Around 250 guests have celebrated the achievements of the Women in Industry Award nominees, finalists and winners at a gala presentation dinner in Melbourne last night.
The fourth annual awards night, hosted by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, has recognised the achievements of women working within the commercial road transport, mining, logistics, engineering and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.
In the Excellence in Commercial Road Transport Category, sponsored by industry body NatRoad, the judges awarded the honour to Transport Women Australia Chair, Pam McMillan.
According to event organisers, McMillan won the award for her lifetime of service to the road transport industry, including 17 years on the Board of Transport Women Australia.
In McMillan’s absence, Trailer Magazine Editor, Bianca Dohnt, accepted the award on her behalf.
“Pam is currently serving as the Chair of Transport Women Australia for the second time, after previously serving from 2004 to 2008,” Ms. Dohnt said.
“Pam was the Transport Women representative on the Council of the Australian Trucking Association for seven years, and has been on the board of the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial since 2005. Against a backdrop of gendered adversity, Pam has challenged the status quo and been a vocal advocate for the industry, through education, community, and media.”
In the Rising Star of the Year category, sponsored by Atlas Copco, the judges awarded the honour to Michaela Craft, Region South Pacific – Energy Coordinator, BOC Limited.
Social Leader of the Year, sponsored by COG Advertising, was awarded to Beverly Williams, Industry Pathways and Placement Coordinator – Automotive Centre of Excellence, Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Business Development Manager of the Year, sponsored by ABB, went to Shelley Hyslop, Major Account Manager, ATOM.
Safety Advocacy Award, sponsored by BOC Limited, was awarded to Catherine King, Country Health, Safety and Environment Manager, ABB Australia.
The Excellence in Manufacturing award, sponsored by Manark Printing, went to Lisa Lamb, Manufacturing Director – Products of National Significance, Seqirus.
In the Excellence in Mining category, sponsored by MMD, the award went to Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting.
Winner of the Excellence in Engineering category, sponsored by Cummins, was Philippa Craft, Product Manager – Bulk Carbon Dioxide, Hydrogen, Helium, BOC Limited.
The fourth edition of the awards was complemented by the inaugural Women In Industry Conference, which took place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre earlier that day.
According to Ms. Dohnt, who hosted the day’s proceedings, the conference was a tremendous success.
“We heard the fascinating stories, advice and statistics from an intriguing group of women across the road transport, mining, engineering, logistics, manufacturing, aerospace, food and beverage production and infrastructure industries,” she explained to guests the Awards night.
“Though our sectors are all very different, we came together because we share a common interest in advocating for our industries, the opportunities they provide for ambitious women, and how those women can make the industries better in return.
“At the Conference today, we created some real action plans to encourage more women to pursue greater success, and spread the word of our industries’ potential to the countless women out there who may not know of the opportunities that are waiting for them.
“I am proud to be an ambassador for events like Women In Industry, and be a part of an alliance of women, and men, who appreciate and champion the talents that women can provide, and the difference we make in any chosen industry.”
(Image L-R: NatRoad Industry Policy Advisor, Julia Collins and Trailer Magazine Editor, Bianca Dohnt)