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Winners

Celebrating Australia's leading women in business

A massive congratulations to our Telstra Business Women's Award winners, who have been recognised by our expert judging panel for undoing traditional business for the better. We wish them the best of luck as they continue towards their future goals.

National winner

Violet Roumeliotis - Settlement Services International Limited

2017 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year

"I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives." - Violet Roumeliotis

Violet Roumeliotis has held leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, in a career that has been focused on supporting at-risk communities throughout Australia.
NSW

National category winners

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2017 Telstra Australian Young Business Women's Award
ACT

Elise Apolloni - Capital Chemist Wanniassa

"I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions." - Elise Apolloni

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business.

2017 Telstra Australian Entrepreneur Award
NSW

Hana-Lia Krawchuk - Love To Dream

"Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants sleep patterns." - Hana-Lia Krawchuk

When Hana-Lia Krawchuk gave birth to her first child, his reluctance to sleep for longer than 45 minutes at a time quickly took its toll on family life.

2017 Telstra Australian Corporate And Private Award
WA

Jennifer Franceschi - Fresh Produce Alliance

"As a pioneer of our industry in WA, I believe the contribution I have made over many years has made a real difference to the people I represent." - Jennifer Franceschi

Jennifer Franceschi has been in the avocado industry since her first summer job in 1974, working in her family’s commercial orchard.

2017 Telstra Australian Public Sector And Academia Award
SA

Professor Leah Bromfield - University of South Australia

"My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work." - Professor Leah Bromfield

As Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Leah Bromfield deals with the worst things that can happen to children. This helps her stay focused on the overall goal of her teams’ research: not just to provide research, but to inform real change in policy and practice around child safety.

2017 Telstra Australian For Purpose And Social Enterprise Award
NSW

Violet Roumeliotis - Settlement Services International Limited

"I have the ability to build and maximise my networks to impact the lives of the most vulnerable, giving them a voice, a path and the aspiration to make the most of their lives." - Violet Roumeliotis

Violet Roumeliotis has held leadership roles within major not-for-profits for more than 30 years, in a career that has been focused on supporting at-risk communities throughout Australia.

State winners

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2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
TAS

Alison Flakemore - Alison's Garden & Landscape

"Alison's Garden & Landscape is building opportunity for individual development so that its people may in turn assist my vision of community improvement through sustainable horticulture." - Alison Flakemore

Twenty years ago, Alison Flakemore entered the garden and landscape industry with an old van, a lawnmower and basic hand tools. Today, the services offered by Alison’s Garden & Landscape include gutter cleaning, testing and tagging, and contracts with both corporate clients and the Tasmanian Government.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
QLD

Alyce Keegan - Kit and Clowder

"To be able to bring a smile to someone's face, who may be experiencing hardship at the moment, really drives home what Kit and Clowder is all about." - Alyce Keegan

Alyce Keegan took her passion for art and transformed it into a lucrative craft education business with a social impact. Through its community, the business support crafters who are dealing with disability, loss, illness and depression, providing a fun creative outlet but also a form of therapy and support.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
VIC

Associate Professor Kate Hoy - Monash University

"New approaches to treatment are needed and the research my team is conducting has the potential to deliver these." - Associate Professor Kate Hoy

Associate Professor Kate Hoy is leading the charge in tackling such cognitive disorders. She is especially focused on helping female scientists to break into senior positions within male-dominated research fields, in a bid to reverse the low proportion of female senior level academics nationally.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
ACT

Ayesha Razzaq - ActewAGL

"My work sees me involved with many great communities. Its given me the chance to make a tangible difference by helping customers to manage their energy and influence perceptions about what the future will bring." - Ayesha Razzaq

During her 18-year service with energy supplier ActewAGL, Ayesha Razzaq has climbed the ranks to General Manager Retail. A position which involves leading a dynamic business through a time of significant industry change.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
State Winner NSW

Belinda Tumbers - Kellogg Aust Pty Ltd

"I love a challenging situation and live by the motto, if it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." - Belinda Tumbers

Belinda Tumbers’ first introduction to marketing was as an entry-level receptionist at an advertising agency. After working her way up to become an account executive, Belinda was approached by one of her clients, Kellogg, to join its marketing team.

