Celebrating WOB members who have been awarded The Order of Australia

About the Orders | 2021 Recipients2020 Recipients | Pre 2020 Recipients

About the Orders

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. There are four levels of the Award.

  • Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) - for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) - for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.
  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM) - for service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
  • Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) - for service worthy of particular recognition.

2021 Recipients

Bernadette Black AM

(2021) For signiciant 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. 

Barbara Hingston AM

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

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. 

Nadia Moffatt OAM

(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 talked to Nadia about how she overcame an aquired brain injury and is leading by example. Find her podcast here.

2020 Recipients

Prof Larissa Behrendt AO

(2020) For distinguished service to Indigenous education and research, to the law, and to the visual and performing arts.

Larissa is the Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and at the Director of Research and Academic Programs Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio.

She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Colonial Power and Storytelling. Larissa wrote and directed the feature films, After the Apology and Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Direction in a Feature Documentary.

Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Larissa is on the board of Sydney Festival and a board member of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Panel. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year.

Lisa Chung AM

(2020) For significant service to the community through charitable and cultural organisations.

Experienced non-executive director and chairman of ASX listed, private and for-purpose company boards.

Senior and board level experience in diverse sectors including commercial property, urban development and infrastructure, outdoor advertising and mass media, professional services, education and training, visual and creative arts and social and community services.

Highly regarded senior leader of a large professional services firm with a reputation for building collaborative working relationships. Adaptive thinker, insightful and skilled in evaluating and devising strategies to manage risk in complex situations.

Skilled negotiator with extensive commercial legal experience acting for government and the private sector in property, development, urban renewal and infrastructure transactions, including more than 20 years practising in a first tier firm. 

Lisa Chung AM, shares her journey to the boardroom and explores a range of insights, including how she overcame cultural and gender challenges, the important role her mentors have played, as well as providing advice on how to approach a board  interview – or "peer discussion", as she likes to call it. Lisa also talks about the benefits of being on multiple boards. LISTEN / Read more.

Sarah Kate Davies AM

(2020) For significant service to the community through a range of executive roles.

Sarah has had a broad and wide ranging career from executive roles in tertiary education in Australia to private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and back in the dim dark ages in airport management. But for the last 10 years, her focus has been exclusively in the for purpose sector: in philanthropy and social change.

In October 2015, Sarah joined Philanthropy Australia as the CEO. Philanthropy Australia’s purpose is to to foster and achieve more and better philanthropy.  It is the peak body and membership organisation for all individuals and organisations who are engaged, or want to be, in planned and thoughtful giving to bring about effective, positive social and community change.

In addition to her professional roles, Sarah has also served on a number of diverse Boards and committees. Her current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover, board member of the Centre for Social Impact, Council Member of the National Museum of Australia and Board Member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.

Maria Dimopoulos AM

(2020) For significant service to women, to cultural diversity, and to the prevention of domestic violence.

Maria is a nationally and internationally recognised expert specialising in the intersections of cultural diversity, gender equality and the law. As Managing Director at Myriad International Consulting Services she has had extensive experience in policy formulation for Government, research for social planning and in community legal education.

Much of Maria’s work has been aimed at promoting and enhancing cultural diversity and gender informed approaches in the ongoing complex legal and political reform processes and in ensuring the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in those reform processes.

Maria continues to deliver judicial education programs across Australia and currently sits on a number of boards including the Coronial Council of Victoria, the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and the Castan Centre for Human Rights.

Christine (Chris) Franks AM

(2020) For significant service to the community through social welfare initiatives.

Christine is NED of finance, not for profit, health and insurance organisations with wide knowledge and expertise in governance, mergers, strategy development, organisational change & leadership. She has been Chair and member of NFPs for over twenty-five years, gaining international development and housing expertise and receiving an award for outstanding service to aid and development.   She is currently Chair of Results Australia.

She was the convenor of Chairman’s Circle - a confidential networking group for NFP Chairs; convenor of Women Aid & Development group Sydney; & founder of Canberra and Melbourne Groups that bring women to network, meet peers & NFP women leaders, be inspired to achieve senior leadership roles.

Trina Hockley AM

(2020) For significant service to the community, and to business.

A successful director, executive and business owner with expertise in corporate governance. Current board experience and formal AICD qualifications. Over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur. Trina’s current board roles include Chair of Ohana Youth, Chair of Arcadia College; Chair The Spot Academy, and Director TAFE Queensland.


Dr Gael Jennings AM

(2020) For significant service to science, and to the broadcast media.

Gael is a respected broadcaster, TV presenter, journalist and author. She is a notable thinker and speaker whose special expertise is communicating science and analyzing the seismic shifts facing our planet and society.

