History and Committee


About GBA

For 23 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.

The Gippsland Business Awards Presentation Dinner is held at the Premiere Function Centre.

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

Graeme Sennett

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 has recently stepped back in to the role of Chair and looks forward to relaunching the awards in 2021.

Janine Hayes

Joining the Committee as a sponsor representative in 2016,  Janine is continuing in a voluntary capacity within her role as Tourism Project Manager of Destination Gippsland.  Janine is passionate about the value that businesses contribute to the Gippsland region, and through their participation in the award process are able to showcase their unique skills and products to the wider community.

Leo Billington

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 Coles

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.

Stephen Reiss

Joining the Committee in 2017 as a representative of WIN Television, Stephen has been attending GBA events for the past seven years.  He looks forward to using his Gippsland knowledge and marketing acumen to make a valuable contribution to the Committee.​

Leonie Paulet

Recognising the important role the awards play in our local business community, Leonie provides voluntary administrative support to the Gippsland Business Awards committee, including liaison with sponsors and co-ordination of events.

Kirstyn Krausz

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 Smith

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 rimington

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.