behind closed doors Past Winners

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    The Executive Director Operations Nulsen Disability Services, Caroline Watt, has been announced recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship in Perth for 2017.


    Caroline Watt, a highly experienced Executive who leads teams of professionals, managers and support staff at one of Western Australia’s leading disability services organisations, impressed the judges with her enthusiasm to embrace change. Read More

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    WorleyParsons’ Friska Wirya announced recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) Luminaries (managers/team leaders) Scholarship providing 12-months fully funded membership to the coveted professional development, peer to peer mentoring and networking organisation.


    Ms Wirya, a senior transformation manager, through her written application for the scholarship showed a strong commitment to personal and professional development. Having overcome a number of personal challenges in her life, she hopes to publish her life’s journey in the near future. Read More

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    Meighan Heard, General Manager Governance and Legal of BaptistCare NSW and ACT,  announced recipient of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) Sydney 2017 Profit for Purpose Executive Scholarship.

    Meighan Heard, throughout the scholarship judging process, demonstrated a determined and passionate commitment to both her own growth and the growth of her organisation. Read More

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    CEO of WorldShare, Joanna Mansfield, announced recipients of Behind Closed Doors’  Sydney 2017 Profit for Purpose Executive Scholarship.

    Joanna Mansfield, recently appointed to the position of CEO WorldShare, is steering an organisation through a pivotal period of transformation. Surrounding herself with a network of fellow Executive women will provide a unique sounding board for her as she navigates the company’s success. Read More

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    Senior Manager, Disability and Mental Health Services, AnglicareSA, Kate Rush, announced recipient of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2017.

    Founder and Managing Director of the respected professional development and mentoring company Donny Walford, said the 12-month Scholarshipwas awarded to a successful female executive in the Profit for Purpose sector to further expand and challenge current leadership and business practices. Read More


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    The CEO of Media Centre for Education Research Australia, Cathie Brown announced recipient of Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Profit for Purpose” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2017

    Cathie Brown is an experienced leader with visionary thinking coupled with a focus on getting results. She has developed organisations and executed strategy, led major organisational change and performance optimisation projects, marketed organisations and brokered profitable agreements. Read More.

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    South Australian welding technology manufacturer and exporter, K-TIG, achieved another success in the start-ups short history when Operations Manager, Belinda Latz, was announced the recipient of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship.

    “Belinda has been with K-TIG since start-up, with planned growth trajectory in the next three years the behind closed doors Luminaries membership will arm Belinda with the skills needed to match her career growth to that of the company.” Read More

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    Lisa Weber, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer RSPCA South Australia, has been announced the successful recipient of an intensive professional development and mentoring membership for Executive and Personal Assistants (E/PA).

    Lisa Weber, who presented herself to the judging panel as an exceptional high-level EA, noted in her application she would use the 12-month scholarship to be empowered to implement practices to become more efficient and effective.

    “The scholarship will be beneficial by giving me the invaluable support I need to perform at my best; it will give me the chance to share successes and challenges and to network with knowledgeable and experienced women,” Lisa said in application for the scholarship. Read More

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    WA Country Health Service’s, Erin Gandy and LGIS WA’s Candy Choo have been announced recipients of behind closed doors’ (BCD) coveted Luminaries Scholarship for 2017.


    Erin has been working in the health sector for many years having significantly contributed to the growth and innovation of her organisation. Candy, who started her career as a psychologist, has developed a successful career driving change in the insurance sector. Read More…

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    OZ Mineral’s Environment and Community Superintendent, Jasmine Richards

    Jasmine stood out as a leader who is determined, ambitious and is a real change agent for diversity not only within OZ Minerals, but in general. While she has already achieved much professionally, she clearly has her sights set on so much more and will take every opportunity available to her provided through the Luminaries Scholarship.

    Ms Richards, a qualified hydrogeologist and environmental professional, is looking forward to the Luminaries Scholarship providing her with access to a network of people outside of her industry who will support and challenge her to reach the next step in her career.  Read More

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    Aunty Eunice Aston
    Chairperson Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority

    Aunty Eunice is an Ngarrindjeri woman with traditional ties to all communities within the Ngarrindjeri Nation. Having spent most of her life working within the health domain, she has extensive knowledge and experience when engaging with Aboriginal people and country.

