Awards Finalist Field Stronger than Ever: Chair

The Australian Institute of Management’s 2010 Management Excellence Awards acknowledged Queensland and the Northern Territory’s top managers at two sparkling Gala events.

The 2010 Queensland Rural/Remote Manager of the Year, Young Manager of the Year, Owner Manager of the Year and Professional Manager of the Year were revealed to a packed ballroom on Friday 12 November 2010 at the Sofitel, Brisbane.

The Territory’s best and brightest were awarded at the Northern Territory Management Excellence Awards Final and Gala Dinner held in late October.

Recapping on her first year as Chair of Management Excellence Awards, Anne Gately FAIM said the 2010 Awards finalists were amongst the strongest group of candidates the Awards had ever seen.

“I know that the 2010 Management Excellence Awards will be remembered for the extraordinary strength and calibre of candidates from diverse regional centres across Queensland,” she said.

“Practical, creative, ‘down to earth’ managers from across the State are the powerhouse driving the Management Excellence Awards. These individuals shape Queensland business and the local communities in which they live, and through the Awards, represent.

“The Management Excellence Awards are by no means ‘Brisbane-centric’. The search for the State’s best in 2010 led us to managers making significant contributions right across Queensland,” Ms Gately said.

Managers in the Not-for-Profit sector shone in the 2010 Awards program – so much so that in 2011 the Not-for-Profit Manager of the Year category will be hosted across the State for the first time.

“This year, we saw particularly strong entrants working in the areas of health care and community service. These managers don’t just embody best practice management, but change the lives of others on a daily basis. They give our Awards a richness and deep sense of purpose,” Ms Gately said.

As the only Awards program in the region dedicated to the individual manager, AIM’s Management Excellence Awards are unique and set standards that others cannot replicate.

“These Awards have longevity, and have run for over 15 years in both Queensland and the Northern Territory,” Ms Gately said.

“Over the years, we have uncovered some outstanding ‘quiet achievers’ – dedicated managers who do big things without the big public profile.

“These participants have all benefited from the career reflection, personal growth and managerial networking opportunities that the Management Excellence Awards provide,” she said.

The Queensland Management Excellence Awards Final and Gala Dinner is the exciting finale to a nine month campaign reaching all corners of Queensland in search of the best managers from business, industry and government.

The Queensland Awards sit alongside the Northern Territory campaign which seeks outstanding managers from the public and private sector as well as business owners and young managers.

Brisbane Gala guests enjoyed an opening number by swingin’ vocal trio The Belles (of Australia’s Got Talent fame) as well as a keynote by celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Watch all the highlights, speeches and winners announcements from the Queensland Management Excellence Awards Final online at