Success Stories

Meet the winners of the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Womens Awards

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™

CEO of UnitingCare Queensland and former frontline social worker, Anne Cross, has taken out the prestigious award - the second year in a row that a Queensland woman has won.

Anne Cross, who also won the Community and Government Award, has worked with the not-for-profit to reshape the way healthcare, community and aged-care services are delivered to hundreds of communities and thousands of people every day.

Meet the 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year

Telstra Business Woman of the Year 2014 Anne Cross UnitingCare Queensland

While admitting the award was a great personal accolade, Anne expressed hope that the win would highlight the importance of the not-for-profit sector and help attract even more high-achieving people to community-based organisations.

“The health and community services sector is a significant contributor to Australia’s social and economic fabric,” said Anne. 

Within a year of her appointment as CEO in 2003, Anne consolidated more than 100 separate organisations into four service groups and, in 2012, cemented a partnership with the Commonwealth Government to construct Australia’s first fully integrated digital hospital at Hervey Bay. 

Kate McKenzie, Telstra Chief Operations Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, said the judges were truly impressed by how Anne had brought together such a fragmented group to enhance service delivery for society’s most disadvantaged people.

“They said that her leadership of the organisation – which was authentic and based on strong values – has positively impacted many people including people with disabilities, the elderly and the Indigenous community,” she said. 

Last night’s black-tie gala dinner held at the Crown in Melbourne, also saw the announcement of two winners in a single category, a first in the Awards 20-year history. The Business Innovation Award was tied between Tasmanian policewoman Donna Adams and CEO of the NSW not-for-profit organisation Evolve Housing.

Other winners included Kate Weiss, creator of Victorian-based food company Table of Plenty, and Tina Tower, founder of tutoring centre franchise Begin Bright.

Congratulations to all the winners of The 2014 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards: 

Telstra Austliran Business Woman of the Year

Anne Cross, UnitingCare Queensland, Queensland

Business Owner Award

Kate Weiss, Table of Plenty, Victoria

Private and Corporate Sector Award

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Mirvac, New South Wales

Community and Government Award

Anne Cross, UnitingCare Queensland, Queensland

Business Innovation Award

Andrea Galloway, Evolve Housing, New South Wales, and;

Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams, Tasmania Police, Tasmania 

Young Business Women's Award

Tina Tower, Begin Bright, New South Wales

Finalists and winners across Australia share in $650,000 in cash and prizes. 

Related News

GenWise co-founders, Dr Sebastian Rees and Dr Troye Wallett.
Success Stories
Success Stories
Innovative online GP platform named 25th Telstra Australian Business of the Year

GenWise Health, a micro business using technology to improve how general practitioners provide aged care, is the 2017 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. GenWise Health,...

Two people looking at a tablet device
Success Stories
Success Stories
How winning businesses are using tech

Every year, the Telstra Business Awards celebrates small businesses that choose to innovative, to be curious, to be agile. This year’s entrants are no different, with many blen...

iSimulate at the 2016 Telstra Business Awards
Success Stories
Success Stories
Rise and shine: Winning advice from 2016 Telstra Business Awards alumni

As the 2017 finalists prepare their acceptance speeches in the hope they might win at Australia’s biggest business Awards program, a few of 2016’s winners reflect on their achi...

Woman working at laptop sticking address labels to boxes.
Tech Solutions
Tech Solutions
Pass the parcel: How to integrate postage services into your website

Incorporating automatic postage calculators into your online store might be the critical step you need to turn casual browsers into dedicated shoppers.