Outstanding local leaders shine at SA State Australian Leadership Excellence Awards



Celebrated leaders have been named winners in the South Australia Australian Leadership Excellence Awards (ALEAs) in a ceremony on Wednesday night held at Hilton in Adelaide. Amongst those with their achievements celebrated were Jamie Getgood, HR Director at General Motors Holden, and Prue Gorman, Executive Officer at Community Living Project.


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, 13 SA leaders were shortlisted as finalists across several categories including Leader/Manager, Owner/Entrepreneur, Not for Profit, and Student Leader, reflecting the diverse professional backgrounds of SA leadership, from the public sector, to small business, to charity organisations. The winners of the SA State ALEAs announced in last night’s ceremony include:


  • Jamie Getgood, HR Director at General Motors Holden | Leader/Manager category
  • Marie Sulda, Director of Kaleidoscopic Travel | Owner/Entrepreneur category
  • Prue Gorman, Executive Officer at Community Living Project | Not For Profit category
  • Andrea Stiglingh, CEO of Peer Assisted Study Sessions | Student Leader category


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


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


The winner of the prestigious Leaders/Manager award for his leadership excellence General Motors Holden, Jamie Getgood said, “My journey has been really been one of collaboration and focusing on point engagement, and making sure our employees are completely looked after as best as they can, and making sure they’re first before we focus on our metrics.


“This award is a really good reflection of our workforce. I might be leading various projects, but at the end of the day, [my staff] make things possible because they’re the ones that produce brilliant cars every day and have transitioned with such vigour and such enthusiasm that it makes my job easy as a leader. So this is as much an award for Holden and the workforce as it is for me.”


Winner of the Not For Profit Leader award for her outstanding leadership as the Executive Officer at Community Living Project, Prue Gorman said. “Winning this award means really a validation of all the things that I have learnt through my personal experience, but also that I’ve learnt through the families that I have worked with, people with disability and older people who have taught me so much that you can’t really gain through formal training. They don’t include that sort of information on leadership courses, but learning who people are, and their strengths and their capacities despite adversity has taught me more than any textbook. Winning this award is a great validation of the leadership that we’ve developed for families and vulnerable people and I felt I’ve won this on their behalf – it’s a tribute to their contributions.


The SA State winners were judged and awarded from a shortlisted group of 13 exceptional local leaders including Ian Steel OAM, CEO of Kickstart for Kids, and Nidal Rasheed AFIML, Managing Director of Silvertail Property Group.


The winners from SA’s awards ceremony will become finalists in the National ALEAs Finals, to be celebrated in a gala dinner ceremony in October at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.


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


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