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2013 Cairns Managers of the Year

The 2013 Cairns Managers of the Year were announced at the Awards Regional Final held on Saturday 31 August 2013.


Professional Manager of the Year

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Michael Linnan - Regional Executive Director Far North Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services


  • Robert Cuda - Manager, BDO North Qld
  • Scott Schaefer - Operations Manager, Holiday Inn Cairns
  • Mark Dorward - Managing Director, Hinterland Aviation Pty Ltd
  • Robyn Fry - Corporate Services Manager, Norship Marine
  • Ian Copeland - Chief Executive Officer, Islanders Board of Industry and Service
  • Damien Girgenti - Deputy General Manager, Dawsons Group of Companies
  • Brett Martin - Manager, Project Planning and Corridor Management, Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Nick Brind - Sales and Marketing Manager, Cairns Hardware

Not For Profit Manager of the Year

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Danielle Toon - Chief Executive Officer, Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy


  • Sonja Johnson - Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia Far North Qld and Torres Strait
  • Gillian Bolton - Community Relations Officer, Guide Dogs Qld
  • Angela Jarkiewicz - Cairns and Far North Queensland Regional Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Karen Mounsey - Executive Manager, Organisation Development Apunipima Cape York Health Council
  • Michelle Nusse - Corporate Services Manager, FNQ NRM Ltd Trading as Terrain NRM
  • Benjamin Keast - Human Resource Manager, ARC Disability Services Inc
  • Dulcie Bird - Chief Executive Officer, Dr Edward Koch Foundation

Owner Manager of the Year

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Richard Field - Director, Construction Manager, Richard Field Constructions


  • Ian Johnson - Managing Director, GBR Helicopters
  • Brant Petruszewski - Director, Coral Sea Plumbing Pty Ltd
  • Brent Kelly - Director, Senior Financial Planner, Kelly Wealth Services
  • Shaun Kilfoy - Director, Kilfoy Cabinets
  • Trudy Di Cola - Director, Zanzoo Tiles Pty Ltd
  • Darryl Posgate - Co-Owner, Mypoolinspection
  • Pauline Gleeson - Managing Director, Contours Cairns Smithfield and Innisfail
  • Geoff Kendall - Managing Director, Medtek Pty Ltd

Young Manager of the Year

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Jessica Riddell - Regional Business Manager, Department of Transport and Main Roads


  • Natalie Dean - Area Director of Sales, Rydges Hotels & Resort
  • Brock Schaefer - Chief Executive Officer, Northern Pride Rugby League Club
  • Pietro Girgenti - Legal Practitioner, Director, Girgenti Lawyers
  • Andrea Ambrosio - Business Development Manager, Outsource Management Pty Ltd
  • Allan Woo - Operations Manager, Seawalker @ Green Island
  • Renee Milici - Food and Beverage Supervisor, Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation
  • Shaun Taylor - Office Manager, CBC Staff Selection
  • Peterson Opio - Chief Executive Officer, Bamanga Bubu Ngadimunku Inc - Mossman Gorge