Originally qualified as a research scientist in medicine, Jennings helped shape science reporting and analysis on Australian television for over 25 years, as presenter, interviewer, and factual content developer and at ABC TV. She contributed to Australia’s creative underpinning and intellectual infrastructure as Director of over a dozen national and state NGO Boards in the arts, media and sciences, and has for 3 decades helped drive public discourse on Australia’s identity and response to global change in her roles as political and social analyst and presenter on ABC TV, radio and SBS TV, international and national keynote speaker, and panel facilitator.

Jennings’ current focus and expertise is on the rapidity of scientific and technological change (90% of all data in the world was created in the last 2 years; internet technology will be 1,000 times more advanced in a mere 10 years), and its impact on the human brain, civil society, democracy, health and the physical environment.

At the University of Melbourne, she is researching the effect of the internet of the neurophysiology of the brain, and the impact of new media on women, including social attitudes towards them and violence against them.

Jenni Mack AM

(2020) For significant service to business through consumer advocacy roles. 

Jenni is an experienced governance professional with over two decades of board experience, including ten years as a chair of a board. She has particular expertise with member-based not-for-profit organisations operating in a commercial environment. This includes strategy development, risk management, organisational transformation and business innovation, especially using digital platforms. She has considerable experience, including risk management and cyber security, with digital delivery of member services, social engagement and marketing. Jenni also has high level experience in public policy, regulation, stakeholder relations, media and corporate affairs. She has broad ranging expertise in consumer affairs including dispute resolution, compensation schemes, professional standards and disciplinary schemes. She works across sectors and has particular expertise in financial services; legal and migration services; travel; food and farm chemical regulation; employment and training. Jenni is a strategic thinker with creative problem solving skills. She is a team player and a collaborative leader, committed to high achievement for organisations she works with.

Robin (Bobbi) Mahlab AM

(2020) For significant service to women, to publishing, and to philanthropy.

 After working in journalism, client publishing and marketing, Bobbi founded Mahlab in 1997 because she recognised that the very best content marketing combines editorial excellence and an audience-first mindset with deep strategic thinking. She is passionate about media, business, entrepreneurship and diversity. In 2016 Bobbi co-founded Mentor Walks, a 'walk and talk' event program for mid-career women that operates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In 2015 Ernst & Young selected Bobbi to participate in the Entrepreneurial Winning Woman program, APAC. Bobbi is also a juror of Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and sits on the Advisory Council of the Sydney Women's Fund and The Girls Refuge. She is a past board member of Publishers Australia.

Janet Patricia Matton AM

(2020) For significant service to the information technology and health sectors.

Janet is an AICD graduate and currently a director of Better Care Victoria, Epworth Healthcare and Chair of the Eastern Community Legal Centre.  Janet was head of operations for IBM in Australia and New Zealand where she oversaw the extensive and robust management systems of the entire IBM company, a $4.5B entity in Australia and NZ.

Janet has a forte for ensuring businesses embrace technology-enabled business model changes that both minimise strategic and operational risk and maximise business growth and return.  Her vast experience encompasses strategic change programs, acquisitions and divestitures, large scale project management and leadership of large, complex teams. 

Janet also brings broad international experience, having spent 12 years living and working in the USA, UK, Europe, Japan and China. Janet was recognised in 2012 as a finalist in the Westpac/AFR 100 Women of Influence Awards and awarded Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2010.

Jacqui McGill AO

(2020) For distinguished service to the minerals and mining sector, and to gender equity and workplace diversity.

Jacqui is a highly accomplished Executive and Non-Executive Director and a highly regarded industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining and resource sectors.  She is an acknowledged Gender Diversity Champion.

Jacqui is current Chair TAFE SA and NED SA Art Gallery, and has previously held NED roles with Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, was Vice President of South Australian Mines and Energy and Executive Director for BHP Mitsui Coal and the former President of Olympic Dam, a role she held for three years where she delivered a complete turnaround in business performance. She has extensive strategic and operational experience including risk management, commercial acumen, business development and energy policy formulation. 

Her resource experience includes working with BHP for 18  years as well as WMC, Energy Resources Australia, Heathgate Resources and Pegasus Mining. She has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA and an honorary doctorate from Adelaide University for her work in Inclusion and Diversity. A recipient of the Chief Executive Scholarship to Wharton Business School in 2016 and a graduate of AICD in 2012. She has received numerous awards including; 2017 South Australian Women’s Honour role 2015 Gender Diversity Champion Australia Resources 2016 Women In Leadership South Australian Leadership Award In 2018 she was selected to be part the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.

