Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK Award 2014

Celebrating Australian women's achievements in the UK

Nominations have now closed. Congratulations to Sarah Ramwell.

Australian Business

For the seventh consecutive year, Qantas and Australian Business are proud sponsors of the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK Award.

Women from all walks of life were encouraged to apply for the Award, whether their success has been achieved through business or personal endeavours, the arts, sciences, professional disciplines, government, the community sector or any other field. The aim of the Award is to showcase what Australian women have achieved while in the UK.

Congratulations to Sarah Ramwell, the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK 2014. Sarah was awarded the title on 11 March at Australia House in London by Foreign Minister, The Right Hon. Julie Bishop.

Sarah is the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager EMEA, Reed Smith LLP.

Sarah is a lawyer specialising in women's rights. Since 2010, she has run the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at leading global law firm Reed Smith, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia where she focuses on pro bono, volunteering, environment and diversity. Sarah is passionate about human rights and has also spent time in Haiti where she pioneered projects to support those affected by the 2010 earthquake, particularly vulnerable women and children.

Originally from Sydney's North Shore, Sarah moved to London in 2007. In her spare time she enjoys hot yoga, ceilidh and walking.

Sarah Ramwell
Ramwell and Bishop

Carole Berndt

Carole Berndt

Global Head of Transaction Services, RBS

As part of the Corporate and Institutional banking division at RBS, Carole is responsible for the end to end management of the transaction banking business, providing core cash management, trade and liquidity to multi-national corporations and financial institutions globally. Her current role is the culmination of a career that has encompassed a range of industries and roles, and has seen her work in Asia, the Americas and now in Europe. Carole has a degree in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration in International Business.

Carole currently lives and works in London, but maintains her home in Sydney.

Ann-Maree Morrison

Ann-Maree Morrison

Managing Director and Founder, Label4Kids Ltd

Ann-Maree set up her own business in 2004, Labels4Kids, which is now one of the most prominent online retailers for name tags in the UK. Ann-Maree has won a string of high profile UK and international awards including Entrepreneur of the Year twice and the Women in Business Retail Awards in 2011. Her expertise in E-Commerce has led to Ann-Maree being appointed to the UK Government E-Commerce task force to advise on growing E-Commerce in Europe.

Ann-Maree lives in Stirling, Scotland with her husband and three sons. Originally from Geelong, she arrived in the UK in 1990, gaining experience as a chartered accountant and management consultant.

Kelly O'Rourke

Kelly O'Rourke

Senior Manager, Strategy and Performance for the Office of the Chief Executive, BHP Billiton

Appointed in 2013, Kelly is the youngest person and first female to be appointed to this role which is offered to potential business leaders. Her responsibilities are similar to that of a Chief of Staff, and include contributing to strategy setting, bi-annual business appraisals and supporting the CEO's day-to-day activities including his external engagements.

Kelly arrived in the UK in 2007, and now lives in Parsons Green, London. Originally from Perth, Kelly is the daughter of a Welsh mother and Irish father. An avid climber, she has scaled Mount Everest Base Camp and The Lost City in Colombia.

Sarah Ramwell

Sarah Ramwell

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager EMEA, Reed Smith LLP

Sarah is a lawyer specialising in women's rights. Since 2010, she has run the Corporate Social Responsibility programme at leading global law firm Reed Smith, across Europe, the Middle East and Asia where she focuses on pro bono, volunteering, environment and diversity. Sarah is passionate about human rights and has also spent time in Haiti where she pioneered projects to support those affected by the 2010 earthquake, particularly vulnerable women and children.

Originally from Sydney's North Shore, Sarah moved to London in 2007. In her spare time she enjoys hot yoga, ceilidh and walking.

As the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK, the winner is awarded:

  • one return International Business ticket to Sydney or Melbourne flying Qantas,
  • a perpetual trophy housed in Australia House, and
  • the title of Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK 2014, and become an ambassador representing Qantas and Australian Business at up to four promotional events.

To enter, nominees were required to complete and submit the online entry form.

Nominations opened 5 December 2013 and closed 3 February 2014. It was possible to either nominate yourself, or another Australian woman living in the UK, who you may or may not know personally.

A panel of judges decide the award, with the winner announced at a reception held on the evening of 11 March 2014 at Australia House, London, and the winner's name published on this web page.

Terms and conditions

View the full terms and conditions of entry.

Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK 2013

Congratulations to Siobhan Reddy, the recipient of the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK Award 2013!

Siobhan is the Co-Founder and Studio Director of Media Molecule.

Media Molecule is a video games developer based in Surrey. It is responsible for the multi award-winning and innovative game Little Big Planet (LBP). The studio was founded in 2006 and in March 2010 was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). Siobhan has been both Executive Director and Studio Director.

Siobhan was recently listed in the BBC top 100 power women in the UK, a list that highlighted women in the UK with the greatest impact on British politics, society, culture, and the economy. She also won a production award at the first ever Microsoft Women in Gaming Awards in 2009 and both LBP and LBP2 games are BAFTA award winners. Siobhan now sits on the BAFTA Games Committee, helping to recognise excellence in the gaming industry.

Siobhan cultivated an early fascination with technology and entertainment in school which lead her to the games industry. Her first games job was in Australia working for Spike Wireless and then in pursuit of her dreams, Siobhan relocated from Australia to the UK at the age of 18. Siobhan worked for Perfect Entertainment and Criterion Games before joining Media Molecule. Siobhan wants to be a role model to younger women to encourage them to join the technology and games industry. Siobhan was born is South Africa and moved to Australia when she was three. Her mother is Australian and she regularly visits her parents in Australia.

Siobhan is pictured with Kim Dillon, Executive Director Australian Business; Eric Jelinek Qantas Regional General Manager UK/I and Andrew Todd, Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

The Award is organised by Australian Business (UK Company Number 1974245) of Australia Centre, Strand, London WC2B 4LG (telephone number: +44 (0) 20 7099 8444) (the Organiser). The major sponsor of the Award is Qantas Airways Limited (ABN 16 009 661 901) of 401 King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9NJ (Qantas). The Organiser and Qantas, together, are the Award Sponsors. The Award commences at 11am (GMT) 6 December 2013 and closes at 5.30pm (GMT) 3 February 2014. Entry is open only to female Australian citizens aged 18 years or older residing in the United Kingdom during the Award Period (Nominees), excluding directors, management, employees and their immediate families of the Award Sponsors and their related bodies corporate and registered travel companions of employees of the Award Sponsors and their related bodies corporate. To enter Nominees, or people nominating Nominees (Nominators), must during the Award Period: complete the online Award nomination form at qantas.com/auswomanuk; or provide a written copy of all the details requested in the online entry form to Qantas. If nominated by another person, shortlisted nominees must agree to the terms and conditions. All shortlisted nominees must attend the Award presentation on 11 March 2014 at Australia House, London. Note: the Award presentation date and venue are subject to change.