2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner QLD

Bernadette Eriksen - Flavour Creations

"I hope my business success shows other aspiring female entrepreneurs that we all have the ability and responsibility to create the kind of world we want to live in." - Bernadette Eriksen

Now, Bernadette is the CEO of Flavour Creations, a company that provides essential nutrition services to some of Australia’s most vulnerable people, primarily those living with dysphagia.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
TAS

Camille O'Meara - Stornoway Maintenance

"I believe that barriers are meant to be broken and you can achieve anything through hard work, being solution-focused and developing effective partnerships." - Camille O'Meara

After a decade-long hiatus from the world of asset management, which saw her take on a role with confectionary giant Cadbury, Camille O’Meara rejoined Stornoway, where she now heads up the Business Services team.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
ACT

Daryl Karp - Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

"Im immensely proud of the role were playing in empowering visitors, shaping research and shifting attitudes for the future." - Daryl Karp

Today, the museum provides a space for all Australians to explore and engage with the concepts of active citizenship, by reflecting on, and connecting with, our democratic traditions.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
TAS

Dr Jessica Manuela - Dental South

"There is a lack of education as to how poor oral health detrimentally affects overall health and so I am determined to use my professional knowledge and skills to make a difference." - Dr Jessica Manuela

As both a company director and principle dentist, Jessica Manuela looks to counter the epidemic of dental disease currently plaguing Australia, along with the country’s culture of “dental fear”. Her philosophy is centred on improving her patients’ oral health through holistic education and quality care.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
QLD

Dr Nicki Murdock - Health Leaders Australia

"If we don't change how we deliver healthcare, by 2030 our society will be spending all of its revenue on health – something that will affect us all if we do not act now." - Dr Nicki Murdock

Intent on alleviating these industry pressures, Nicki harnessed her entrepreneurial nature and appetite for the high-risk to set up Health Leaders Australia. The company provides IT solutions to assist in accreditation of safe, high quality health services and education.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
State Winner ACT

Elise Apolloni - Capital Chemist Wanniassa

"I believe pharmacists are massively under-utilised health professionals, and that women make amazing leaders in business. The world needs more people who challenge norms, bring up issues which can be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness of health conditions." - Elise Apolloni

Elise Apolloni has been working in pharmacies since she was 14 years old. After becoming a qualified pharmacist, she managed Capital Chemist Wanniassa for two years before eventually becoming a partner in the business.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
SA

Elly Griffin - SILK Laser Clinics

"Throughout my career, Ive learnt that challenges are vital to the growth of an organisation, because they promote learning and idea creation, but it also fosters effective teamwork within a business." - Elly Griffin

With a passion for people and performance management, Elly Griffin held several roles in the HR and recruitment sector when she started working for skin clinic SILK Laser Clinics. As the business was just starting out, she initially provided HR consulting services, before being hired as manager of operations and human resources.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
NT

Erica Gibson - Northern Territory Police

"I love that each Police day is different. Every victim needs an advocate with strengths in communication and crisis management. I deal sensitively with people at their lowest point." - Erica Gibson

Almost 30 years ago, Erica Gibson relocated to the Northern Territory to begin her career with the police. Starting out in Groote Eylandt, where she served a population of under 2,000 people, Erica has worked across the territory and is now Sergeant of Police at Nhulunbuy Police Station in East Arnhem Land.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
VIC

Gemma Fordham - Southern Cross Austereo

"We strive to create compelling content every day across the country, across all of our assets – from live radio to social, digital and events." - Gemma Fordham

Radio has long been known as a male-dominated industry, and when Gemma was appointed head of the network she was the first woman to fill the role. Gemma is proud of this achievement and hopes she is the first of many to come.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
NSW

Gen George - tamme

"My personal mission is to make an impact. I want to achieve this by continuing to create new things, such as sustainable commercial businesses, which push new boundaries." - Gen George

Returning from her gap year in 2011, Gen became a team assistant at Colliers International, while simultaneously launching OneShift, an online recruitment model.

2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
NSW

Hana-Lia Krawchuk - Love To Dream

"Not having enough sleep is debilitating for both baby and parents. We have created special garments that eliminate the safety risks of traditional sleepwear and extend infants sleep patterns." - Hana-Lia Krawchuk

When Hana-Lia Krawchuk gave birth to her first child, his reluctance to sleep for longer than 45 minutes at a time quickly took its toll on family life.