Janine Louise Middleton AM

(2020) For significant service to the LGBTIQ community, and to marriage equality.

Following a successful career with J.P. Morgan in London and, private equity firm, Tasman Capital, in Australia Janet moved into not for profit work, utilising her financial, analytical and presentation skills to restructure and refocus several organisations. As Co-Chair and CEO of Australian Marriage Equality, Janet gained invaluable experience in communications, media and digital marketing.

Associate Professor Marion Albertje Saville AM

(2020) For significant service to women's health through cervical screening initiatives.

Associate Professor Marion Saville is a New Zealand medical graduate who trained in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She went on to complete a fellowship in Cytopathology at East Carolina University and a research fellowship at Georgetown University, focusing on HPV.

After completing her pathology training she returned to NZ and later to Australia, where she completed a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney. She has held a number of leadership positions in cytopathology laboratories in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne. She is a past president of both the New Zealand and the Australian Societies of Cytology and she chaired the ASC Board of Examiners from 2009 until 2013. She has held the position of Executive Director of VCS since 2000.

Marion has served on numerous cervical screening advisory committees in Australia and New Zealand. Most recently she was a member of the Renewal Steering Committee, a group established by Australian governments to provide oversight to “Renewal” of the National Cervical Screening Program and is currently a member (Deputy Chair) on the Working Party to draft “Clinical Management Guidelines.

Georgina (Georgie) Jane Somerset AM

(2020) For significant service to primary industry, to women, and to the community.

An effective director with extensive experience in government, not for profit and private boards, Georgina understand the importance of strategic leadership alongside strong business principles. She creates effective linkages and solutions for businesses, enabling change to occur across many sectors.

Current roles include General President, AgForce and Director for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Georgie Somerset has built an impressive board portfolio, currently sitting on the board of the ABC, AgForce Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Red Earth Community Foundation. Georgie talks about her board progression, lessons learned and what inspires her, saying “my community foundation really feeds my soul” and “if you have the right framework and the right foundations, you can actually trust the process and the people to take you there". This is a great listen and will make you feel inspired. Find the podcast here.

Dr Dedee Woodside AM

(2020) For significant service to animal conservation, and to zoological organisations.

Dr. Dedee Woodside is a highly experienced Managing Director and Non-Executive Director with a demonstrated history in environmental services, government, agriculture, and community development. To date, she has served on 13 governing boards and managed several organisations (government, NFP and For-Profit with Purpose).

Dedee is skilled in the application of sustainable development principles, corporate social responsibility, governance, environmental management, biodiversity conservation, natural resource planning, and Indigenous land-stewardship.  She founded and directed an international training institute and international consultancy working on integrated approaches to environmental challenges and community development in approximately 35 countries and similar challenges in the Australian agricultural and NRM sectors. 

Dedee and her family own and manage a large conservation property at Barrington Tops, NSW and it is a significant part of the Gondwana World Heritage Area. The property and its developing programs are dedicated to environmental and social leadership. 
Current roles include NED, Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute and she recently retired as a director from Australian Dairy Farmers.  She has also held many other director roles.

Dr Desiree YAP AM

(2020) For significant service to women's health, and to medicine.

Desiree an experienced gynaecologist and  the current Chair of Women’s Health Victoria.


Previous Recipients

Helene Bender OAM

(2006) For service to the community of Geelong, particularly through business and commerce, regional development, local government and tourism organisations.

Helene has extensive experience in the areas of education including tertiary, health including dental, tourism, events and multi-million dollar fundraising for health infrastructure and sporting facilities, plus involvement in numerous community organisations and activities.

When Helene received her Australian Honour in 2006 for service to the community of Geelong, particularly through business and commerce, regional development, local government and tourism organisations, just over one in three recipients were women.  

Helene was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate October 2019 for distinguished service to the governance of Deakin University as a member of the University Council from 2008 to 2018 and as Deputy Chancellor from 2010 to 2016, and for her significant contribution to the Geelong community, especially charitable causes.

Anne Cahill Lambert AM

(2005) For service to health care administration, particularly through contributions to improve hospital services for women and children.

Anne is a successful and highly regarded CEO for women’s and children’s hospitals in Australasia. She has been a key contributor to the work of Commonwealth and jurisdictional governments through her work on government tribunals and committees and non-government organisations.

Anne is a current NED for Benalla Healthcare, former Chair of ACT Remuneration Tribunal, member of the expert review committee on size for the ACT legislative assembly and council member for the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Authority.

Lindsay Cane AM

(2019) For significant service to community health, particularly in regional areas.

