I’m pleased to say, marine research leader Toni Moate, from the CSIRO, was last night named 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year, after also receiving the Public Sector and Academia Award.

Toni, who joined the CSIRO in 1991 as a project officer, is now director of National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, overseeing research activities for one of Australia’s largest natural assets – the ocean.

One of Toni’s major projects has been leading the design, build and commissioning process for Australia’s only blue-water research ship, The Investigator, to map Australia’s oceans.

At the time, this was the single biggest contract the CSIRO had signed since its inception (excluding property). The vessel is now available for use by the international marine research community.

“Research infrastructure is critical to inspiring people to solve world problems for years to come. This is not a short-term legacy – we are supporting scientists to explore ecosystems that will deliver solutions for hundreds of years,” Toni said.

Toni’s strategic thinking directly contributed to the success of the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the CSIRO. Through values-driven communication, Toni has also empowered others to make their own positive impact on the organisation.

Jules Scarlett (Telstra), Jacquie Petrusma MP, Toni Moate, Bernadette Black (2016 Telstra TAS Business Woman of the Year)
Jules Scarlett (Telstra), Jacquie Petrusma MP, Toni Moate, Bernadette Black (2016 Telstra TAS Business Woman of the Year)

Also recognised at the 2017 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Award were:

  • Entrepreneur Award winner: Alison Flakemore, Director, Alison’s Garden & Landscape
  • For Purpose and Social Enterprise Award winner: Janine Arnold, CEO, Carers Tasmania
  • Corporate and Private Award winner: Camille O’Meara, General Manager, Business Services, Stornoway Maintenance
  • Young Business Women’s Award winner: Dr Jessica Manuela, Practice Owner, Dental Surgeon and Director, Dental South

State and Territory winners will be flown to Melbourne for the National Awards judging, culminating in a Gala Dinner on the night of Tuesday 21 November.

If you, or a brilliant business woman you know, deserve recognition, nominate today: