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2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards QLD finalists announced

Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

Jenna Hanson
Business and Technology Journalist

Jenna Hanson covers business news and technology for Smarter Business™

Queensland women making a difference in fields ranging from health, to IT services, and flight training, have been named as finalists for the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards.

Queensland women making a difference in fields ranging from health, to IT services, and flight training, have been named as finalists for the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards.

Nominated for changing the face of Queensland’s health services are Professor Claire Jackson, the mastermind behind Queensland’s new alternative to hospital waiting lists – GP Superclinics; and Lyn Davies, who led the development of a Telehealth service to help patients with long-term medical needs at home.

Joining a prestigious list of Telstra Queensland Business Women Award winners, including Dr Dimity Dornan, founder of Hear and Say, and Megan Houghton, CEO of Brisbane City Council’s CitySmart, the diversity of the 2014 finalists shine a light in the women leading in their respective fields, according to Kate McKenzie, Telstra chief operations manager and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador.

“As the longest standing national business awards program for women in Australia, the Awards have uncovered stories of amazing business women at all stages in their careers,” she said.

Other nominees include Captain Jan Becker, CEO of flight training and air transport operations group Becker Helicopters, RAAF Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn, who pioneered a scheme to develop women jet fighter pilots, and GHD’s chief information officer Elizabeth Harper, who introduced revenue-generating IT services.

woman with helicopters
The 2014 Queensland finalists join a long list of incredible alumnae who have inspired us with their individual achievements, and done so much collectively for the promotion of women in the Australian business world.

- Kate McKenzie, Telstra

The Finalists for the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards are:
 

Business Owner Award

Capt. Jan Becker, Becker Helicopter Services Pty Ltd, Marcoola
Fiona Cosgrove, Wellness Coaching Australia, Mermaid Beach
Sharon Kneen, Eskay Kids Pty Ltd, Karana Downs
Michelle McDowall, Arabon Accountants, Sherwood
Francesca Webster, Brazilian Beauty, Windsor
Helen Wood, TMS Consulting, Brisbane

Private and Corporate Sector Award

Lyn Davies, Tunstall Healthcare, Eagle Farm
Elizabeth Harper, GHD, Brisbane
Trish Hogan, Ramsay Healthcare, Gold Coast
Cathy Mackey, Shadforth Financial Group, Brisbane
Melinda Watt, EarthCheck, Brisbane

Community and Government Award

Anne Cross, UnitingCare Queensland, Brisbane
Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn, Royal Australian Air Force, Amberley
Prof. Claire Jackson, University of Queensland Australia, Herston
Joanne Jessop, Multicap, Eight Mile Plains
Sonja Johnson, Regional Development Australia, Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc, Cairns
Robyn Petrou, Energy Super, Brisbane

Business Innovation Award

Lyn Davies, Tunstall Healthcare, Eagle Farm
Squadron Leader Samantha Freebairn, Royal Australian Air Force, Amberley
Elizabeth Harper, GHD, Brisbane
Prof. Claire Jackson, University of Queensland Australia, Herston
Sonja Johnson, Regional Development Australia, Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc, Cairns
Francesca Webster, Brazilian Beauty, Winsor

Young Business Women’s Award

Skye Anderton, Ruby Olive Jewellery, Brisbane
Linda Ireland, Mortgage Choice, Buderim
Bree James, Grand Publishing, Cairns
Decinda MacDonald, Sugar & Spice Events, Burleigh Heads
Fleur Madden, The Red Republic, Kangaroo Point
Joni Norling, The Yellow Company, Brisbane
Stephanie Whyte, FBI Sales, Coopers Plains

National awards announcement

Winners of the 2014 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards were announced on Tuesday 30 September in Brisbane. The Queensland winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on 26 November. For finalists across Australia the awards offer a chance to share in $650,000 in cash and prizes.

Be inspired by incredible Australian business women.

 For more information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards click here.

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