Lindsay is an experienced company director, CEO and industry leader in association management, charities, sporting organisations and private sector businesses. She currently serves as a NED with the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia (SHPA) and the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS).

Lindsay was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 and the third sector CEO of the Year in 2019 and was previously a Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist. She is a Graduate member of the AICD.

Recent achievements include securing $26 million in government and philanthropic support to deliver Royal Far West’s new National Centre for Child Health and Learning and $19.7 million to expand RFW’s innovative telecare services to rural schools.

Jo Cavanagh OAM   

(2013) For service to the community through social welfare organisations.

Jo has been the CEO for Family Life for over 24 years.  During that time, she has become reputed for her visionary leadership and ability to engage diverse stakeholders for social change and entrepreneurial growth.  Jo is an Adjunct Professor with Swinburne University and Chair of The Good Things Foundation Australia.

Jo has served on boards and ministerial councils for the Australian Government and has presented at national and international conferences to progress the rights of children and disadvantaged communities. She completed a Churchill Fellowship in North America to bring evidence to advocacy for improving outcomes for children placed in out of home care.

Jo has been recognised for her social justice and entrepreneurial efforts by numerous awards including an Order of Australia in 2013 and the Women of Influence Award for Social Enterprise/Not-For-Profits in 2014.

Margie Cook AO

(2019) For service to the international community through the promotion of democratic electoral systems and to human rights.

Margie has been engaged in electoral work since 1987 when she established Channel 9’s electoral research focus, a role she still holds, delivering targeted research whenever state and federal elections roll around.

In 2001, after five years with the Australian Human Rights Commission as its Director of Public Affairs, Margie was invited by the UN’s Electoral Affairs Division to help manage a large multi-donor election support project in Nigeria in the lead up to its second-only democratic elections in 2003.

Following, Margie went on to lead similar international efforts in Tanzania, Cambodia and Kenya before becoming the UN’s Chief Electoral Advisor in Afghanistan in 2008. In 2011 Margie took up a post in Kenya with the US/UK based Democratic Alternatives (DAI) where she led the UK and Danish government-funded programme of support to democratic development.

Since 2015 she has been in Zimbabwe where electoral reform and human rights have been the focus of her work in a project supported by a coalition of governments, including Australia. Throughout these years her work has also involved input and specialist advice to similar efforts in Pakistan to Yemen, Mongolia and Sierra Leone, to Jordan and Georgia. As one of the few women working at this level, Margie believes the lessons and analysis from the past 20 years are critical at this time of democratic backsliding, and to that end her own account of global reform efforts over the last two decades is almost complete. After a much-needed break, she returns to Zimbabwe in February. 

Maureen Corrigan OAM

(2009) For service to the City of Whittlesea through the development of support groups and community facilities.

Maureen has extensive experience working with a range of diverse communities with specific and complex needs new and innovative service delivery models.

She is a NED for the THINK PINK FOUDATION, which aims to assist women with Breast Cancer.  The wonderful women at Think Pink Foundation have been through breast cancer themselves and seek to give back to the Foundation that helped them.

In 2009 she received an Order of Australia Medal for service to the City of Whittlesea through the development of support groups and community facilities.  She was Chair of the Whittlesea International Women’s Day Committee for 17 years and Chair of Whittlesea Community Connections for 5 years. 

Janine Cullen OAM

(2011) For service to business and regional development in the Illawarra area.

Janine has more than 20 years’ experience on state government, business and not-for-profit boards. She heads JC – The Power of One, a leading Illawarra communications consultancy, specialising in media, public relations, event management and marketing.

She was awarded an OAM in 2011 for her outstanding contribution to business and regional development and was recognised as Wollongong Citizen of the Year in 2015. Janine is a tireless charity worker, contributing to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Illawarra charities, including mental illness and disadvantaged women.

Lynne Duckham OAM

(2012) For service to the community, particularly through Rotary International.

Lynne has spent over thirty years in strategic multi-sector and multicultural leadership roles. She has extensive Australian and international experience, working with and linking governments, industry, not-for-profit organizations, researchers and communities.

With her first industry Board appointment at the age of 19, Lynne has been a member of various management boards and councils since; and is a newly appointed member of the ACT Reconciliation Council.

Lynne has also been a volunteer since the age of 17 and whilst studying, raising a family and throughout her professional career. Domestically and internationally, as a volunteer, she has provided active input into community organisations, youth program development, education, strategic planning and program evaluations.  It was for her leadership and successful innovation in these areas that she was awarded an OAM in June 2012.

Prof Caroline Finch AO

(2018) For distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise.

