History and Commitee

About GBA


For 24 years the Gippsland Business Awards have been celebrating the achievements of Gippsland Business. The Federation University Gippsland Business Awards are the pinnacle business awards in our region, providing a unique opportunity to showcase the successful endeavours of Gippsland Business.

Each year in August an Award Presentation Dinner is held to present the awards for that year.

Over 350 people experience a superb evening of presentations showcasing the expertise and excellence of Gippsland businesses. Throughout the night, finalists and guests dine on the finest in Gippsland food and wine.

Tickets sell fast each year, so make sure you book early to secure your seat at the premier event on the Gippsland social and business calendar. For ticket sales contact us.

Our Committee



Representing category sponsor AGL Loy Yang, Graeme has been involved in the Awards since 2010 and is proud to be involved in promoting Gippsland’s leading businesses. As GBA Chair from 2011-2018, Graeme undertook several key initiatives including modernising and rebranding the awards. Graeme stepped back into the role of Chair in 2021 re-launching the awards after their 2020 Covid hiatus.


Involved in establishing the awards in 1997, Leo has undertaken the role of voluntary secretary for the past 20 years.  Currently lecturing in marketing and management, Leo is also a business mentor and has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, where he first began writing about Gippsland based businesses.


Pat joined the Gippsland Awards Committee in 2002 and has played a pivotal role over the past 15 years developing relationships with sponsors, managing administration, coordinating judging, liaising with media and organising the finalist’s breakfast and awards evening.


Kirstyn joined the awards in 2018 through her business Gippsland Event Management to provide administrative support and event management to the Gippsland Business Awards committee, including liaison with sponsors and organising the finalist’s breakfast and awards gala.


Lynne joined the committee in a voluntary capacity in 2018. As a proud Gippslander, she feels privileged to be part of the initiative which acknowledges the important role of business in building the region and showcases their achievements in a positive way.


Makayla joined the committee in 2021 with a passion for Gippsland after working closely with business in the region in her previous and current jobs. Makayla looks forward to assisting in raising the profile of the awards among the Gippsland business community via social media.


Kate is an experienced marketing and communications professional who has worked across a range of sectors in Gippsland, and joins the committee as a representative of category sponsor and Gippsland-born private health insurer, Latrobe Health Services. Kate plays a role in supporting the committee to acknowledge and showcase Gippsland businesses, their products and services in the region, and recognising business contribution to our vibrant community.

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