    She has held a broad range of representative positions within Aboriginal community controlled services, Aboriginal health services within the mainstream system and held positions on state-wide and national Aboriginal advisory boards.

    In addition to being the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Chairperson, Aunty Eunice also runs Ninkowar Inc, a community led support service supporting other Ngarrindjeri women. More...

    As published in the Murray Valley Standard 2 July, 2016.

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    The 2016 Luminaries Scholarship was awarded to Toni Richardson, Manager Engagement and Development, Department for Educations and Child Development.

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    Marie Sulda, Director Kaleidoscopic Travel, has been announced behind closed doors (BCD) scholarship winner of an intensive professional development and mentoring membership for Entrepreneurs.

    A leap of faith from the entrepreneur, who walked away from a successful 14-year corporate career in the travel industry, has enabled Marie Sulda the opportunity to tap into the minds of some of the State’s most influential women.

    Announcing the results at BCD’s quarterly Connexions event last night (September 13, 2016), Founder and Managing Director of the leading women’s professional development and mentoring company, Donny Walford, said Ms Sulda was a worthy winner of the 12-month scholarship valued at over $5,500. Read More

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    Jemma Buck
    Adelaide Fringe

    Jemma Buck, is an exceptional high-level EA with her finger on the pulse of her organisation, she will use the 12-month scholarship to broaden her networks and extend herself professionally. More

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    Renee Edwards


    2015 Executive Assistant Scholarship Winner

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    Belinda Jennings

    Founder and CEO of Mum Central, Australian Baby Bargains and Mum’s Pantry

    Belinda Jennings is the winner of the 2015 Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) Adelaide Entrepreneurs Scholarship. Ms Jennings launched Adelaide Baby Bargains five years ago as a new first-time mum, and using her sales and marketing experience rapidly grew the business, revolutionising the way parents buy and sell children’s products online. Find out more

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    News Corp Central Sales Manager, Rebecca Lawson is the winner of BCD Luminaries Scholarship for 2015.

    Rebecca’s leadership skills and emphasis on creating a team culture at News Corp made her the judges’ unanimous candidate of choice. While she has already achieved much professionally, she clearly has her sights set on so much more and her career aspirations will doubtless benefit from the Luminaries Scholarship.

    Ms Lawson, an Arts graduate from the University of Minnesota, believes the Luminaries Scholarship experience will not only benefit her personally and professionally but also assist her to carve out the next phase of her career and extend herself further.

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    Natasha Miliotis

    CEO Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA

    The CEO of the Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia (MIFSA), Natasha Miliotis is the winner of the inaugural Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) “Not for Loss” Scholarship in Adelaide for 2015.

    Ms Miliotis started in her first management position as MIFSA’s CEO, having never been a senior worker, Team Leader or a Manager.  She will look to use the experience to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of Adelaide’s most influential leaders and broaden her horizons. More

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    Jeanette Long

    Director of Ag Consulting Co

    Jeanette Long may be the winner of this year’s Behind Closed Doors’ (BCD) Entrepreneur Scholarship for South Australia but the flow on effect from her 12 month scholarship could provide real benefits for many women in the South Australian agricultural industry. More

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    A scholarship for an intensive professional development and mentoring program to propel talented women into the boardroom has been won by Sydney’s Manisha Amin – Author and executive of Australia’s leading child protection agency Barnardos Australia.

    Ms Amin works in a challenging role as Director Marketing and Fundraising at Barnardos which looks after some of the most abused children in Australia.  She will now be able to focus on her own personal development after winning the Behind Closed Doors (BCD) Sydney Luminaries Scholarship.

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    Penny Griggs, General Manager of the SA Living Artists (SALA) Festival, will look to use the experience to open new doors, tap into the minds of some of the state’s most influential leaders and inject fresh creative, management and business ideas to the sector as winner of the 2014 Adelaide Luminaries Scholarship.

    Ms Griggs, an Arts graduate from Flinders University with an impressive track record in her field in Victoria and South Australia, held off a high-quality field of applicants to win the Luminaries Scholarship ahead of runners up Jasmine Richards, a Groundwater Advisor at Oz Minerals; and Showpony Advertising’s Account Director and General Manager, Sophie Young.