Caroline is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Edith Cowan University, contributing to university-wide governance, strategy and financial management across research and innovation portfolios.  She was awarded an AO for leadership in sports medicine in 2018 based on her experience as a public health and sports medicine leader and innovator with extensive experience across the broad university sector in Australia.

Lynne (Floss) Foster OAM

(2008) For meritorious service as the Transport Warrant Officer Class One of the Headquarters 3rd Brigade, the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 9th Force Support Battalion, and the inaugural Regimental Sergeant Major of the Force Level Logistic Asset - Middle East Area of Operations.

Lynne (Floss) retired from the Australian Army in March 2016 after 34 years of service in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. She has vast experience in senior management roles across many disciplines, including transport, logistics, human resources, training and change management. She is committed to probity and the principles of equal employment opportunity and industrial democracy.

Since retiring in 2015, Floss has been a strong veterans advocate, working as a volunteer on multiple veteran projects. She was a foundation member of Veterans Off the Streets Australia; is a current NED for The OASIS Townsville; NED Qld Advocacy Development Training Program; coordinator for the ADTP Community of Practice in Townsville; and a member of the steering committee for OP Compass (ex ADF Suicide Prevention Project).

Floss has recently retired as the volunteer team manager for the Townsville Disaster Response Team with Team Rubicon Australia and as President of NQ Phoenix Dragon Boat Club Inc.

Deborah Fracaro AM

(2019) For significant service to business, to Indigenous training initiatives, and to the community of the Northern Territory.

Through her Darwin business, Ms Fracaro has lived out her passion for investing in Indigenous training initiatives and giving back to the community. "We have people that have been with us for over 30 years and some of them, their children now work for us. It's wonderful," she said.

Despite grappling with difficult economic climates over the years, Deborah has done whatever was needed to keep her business afloat. She said it was important for women in business to commit to their goals. "Work hard and work from the heart, do your passion, do what gives you joy," she says.

Prof Maree Gleeson OAM

(2011) For service to medicine through the Hunter Medical Research Institute, to education, and to professional associations.

Maree is an experienced non-executive director in the government, private, superannuation and NFP sectors. She is currently a member of the Central Coast Local Health District and NSW Health Pathology boards and chairs advisory committees.

She has held executive leadership positions for 20 years in health services, health policy and medical research. Maree was previously the Director of Immunology for the Hunter Area Pathology Service; Inaugural Director of Medical Research in the NSW Ministry for Science and Medical Research; Director of the Hunter Medical Research Institute; and Foundation Director of NSW Regional Health Partners. Maree is a Consultant for medical research developments and strategic planning.

Maree is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Health & Medicine at the University of Newcastle with over 40 years research experience focused on the development of immunity in children, and the causes and control of respiratory illness in elite athletes.  She is experienced in government policy development and legislation; corporate, environmental and social governance; risk management; capital developments; and philanthropy.

Christine Hawkins AM

(2019) For significant service to business and commerce, and to primary industry.

Christine is a highly accomplished and experienced director, with over 25 years' as a NED of public and private companies, Commonwealth statutory corporations, regulatory agencies and not-for-profit companies, in a range of industries including agriculture and agribusiness, health and nutrition, environmental and waste management, research and development, international development and higher education. 

She is currently a NED for NSW Health Pathology and Central Coast Local Health District, and previously for Hunter Water Corporation, Hunter Research Foundation, NFP Super, Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Special Olympics, Research Australia, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research.

Christine played a pivotal role as Executive Chair in several local and international start-ups. She combines NED roles with specialist governance advisory work and is the author of publications and courses on corporate governance and board effectiveness.

Christine's extensive experience on board selection committees has clearly shown her what separates board applications – what makes one attractive and another not. In this podcast Claire Braund talks to Christine about her career and board journey and the delve into Christine’s four key lessons for directors in the board application and interview process, including what not to say. Find Christine's podcast here.

Dr Margaret Heffernan OAM

(2006) For service to the community in the area of women's health, particularly gynaecological cancer, and through cultural organisations.

Dr Margaret Heffernan has had a transformative impact contributing to the improvement of women’s health and well-being; migrant information resources for HPV immunization; and policy statements for Indigenous peoples’ access to HPV immunization.  She is an expert commentator and reviewer and has been instrumental in gaining industry grants.

Margaret initiated a petition which led to a 2006 Senate inquiry and $1million seed funding for the establishment of the National Centre for Gynaecological Cancers (Cancer Australia). Her work with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia resulted in securing funding for a mobile health clinic.

Margaret is a previous Board Member of the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2007-2005), and Women’s Health Victoria (2013 -2010). She remains passionate about reducing inequities for marginalised populations.

