Join us as we Celebrate Outstanding Leaders, Teams and Organisations

Join us in Sydney on May 18th, 2024 for the Outstanding Leadership Awards where we recognise and celebrate amazing leaders, teams and organisations who are making a positive impact. Ticket price includes canapes on arrival, a premium 3 Course Dinner and Vineyard Beverage Package.

Introducing the 2024 Outstanding Leadership Awards Winners

2024 Outstanding Leader Of The Year

Rachael Cook


Why These Awards Matter

The Outstanding Leadership Awards are the embodiment of a dream that commenced more than 20 years ago when we began working to help organisations and individuals achieve their leadership potential. These awards are about championing those who lead authentically with their values every day, and strive to replicate.

These are leaders and organisations that are changing the face of leadership and it’s important that we celebrate and honour them. By demonstrating and rewarding these leaders, we are encouraging them now, and in the future, to strive to epitomise these values and to be great examples for generations to come.


Explore the categories. The Judges will be looking for those who demonstrate outstanding leadership and how they have made a positive impact on their employees, their organisation or the community.


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View our incredible line up of Judges for the Outstanding Leadership Awards who champion amazing leaders, teams and organisations, and who will be joining us at the Gala Dinner celebration in May 2024.

Key Dates

Nominations Open

10th October, 2022

Nominations Close

January 31st, 2024

Finalists Announced

February 19th, 2024

Gala Awards Night - Sydney

May 18th, 2024

Gala Awards Presentation - 18th May, 2024

Gala Keynote Speaker

Paul Scurrah – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific National

We proudly present the incredible Paul Scurrah, our keynote speaker for the Outstanding Leadership Awards!

A mastermind with over 25 years of experience in transport, logistics, travel, and aviation, Paul was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific National in 2021. Before his Pacific National adventure, Paul was the CEO of Virgin Australia in 2019 and DP World in 2013. Prior to this, he was the Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at Aurizon and the CEO of Queensland Rail. Paul has truly conquered the world of leadership!

But he is not one to limit himself to just one boardroom, he’s a man of many talents and passions. He serves on the Board of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team, showcasing his love for sports, and he’s a Non-Executive Director of WHIZZ technologies and RPM Global, proving that his influence stretches far and wide.

Now, with his wisdom, insights and passion for great leadership, prepare to be inspired as Paul is ready to grace our stage as the Keynote Speaker of the Outstanding Leadership Awards, joining us in Sydney on May 18th, 2024.

“Winning the Leadership HQ award for CEO: Medium Sized Organisation for 2022 was a fantastic morale boost and I was almost (but not quite) as thrilled as my mum and my business mentors. It also meant so much to me to see how genuinely excited my wider team in Scout Talent Group globally, were. And, I know we all say this but it’s actually true that even the act of writing the award submission was a highly valuable exercise. It can feel like a bit of a daunting task, but honestly it’s great to be prompted to sit down and take the time to put your achievements into thought and words. Becoming a finalist was amazing and of course we then booked a table for ten and proceeded to look forward to a glam night out in excellent company with an inspirational speaker, but to actually win the award was a really surprising and proud moment. Scout Talent Group is well established and I’ve been an employee for 15 years now, and CEO for 3, and it’s so great to know that we are not only rock solid and high growth, but also still dynamic and noteworthy. Thank you so very much, Leadership HQ, for making us feel recognised and very proud.”  – Andrea Davey, 2022 CEO/MD of the Year Medium Corporation

Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations will be accepted up until the 24th January, 2024. We strongly recommend nominating as early as possible, as the recognition from being nominated alone does wonders for the nominee in terms of promoting their professional reputation, as well as that of their organisations. The submission can be altered/added to anytime before the deadline, so if you have new material as the year goes on (such as supporting documentation like written references) this can be forwarded to our team and added to the nominees submission prior to Finalists being announced. To update your submission, send the details directly to our team at

There is ZERO cost to nominate in the Awards. The only cost associated to our nominees, is if you would like to attend the Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation, which will be held in Sydney in 2024. Ticket sales will be available on our website in mid-late 2023, in which we offer individual tickets, full table discounts (10 tickets), and also livestream tickets for those who cannot travel to attend the Gala in person.

Within one week of your submission, the nominee will receive an email from our team notifying them of the nomination and sharing details to our social media channels and any important updates. The nominee may be invited to share their headshot, and be added to our social media posts to announce their nomination. We will then communicate with the nominee as new details and updates emerge via email. Please ensure you have double checked the email address entered into the submission for any typos. 

Please keep in mind that supporting documentation makes up 20% of the final Judges scoring, meaning the other 80% is based on your answers to the submission questions – ie, this is where our Judges will really be focusing – however the supporting documents help to show proof that your answers are authentic and sincere. Written references from clients, colleagues, managers or others in the industry are the strongest supporting material, this includes a one-page reference on WHY the leader / team / organisation deserves this recognition and HOW they have demonstrated these values. Other supporting documentation can include customer testimonials, media links and press releases.

If you have all of the contact details you need, as well as the supporting documentation, grab a cup of coffee and set aside 20-40 minutes for write a well worded submission. We recommend you write the word count suggested in the submission.

Contact Details needed:

  • Full name (used in online publications, please be sure to spell check!)
  • Email address
  • Phone Number
  • LinkedIn URL
  • Company Name
  • Job Title

Word Count:

  • How has the leader or team demonstrated outstanding leadership? (500-1500 words)
    (Tip, you can address the following: What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader? What has been your greatest accomplishment? Who or what inspires you? What contribution have you made to your organisation or the community that is most meaningful to you? What challenges have you faced as a leader and how have you overcome them? How do you measure your success?
  • Looking back, what are the greatest lessons have you learned from? (250-500 words)
  • Looking forward, how would you use being the recipient of this award to influence others, and what are your future goals and aspirations? (250-500 words)

Supporting Documents: (note: this can be sent to our team at a later date, if needed)

  • Written references
  • Media links
  • Testimonials

We often have nominees who focus too much on ROI, and how they have improved the profits of their business. This is not what our Judges look for. This is why our awards are different, and really matter. We want to know that people nominated in these awards are the people/organisations that truly care about their people, they believe in empowering them, showing courage and bravery when faced with challenges, but act with kindness and compassion when doing so. They are inclusive of all different backgrounds and people, and believe in the importance of having a diverse workplace. They truly lead the culture and their people are happy and engaged, and are making a positive impact in the world. (Which as we all know by now – usually means a great ROI!) If you focus on these key points in your submission, it will be highly regarded by our Judges.

The key to success today is Great Leadership. Your leaders lead your culture and it’s the culture which drives your strategy.

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