Local Wauchope business woman wins Family Business Excellence Award

Family Business Association

Last night, Family Business Association (FBA) celebrated the Family Business Excellence Awards in Cairns. Winners from across Australia were celebrated for their outstanding achievements.

CEO of FBA, Catherine Sayer said “the Family Business Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of families and individuals in respected and successful family businesses of all sizes and at all stages, acknowledging the significant economic and social contribution they make to Australia and New Zealand.”

“Unlike many other business awards, the Family Business Excellence Awards specifically acknowledge and showcase excellence in family businesses” she said.

The Family Business Excellence Awards are presented to an outstanding family business demonstrating excellence and achievement in the core business principles of Governance, Entrepreneurship and Stewardship, and exhibits how family ownership and involvement has helped the business to achieve a competitive advantage.

2024 Leading Women in Family Business Award winner is Shiree Bennett, General Manager at Bennetts Steel in Wauchope, NSW.

“Shiree is an excellent example of strong leaders in family businesses. Shiree works in a very male dominated industry and has shown exceptional leadership.

We congratulate all winners and have announced that the entries for 2024-25 are now open to all family businesses across Australia and New Zealand”, says Sayer.

Key Facts:

2024 Accredited Advisor of the Year – Dr Darryl Cross

Darryl’s achievements as an Accredited Advisor show dedication and commitment to the values of FBA. He has demonstrated unwavering support for individuals, families, and family businesses, helping them navigate the complexities of personal and professional dynamics.

Darryl’s extensive background as both a clinical and organisational psychologist, coupled with his accreditation as a personal and executive coach, has equipped him with a wealth of skills and knowledge to assist family businesses to connect across generations and navigate complex interpersonal dynamics. Darryl’s role in advising on strategy, family governance, succession planning, and resolving family conflicts has been instrumental in the evolution of numerous family businesses.

2024 Emerging Generation Achiever Award winner – Brydie Hull, Tobin Brothers

As the Funeral Communications Centre Manager, Brydie plays a pivotal role in overseeing two of the Tobin Brothers’ most critical departments – the Funeral Advice Line and the Coordination department. Under Brydie’s leadership, her team of 30 people has become a beacon of support and compassion for the client families, providing invaluable assistance and guidance. Brydie has spearheaded initiatives to modernise operations and ensures that client families receive the highest level of service and support during their time of need.

2024 Leading Women in Family Business Award winner – Shiree Bennett from Bennetts Steel.

Shiree’s journey with Bennetts Steel began in 2014, when she stepped into the role of Sales & Finance Director. Over the years, she has proven her determination time and again, exhibiting unwavering commitment and a relentless drive for success. From steering the company as General Manager since 2018 to pioneering initiatives that have propelled Bennetts Steel to new heights, Shiree embodies the essence of leadership and innovation.

2024 Established Family Business Award – Sharpe Engineering Sharpe Engineering has become Australia’s largest distributor of well control equipment, with national and international clients, and its offerings include Defence, Rail, Hard Rock Mining, and specialised manufacturing. Led by Chief Executive Officer Ellen Bain, a second-generation family member, the company continues to thrive in an ever-evolving market landscape, ensuring a bright and prosperous future for generations to come. Sharpe Engineering has achieved numerous milestones, including expansions into multiple locations, acquisitions, and obtaining international certifications.

About us:

Family Business Association (FBA) is the peak body for family businesses in Australia and New Zealand, helping family businesses to grow and thrive. We advocate for a sector that plays an integral role in our economy and social fabric, accounting for 70% of all Australian businesses and 50% of the workforce.

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