Dr Marlene Kanga AM

(2014) For significant service to engineering, particularly through leadership roles in professional organisations, and as a role model.

Dr. Marlene Kanga was President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing 100 engineering institutions and 30 million engineers, completing her term on 24 November 2019.  She led the proposal to declare 4th March as World Engineering Day, an international Day declared by UNESCO. The first Day will be celebrated on 4th March 2020.

She is the 2019 CHEMECA medalist for outstanding services to chemical engineering in Australia and New Zealand and the 2018 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year, has been listed among the Top 10 Women Engineers in Australia, the Top 100 Women of Influence and the Top 100 Engineers in Australia.

Dr. Kanga was National President of Engineers Australia 2013-2019, is a NED of Sydney Water Corporation, AirServices Australia, Standards Australia and other boards involving innovation.

Natalie Kyriacou OAM

(2018) For service to wildlife and environmental conservation education.

Natalie is the Founder and CEO of My Green World, the Creator of the World of the Wild mobile game app and a Management Consultant at PwC. She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree, a Finalist for the UNEP Young Champion of the Earth Prize and a Probono Impact 25 Award Recipient.

For over ten years, Natalie has been endeavouring to drive positive change worldwide; by inspiring curiosity through inclusive education. As CEO of My Green World, Natalie created youth education programs and technologies to increase access to wildlife and environmental conservation and sciences.

Natalie is the former Australian Director of Sri Lankan-based NGO Dogstar Foundation, a former member of the animal Ethics Committee for the Department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a sitting member of the IUCN.

Natalie is passionate about ensuring access to education, increasing female participation in science, technology and leadership roles and empowering the next generation of young people to participate in issues of global concern.

Ruth Lilian OAM

(2008) For service to the community, particularly through event management, administrative roles in medical professional bodies and a range of Jewish organisations.

Ruth has been managing international and national conferences for over four decades.  Together with her conference work, she is committed to the non-for-profit sector, volunteering and using her skills to assist worthwhile organisations, including mentoring through business associations.

In 2009 she was awarded an OAM for her role in pioneering the Meetings and Events Industry for Australia; building and administering a number of national specialist medical associations; and for her tireless community work over many years.

Nadia Lindop OAM

(2018) For service to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory.

Nadia has been working in the non-profit sector since 2008 after over 20 years in the SAP industry. She is the CEO and co-founder of the MJD Foundation, which works in partnership with Aboriginal Australians, their families and communities affected by Machado-Joseph Disease.

Nadia is also a NED of National Disability Services and Deputy Chair of Shopfront Arts Coop.

Jan McClelland AM

(2015) For significant service to a range of education, business, social welfare and community organisations, and to public administration.

Jan has more than 15 years’ governance experience as chair and non-executive director in government, commercial, industry association and not for profit enterprises across a range of industry sectors.

She is a former Director-General of the NSW Department of Education and Training and Managing Director of TAFE NSW. She is currently Deputy Chancellor and Council Member of the University of New England, Chair of the superannuation industry’s Gateway Network Governance Body, Chair of Heartkids Limited and a Director of Stewart House. Jan is also a member of the Governance Board of the Circular Economy Innovation Network and a member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Judicial Commission of NSW and Local Government NSW.  

Sue Marstaeller OAM

(2001) For service to the community of Wandang-Heathcote Junction.

After many years of community work, Sue was elected to the Mitchell Shire where she served for 14 ½ years, including three terms as Mayor and one as Deputy Mayor. During this time, she continued serving many community groups in her role as a councillor.

Sue was awarded a National Medal in 2014 for work during the Black Saturday fires of 2009 as a member of the CFA. She is NED of the local Bendigo Community Bank, NED Central Ranges Local Learning Employment Network and NED of River & Ranges Community Leadership Program. She has also been a member of the Country Women’s Association for 30 years.

Sue has served as a Justice of the Peace since 2002 and has been a member of the local Fire Brigade since 1999, serving both as an executive member and firefighter. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2004 for her work in the community and an OAM in 2017 for services to the community and local government. 

Prof Sarah Miller AM

(2019) For significant service to the performing arts through research, education and advisory roles.

Sarah has extensive governance experience in both the university and not for profit arts sectors. Her background as both Artistic and Executive Director of two of Australia’s leading contemporary arts organisations: the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and Performance Space, Sydney have seen her provide expert advice to a range of government and statutory bodies. Among other board appointments, Sarah has been a ministerial appointment to the Australia Council’s Theatre Board and a founding Board Member of the Australian Council of Deans and Director of Creative Arts (DDCA).

