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To be eligible for the Chairperson of the Year award, applicants should:

  • Be able to demonstrate excellence in their role as a chairperson.

As part of the application process, applicants are required to answer four equally weighted questions that refer to achievements in the last 12 months.

Applicants also need to answer the following two questions:

  • What were your key objectives and how have you achieved them?
  • Why should you win this award?

Chairperson of the Year – Finalists

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Barry O’Brien - Headshot

Barry O’Brien

Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer

Atomic 212° Group

To overcome challenges — talk to your wife, she will normally remind you how you bounce back from a problem. Don’t stress, get proactive on solving the problem, then move on.


Marcus Blackmore - Headshot

Marcus Blackmore

Chairman of the Board


My philosophy in business is People, Product & Passion — if you get these three elements right, then business performance takes care of itself.


Rod Douglas - Headshot

Rod Douglas


Mr Rental

To overcome challenges: Take 5 actions toward your goal, with attention on the intention.


Tina West - Headshot

Tina West


Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council

It is our hope to enable Aboriginal communities to create an economy that will lead to self-sustainability using the assets available to them — their people and their land.