Qantas' 2015 Australian Woman of the Year in the UK

Celebrating Australian women's achievements in the UK
Australian Business

For the eighth 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 are encouraged to apply for this 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, strengthening the bond between Australia and the UK.

The winner is chosen as an ambassador for Qantas and Australian Business. In her advocacy role, the winner will fly International Business class with Qantas to Sydney or Melbourne.


Congratulations to Claire Small, the Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK 2015. Claire is the Clinical Director of Pure Sports Medicine.

Claire came to London in 1995 after successfully completing the prestigious Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland. She had been awarded a scholarship to complete this degree and was the youngest person to receive the qualification.

Claire spent her first 9 years working at The Physiotherapy Centre building a significant patient base and developing her teaching skills, as well as serving on the executive committee of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP), the professional body for physiotherapists working in musculoskeletal medicine. She went on to join the team opening Pure Sports medicine in 2003. Pure Sports Medicine was the first multi-disciplinary clinic of its kind in the UK and is still the leading organisation providing a comprehensive service to patients with musculoskeletal problems. From starting with 2 clinicians, Claire and one Australian sports physician, the organisation has grown to employ a clinical staff of 74 across 9 different medical and healthcare disciplines.

Claire has built an organisation that has changed people's expectations of the way in which healthcare is delivered as well as bringing the best of Australian medical care to the UK. She continues to treat patients, but is also active in teaching, lecturing and research to ensure that the drive towards clinical excellence is a fundamental part of the ethos at Pure. She is a lecturer and examiner for a number of postgraduate medical and physiotherapy courses and is the co-author of a popular textbook for clinicians entitled Managing the Injured Athlete.

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 2015, and become an ambassador representing Qantas and Australian Business.

Nominations opened on 8 May and closed on 7 July 2015.

A panel of judges decide the award, with the winner announced at a reception held on the evening of 9 September 2015 at Australia House, London, and the winner's name published on this web page.

Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK 2013

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 Global Head of Pro Bono for Ashurst 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.

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 commenced at 12 pm (GMT) 8 May 2015 and closed at 5.30pm (GMT) 7 July 2015. 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. If nominated by another person, shortlisted nominees must agree to the terms and conditions. All shortlisted nominees must attend the Award presentation on 9 September 2015 at Australia House, London. Note: the Award presentation date and venue are subject to change.