She has recently been appointed to the Management Committee of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association, Australia’s first Site of Conscience. Sarah was Professor of Performance at the University of Wollongong (UOW) 2007 - 2019 and was the 2003 recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Facilitator’s Award in recognition of her advocacy and support for artists and companies. She writes and speaks extensively about the arts and cultural policy issues.

Carmel O’Brien OAM

(2017) For service to mental health and social welfare organisations.

Carmel is an internationally recognized researcher and safety advocate who has made major contributions across the health and sport fields.

She is an advisor to government departments, public health bodies and peak sporting bodies (both national and international), a public speaker and science/health communicator and independent assessor of scientific evidence relating to research and innovation. 

Her background is in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.  She is a also a safety and injury prevention advocate. 

Paula Penfold AM

(2016) For significant service to the community through support for people with Muscular Dystrophy, to child health ethical standards, and to medical research. ​

Paula was presented with her AM in 2016 for her work with children over many years. She was instrumental in establishing the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Queensland, which she Chaired for 10 years. During her tenure she was a key player in establishing the national body.

Paula has been a member of the Health Research Ethics Committee at the Queensland Children’s Hospital for 38 years and is the current Deputy Chair.

During her career Paula has undertaken significant benchtop research into neuromuscular disorders. While currently retired, she is still busy serving on several committees, including the Order of Australia Association Brisbane Branch. She also continues to volunteer her time to various associations, including Queensland Justice and Attorneys Office and the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Prof Shirley Randell AO

(2010) For distinguished service to international relations, particularly through the promotion of human rights of women and through public sector reform in developing countries.

Shirley is a highly experienced board and committee member on non-government-organisations across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa, with strong skills in multi-party stakeholder negotiations, crisis management and operating in high risk environments.

She is internationally renowned for her work advancing the status and rights of women, with many years of distinguished service to international relations through public sector and institutional reform. She was awarded for demonstrating significant influence globally, contributing to driving positive change in Australia and contributing to economic empowerment of women in the community.

She has deep and significant policy experience at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels in Australia and in inclusive education and public service internationally.  Shirley was the winner of the Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ inaugural Sir John Storey Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award in 2018. 

In this fascinating podcast, Dr Randell talks to Claire Braund about how her career, from teaching in remote Aboriginal communities to communities across the globe in Papua New Guinea, Asia and Rwanda to advance female education and equality.

Appointed to her first board at age 34 in the 1960s, Shirley cut a lonely female figure around the boardroom table, teaching her the true value of mentors and working with other women. Still working and serving at age 80, Shirley is the epitome of success, grace and gratitude. Find Shirley's podcast here. 

Susan Rix AM

(2014) For significant service to business and the community through a range of executive roles.

Susan is a Tax & Advisory Partner with BDO in Brisbane and a long-time company director. Susan provides broad based consulting advice on family owned businesses, specialising in corporate governance, family councils, succession planning, taxation structures and restructuring.

Susan joined BDO in 1986 as an Accountant and was appointed Partner in May 1992. She has a distinguished history of serving the community as a director of not for profit and government enterprises, currently serving as NED for Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Chair of AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Queensland University of Technology.

Victoria Rubensohn AM

(2004) For service to the media and to telecommunications, particularly through the National Screen and Sound Archive Council and the Copyright Convergence Group.

Victoria’s has extensive experience in regulatory policy & compliance in communications, managing statutory agencies, governance, consumer affairs and representation.

She has been Principal of Omni Media, an international communications consultancy since 1991; is a consumer member for ADMA Digital, and an Independent Reviewer for the Advertising Standards Bureau. She is also an Advisory Board member for the Centre for Media Transition, UTS and Former member of the Mobile Premium Services Review Panel.

Victoria has chaired government committees on copyright convergence and digital broadcasting, the National Film and Sound Archive and Telephone Information Services Standards Council.   She is also a TV producer in the USA, Executive Director of IIC, UK and Executive Director of ARIA/Gen Manager of PPCA.

Prof Jill Slay AM

(2011) For service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism.

Professor Jill Slay is Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University, leads the Optus La Trobe Cyber Security Research Hub, and from 2017-2019 was Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the Australian Computer Society.

Jill is a Director of the Victorian Oceania Research Centre.  She works closely with Optus, the Australian Defence Force and other Federal Government departments and several smaller cyber security startups in cyber risk and resilience research, development and training. She was a member of the recent Government University Foreign Interference Task Force’s Cyber Security Working Group and of the SmartSAT Co-operative Research Centre Establishment Committee and Co-Chair of its Education College. 

Jill has 7 years of international board experience in an international IT Security Membership organisation and 25 years’ experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher and senior manager. 

