” said James. “A diverse voice, bringing the voice of the people rather than just the same old male pale stale voice we hear all the time is so important for our organisations, for our development and for leadership. We need to show that leaders can look different, can be different, can be LGBTI – they can still lead the same effective manner and they’ll bring a whole new influence into the society.”

 

  • 2017 Emerging Leader of the Year – Hannah Wandel IMLa (ACT)

Hannah is the Founder and CEO of Country to Canberra, a national Not-for-profit which empowers young rural women to reach their leadership potential through leadership training, inspiration, connection and mentoring to overcome gender and geographical barriers to success. Hannah manages governance, sponsorship, stakeholder engagement and 15 volunteers in her role. Hannah is a Director of YWCA Canberra, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Director of the National Rural Women’s Coalition – Australia’s peak body for regional women. She is formerly a journalist and currently works as an adviser at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

“What is really important as an Emerging Leader, something we should all be encouraging our young people to do is give things a go,” said Hannah.

“Country to Canberra women are an incredible group of young people who all work and study full time, they give up their days, their weekends, their nights, their annual leave to provide opportunities living across regional, rural and remote Australia. I am so grateful to them. We want to make sure that no young woman goes without great education and opportunities.”

 

  • 2017 Leader/Manager of the Year – Jamie Getgood (SA), HR Director of General Motors Holden

With GM Holden closing its manufacturing operations in Australia, Jamie has taken leadership in the development of a best practice Transition Centre to support all employees in receiving the support, advice and training to help them transition into new work. Currently, he has seen a positive outcome for 83% of outplaced staff at Holden.

Before completing his HR degree, Jamie started his career as a mechanical tradesman, which built a great foundation to his HR profession.

“It’s bittersweet accepting this award because it’s two weeks away when we close our manufacturing facility,” said Jamie. “It’s not just closing Holden, this is an industry. Toyota closed Tuesday, Ford closed last year. This is bittersweet in the sense that we’ve been able to do some amazing things and really look after the people in every possible way that we can. We’ve got a world-class transition centre that is getting accolades from all around the word, we’ve got companies approaching us to copy the model that we’ve got because we have changed the way people are being outplaced.

“There are 950 Holden workers that are going to finish in two weeks’ time and to be honest the real leaders are them. It’s easy to look after them when they have such amazing transferrable skills, we are one of the best automotive plants in the world today, and we’re closing. It’s an absolutely incredible statement of how great our workforce is. I can’t be any prouder than I am of that workforce. The leadership I’ve had to show is just to be a reflection of my people because truly it’s them that has stood up and made my job easy.”

 

  • 2017 Not for Profit Leader of the Year – Mat Rowell (TAS)

Mat Rowell is social work trained and qualified with a strong background in work related to children, and in advising, lobbying and advocating social policy to governments at all levels.

He is the former CEO of TasCOSS, and Deputy Chief of Staff to two Tasmanian Premiers. Mat’s board experience includes past Chair of Relationships Australia and currently sits on the ACOSS Board and is President of TasCOSS.

In his acceptance speech, Mat used the opportunity to spotlight Australia’s marriage inequality, saying, “I’m a gay man in a relationship for 20 years, married to my husband two years ago in another country. At the time that happened, my father-in-law was unable to travel to that country because he was unwell and passed away before he could see his son’s marriage legally recognised. Leadership is about authenticity, and my authenticity is that I’m not just a CEO, I’m also a gay man, so vote yes!”

 

  • 2017 Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year – Fiona Fonti (ACT)

Fiona is an Occupational Therapist with over 12 years’ experience in the Workplace Rehabilitation Industry who founded TRS when realising a gap in service while working on delivery of a national project. She is an active volunteer and donor for several charities and is a committee member for Canberra Women in Business.

Fiona was unable to attend the awards ceremony as she was on a work training trip in Bali. Her husband, Adrian Hassan accepted her certificate on her behalf.

“This is really big for Fi,” said Adrian. “Overcoming challenges and adversities injured workers do is something Fiona has become very accustomed to her whole life. Fiona was actually born deaf and couldn’t hear for the first 20 years of her life, and the challenges of getting over that has really pushed Fi forward.”