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    Following a quest to “be better, do better and, in particular, help other people”, Natalie Wallace has excelled in her professional career working with SANTOS for the past nine years. With a diverse career, spanning more than 20 years, her experience has seen her take on a number of roles including process engineering, logistics and supply planning, marketing, commercial negotiations, business development and strategy development. Read more.

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    Nicole Nott

    Managing Director, Sitemed

    A qualified Occupational Therapist, Nicole established Sitemed in 2009 following the birth of her second child due to a desire to continue to operate at an executive level while also being a mother. Nicole has developed Sitemed into a medical and emergency response outsourcing company with capability in medical response, fire fighting, confined space, rescue from heights, road crach rescue and HAZMAT.

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    Amanda Ardiana

    Executive Assistant to the GM, Allied Health

    Amanda works in the Executive Management Team at Monash Health, providing administrative support. She is passionate about Monash Health’s initiatives and her goal is to further develop her skillset so that she is able to provide more strategic support and awareness, particularly in the areas of Aboriginal Health, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Disability Services.

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    Amanda Powers

    Executive Assistant, Kelly & Co

    Kelly & Co’s Amanda Powers is looking forward to opening up what is possible in her current role and also networking in a challenging, encouraging and confidential environment.

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    Dr Claire Macken

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Future Learning), La Trobe University

    As a leader, Claire understands the importance of being reflective, networking and always learning from peers, from those who have diverse experiences and from other leaders.

    Claire is hoping her Luminaries experience will not only extend and equip her with new ways to address challenges but also open new doors that will ultimately benefit La Trobe University and its students.

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    Melissa Threadgold

    Deputy Principal, St Johns Grammar Junior School

    While she has already achieved much professionally, Melissa Threadgold clearly has her sights set on so much more and her career aspirations will doubtless benefit from the Luminaries Scholarship.

    As Melissa’s expressed career goals are to achieve a Principal posting within the next five years and be elected to a range of Board positions within the education sector, the scholarship provides her with the unique and valuable opportunity to learn from businesswomen from other industry sectors outside of the education sector.

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    Left to right: Janet Skinner, Beach Energy, Julie Beveridge, Beach Energy, (Debra Long, behind closed doors), Josephine Lombardi, OZ Minerals, Leidy Alvarado, OZ Minerals, Nicola Frazer, Beach Energy. Well done to these amazing women who will be assigned to a BCD Luminaries Group for the next 12 months.

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    Marisa Gentilcore

    Fabrication and Supply Project Manager, ASC Pty Ltd

    Winning the behind closed doors ASC Luminaries scholarship will allow Marisa to further enhance and develop her long term business networks outside of ASC.
    Marisa is looking forward to participating not only to provide her with additional confidence to take the next steps and pursue future opportunities within ASC, but also to assist her in becoming a more effective leader.

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    Teresa Yeing

    Transformation Consultant, Viterra

    Teresa proved a standout for the judges as a functional leader and aspiring executive manager who is holding her own in a traditionally male-dominated organization within the agriculture sector.

    Winning the Luminaries Scholarship will benefit both Viterra and Teresa’s career aspirations by providing her with the opportunity to build her networks, plan her development path and grow her confidence.

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    Anna Dimond

    Managing Director, Palas Jewellery

    The Palas brand was developed in 1996 with 30 earring styles and today its success story includes more than 1200 Australian-designed jewellery items in its portfolio which are made by expert silversmiths in Indonesia.

    “As a sole director I do not have a partner to workshop even the simplest of ideas and concerns so to have a support network of businesswomen from diverse industry sectors to confidentially advise me on how to achieve my goals is a very exciting prospect,” Ms Dimond said.

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    Lisa Barron

    Fashion Designer

    Fashion designer, Lisa Barron started her fashion journey 30 years ago with $500, a portable sewing machine and a car. She now has two shops and still loves the industry.

    Today, Lisa can let claim to having dressed some of the world’s biggest supermodels and her sophisticated designs have proven popular among women wanting tailored suiting as well as elegant evening wear.