Winners of the 2018 Sir John Storey Leadership Awards Announced


Donna Odegaard, Shirley Randell and Jim Kable honoured by the Institute of Managers and Leaders


The 2018 Sir John Storey Leadership Awards have been announced and presented to 12 distinguished individuals and organisations around Australia in honour of their exemplary leadership achievements. In their inaugural year, these esteemed awards were presented by the Institute of Managers and Leaders at their Leadership Impact Series in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra last week.


The Sir John Storey Leadership Awards were introduced to recognise individuals who exemplify key leadership values of excellence, integrity and ethics. These prestigious distinctions are presented in honour of renowned Australian industrialist – and the Institute’s first President – Sir John Storey.


Born in Sydney in 1896, Sir John – the son of a NSW Labor Premier – soon grew to become one of Australia’s foremost leaders in management. Amongst his many respected positions, he was Director of Manufacturing of General Motors Holden, Chairman of Joint War Production Committee and Immigration Planning Council, Chairman, Managing Director of Repco Limited, and founder and President of the Australian Institute of Management – now the Institute of Managers and Leaders. He was knighted in 1950.


There are four categories of the Sir John Storey Leadership Awards, each focusing on different areas of leadership with a distinct impact on society.


The Sir John Storey Award for Lifetime Leadership Achievement is IML’s most prestigious accolade awarded by the IML Board of Directors to recognise leaders who have rendered significant and distinguished service over an extended period of time to the management and leadership profession and the community.


Award for Lifetime Leadership Achievement winners include:

  • Dr Jim Kable FIMLBrisbane, QLD

A former President of the Institute before the organisation was federated, Jim has made a significant contribution to management and leadership in Australia and internationally over the past 50 years. At IML, Jim led the Skilled Migration unit for 15 years, assessing thousands of applications of international professionals seeking futures in Australia.

  • Professor Shirley Randell AO FIMLSydney, NSW

World renowned for her work with women in Rwanda after the genocide, Shirley has had a fascinating and eminent career as an educator and expert in public sector and institutional reform in developing countries across the globe.

  • Dr Donna Odegaard AMDarwin, NT

Donna is the founder and CEO of Darwin-based Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia. Despite her humble beginnings, Dr Odegaard has risen to become one of Darwin’s most respected business women and has dedicated her life to increasing indigenous opportunities.


The Sir John Storey Outstanding Intentional Leadership Award recognises outstanding and invaluable leadership service and excellence in the management and leadership sector.


The Outstanding Intentional Leader Award winners include:

  • Professor Scott Bowman – Vice-Chancellor and President, CQ University Australia – Rockhampton, QLD
  • Paul Hughes FIML – Officer Commanding 3 Wing, Australia Air Force Cadets – Sydney, NSW
  • Cindy Welsh – General Manager, People and Culture, St John Ambulance Australia (VIC) – Melbourne, VIC

The Sir John Storey Emerging Leader Award is a distinction given to leaders who are new to the leadership space and who have made a significant impact and demonstrated potential for future leadership.


The Emerging Leader Award winners include:

  • Ryan McKergow MIML – Group Manager (QLD), Elabor8 – Brisbane, QLD
  • Emma Hendry – CEO, Hendry – Melbourne, VIC
  • Gemma Wood – Project Manager, Aurecon Australasia – Adelaide, SA


The Sir John Storey Catalyst Award for Business Innovation is awarded to organisations with innovative leadership operations or governance. These organisations may operate in the leadership sector or utilise an innovative leadership model.


The Catalyst Award for Business Innovation winners include:

  • Fantastic Furniture
  • Mornington Shire Council
  • Cahoots


“The Sir John Storey Leadership Awards are about looking beyond the global leadership landscape”, said David Pich FIML, Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders. “It’s about remembering that our workplaces, our schools, our universities, our not-for-profits, our local clubs and societies are filled with great managers and leaders doing great things. They might not have 3-million Twitter followers or billion-dollar re-election campaigns, but they are the true leadership role models.”


“The inspiring stories of the 2018 Sir John Storey Leadership Awards recipients are a testament to the significance of local leadership. The impact of leadership decisions is felt well beyond the workplace – they have the power to shape our society. Through their leadership integrity, courage and innovation, the winners of the Institute’s leadership awards have shaped our society for the better.”


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