 

  • 2017 Student Leader of the Year – Khushaal Vyas (NSW) 

Khushaal is a Law Clerk at TressCox Lawyers, Volunteer Paralegal at Welfare Rights Centre NSW, Head Public Speaking and Debating Coach at Sydney Boys High School. He has elite communication Skills as demonstrated through Public Speaking and Debating accolades at national levels and international levels (National Public Speaking Runner-Up and Best Delegate at the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference)

He has shown Community Service and Involvement by the Dubbo-Wiradjuri Volunteer Program, establishment of the Fairfield City Youth and Community Centre and receiving the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Youth Community Medal.

“I’ve been lucky enough to come from a privileged background, I’ve had the opportunity to work in the whole bunch of really cool spaces,” said the young paralegal. “My message that if you find yourself lucky enough to be in those sort of situation, you have the capacity to get involved and help other people. I work in Dubbo, but the people who are the real heroes are the ones in the community areas doing work on the ground.”

State and Regional finalists and winners are below

2017 FINALISTS AND WINNERS - CLICK TO EXPAND

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Community Leader of the Year
Lisa LaMaitre
Dianne Kargas Bray AM
Jeanette Purkis
Nipuni Wijewickrema – WINNER

Emerging Leader of the Year
Caitlin Figueiredo
Georgina Ressler
Hannah Wandel IMLa – WINNER
Lucianne Attard
Rebecca Catanzariti IMLa

Leader/Manager of the Year
Kate Driver
Ginevra Peisley
John Body
Caitrin Dunn – WINNER
Jessica May

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Fiona May – WINNER
Michelle McCormack
Martin Fisk
Ingrid Tomanovits AFIML

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Laurie McDonald FIML
Andrea Hutchinson
Peter McKie
Zoe Piper FIML
Fiona Fonti – WINNER

Student Leader of the Year
Louise Blessington – WINNER
Claire Marron
Simon McKenzie
Esther (Wei Ru) Fan
(Shyoo) Liam Osawa-Tyndall IMLa


NORTHERN TERRITORY

Community Leader of the Year
Jaya Srinivas JP – WINNER
Pritika Desai
Bridie Duggan
John McNeur
Nitesh Raj Pant

Emerging Leader of the Year
Ineke Wallis
Alanah Jansson MIML – WINNER

Leader/Manager of the Year
Aggie Wegner
Shelley Haynes
Priscilla Collins
Brendon Douglas – WINNER

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Jessica Moore-Jones
Tony Burns FIML
Jaki Adams-Barton
Sarah Douglas
Kellie Shewring – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Mahongo Fumbelo – WINNER
Clinton Hoffman
Lim Boon Wai

Student Leader of the Year
Kieran Marchant – WINNER
Gabrielle Hill
Cindy Um


NEW SOUTH WALES

Community Leader of the Year
Barry Li
Hendrik Lianto

Emerging Leader of the Year
Laura McManus – WINNER
Anthony Lieu
Holly Melrose
Chris Melotti
Shaun Randle

Leader/Manager of the Year
Christine Reed
David Vitek
Jessica Ferguson MIML
Belinda Smith – WINNER
Nick Verykios

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Viv Allanson AFIML
Genevieve Nelson – WINNER
Sonja Cronje
Brandon Bear
Renee Anschau

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Jo O’Brien
Emma Lucy Heath
Rachel Grantham – WINNER
David Freeman
Drew Browne

Student Leader of the Year
Adela Yip MIML
Anthony Makragelidis IMLa
Isabella Sheman
Khushaal Vyas – WINNER
Stephanie King IMLa


QUEENSLAND

Community Leader of the Year
Ian Coombe FIML
Glenn Churchill FIML – WINNER
Maree Franettovich MIML
Michael Gleadow
Amy Eden
Rebecca Grisman
Sheridan Wright

Emerging Leader of the Year
Craig Somerville AFIML – WINNER
Victoria Gracie
Joel Heazlewood
Don McPhail
Emma Gelling
Gemma Layfield
Isabelle Chassain

