Dr Janet Holmes a' Court explains her leadership style and how she turned her business around with Thomas Murrell. She spoke at a Graduate Management Association (GMA) Up Close and Personal lunch at the University Club on Thursday November 21st 2013.
Janet Holmes à Court is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is also Chairman of the John Holland Advisory Board, one of Australia's leading construction and engineering companies; the West Australian Symphony Orchestra; the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC).
She is a Board Director of Vision 2020 Australia, Board Member of the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund, the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) and Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
She is a science graduate from the University of Western Australia and taught science for a number of years before working more closely with family business matters.
She has won numerous awards recognising her contribution to the community and to business, including a Companion of the Order of Australia.
In August 2012 Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship at Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in recognition as a leader with a long-term record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievement.
In November 2011, Mrs Holmes à Court was elected an Honorary Fellow of The Australian Academy of the Humanities. In September 2011, Edith Cowan University awarded Mrs Holmes à Court an Honorary Doctorate "Doctor of Arts honoris causa". In March 2011, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the Australian Achievement in Architecture National President’s Prize for her contribution to the Australian presence at the Venice Architecture Biennale of 2010.
In early March, Mrs Holmes à Court was inducted into the International Women’s Day WA Women's Hall of Fame in recognition of her business acumen. The awards program is dedicated to unsung heroines from all walks of life, from all over Western Australia.
In March 2009, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded The Woodrow Wilson Corporate Citizenship Award in recognition of her exemplary business acumen and tireless commitment to giving back to the global community through the arts, health and education.
In October 2008, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the 2008 United Way Philanthropist of the Year Award in recognition of her support to the arts, conservation, peace and local community groups. In March 2008, the Charles Sturt University awarded Mrs Holmes à Court an Honorary Doctor of Business Award.
In September 2007, The Institute of Engineers Australia awarded Mrs Holmes à Court a Companion of Engineers Australia. In August 2007, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the Australian Institute of Company Directors WA Gold Medal Award. This award is presented to a director who embodies the values of excellence and integrity and encourages the highest ethical standards.
In May 2007, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business from University of Ballarat and in January 2007, was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to business, particularly as a leader in the construction, wine and cattle industries, to the advancement of Western Australia's musical and theatre culture, to the visual arts, and to the community.
In May 2004, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded a Champion Award for the Year of the Built Environment 2004 Western Australia in recognition by the State Steering Committee for excellence in field for championing improvements in the way we plan, design, construct and operate our built environment.
In November 2003, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded The Lifetime Commitment Award from the WA State Arts Sponsorship Scheme Awards for her leadership and outstanding personal commitment to making a significant contribution to arts and culture in Western Australia. In August 2003, she was awarded the 2003 AbaF Richard Pratt Business Leadership Award.
In January 2001, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded a Centenary Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the arts as Chair of the WA Symphony Orchestra and Black Swan Theatre Company.
In February 1998, Mrs Holmes à Court was one of nine (9) Western Australian delegates to represent the Australian Republican Movement at the Constitutional Convention in Canberra and in September 1998. In 1998 Mrs Holmes à Court was also awarded the International Business Council of Western Australia Business Award.
In March, 1997 Mrs Holmes à Court was presented an Honorary Doctorate from Murdoch University for her contribution to the development of education to Western Australia and to the nation, and in September 1997, The University of Western Australia admitted her to the Honorary Doctorate of Letters. In May 1997, Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the Institution of Engineers Medal which recognises organisations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic or social development of Australia.
In 1995 Mrs Holmes à Court was awarded the United Kingdom Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June, 1995 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to Business, the Arts and the Community and in 1994 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Central Queensland University.
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