Awards Ambassadors

Adrienne has a background in corporate and government strategy in State and National roles within global consulting firm Accenture; Westpac Banking Corporation and Leighton Contractors.

Adrienne is Chair of Gladstone Airport Corporation, President of Creative Gladstone Regional Inc, and is active on several boards/committees.

An avid contributor, Adrienne is the past Chairman of The Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and The Institute of Modern Art, a past Director of Translink Transport Authority and Events Qld, past Board Member of Griffith University Council and the former Premier Peter Beattie’s Business Round Table.

Amongst her many achievements Adrienne was awarded The Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service and achievement in business and commerce and is a former Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Adrienne and her husband Tony own a suite of businesses in the Gladstone Region.

Pam Parker served as the first female Mayor for Logan City and councillor for almost 20 years until retiring at the 2016 elections.

Pam served as Chair of the Logan Disaster Management Committee, an Executive Member for the Council of Mayors South East Queensland, the LGAQ  and the Women in Local Government Committee.

Whilst Mayor, she was a recipient of Economic Development Australia Award and was honoured to receive the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship for service to the community above and beyond the call of duty.

Pam is currently Chair of the Local Government Grants Commission (Qld), member of  the panel of review of the ECQ performance.   Pam is a proud Ambassador for Women in Business.   She is involved in the speaking circuit, passionately empowering young people and women from all walks of life to believe in themselves.

Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in April 2011, Graham Quirk was elected as Lord Mayor in the 2012 Brisbane City Council election.

Graham has a long record of service to Brisbane and the local community, being first elected to Council in 1985. As a member of Civic Cabinet for over a decade, he has overseen key portfolios of infrastructure and finance, as well as serving as Deputy Mayor from 2008 to 2011.

Graham grew up in Doomben, on Brisbane’s northside and currently lives in Eight Mile Plains with his wife, Anne, and three daughters – Sarah, Elizabeth and Charlotte.

As Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk is committed to delivering for the residents of Brisbane and making this city a better place to live, work and invest in.

Catherine O’Sullivan has recently joined Laureate Universities as Director of Innovation, Industry & Employability.

Formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships at Bond University, driving the University’s engagement with schools, business, community and industry organisations.

In a career defined by her dedication to women’s leadership and education, she was honoured as the Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2002 and now serves as a judge of both the state and national awards program.

Michelle Doherty is one of Queensland greatest exports. As CEO of cosmeceutical skincare brand Alpha-H – a global leader in corrective and preventative skincare, Alpha-H’s best selling resurfacing treatment Liquid Gold has become a “cult” beauty classic. Last year Alpha-H shipped over 12 tonne of Liquid Gold globally. Michelle has built the brand from just two products in the range to over 60.

As CEO Michelle spends most of her time expanding the Alpha-H range both in Australia and overseas, working closely with TV networks, international distributers and professional beauty salons. On an international platform, Michelle represents the brand as the key spokesperson for Alpha-H. Alpha-H is the longest standing cosmetics brand on TVSN.

From humble beginnings in a Gold Coast garage to being stocked in over 25 countries in prestige clinics, exclusive day spas, and cosmetic giants Sephora and Marks & Spencer.

Michelle’s key achievements include winning Gold Coast Woman in Business of the Year Award 2014, winning Gold Coast Women in Business 2013 Business Achiever Award, and making it as a finalist in the 2013 QLD Telstra Business Woman Awards

Karen Andrews brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her roles as Assistant Minister and Federal Member for McPherson.

She first ran as an LNP candidate for McPherson at the 2010 election and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2013.

Karen was one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 1983, has worked at power stations and petrochemical sites in regional Queensland and interstate and having run her own Human Resources and Industrial Relations Consultancy, Karen understands the pressures of owning and running a small business.

Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position  as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works. She served in this capacity until December 2014, when she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science.

Karen then served as Assistant Minister for Science from September 2015 – July 2016 in the Turnbull Ministry. Following the 2016 election, she was appointed Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills.

A long-term resident of the Southern Gold Coast, Karen understands the challenges and pressures of raising a family.  She is married with three children attending school and University.


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