2019 Finalists

Judges this year reviewed 195 entries across the 7 categories, narrowing down the field to a mix of women in Defence (all three services and Australian Public Service) and Defence Industry both in primes and SMEs.

The WIDA team is looking forward to the gala dinner on July 11 at the National Arboretum in Canberra where the winners in each of the categories listed below will be announced along with the Hall of Fame inductee.




Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Vivien Lim Austrade    
Dr Dana Michalski Defence Science and Technology    
Amanda Jane Scott Air Force    
Charlotte Morris DMTC Ltd    
Alisha Welch Jacobs Australia    



Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Wendy Hoad ASC Pty Ltd    
Tarnya Cooper BAE Systems Australia    
Janelle Donnelly DefendTex Pty Ltd    
Tiffany Stephenson Department of Defence    
Amanda Kate Wescombe Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd    


Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Emily Claire Frizell AeroPM    
Lieutenant Colonel Lauren Wright Australian Army    
Jane Hunter Boeing Defence Australia    
Claire Kluge Boeing Defence Australia  
Denise Towie  QinetiQ    
Lieutenant Commander Errika Meades RAN    


Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Mary Williamson Daronmont Technologies    
Corina Glavan Department of Defence    
Heidi Storey Ocean Software    
Natalie Stafford RAN    
Rachel Scott RAN    
Valsala Kurusingal  Thales Australia    



Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Sarah Earey L3 Micreo    
Warrant Officer Class Two Cindy Leatham CASG    
Michelle Richard Thales Australia    
Warrant Officer Dayle Lovell RAN    


Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Tanja Johnston Australian National Veterans Arts Museum    
Kim Mills Defence Community Organisation    
Kerry Cousins RAN    
Jennifer Wittwer Steorra Consulting    
Karyn Hinder Working Spirit    



Name Organisation LinkedIn Twitter
Taylah Griffin Boeing Defence Australia  
Daisy Murphy Leidos Australia    
Emily Dorey RAN    
Elizabeth Kaneyson Thales Australia    
Michelle Norton Thales Australia    
Sarah Murphy Thales Australia