2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner NT

Karinda Gill - Abode New Homes

"Improving the industry, setting benchmarks, and sustaining our community well into the future is an important part of our company culture." - Karinda Gill

Born into a financially challenged family, Karinda Gill set about educating herself from a young age with the goal of achieving financial freedom. Now with a $50 million empire to her name, it seems her younger self did a stellar job.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
NT

Karlene Dagg - HK Holistic Health Klub

"As human beings, health is the wealth of our existence, which is why I'm committed to inspiring and educating my clients to take a holistic approach to their health and wellbeing." - Karlene Dagg

Five years ago, a serious back injury left Karlene Dagg bedridden, unable to exercise and faced with the prospect of major surgery – a situation made all the more difficult by her passion for fitness and her profession as a personal trainer.

2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
QLD

Kyra Bonney - Chandler Macleod

"By providing employees with a deeper insight into the challenges and opportunities of Indigenous employment, they can better understand why theres a gap and become emotionally invested in contributing towards solutions." - Kyra Bonney

As General Manager of Indigenous Strategy for Chandler Macleod Groups Staffing Services team, Kyra strives to create opportunities through employment, training and education. Kyra’s role is to establish a team of Indigenous recruitment specialists across Australia, who focus on the long-term employment and development of Indigenous Australians.

2017 Telstra Young Business Women's Award
VIC

Linda Monique - Almo Milk

"The food we eat impacts our overall gut health. By reducing the presence of questionable additives and creating transparency around sourcing, we can reduce the burden of disease and improve the quality of life for many." - Linda Monique

Linda Monique is the founder and CEO of Almo Milk and one of 75,000 Australians suffering from Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Linda’s own struggle with severe digestive issues inspired her to develop Almo Milk – an Australian-sourced almond milk which, unlike others on the market, is entirely free from questionable additives, sugars and starches.

2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner VIC

Michelle Gallaher - The Social Science

"Social and professional networks are enormously powerful in accelerating careers and building innovation ecosystems." - Michelle Gallaher

Her first venture, The Social Science, focuses on digital content creation for clients within the STEMM innovation industries. Her second is Women in STEMM Australia. This organisation looks to reduce the industries’ barriers to entry for women and close the gender pay gap.

Nicole Walsh - Yeperenye
2017 Telstra Corporate And Private Award
NT

Nicole Walsh - Yeperenye

"I feel fortunate that I have held positions in my career that have allowed me to be passionate, take a role and make it my own. This role at Yeperenye Shopping Centre has allowed me to achieve so much on both personal and professional levels." - Nicole Walsh

For close to ten years, Nicole Walsh has undertaken the role of marketing manager of Yeperenye, a proudly Aboriginal-owned shopping centre and property investor in Alice Springs.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
SA

Professor Leah Bromfield - University of South Australia

"My teams are producing world-class research that is leading change in policy and practice in child protection. It is my role to continually reinforce and communicate the importance of our work." - Professor Leah Bromfield

As Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Leah Bromfield deals with the worst things that can happen to children. This helps her stay focused on the overall goal of her teams’ research: not just to provide research, but to inform real change in policy and practice around child safety.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
NSW

Simone Constant - NSW Treasury

"My strengths are identifying and defining strategy to deliver on opportunities of scale for broader community, membership or public purpose." - Simone Constant

Following a diverse private sector career in law, banking and fund management, including appointments in the UK, US and Australia, Simone Constant joined the NSW Treasury in 2011. In her six years with the public service, Simone has held four deputy secretary roles and is currently deputy secretary of financial and risk management transformation.

2017 Telstra Entrepreneur Award
State Winner SA

Tammy Barton - MyBudget

"By building the business around the values of caring, making a difference and promoting financial responsibility, Ive grown an organisation of like-minded people united by MyBudgets cause." - Tammy Barton

Tammy Barton started MyBudget in 1999 after witnessing the devastating impact debt can have on people’s lives.

2017 Telstra Public Sector And Academia Award
State Winner TAS

Toni Moate - CSIRO

"Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for the next hundreds of years." - Toni Moate

Toni Moate joined the CSIRO in 1991 as a project officer, but her continued part-time studies in commerce saw her develop the skills to become a business leader.