Department of Family and Community Services

2017 NSW Business Woman of the Year

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Gina  Field

Gina  Field
Winner

After starting a home based security business from scratch, Gina Field now owns one of the most awarded, respected and recognised security companies in NSW, winning over 24 industry awards including an international business award. This level of achievement has only been reached by a handful of Australian companies. Her company, Nepean Regional Security, manages an array of contracts providing security for wet cement drying to major block-buster movie sets, such as Wolverine.

Gina is also the President of the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce where she is considered a ‘pocket rocket’ in the business community and is a champion for women chasing their dreams. Gina is committed to ensuring that her knowledge, passion, business success and experience are filtered down to her community. Gina gives back to the community through sponsorship of community events, speaking at schools to encourage women to venture into male dominated employment fields, and presenting security awareness to residents of new housing estates.

Le Ho

Le Ho
Finalist

In 2009, Le Ho took on Capital City Waste Services. On the brink of receivership, Le turned the business into the largest privately owned waste company in NSW, wholly owned and operated by a woman. In 2016, she successfully sold and exited the business. Le is currently founder and director of Aspiring Promotions, a business that provides opportunities for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to launch and advance their careers. Le is also founder and director of several companies including Zero Waste Management and Sustainable Solutions Group.

Le's mission is to help raise the profiles of entrepreneurs, giving a voice, recognition and media exposure to those who would otherwise have none. Le was featured in Rare Birds: #ifshecanican and is now a mentor at the Rare Birds Mentorship Program.  Le’s biography was included in the 2016 Edition of Who’s Who of Australian Women, which features prominent women around Australia who have helped shape our community. Le is also included in the upcoming 2017 Edition of Who’s Who of Australian Women. Le's work provides a platform for promoting successes in the face of adversity, gender inequality, and discrimination.

Lyn Lewis-Smith

Lyn Lewis-Smith
Finalist

Lyn is one of the world’s most respected and influential figures in the business events industry. She is Chief Executive Officer of Business Events Sydney (BESydney), a not-for-profit organisation responsible for securing international conferences of strategic importance that deliver economic and community benefits. In the last five years, BESydney secured events worth $1 billion to NSW.

Lyn pursues events to nurture jobs of the future, such as those in science, technology, engineering and maths. To advance the women’s agenda, she is bidding for the Women Deliver Conference to uplift vulnerable women and girls in developing nations such as our neighbours in the Asia Pacific. Business Events Sydney is also pursuing the Global Summit of Women, the ‘Davos’ of women’s events which aims to promote policies and practices to support more women holding senior executive roles and Board positions. Bringing these conferences to Sydney brings global leaders, shines a media spotlight on important issues, gives NSW the opportunity to highlight our areas of expertise and a chance to give back to the global community.

Madeline Tynan

Madeline Tynan
Finalist

Madeline is Marketing Director for the Tynan Motor Group. She has been instrumental in positioning the Tynan Motor Group as one of Australia’s top 100 private companies, with an annual turnover in excess of $500 million. Madeline is passionate about strengthening communities through the education of its youth, empowerment of women, encouragement of family business and investment and improvement and availability of medical research. Madeline is currently a board member of the St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation and a committee member of the Family Business Association. In 2016, she launched the Michael Tynan Memorial Challenge consisting of three events from Wollongong to St George via the Sutherland Shire. This event raised $520,000 for the medical research foundation.

Business successes aside, Madeline considers her biggest achievement in life is having a strong and loving marriage while raising four independent, wonderful, interesting and compassionate young adults without an instruction book!