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2019 Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship
The University of Sydney’s John Grill Centre for Project Leadership has announced Tamara Champ as recipient of the 2019 Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship.
2019 Scholarship winner, Tamara Champ, Project Manager, Ausenco.

2019 Scholarship winner, Tamara Champ, Project Manager, Ausenco.

Tamara has extensive expertise in capital project management and engineering in the resource and manufacturing sectors. She is currently a Project Manager for Ausenco, delivering a large mining project in South America, and will commence the Executive Leadership in Major Projects program later this year.

Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre, Professor Suresh Cuganesan, congratulated Ms Champ and said the Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship was designed to help talented women develop the leadership capabilities needed for project success.

There are many challenges facing organisations aspiring to create value from projects. It is imperative that there is diversity among project leaders to ensure the right outcomes for future generations.
Professor Suresh Cuganesan

“In the second year of this scholarship we continue to be impressed by the calibre of female project leads shortlisted for this scholarship and we are delighted to welcome Tamara to our award-winning Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program.”

Ms Champ has a diverse work experience with valuable perspectives gained from projects in South America, Indonesia, Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

“Working in different countries has helped me appreciate the perspectives and needs of many across diverse cultural settings.” said Ms Champ.

I have seen how opportunities are lost on major projects. I know that through effective leadership I can help support teams and stakeholders to work together to deliver the best results.
Tamara Champ
Image of 2019 scholarship judging panel: Professor Suresh Cuganesan, Dr Lisa Interligi, Maurizio Floris, Vicky Sisson and Traci-Ann Byrnes

Judging panel (left to right): Professor Suresh Cuganesan, Dr Lisa Interligi, Maurizio Floris, Vicky Sisson and Traci-Ann Byrnes

 

Judges on the selection panel included Dr Lisa Interligi, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Services Office, CIMIC Group Limited, Traci-Ann Byrnes, First Assistant Secretary, Program Performance, Department of Defence and ELMP Alumnus, Vicky Sisson, Regional Planning Manager, NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

As part of the judging panel, Traci-Ann Byrnes, Department of Defence, was impressed by Tamara’s outstanding experience and desire to support others in this field.

“Leaders of projects need to be very adept at navigating a range of issues facing their projects whilst working effectively with their stakeholders and teams,” said Ms Byrnes.

“Leaders like Tamara offer unique perspectives and can help teams face change and challenging environments.”

Ms Champ will commence the ELMP program in August as part of a small cohort of senior leaders. “I am delighted to be awarded this scholarship and join a program that specifically looks at major projects and the skills needed for project success.”

“The opportunity to study with peers facing many of the same challenges is exciting. It will provide me with the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with people from whom I can learn from and share my theories and experiences with under the umbrella of improving how projects are executed.”

The Women Leaders in Projects Scholarship is open to female applicants that have completed an undergraduate degree, graduate diploma/certificate or equivalent, and have a minimum of ten years relevant major projects experience. Full eligibility criteria is available here.

The opportunity to study with peers facing many of the same challenges is exciting. It will provide me the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with people whom I can learn from and share my theories and experiences with under the umbrella of improving how projects are executed.
Tamara Champ, 2019 Scholarship winner