28 May 2019

Best wishes to the 2019 Women in Industry Awards finalists!

As an equal opportunity organisation with a female chief executive and women in key positions, Gallagher Australia acknowledges the achievements of all the 2019 Women in Industry Awards finalists. The winners will be announced on Thursday 6 June at The Park in Melbourne.

thumbnail 2019 women in industry awards2While there are 71 finalists across 10 categories in the awards, some areas resonated particularly with some of our Gallagher specialists who send their best wishes, as follows.

Rising star

Recognition for individuals who show significant promise within their chosen industry or who have reached new goals at the start of their career.

Anna Townshend – Workshop Business Coordinator, Bosch Australia
Christine Zammit – Customer Service Manager, Elgas
Diana Delac – Site Engineer, Fulton Hogan
Emily Reuter – State Planning & Resouces Manager Woolworths Vic, Linfox
Emma Godsell – Metal Fabricator, Allied Grain Systems Pty Ltd
Gabriela Orazem Ramos Machado – Key Account Manager, VISA Global Logistics
Gemma Cook – Senior Accountant, PGH Bricks & Pavers
Jane Armstrong – Associate, TTW
Jasmin Perry – Account Manager, Rockwell Automation
Margarida Marques – NSW Regional Planning Manager, Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
Melissa Tinetti – Associate Dean of Industry Programs, RMIT University
Paigan Hickmott – Plant Controller, Roy Hill
Tina Dreher – Planning and Resources Manager, Linfox
Tyng Huang – HSE Transformation Manager, Toll Group

“Making an impact with your chosen career can be challenging enough and even more so when your career is within a typically male-dominated industry. I think it’s important to remember we are extremely capable of achieving success with the dedication and drive and support that is available to women across many industries.”
Zoe Evans, Senior Account Executive, Canberra and winner of two industry Young Gun awards

Safety advocacy

Safety is of utmost concern and this category highlights those individuals working actively to improve safety for their industry.

Alanna Walding – CEO, Women in Safety
Djuna Pollard – Executive GM Power Services, Power and Water Corporation
Kristen Sandford – Safety Manager, CSR Limited
Tania Matthews – Group Manager Safety and Sustainability, Linfox

“Effecting cultural change around safety is a difficult challenge ‒ people are usually most comfortable with doing things the way they always have. It also involves identifying where the blind spots and risks are within an organisation, and devising an effective plan of action for remediating them, which is demanding in different ways. Congratulations to the four candidates on their work: recognition is an important aspect of making workplaces safe and healthy for everybody, every day.”
Vivienne Toll, National Head of Gallagher Workplace Risk which won the 2018 iCare CASE Award

Mentor of the year

This category recognises those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to developing female talent within their organisation and wider industry.

Amber Burdett-Dow – Customer Experience Program Manager, BOC
Celeste Ward – Process Engineer, Stance
Claire Bennett – Principal Engineer, AECOM
Kristi Mandich – Projects Director, Varley Group
Kylie Fraser – President FMGC, Linfox
Melanie Stewart – Principal Manager Corporate Communications, Roads and Maritime Services
Nada Zahr – Learning & Development Manager, CSR Limited
Stefanie King – GM Engineerings Varley Vehicles, Varley Group
Trish Chapallaz – Managing Director, Solar 4 RVs

“Being a mentor and helping people achieve their potential is not only a rewarding experience for the mentor but also the mentoree, being able to align your personal and professional values to help you create a career pathway to building integrity for your brand and having a mentor believe in your career goals and using this to build relationships for long-term career stability.”
Emma D’Costa, Branch Operations Manager, Perth, and a dedicated mentor who introduced a work experience program for young Indigenous people at Gallagher

Excellence in manufacturing

This category recognises an individual who has thought ‘outside the box’ to implement an outstanding personal contribution to their manufacturing business and the wider manufacturing community.

Adele Gross – Operations Specialist, Robert Bosch Australia
Amber Burdett-Dow – Customer Experience Program Manager, BOC
Melanie Pollock – Director Product Quality, Quality Systems & Operational Excellence Australia & NZ, GM Holden
Melissa Murray – Project Manager, Varley Group
Natalie Bond – Deputy GM Systems Integration, High Capacity Metro Trains Project, Downer EDI
Rebecca Stringfellow – Quality Manager, Vesco Foods
Stefanie King – GM Engineering Varley Vehicles, Varley Group

"Australia has a well-earned reputation for the safety and quality of our manufactured goods, but this doesn’t happen without meticulous systems and checks, and oversight throughout the process. Congratulations to all the finalists for their contribution to manufacturing standards and our special good wishes to Rebecca Stringfellow of Vesco Foods who is a Gallagher client."
Stephen Elms, Head of Food Production, who heads up this recently launched Gallagher division

Excellence in road transport

This category recognises an individual who has gone above and beyond to improve and positively impact the Australian road transport industry.

Candice Lureman – Truck Driver, VISA Global Logistics
Debbie Reich – General Manager Woolworths, Linfox
Grace Lennox – Warehouse Supervisor, Atlas Copco Compressors
Michelle Aspinall – Site Manager, Linfox
Rose Ferguson – Principal Engineer Transportation, Stantec
Sondra Kremerskothen – Group Manager Training, Linfox
Vanessa Williams – Load Coordinator, Linx Logistics

“I am very proud of our women in transport and the fact that their achievements have been recognised at the Women in Industry Awards. It’s great to see more and more women getting into the transport industry and having the confidence to take on the roles that were previously thought to be out of their realm of possibility.”
Roz Shaw, National head of Transport and Family Business Client Management, and former CEO of Hawkins Road Transport Pty Ltd.

More Gallagher women achievers

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