THE SHOWROOM, MINGARA | Saturday 27th August 2016


The Central Coast Business Excellence Awards [CCBEA] are the most prestigious and recognisable business awards held on the Central Coast. They are inclusive of the two local government areas; Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council.

Conducted annually the Awards program celebrates business excellence and honours Central Coast industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.

Receiving a Central Coast Business Excellence Award is an independent and prestigious endorsement of the projects, initiatives, service, products and achievements of your organisation.

Our supporters believe it is important to promote and endorse business success across the Central Coast and New South Wales for our long term prosperity.

The CCBEA alliance with the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber is an important strategic step creating the pathway for Award winners in nominated categories to become automatic finalists in the the NSW Business Chamber State Awards. This pathway is supported by our local Chambers.

An innovative, strong and thriving business community drives a successful and prosperous Central Coast


The design represents business excellence. Business growth tends to be fluid rather than take a straight path as it reaches towards excellence. The moving forms represent key elements and key people forging and growing together within a business. Together they form the unique DNA of that business; DNA also being graphically illustrated here. The colours of gold and platinum depict strength. These metals go through a purification process using heat to mould and shape them – reflecting the trials and challenges of business. The light at the centre represents insight and vision.


The Central Coast Business Excellence Awards is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector.

  1. The Awards programme serves three purposes for the Central Coast community:
    • It provides examples for the business community to aspire to
    • It celebrates and endorses individual and organisational success
    • It provides case studies and content for learning from these exceptional organisations
  2. Awards
    • 2.1 The Awards comprise the following categories:
      • 2.1.1 Business Leaders Award [Age 36+]
      • 2.1.2 Employer of Choice
      • 2.1.3 Excellence in Business [employing more than 20 full time employees]
      • 2.1.4 Excellence in Business Ethics
      • 2.1.5 Excellence in Innovation
      • 2.1.6 Excellence in Manufacturing
      • 2.1.7 Excellence in Small Business [less than 20 full time employees]
      • 2.1.8 Excellence in Sustainability
      • 2.1.9 Life Time Achievement
      • 2.1.10 Local Chamber of the Year
      • 2.1.11 Outstanding Contribution to the Central Coast
      • 2.1.12 Young Business Executive [under 35 years of age]
      • 2.1.13 Young Entrepreneur [under 35 years of age]
      • 2.1.14 Business of the Year

Terms and Conditions

  1. Award Organisers have in place a Media Exclusivity Agreement
  2. This Agreement protects our media rights holders;
    • Radio 2GO
    • Radio SEA FM
    • NBN Central Coast Television
  3. All Entries in the CCBEA are subject to this Media Exclusivity Agreement
  4. The Exclusivity Period is for ten [10] days commencing from the date of the Awards Presentation
  5. The Agreement allows for general reporting by other media agencies but does not include interviews with winners without the express permission from the Organisers
  6. Contact details of our Media Award Partners is available by contacting the Organisers via or Kerry Ruffels 0410 494999

For a full list of terms and conditions please refer to the NSW Business Chamber Annual Awards website



Dr Lisa Barnes

A co-ordinator at the UoN Central Coast Business School, Dr Barnes is also External Engagement Officer, Co-Director Recruitment [Central Coast], a Lecturer in Accounting at the Newcastle Business School and Faculty of Business and Law.

A Summary of Dr Barnes key achievements include:

  • Appointed “Co-ordinator” Central Coast Business School 2015
  • Winner CPA Australia sponsored, B-Hert 2013 “Excellence in Accounting teaching collaboration” (Business Higher Education Round Table).
  • “Expert Judge” for Business Achievement Award 2013, NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards.
  • Facilitator “Collaborative Research Forum” June 2013 with Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.
  • Facilitator of “Not-For-Profit Collaborative Workshop” November 2013 
  • Winner “Central Coast Woman of the Year” 2012 (BWC).
  • Winner “Women in Education and Training” award 2012 (BWC).
  • Community involvement with disability, youth, sport and music sectors.
  • Co-Author of “CCH Australia Master Accountants Guide” 2009.

Board Memberships

  • Parkside Ltd: Treasurer – Not-For-Profit Multi-service facility specialising in Youth Services, Treasurer, since 2007 – on going (Voluntary).
  • Coastlink Ltd: Chairperson – Not-For-Profit provider of Disability Respite Services, Director since 2010 – on going (Voluntary).
  • NSW Government Small Business Development Council – Board member advising NSW Small Business Minister 2007 – 2010.
Marg Haseltine


Margaret Haseltine brings more than 30 years business experience in a broad range of senior positions and 10 years Board Directorship. A proven executive leader, Margaret has delivered significant achievements in the areas of change management, governance, organisational culture and profitability.

Margaret was CEO of Mars Food Australia for 5 years from 2004 after holding a number of key Executive and Senior management roles. During her time as CEO Margaret’s responsibilities included full P & L management and leadership for a $380M food manufacturing business employing more than 580 people. She was also responsible for running the Mars Inc. supply chain for Australasia with a $1bn portfolio.

Since leaving Mars 5 years ago, Margaret has embarked on a professional career as a Non-Executive director, and has worked with over 10 boards in various roles and sub-committees.

Margaret maintains strong Industry links with professional bodies such as the Australia food and Grocery council, and more recently being appointed to the National Food Precinct. She has a passion for great corporate governance, and 4 of her board appointments are ministerial appointments being the central Coast Water Corporation, the National Skills and standards committee, the Ourimbah campuses Advisory Board NSW Crown lands trust and more recently the Food precinct. Margaret is a member of Women on Boards, chief executive women and mentors and advises in many of the Board ready programs. Margaret has completed the AICD company director’s course, mastering the board room and is a past mentee on the AICD chairman’s mentoring program in 2011.

Mike Goodman

Mike Goodman

For more than six years, Mike Goodman has been a facilitator and business adviser with the Federal Government Entrepreneurs’ Programme across the Central Coast and Hunter regions. He is also an active member of local industry groups such as Innov8Central and Central Coast Manufacturing Connect.

With specialisations in business management, supply chain innovation and building commercial alliances, Mike has provided business growth assessments, strategic advice, new ideas and valuable connections to dozens of small and medium businesses across many industry sectors.

An innovative thinker and catalyst for positive change, Mike draws on more than 35 years of corporate experience, including 16 years in global marketing and business development roles with Australian technology companies, where he launched new products and established substantial brand presence in US, European and Asian markets.

The Judging Panel has been chosen for their knowledge and experience across the business spectrum. All are independent of the organisers and sponsors.

The judges' decisions will be independently arrived at and final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judges' decisions.

Please note: all judges will sign non-disclosure agreements before being given access to any entry. This is in keeping with the organisers' clear intent to maintain high levels of confidentiality. If, for instance, an entrant wishes to embargo certain information because of its commercial sensitivity, then provided the material is clearly marked as confidential, any material subject to an embargo will not be published.