Nominations open for Women of the West Awards 2022

2021 recipients: Woman of the West (Business), Julie Hughes; Young Women of the West Highly Commended, Sophie Wills; Woman of the West (Community) Highly Commended, Kylie Pussell; Young Woman of the West, Natalie Wadwell; Woman of the West (Business) Highly Commended, Gina Field; and Woman of the West (Community), Jane Stratton.

Western Sydney University is pleased to open nominations for its Women of the West Awards 2022.

Held in partnership with Coleman Greig Lawyers, the annual awards founded by the University honour the significant contributions made by women of all backgrounds who live and work in Western Sydney.

Members of the community are invited to nominate an inspirational woman in their lives in the categories of Woman of the West (Business), Woman of the West (Community) and Young Woman of the West (18-30 years).

Professor Clare Pollock, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at Western Sydney University, said the Awards shine a light on the diversity and strength of women in the community.

“The University is proud to recognise the talented and dedicated women who are contributing to Western Sydney through the Women of the West Awards,” said Professor Pollock.

“The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and share the stories of women who are achieving so much – I encourage everyone to nominate a remarkable woman they know.”

Each year, nominees come from a variety of backgrounds including education, research, health services, local industry, volunteering, environmental groups, government, and organisations.

Young Woman of the West 2021, Natalie Wadwell

Community engagement professional Natalie Wadwell was named Young Woman of the West 2021 for her creative and dedicated approach to meaningful community engagement.

“It was humbling to be nominated for this award and an absolute honour to be the recipient. My mentors and the communities I work with have shaped who I am and what I do, so the award was in recognition of what we’re creating together,” said Ms Wadwell.

“Women in all their diversity make significant contributions to society. Now more than ever, let’s celebrate people making a difference. We can’t underestimate the positive impact it will have.”

Established in 2005, the Women of the West Awards showcase the inspirational leadership, diversity and strength of women in Western Sydney.

The winners will be announced at the Women in Business Forum in late April 2022 hosted by the University’s partner, Coleman Greig Lawyers.

For more information on the initiative and how to nominate, please visit the Women of the West Awards website (opens in a new window).

Nominations have been extended and will now close at 5pm on Sunday, 27 March 2022.


14 January 2022

Media Unit

Photo credit: Sally Tsoutas