A key factor in the success of local businesses is the attraction, development and retention of young people. The Bob Gawne Young Achiever Award, named in honour of long serving Melbourne Business Award supporter and youth mentor Bob Gawne, identified and promoted young people who were making a significant contribution to the company where they were employed.  

Young Achiever Nomination

Nominations were open to any employee 30 years or younger who:

  • were working in the South East Region of Melbourne
  • were able to demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective field
  • had clear aspirations, and an outstanding attitude to their work and fellow employees
  • had made a significant contribution to the company which they were employed at

Judging Process

From all nominations, three to four nominees were short-listed. The award winner was judged by review of the nomination form, the nominee questionnaire, and if required, a panel interview.

The award winner was announced at the Gala Breakfast Event in late November/early December, and they were presented with a certificate and small prize.  

2019 Young Achiever

Marian O'Leary, RollsPack

2018 Young Achiever

Sam Fox, St Kilda Football Club


2017 Young Achiever presented by Holmesglen

John Khoury, Zenith Interiors


2016 Young Achiever

Hannah Wicke, Accountant with Ashfords



2015 Young Achiever

Sean Kinder, Sales Engineer @ Kinder Australia


2014 Young Achievers

Matt O'Keefe Fitter & Turner based at the Glaxo Smith Kline site for the Skilled Group 

Katina Dukellis Disability Educator with Marriott Support Services



2013 Young Achiever

Sarah Tscholl, Kinder & Co