The scene was set for the 2018 CEO Magazine Executive of the Year awards, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney last night. The black-tie event, now in its seventh year, brought together 102 nominees spread across 23 categories to recognise the achievements and initiative of Executives at the forefront of industry before over 600 guests and nominees representing Australia’s leading brands and organisations.

Hendry CEO Emma Hendry was selected this year as the winner of “Building and Construction Executive of the Year”, emerging ahead of prominent industry figures representing organisations such as Willow and Empower Construction.

In a Press Release, The CEO Magazine stated

  “One of the highlight’s from tonight’s ceremony was Emma Hendry, CEO of Hendry Group, winning the Building & Construction Executive of the Year Award in what has previously been a male-dominated category”.

In receiving this award, presented by Channel 7 Personalities Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, Emma Hendry spoke of the emphasis on innovation which has propelled the company to the forefront of the Built-Form industry

“I have strived to continually champion innovation and a forward-thinking responsiveness to the needs of the industry and of our clients now and into the future, something which has allowed us to develop technologies and services to not only fulfill an immediate need, but to equally create ongoing value and opportunities for all ecosystem stakeholders”.

Her reputation as a leading business figure has also brought her speaking engagements across International industry, trade and innovation conferences, including an upcoming roster of events throughout America, Israel, Europe and the United Kingdom in 2019.

Recently Emma has participated as a keynote speaker at a number of international events, accompanying the Hon. Julie Bishop as part of AUKLF (an Australian delegation to bilateral trade discussions with Britain) and attending the “Future Leaders, Future Cities” conference in Japan with Minister for Defence Industry Steven Ciobo, as well as industry events such as Proptech NYC and Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley & Aus NZ.

There was a strong representation of female leadership at this year’s event, with 31 nominations for Women across positions of CEO, Managing Director, CFO, Director and Founders of some of Australia’s leading organisations.

Emma Hendry is a well-known figure nationally as a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, engaging in a number of high profile events, speaking engagements and initiatives to serve as a mentor and spokesperson for equality and opportunity, particularly for women in leadership and for multicultural empowerment.

During her awards speech, Mrs Hendry said “I’d like to say that I’m also proud to see an ever-increasing number of female nominees and award recipients, something which I hope will go to show the shrinking disparity in opportunities for women to lead socially, politically and industrially.”

This award comes after a string of awards recognition for both Emma and Hendry, as just last week Emma was awarded IML Sir John Storey Emerging Leader Award, and this year ranked 53rd in the AFR top 100 Most Innovative companies list 2018. As well as placing as finalists for a slew of industry awards for innovation and safety.

The awards were judged by a panel of highly regarded business leaders and professionals representing several prominent Australian organisations including SBS, BPAY and the Starlight Children’s Foundation, as well as executives from The CEO Magazine itself.

Emma will be speaking with the CEO Magazine as part of an upcoming feature story on her leadership journey and the achievements of both Emma and the Hendry Group, to be published February 2019. Follow Hendry on LinkedIn to keep up to date.

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