Outstanding local leaders shine at Queensland Australian Leadership Excellence Awards



Celebrated leaders have been named winners in the Queensland State Australian Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs) in a ceremony on Tuesday night held at the Institute of Managers and Leaders. Amongst those with their achievements celebrated were Chris Turner FIML, CEO at SunnyKids Childrens Charity, and Glenn Churchill FIML, Chairman at Gladstone PCYC.


The prestigious national awards series presented by the Institute of Managers and Leaders, has been celebrating outstanding leadership for 28 years, with ALEAs winners being championed by leadership professionals Australia-wide.


This year, 40 Queensland leaders were shortlisted as finalists across several categories including Leader/Manager, Owner/Entrepreneur, Not for Profit, Community Leader, Emerging Leader and Student Leader, reflecting the diverse professional backgrounds of leadership in the sunshine state, from the public sector, to small business, to charity organisations. These State finalists were winners from seven Queensland regional ALEAs, competing in the largest group of regional Queensland finalists in history. The regional awards were judged by a total of 150 judges, each of which are celebrated local leaders.


The six winners of the QLD State ALEAs announced in last night’s ceremony include:


  • Craig Murison AFIML, Dean of Education, Humanities and Business at Christian Heritage College | Leader/Manager category
  • Patrice Brown, Company Director and Founder at CQG Consulting | Owner/Entrepreneur category
  • Chris Turner FIML, CEO at SunnyKids Childrens Charity | Not For Profit category
  • Glenn Churchill FIML, Chairman at Gladstone PCYC | Community Leader category
  • Craig Somerville AFIML, Managing Director at Reload Business Group | Emerging Leader category
  • Tamara Richardson, Director and Founder at PACE 48 | Student Leader category


“The results of the Queensland State ALEAs prove that great leadership doesn’t only live in big cities,” said David Pich, Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. “After seven regional finals, 148 outstanding finalists, 150 judges and four huge weeks, the State final has certainly illustrated that Queensland’s unique leadership talents stand out because of their meaningful contributions to their local communities. Our Queensland State winners have dedicated themselves to the bettering of their communities, from local business, to charity organisations to educational institutions – they are invaluable to the families, professionals and organisations of Queensland.”


The winner of the prestigious Manager/Leader award, Craig Murison FIML for his leadership excellence as Dean of Education, Humanities and Business at Christian Heritage College said, “An award like this is always a reflection of the team you work with and I’ve had the privilege over many, many years to work with outstanding people, and really that’s what the award means to me – it’s reflection on the people I work with.”


Winner of the Community Leader award for his outstanding leadership as the Chairman at Gladstone PCYC, Glenn Churchill FIML said, “For me personally, this is an award received on behalf of the many people that are in our community – be it within Gladstone, be it within Central Queensland, or really across Queensland itself – we are out there every day doing some wonderful and marvellous things in the community that are actually providing benefits and building stronger communities, and making a difference to the lives of others.”


The Queensland State winners were judged and awarded from a shortlisted group of 40 exceptional local leaders including Peter Treseder AM FIML, CEO of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation, and Breece Gevaux IMLa, a Second in Command Officer in the Australian Defence Force currently deployed in Iraq.


The winners from Queensland’s awards ceremony will become finalists in the National ALEAs Finals, to be celebrated in a gala dinner ceremony in October at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.


For more information about the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards, please visit https://managersandleaders.com.au/leadership-excellence-awards/


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