Leader/Manager of the Year
Rob Porter
Craig Murison AFIML – WINNER
Leone Hinton FIML
Breece Gevaux IMLa
Geoff McGraw
David Wardle
Kirrilly Rowan

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Peter Treseder AM FIML
Chris Turner FIML – WINNER
Nicolette Ffrost MIML
Marsha Zuhorn
Julie-Ann Lambourne
Ivan Rasmussen
Philippa Whitman

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Richard Triggs FIML
Patrice Brown – WINNER
Elize Hattin
Laurie Pritchard
Amanda Webber
Linda Delamotte
Lisa King

Student Leader of the Year
Marlene Monteith
Benjamin Brown
Courtney Maynard
Louise Dever IMLa
Tamara Richardson – WINNER


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Leader/Manager of the Year
Jamie Getgood – WINNER
Paul Smedley

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Prue Gorman – WINNER
Helen Glanville
Anna Howard
Andrew Ramsey
Ian Steel OAM

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Julie Fallon AFIML
Marie Sulda – WINNER
Nidal Rasheed AFIML
Edwina Pearce

Student Leader of the Year
Chantalle Narayan
Andrea Stiglingh – WINNER


TASMANIA

Community Leader of the Year
Robyn Moore – WINNER
Hina Durrani

Emerging Leader of the Year
Waqas Durrani

Leader/Manager of the Year
Stuart Calvert MIML
Nikki Alvi – WINNER
Beth Mathison FIML

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Mat Rowell – WINNER
Edward Gauden

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Tim Duckett
Wendy Joy Quinn FIML
Kirk Pinner MIML – WINNER


VICTORIA

Community Leader of the Year
Vanaja Karagiannidis FIML
Justine Hall
James Lolicato – WINNER
Helen MacDonald MIML

Emerging Leader of the Year
Anna Ross – WINNER
Madeleine Buchner
Laura Osborne
Praharsh Parikh

Leader/Manager of the Year
Tony Walker ASM FIML
Sheree Siow
Marguerite Evans-Galea
Sadhana Smiles – WINNER
Stephen Roberts

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Joanna Hayter
Leanne Wenig
Joanna Stavrou
Tanya Drakopoulos – WINNER
Janna Voloshin

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Neel Khokhani
Caitlin Iles
Mohan Du
Daniel Kranjec – WINNER
Jake Munday

Student Leader of the Year
Jack Plowman
Peter Park AFIML
Melissa Paternotte
Chintan Pathak – WINNER


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Emerging Leader of the Year
Lee Duffy – WINNER
Andrew Edwards
Leah Kenna
Haoling Zhu AFAIM

Leader/Manager of the Year
Adam Fewster AFAIM
Amanda Lee
Greg Smith – WINNER
Frank Tudor

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Jess Karlsson
Greg Mahney FAIM
Sheila McHale FAIM – WINNER
Patrick Moran
Luisa Wing

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Julie Adams – WINNER
Brenton Cunningham
Sasha deBretton

SOUTH EAST QLD

Community Leader of the Year
Ian Coombe FIML – WINNER
Brad Hollis
Raelene James
Malcolm Walker FIML

Emerging Leader of the Year
Bianca Goebel MIML
Ryan McKergow MIML
Craig Somerville AFIML – WINNER
Alexander Adamski-O’Toole IMLa
Nicholas Johnson

Leader/Manager of the Year
Gaylene Fraser FIML
Craig Murison AFIML – WINNER
Mark Mugnaioni FIML
Geoffrey Stone FIML
Bronwyn Harch

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Nigel Harris FIML
Valerie King AFIML
Peter Treseder AM FIML – WINNER
Penelope Twemlow FIML

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Michelle Loch FIML
Gavriel Schneider FIML
Annette Densham
Katrina Waugh
Richard Trigg FIML – WINNER

Student Leader of the Year
Christopher Thom IMLa
Linden Peacock
Jeremy Lwin
Tamara Richardson – WINNER
Dana Ashley Carmichael IMLa


