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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.

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    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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