Leading woman honoured
PORTLAND businesswoman Tammy Whitehead has been inducted into the Women in Business and Regional Development’s Hall of Fame.
The Glenara Transport and Whitehead Timber Sales Portland and Ballarat director was handed the honour at a dinner at Mount Gambier’s Commodore on the Park on Friday night.
She has been a volunteer for the Mount Gambier-based WiBRD organisation for several years, including serving as treasurer and chairperson for two years each.
Organisers told the gathering that Ms Whitehead had been a terrific support when she was initially in the group as a Mount Gambier resident, and when she moved to Portland she became “an absolute driving force to try and get the women from Victoria to come and join us.”
Board member Judy McKay said Ms Whitehead had encouraged her to join the board, and had also helped secure the financial viability of the organisation independent of government support.
“Tammy was a strong mentor and board member for me, and I knew I could – and did – phone Tammy when I needed her help,” Ms McKay said.
Ms Whitehead thanked the organisation for the nomination and said being involved had been a great way to meet other people and make friends, because operating a business could often be a very isolating experience.
“If you have the opportunity to get involved (as a board member of WiBRD) it’s a great way to get governance experience,” she said.
Ms Whitehead is also a member of Portland’s Women in Business network, and said the group is going from strength to strength, with a range of interesting events coming up.
Other women to also be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday were Redgum Country owner Wendy Richardson and former chairperson of the group Elizabeth Hodges.
WiBRD has nearly 200 members, and is a network of women that meet in a supportive environment to build business relationships, develop friendships and create strategic alliances.