NORTH QLD

Community Leader of the Year
– David Donohue AFIML
– Michael Gleadow – WINNER

Emerging Leader of the Year
– Lachlan Grant
– Don McPhail – WINNER

Leader/Manager of the Year
– Nicole Hynes
– Baf Kuka
– Robin Sprott FIML
– Douglas Dunstan
– Breece Gevaux IMLa – WINNER

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
– Warwick Powell
– Patricia O’Callaghan MIML
– Joanna Murray
– Marsha Zuhorn MIML – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
– Sean Johnson
– Rachelle Foley
– Tara Parish
– Patrice Brown – WINNER


FAR NORTH QLD

Community Leader of the Year
Amy Eden – WINNER
– Lorraine Lawson

Emerging Leader of the Year
Emma Gelling – WINNER

Leader/Manager of the Year
– Linda Cardew FIML
– Francis Mills MIML
– Geoff McGraw – WINNER
– Lisa Boccalatte
– Jenny Ball

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
– Ian Roberts MIML
– Julie-Ann Lambourne – WINNER
– Trish Butler

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
– Laurie Pritchard – WINNER
– Troy Haines
– Carly Grossek
– Heather Gibson MIML
– Fiona McFarlane”

Student Leader of the Year
– Michael McNeilly


CENTRAL QLD

Community Leader of the Year
Chrissy Evangelou
Linda Danvers
Maree Franettovich MIML – WINNER
Frank Cowell
Vivien Hanrahan

Emerging Leader of the Year
Josh Drinkwater MIML
Dave Le Page
Victoria Gracie – WINNER
Daniel Werthenbach

Leader/Manager of the Year
Therese Hegerty FIML
Rob Porter – WINNER

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Thomas Block FIML
Nicolette Ffrost MIML – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Nicole Higgins
Collett Mathieson
Nick Bennett FIML
Amanda Webber – WINNER
Rex Kinder FIML

Student Leader of the Year
Stephanie Taylor
Courtney Maynard – WINNER
Megan Brunker
Erin Daly


CAPRICORN QLD

Community Leader of the Year
Glen Alexander
Glenn Churchill FIML – WINNER

Emerging Leader of the Year

Pat Lilleboe
Joel Heazlewood – WINNER

Leader/Manager of the Year
Michelle Bradshaw
Phillip Moulds FIML
Derek Lightfoot FIML
Max Hogan MIML
Leone Hinton FIML – WINNER

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Ivan Rasmussen – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Elize Hattin – WINNER
Ben Harte

Student Leader of the Year
Benjamin Brown – WINNER
Jackson Hughes
Luke Sondergeld


FRASER AND SUNSHINE COASTS QLD

Community Leader of the Year
Scott Elsom
Rebecca Grisman – WINNER
Marilyn Holness

Emerging Leader of the Year
Denise Billsborough
Sophie Howlie
Gemma Layfield – WINNER
Elizabeth Shaw

Leader/Manager of the Year
Ross Norman
David Wardle – WINNER
Michalle Faulkner
Alvia Turney
Justin Lippiatt MIML

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Leanne Layfield
Angela Miles MIML
Chris Turner FIML – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Linda Summerton
Yvette Adams
Zoe Sparks
Wendy Chadwick
Linda Delamotte – WINNER

Student Leader of the Year
Louise Dever IMLa – WINNER
Stefanie Hawkins
David Ovseev
Lachlan Smart
Taryn Gollshewsky


SOUTH WEST QLD

Emerging Leader of the Year
Isabelle Chassain – WINNER
Ben Twidale

Leader/Manager of the Year
Kevin Geddert
Simone Finch
Jaden Frame FIML
Kirrilly Rowan – WINNER
Amy Briggs

Not for Profit Leader of the Year
Helen Muller
Penny Hamilton
Glenn Roberts
Derek Tuffield
Philippa Whitman – WINNER

Owner/Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
Lisa King – WINNER
Renee Ventaloro MIML
Naomi Wilson

Student Leader of the Year
Megan Meade
Jacob-Hakim Oyat
Elly McCulloch
Marlene Monteith – WINNER

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