Management excellence in the Top End

Date: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Two of the Northern Territory’s hardest working business women were recognised this month at Australia’s most prestigious management awards.

Lisa Hewlett AIMM and Marie-Louise Pearson FAIM were awarded with the Manager of the Year and Not for Profit Manager of the Year respectively at the Australian Institute of Management 2014 Excellence Awards held at Skycity Darwin.

Now in their 22nd year, the AIM Excellence Awards have been won by some of Australia’s most successful business identities in the past.

Ms Hewlett and Ms Pearson will now compete with other winners from around Australia at the national finals to be held in Brisbane on Friday 7 November.

O’Donoghues First National General Manager, Lisa Hewlett won the Northern Territory Manager of the Year Award and said she was delighted to be recognised for her achievements to date.

“The other candidates were of an extremely high calibre so I felt very honoured to be a finalist,” Ms Hewlett said.

“This award illustrates to me that you can realise your potential and chase your dreams regardless of your background. It just takes courage, determination and the intense desire to be successful in anything you try.”

Darwin Symphony Orchestra Chair, Marie-Louise Pearson won the Not for Profit Manager of the Year and she hopes the awards will help gain exposure for the DSO on a national level.

“The awards are a great way to affirm the learning and knowledge you acquire in a role such as this and it reinforces the belief that if you follow best practices, results can be achieved,” Ms Pearson said.

“It’s great that AIM has a category for not-for-profits and this award is a fantastic opportunity to expand my networks and potentially meet new partners and sponsors for the orchestra.”

Darwin Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim attended the awards and praised AIM for acknowledging the achievements of Northern Territory managers.

“I was very impressed with the calibre of the finalists and I wish them luck for the National Excellence Awards.” Ms Fong Lim said.

AIM Chief Executive Officer Daniel Musson FAIM also offered his congratulations to the winners and said it was fantastic to see the consistently high level of finalists coming from the Northern Territory.

“These awards have been recognising managerial excellence in Northern Territory for more than 20 years and for the first time this year will be recognising managers from all over Australia,” Mr Musson said.

“The honour roll of previous winners is littered with the names of some of the most successful business leaders in Australia and I’m excited about uncovering the next generation of star managers again this year.”