Karen Spiller OAM

(2017) For service to women, and to education.

Karen has been a major contributor to Australian education for more than thirty years. She is Principal at John Paul College in Brisbane, current President of Independent Schools Queensland and a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia Board and a NED of Yalari.

Prior to her current role, Karen was Principal at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School for 18 years and National Chair of the Association of Heads in Independent Schools Australia; national chair of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Australasia; and NED of the Australian Boarding Schools Association.

In 2011 Karen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, ‘To examine strategies for preparing female leaders for the position of Principalship in Australian Schools'. In 2013 she was appointed as a Fellow of Bond University and is a member of the Health Sciences Advisory Board. She supports QUT through their CEO advisory group to the Business Faculty and was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International in 2016.

In 2019 she received the prestigious national Nganakarrawa award presented by ACEL for Excellence in Educational Administration. 

Andrea Staines OAM

(2019) For service to business, and as a role model for women.

Andrea has been a full-time NED for over a decade, serving a range of service providers across Australia and New Zealand in infrastructure, transport & logistics and retail services. Andrea is often recruited to the boards of companies planning significant transformation, bringing together her strategy, commercial, organisational and people management skills, and her international orientation.

Her current roles include NED for Freightways (NZX:FRE); National Disability Insurance Agency; Sealink Travel (ASX300:SLK); and Uniting Care and Tourism Australia.  She has also served as a NED on numerous other organisations including North Queensland Airport, Allconex Water, QIC and Aurizon (plus many more). 

Margot Sweeny OAM

(2018) For service to the credit union sector, and to the community.

Margot has a diverse background in banking, accounting, finance, construction, education and computing in both the public and private sectors. She lectured in accounting and computing from 1984-1990 and is a recognised leader within the mutual banking industry.

Margot was the first female director elected to the Board of the Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA), a peak body for Australian credit unions, mutual banks and building societies. She is the Chair for CUFA, an independent NGO that carries out economic development activities in the Asia Pacific region.

Twelve years ago, Margot led Summerland Credit Union on an environmental journey, where the credit union was the first business in the region to work with the NSW Sustainability Programme, earning it the Bronze Award Silver Awards.

Diane Sullivan AM

(2016) For significant service to community health, particularly through aged care, Indigenous, and rural health organisations.

Diane has strong governance and business acumen. For the past thirty year her passion has been cultivating the governance, delivery and access to health services in rural and regional Australia, with a particular focus on Indigenous elders' care.

Diane is an active Board member and is Managing Director of Oban Consulting and Oban Quality, providing governance and management services to aged care services throughout Australia.

Marie Sullivan OAM 

(2012) For service to the community, particularly through the Macquarie 2010 Bicentennial Celebrations.

Marie is the Principal of new concept law firm ClearPath Navigating Family Law.  She practiced at top tier law firms and ASX 100 companies before returning to her hometown Bathurst, in 2015 to establish her own firm.

Marie was the architect of the Macquarie 2010 bicentenary commemorations, a decade in the making, to remember the work of Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his wife Elizabeth Campbell Macquarie. 

Marie has been committed to women’s rights for decades and has recently published two books, My Gratitude Journal and Resilience inspired by the resilient women of the bush and her own imperfect journey. Over the last 3 years Marie has been named a finalist in the Bathurst Business Chamber Peak Connect Business Awards. She is also the proud mother of 2 adult sons and has 2 grandchildren.

Miriam Suss OAM

(2013) for service to the Jewish Community.

Miriam is a social worker and has worked as Director of Social Work and Community Development Services at Jewish Care; head of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria; and Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

From 2005-2012 Miriam was a member of the Victorian Australia Day Committee. Having retired from full-time employment in 2015, she currently serves as a NED at Alfred Health; the Victorian Interpreter and Translation Service; and is the Honorary Secretary of the University of Melbourne Social Work Alumni Association.

Sue Taylor AM

(2000) For service to sport, particularly netball, as an administrator, umpire, coach and player.

Sue was recognised by the Australian Government in 1999 for 40 years’ voluntary service to sport, having been involved in sport from grassroots level through to her work on international boards.

Sue is currently Vice President of the International Netball Federation and was formerly NED Commonwealth Games Federation; NED Commonwealth Games Corporation; NED WA Sports Centre Trust; and  President of Netball Australia.

In 2018 she received the Award of Merit from the Commonwealth Games Federation for services to Commonwealth Sport. Her “working” life included 18 years in the construction industry for the federal government and 12 years in corporate law with Freehills (previously Parker & Parker).  Sue is still involved as a volunteer in sports administration.