Terrain NRM CEO Receives Leadership Excellence Accolade

Kathryn Dryden
October 17, 2016

Terrain NRM CEO Receives Leadership Excellence Accolade

Five of the Queensland 2016 AIM Leader of the Year Award winners (L-R: Cliff Powys (Emerging Leader), Carole Sweatman (Not for Profit), Cherie Curtis (Leader/Manager), Bianca Goebel (Student Leader) and Dr John McIntosh (Owner/Entrepreneur).

Carole Sweatman, CEO of Terrain NRM here in the Wet Tropics, has recently taken out the Australian Institute of Management’s (AIM) Not for Profit Leader of the Year Award 2016 for the State of Queensland.

Ms Sweatman is based in Cairns and has been residing on the Cassowary Coast for the last six years. She has a background in environmental management in the government and not-for-profit sectors, and her experience and leadership skills have recently been recognised at a prestigious state event.

The 2016 AIM Leadership Excellence Awards, are Australia’s peak awards recognising and celebrating our most outstanding leaders. They focus on the best leaders in the country, providing them with the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve.

AIM’s Matt Hoskins said, “Being judged as a finalist or winner in the Awards, recognises not only the efforts of the nominee, but also those of their staff and supporters.

“Candidates are judged against seven skills of successful leaders including setting strategy, defining culture, making decisions, leading people, networking, ethical leadership and inclusion.”

Ms Sweatman attended the state finals in Brisbane last week and came home with the prize. She said, “It was an amazing event with incredibly inspiring people. I was proud to be there with fellow regional Far North Queensland finalists for other leadership categories Lesley Van Staveren, Linda Cardew, and Jana Gorski.”

Some of the winning leadership activities that awarded Ms Sweatman her accolade include driving the establishment of the Reef Alliance, achieving great natural resource management (NRM) outcomes for the Wet Tropics, building local partnerships and putting partners first, and facilitating cross regional arrangements to promote stronger synergies and efficiencies.

She has seen Terrain NRM position themselves in the top four of the 56 Regional NRM Bodies in Australia.

She said, “We at Terrain strive for business excellence, and work with many other leaders in the community to manage a broad range of challenging tasks. I would like to share this award with Terrain NRM staff, board and members, and partners across the Wet Tropics.”

Terrain’s role is to help protect environmental resources, promote sustainable use of land and waterways and to support healthy, productive communities and sustainable industries in the Wet Tropics.

Ms Sweatman is now a contender for the AIM Leadership Excellence Awards National Finals in Brisbane on the 19th October.