Outstanding local leaders named winners in Capricornia Queensland Australian Leadership Excellence Awards



Celebrated local leaders have been named winners in the Capricornia Queensland regional Australian Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs) in a ceremony in Rockhampton on Friday night held at Headrick’s Lane venue. Amongst those with their achievements celebrated were Leone Hinton FIML, Dean of School of Nursing and Widwifery at Central Queensland University, and Elize Hattin, a Supercoach and successful Rockhampton businesswoman.


The prestigious national awards series presented by the Institute of Managers and Leaders, has been celebrating outstanding leadership for 28 years, with ALEAs winners being championed by leadership professionals Australia-wide.


This year, 15 local leaders were shortlisted as finalists across several categories including Leader/Manager, Owner/Entrepreneur, Not for Profit, Community Leader, Emerging Leader and Student Leader, reflecting the diverse professional backgrounds of Capricornia Queensland leadership, from the public sector, to small business, to charity organisations. The six winners of the Capricornia ALEAs announced in Friday’s ceremony include:


  • Leone Hinton FIML, Dean of School of Nursing and Widwifery at Central Queensland University | Leader/Manager category
  • Elize Hattin, Owner at Elize Hattin Supercoach | Owner/Entrepreneur category
  • Ivan Rasmussen, Operations and Business Leader at Mater Private Hospital Bundaberg | Not For Profit category
  • Glenn Churchhill FIML, Chairman at The Shed Company and The Patio Company | Community Leader category
  • Joel Heazlewood, General Manager at Coxon’s Radiators Service | Emerging Leader category
  • Benjamin Brown, Student at Central Queensland University | Student Leader category


“The consistently high calibre of finalists and winners in regional Queensland shows that great leadership isn’t only found in places like Silicon Valley or New York, and isn’t limited to the capital cities like Sydney or Brisbane,” said David Pich, Chief Executive of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.


“Great leadership is as prevalent in regional Queensland through community leaders and local business owners, as in large multi-national corporations. Regional Queensland’s outstanding leaders are an inspiration to everyday Australians and we are honoured to be celebrating their accomplishments”.


Leon Hinton, winner of the prestigious Leader/Manager award as the Dean of School of Nursing and Widwifery at Central Queensland University, said, “What the awards means to me is that it is a shared award between myself, my family and the people that serve both at the university and the community. I would like to think that this award was for the people in Central Queensland and Rockhampton, regional, rural and remote.”


Elize Hattin, recipient of the Owner/Entrepreneur award for her leadership excellence as a ‘supercoach’, said, “It is a real privilege and honour to be recognised as the winner in this category. I am excited about what the future holds and I’m excited about how leadership can really create a future that is better.”


The regional winners were judged and awarded from a shortlisted group of 15 exceptional local leaders including:


  • Michelle Bradshaw, Manager, Emergency Planning and Response at Energy Queensland | Leader/Manager category
  • Phillip Moulds FIML, Headmaster at Rockhampton Grammar School | Leader/Manager category
  • Derek Lightfoot FIML, Managing Director at Tropical Pines | Leader/Manager category
  • Max Hogan MIML, General Manager, Customer Delivery at Energy Queensland | Leader/Manager category
  • Ben Harte, Owner at Hartecs Group | Owner/Entrepreneur category
  • Glen Alexander, President at Lions Yeppoon | Community Leader category
  • Pat Lilleboe, Manager at Sail Inn | Emerging Leader category
  • Jackson Hughes, Student at Central Queensland University | Student Leader category
  • Luke Sondergeld, Student at Central Queensland University | Student Leader category


Winners of each category will become finalists in the Queensland State ALEAs held in September at the at Brisbane City Hall.


For more information about the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards, please visit https://managersandleaders.alphasys.com.au/leadership-excellence-awards/


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