EY recognises ‘exceptional’ Oceania staff with internal CEO awards

07 May 2023 Consultancy.com.au 4 min. read
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Close to dozen EY professionals and three of its teams have been recognised in the consultancy’s internal CEO Awards.

Professional services firm EY has issued its annual in-house CEO awards for its staff and teams in Oceania, with Melbourne-based financial services senior consultant Millie Hogben taking home the overall honour. The independent judging panel altogether reviewed more than 350 nominations across five categories, with ten further individual award-winners and three teams recognised from the almost forty finalists.

“It’s an honour to celebrate exceptional individuals and teams who have delivered outstanding client, people, and social value while fostering diversity, equity and inclusion,” commented EY Oceania CEO David Larocca, who was on hand in Sydney to personally hand out the awards to this year’s recipients.

EY recognises ‘exceptional’ Oceania staff with internal CEO awards

“Congratulations to all nominees, finalists, and winners – your contributions to building a better working world are truly inspiring,” Larocca added.

A pillar lead for EY’s Women in Technology community – which also took out one of the team awards for diversity & inclusion – Hogben has been with EY coming up on three and a half years, joining at the beginning of 2020 following the completion of a commerce degree with Monash University. She was recognised for her cultural leadership and positive impact on clients and staff across multiple categories, earning her the top award.

Taking out the Emerging Leader Award for Client Centricity was Sydney-based People Advisory Services manager Madison Coombes, who was recognised for her client delivery excellence while supporting ANZ on its multi-year PeopleHub SuccessFactors and ServiceNow global transformation. Coombes has been with EY since 2014, originally joining the firm as an intern in Canberra while completing a commerce degree with ANU.

Talent acquisition director Lauren Stanton and business consulting finance manager Miriam Greenbaum have been awarded for Transformative Leadership, the latter in the emerging leader category. Stanton, who recently completed a pilot EY Ignite Board Leadership program, has been with the firm in Brisbane for the past nine years after arriving from Aurecon, while Greenbaum joined EY in Sydney in 2018 out of UNSW.

EY’s CEO awards for Social Contribution went to Celia Torres-Villanueva and Joanna Friedman of the firm’s Melbourne office. Torres-Villanueva holds a PhD in biomedical sciences and joined EY as an associate director toward the end of 2021, while Friedman has been with EY since 2019 working in the area of climate change and sustainability. The pair were recognised for their contribution to a variety of initiatives as part of EY’s Ripples CSR program.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) leadership category was awarded to a pair who bring their own diverse backgrounds to the firm; senior associate Angelica Maulino, who has spent the past six years in EY’s Port Moresby office, and Sydney-based cyber transformation director Jay Hira, a migrant to Australia who identifies as a person of colour. Hira rejoined EY at the beginning of last year, with previous stints at Accenture and KPMG.

The Lynne Sutherland awards are in honour of EY Oceania’s first female partner and recognise efforts toward advancing women and broader inclusion at the firm. This year’s recipients are climate change and sustainability managing partner Rebecca Dabbs in Melbourne, who rejoined the firm in 2010, infrastructure strategy and transactions manager Kristianne Hoi of Auckland (since 2017), and NSW-based TMT sector audit associate Olivia Montgomery.

In addition to the individual trophies (which were designed by EY National Indigenous Operations lead and Arrernte artist PJ Kemarre), three teams have also received awards; the Michelle Williams-led EY Women in Technology Oceania Core Program (for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion); the Melbourne-based ‘EY Robogals’ team for social contribution through the promotion of STEM careers to students of various ages; and EY’s Project Fairway team.