The Team

Who we are…

 

Jody Harwood, Managing Director

Jody HarwoodAfter obtaining a Bachelor of Business Degree, Jody has held a career in Marketing since 1998.  She has worked for major corporate business such as NEC Australia, as well as in the service industry with Australian Pacific Touring and UQ Sport at The University of Queensland.  In addition, she worked with smaller businesses such as Mercury Computer Systems and Pets Paradise.  As well as Marketing Management, her career has also seen her responsible for Customer Service delivery in areas such as retail management and tour service operation, in businesses both in Australia and Canada.  Jody has won awards for Communication and Innovation and has operated her own small business since 2013.  She took over the management of Australian Achiever Awards in July 2016 upon the retirement of her father Geoff Harwood.

 

Neil Ramsbotham, Associate Director

Neil RamsbothamNeil’s career since 1999 has been in both Customer Service and Information Technology.  He has worked for large companies such as Woolworths Australia and The Australian Defence Force, and smaller business both in Australia and overseas in England.  His expertise is in information technology administration and management, and customer service delivery.  He joined Australian Achiever Awards in October 2016 as an Associate Director.

 

Geoff Harwood, Founder & Board Member

Geoff HarwoodGeoff commenced his career in Advertising in 1967 with J. Ilott Ltd in New Zealand. He transferred to the Melbourne Australia office of Ogilvy & Mather in 1978, becoming an Australian Director and Management Supervisor on major brand advertising. In 1986 he commenced work with Moffart Sharp Advertising.  Geoff then started his own advertising consultancy until the Award concept materialised in March 1998.  Geoff retired in July 2016 and remains as a non-executive board member in an advisory role.

 

Olivia Champion, Board Member

Olivia Champion

Olivia started her career in the UK music industry in 1970 and was seconded to Australia for Astor Records by Bryan Dawe in 1975.  Olivia then worked for eleven years with Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, and later took up a position within the Environment Department of the Australian Chamber of Manufactures (now Australian Industry Group – AiGroup).  She also worked for the Investment Director of the Australian Retirement Fund (now Australian Super).  Olivia joined Australian Achiever Awards full-time in March 2005, and retired in July 2016.  She remains as a non-executive board member in an advisory role.

 

– Vale Judy Sturt –

We are very sad to announce that Judy Sturt lost her battle with cancer in May 2017.  She was a big part of Australian Achiever for a number of years, being the voice behind many hundreds of surveys she conducted with your customers.  Judy was a great asset for us.  She was unfailingly cheerful, patient, loyal and supportive.  She resigned from her role with us in order to fund-raise full time for her local Pink Ladies.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends.  She is greatly missed by us all.