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2024 Australia & New Zealand National Winners

Each year, Family Business Association (FBA) celebrate and recognise the achievements of family owned Australian and New Zealand businesses, and the special achievers who contribute positively to our lives, our culture and the future of the economy.

Entries for the Individual Award Categories for 2024/25 are now open:

Submissions for the Individual Award Categories close 31 October 2024.

*Submissions for the Business Award Categories are now closed.

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Congratulations to our 2024 Australia & New Zealand National Winners!

Accredited Advisor of the Year Award

The Award recognises an individual who has contributed to FBA, its members and Family Businesses over an extended period of time. The recipient demonstrates significant, sustained and high quality service to family businesses, enhancing the reputation and future of the organisation that they are advising to, along with contributing to the objectives of FBA.

2024 Winner - Dr Darryl Cross, SA

Darryl's achievements as an Accredited Advisor show dedication and commitment to the values of FBA. He has demonstrated unwavering support for individuals, families, and family businesses, helping them navigate the complexities of personal and professional dynamics. Darryl's extensive background as both a clinical and organisational psychologist, coupled with his accreditation as a personal and executive coach, has equipped him with a wealth of skills and knowledge to assist family businesses to connect across generations and navigate complex interpersonal dynamics. 

Congratulations to Dr Darryl Cross!

Emerging Generation Achiever Award

The Emerging Generation Achiever Award highlights the role played by emerging family business leaders. It recognises an outstanding person who is successfully navigating the path to leadership in the family business. The recipient embraces best-practice in the business, and demonstrates commitment to and understanding of the family values and history.

2024 Winner - Brydie Hull, Tobin Brothers Funerals, VIC

As the Funeral Communications Centre Manager, Brydie plays a pivotal role in overseeing two of the Tobin Brothers' most critical departments – the Funeral Advice Line and the Coordination department. Under Brydie's leadership, her team of 30 people has become a beacon of support and compassion for the client families, providing invaluable assistance and guidance. Brydie has spearheaded initiatives to modernise operations and ensures that client families receive the highest level of service and support during their time of need.

Congratulations to Brydie Hull!

Leading Women in Family Business Award

FBA Leading Women in Family Business Award recognises an outstanding woman who demonstrates significant achievements in business leadership and who champions and supports the role of women in family business and the wider community. 

2024 Winner - Shiree Bennett, Bennetts Steel, NSW

Shiree's journey with Bennetts Steel began in 2014, when she stepped into the role of Sales & Finance Director. Over the years, she has proven her determination time and again, exhibiting unwavering commitment and a relentless drive for success. From steering the company as General Manager since 2018 to pioneering initiatives that have propelled Bennetts Steel to new heights, Shiree embodies the essence of leadership and innovation.

Congratulations to Shiree Bennett!

Sustainable Development in Family Business Award

FBA Sustainable Development in Family Business Award recognises family businesses that demonstrate leadership and commitment to sustainable business practices that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. FBA proudly recognises that the family business sector has an excellent record in leading sustainable development through its focus on stewardship and long-term business survival as opposed to short term gains - FBA supports and encourages this practice. When these developments also enhance the business success and performance, there is benefit for the environment, the family and the business, and this deserves to be recognised and promoted. 

2024 Winner - Tuatara Structures, NZ

Tuatara Structures has achieved Toitū CarbonZero certification, conduct Lifetime Carbon Assessments for every project, and model environmental best practices in their designs and construction methods. Their commitment to vertical integration of the supply chain, industry collaboration, and developing a core range of green buildings demonstrates their leadership and vision for a more sustainable future. Tuatara Structures are leading a movement that will have industry-wide impacts.

Congratulations to Tuatara Structures!

Congratulations to our 2023 Family Business Excellence Award Winners

The Family Business Excellence Awards are presented to an outstanding family business demonstrating excellence and achievement in the core business principles of Governance, Entrepreneurship and Stewardship, and exhibits how family ownership and involvement has helped the business to achieve a competitive advantage.

Emerging Family Business Award

Carus Ltd, NZ

Carus Ltd are renowned for their tailored interior and exterior painting services and long-term property maintenance solutions. At the heart of the Fisher family business lie several core strengths that have propelled its success. These include deep industry knowledge and experience, unwavering commitment to health and safety standards, a team of dedicated individuals who embody and uphold the company's core values, a customer-centric approach, professionalism, and a consistent delivery of high-quality finishes.

Congratulations to Carus Ltd!

Established Family Business Award

Sharpe Engineering, QLD

Sharpe Engineering has become Australia's largest distributor of well control equipment, with national and international clients, and its offerings include Defence, Rail, Hard Rock Mining, and specialised manufacturing. Led by Chief Executive Officer Ellen Bain, a second-generation family member, the company continues to thrive in an ever-evolving market landscape, ensuring a bright and prosperous future for generations to come. Sharpe Engineering has achieved numerous milestones, including expansions into multiple locations, acquisitions, and obtaining international certifications.

Congratulations to Sharpe Engineering!

Legacy Family Business Award

Swiss-Belhotel International, NZ

Swiss-Belhotel International is a beacon of excellence in the hospitality industry having evolved from a modest venture into a global powerhouse with a diverse portfolio of over 125 hotels, resorts, and projects spanning 19 countries. Through strategic partnerships, transparent communication, and a focus on customer satisfaction, Swiss-Belhotel International has earned a reputation for delivering unparalleled value and unforgettable experiences to guests worldwide.

Congratulations to Swiss-Belhotel International!