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  • Tiffany Loh
    Smarter Writer

    Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

    Tiffany Loh
    Smarter Writer

    Tiffany Loh is the Smarter Business™ & News and Digital Editor, with varied writing experience always looking for a unique story

    A global shipping strategist, an education innovator, and a director of a cattle and cropping farm are among the finalists for the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards.

    In this year’s list, the mining and resources sector made up almost a third of the 27 finalists.

    Representing the powerhouse industry are Jillian Hoffman, mastermind of Woodside Energy’s strategy to govern the global shipping of liquefied natural gas, and Nicole Ashby, founder of FIFO Families, a support group for fly in fly out workers.

    The list also includes Sharon Warburton, a non-executive Director of Fortescue Metals Group and Executive Director, Strategy & Finance, at global construction contractor Brookfield Multiplex; and Trish O’Reilly, CEO of Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group. 

    The Western Australian community and government sectors were also recognised. Rabia Siddique, the WA Police Commissioner's Legal Counsel who spent time as a UK terrorism and war crimes prosecutor; Glenda Kickett, Aboriginal Cultural Advisor at Centrecare and local chair of NAIDOC; and Jane King, Executive Director at the State Library of Western Australia Foundation were listed among the finalists.

    woman and child
    The diversity of our 2014 West Australian finalists shines a light on Australian business women whose innovations and leadership are changing the industries and communities around them.

    - Kate McKenzie, Telstra

    Other finalists leading community change include Edith Cowan University’s Professor Cobie Rudd, who introduced simulation-based learning for health professionals that was adopted by nearly 40 Australian universities; and Jane Mauritz, director of cattle and cropping farm Hydillowah, who works to raise community awareness about suicide prevention in WA’s wheat belt.

    Kate McKenzie, Telstra Chief Operations Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador applauded the varied talents of this year’s winners,

    “The 2014 West Australian finalists join a long list of incredible alumni who have inspired us with their individual achievements, and done so much collectively for the promotion of women in the Australian business world,” she said.

    Vanessa Nolan-Woods, partner of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, General Manager of Commonwealth Bank’s Women in Focus network, said they are proud to be a part of the Awards,

    “Women in Focus is proud of our partnership with the Telstra Awards, and the role we have played together to create a supportive network of women to inspire future trailblazers,” she said.

    Finalists for the 2014 Telstra West Australian Business Women’s Awards are:
     

    Business Owner Award

    Nicole Ashby, FIFO Families, Melville
    Lyn Bentley, Sticky Fingers Gourmet Foods, O'Connor
    Jane Mouritz, Hydillowah Pty Ltd , Hyden
    Deborah Pearcey, Renovation Concepts, Como
    Gemma Tognini, GT Media, Northbridge

    Private and Corporate Sector Award

    Victoria Butler, Jackson McDonald, Perth
    Nina Hobson, Meridian Services, Burswood 
    Jillian Hoffmann, Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth
    Rachel Mottram, Alcoa of Australia, Pinjarra Refinery, Pinjarra
    Trish O'Reilly, Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG), West Perth
    Sharon Warburton, Brookfield Multiplex, Perth

    Community and Government Award

    Justine Colyer, Rise Network Inc, Middle Swan
    Judy Hogben, The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Coolbinia
    Glenda Kickett, Centrecare, Perth
    Jane King, State Library of Western Australia Foundation, Perth
    Prof. Cobie Rudd, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup
    Rabia Siddique, West Australian Police, East Perth

    Business Innovation Award

    Nicole Ashby, FIFO Families, Melville
    Dr. Regina Flugge, RAC WA, West Perth
    Jillian Hoffmann, Woodside Energy Ltd., Perth
    Judy Hogben, The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Coolbinia
    Dr. Nicola Howe, Southcare, Manning
    Prof. Cobie Rudd, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

    Young Business Women’s Award

    Fiona Gebauer, Perth International Arts Festival, Crawley
    Alecia Hancock, Hancock Creative, Perth
    Rosalind Hobson, Cristal Pigment Australia Ltd., Australind
    Laura McMahon Higgins, Questamon, Fremantle
    Bree Mitchelson, The Strategist Group, Perth
    Amy Moonen, Woodside Energy Limited, Perth
    Gemma Upson, Ear Science Institute Australia Inc.,Subiaco

    National awards announcement

    Winners of the 2014 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards were announced on Tuesday 10 October in Perth. The West Australian 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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