Media Release, 30 April 2020

Aged care CEO named Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year

Hobart, Thursday 30 April 2020: Margaret Williams, CEO of St Helen residential care facility Medea Park, is the 2020 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year.

Margaret Williams began her nursing career at age 18 finding her passion in the aged care industry, and dedicating her time to caring for community members.

As CEO of Medea Park, Ms Williams is responsible for the management and maintenance of care for more than 50 residents.

“Receiving recognition is testament to the many fantastic aged care facilities whose teams have given their hearts and souls to the care and dignity of their residents,” Ms Williams said.

Ms Williams also won the For Purpose & Social Enterprise Award, which celebrates leaders and employees of organisations making a positive difference to the world around them

For 25 years, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards have recognised more than 3,000 exceptional women in leadership, who are transforming the way we lead businesses from all corners of Australia and across all industries.

Alex Badenoch, Telstra’s Group Executive of Transformation & People and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador, congratulated the Tasmanian winners, who are all inspiring examples of leaders challenging the status quo within and beyond their industries.

“Ms Williams has made a huge impact, delivering positive outcomes and creating an exciting future for Medea Park, its employees and residents. Her strategic, considered approach to business is expertly balanced with her passion, compassion and empathy for her community,” Ms Badenoch said.

Also recognised as winners of the 2020 Telstra Tasmanian Business Women’s Awards were:

·       Small Business Award: Alison Flakemore, Director, Alison’s Garden and Landscape

Alison Flakemore has led her team to assist the community of Tasmania with all of their garden, landscaping and excavation needs.

·       Medium & Large Business Award: Lisa McConnon, General Manager, Corporate Services, Enwave Australia

With more than 20 years’ managerial experience, Lisa McConnon oversees all HR, IT and marketing functions, helping shape the utility company’s culture and strategy.

·       Public Sector & Academia Award: Catherine Murdoch, Executive Director Northern Cities, Tasmanian Office of the Coordinator-General

Catherine Murdoch leads initiatives that aim to establish Launceston as Australia's leading regional city.

·       Emerging Leader Award: Rachel Vasicek, Creative Director, Francesca

Rachel Vasicek founded Francesca with her sister in 2013, selling jewellery at Salamanca Market, and has since driven the business’ digital marketing, design and operations as it has expanded across Australia.

“For a quarter of a century, the Telstra Business Women’s Awards have advocated for women in business, helping to promote gender equality in the workplace and recognising the women who are paving the way for future generations,” Ms Badenoch said.

“These women are setting new benchmarks for what it means to be a successful business person, championing inclusion and innovation as they do so.”

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Telstra Media contact:

Matt Smithson – Telstra State Media Manager (VIC/TAS) – E: media@team.telstra.com
Media reference number: 044/2020