Congratulations to our 2021 Order of Australia recipients

Women on Boards congratulates our members who have received Australia Day Honours this year:
Nadia Moffatt OAM for service to community health, particularly to people with a brain injury.
Bernadette Black AM for significant service to youth, to local government, and to the community.
Barbara Hingston AM for significant service to community health, and to people with disabilities. Read more....

More about our 2021 recipients ....


(2021) For service to community health, particularly to people with a brain injury.

Nadia is a highly experienced and qualified non-executive director, chair and committee member with over twenty years’ experience in business, government and the not for profit sectors across Australia in corporate, telecommunications, health and community services. She is a trusted board adviser in all areas contributing to an organisation's performance.

Nadia’s tertiary background is in economics and accounting, these studies have been enhanced by formal qualifications as a company director. She is the recipient of a number of scholarships. Her global insight into social innovation through research and policy was developed by attending an - European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation in Helsinki (Eu-SPRI).

Nadia's directorships include;  Election to the board of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), member of governance subcommittee; Board member, Brain Injury SA, (previous chair of the member and External communications subcommittee, member of governance subcommittee).

Nadia is a member of the consumer council for the Stroke Foundation, member of the Consumer Consultative Forum of the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA), a member of the Health Practitioners Tribunal and a member of the General Practice & Primary Care Clinical Committee (GPPCCC) and Consumer Joint Working Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Taskforce Committees. Her diverse background and experience enables her to add value, offer a diverse perspective and offer creative solutions. Nadia demonstrates leadership by raising questions that indicate an impending adaptive challenge to the internal contradictions of an enterprise. 

In March 2020, Claire Braund spoke to Nadia about how she overcame an acquired brain injury and is leading by example. Find her podcast here.

Nadia also successfully graduated from WOBSX in December 2018.
Find out more about WOBSX here.


(2021) For significant service to youth, to local government, and to the community.

Bernadette is changing the face of social and economic advancement in Australia. Her individualised consideration for all people and extensive inter-agency collaboration has seen her develop and execute transformational social support strategies for some of the most vulnerable in our society. Bernadette’s passion is creating preventative strategy, advice and policy recommendations for those at risk of long-term disadvantage. As evidenced by her own story, extensive awards, including the Australian Tasmanian of the Year, acknowledged in the top 100 Australian Financial Review, woman of influence and professional background, Bernadette’s leadership is creating lasting systemic shift and impact. People matter to Bernadette, individualised relationships matter, and so does creating pathways for groups of people experiencing long term disadvantage by taking an inter-agency and collaborative approach with governments and community organisations.

As Brave Foundation’s CEO & Founding Director, Bernadette’s pioneering work with the Australian Federal Government has allowed her to identify and strengthen interception moments for people’s best life, as she discovers the ‘window of opportunity’ for groups of people at risk of experiencing highest levels of long-term disadvantage and welfare dependency. This research-based, preventative approach has resulted in creating pathways to healthy, happy and skilled lives over time, reducing isolation and breaking generational cycles of lifetime welfare dependency. Bernadette’s transformational leadership in her sector and organisation is seeing both economic and social progress in Australia.

Bernadette has strategically developed an extensive national and international network that is poised to aid her in advising and facilitating creation of best social economic strategy and advice for policy design. These relationships, coupled with a global community of support and follower-ship, will provide the foundation for Bernadette to lead Australia as an international beacon for social economic empowerment. 


(2021) For significant service to community health, and to people with disabilities.

Barbara is a highly experienced professional non-executive Director, former senior executive and social work professional committed to improvement of health and social outcomes especially for vulnerable Australians and their communities. She has substantial experience in not for profit sector governance and management; including leadership of a national health and aged care association as well as governance of metropolitan and regional health networks and community agencies in the ACT, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. A highly effective NED she has prioritised governance integrity in aligning strategy, culture and resources skilfully in complex health, mental health and social service governance.

Her senior executive management roles include in Commonwealth government and program management in community agencies, supporting individuals and families in recovery from the effects of trauma- violent crime, family violence and sexual assault. Barbara continues to complement her non executive career with senior executive mentoring and consulting to government and community organisations in governance and strategy. 

Read more about Women on Boards' members who been awarded an Order of Australia and what each Order represent here

Latest newsRSS