It's with great pleasure that we announce the next round of finalists for the 2016 Women in Smash awards.

This time the spotlight is on Janelle Koopman from Absolute Panel & Paint in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales (pictured) and Petrina White from Cramp Bros Bodyworks in Hobart, Tasmania.

Speaking about the industry, Koopman believes that Women in Smash is an opportunity to celebrate what women do for businesses across all levels.

“They're the backbone of the industry – they're the first port of call.”

You can read all about their journeys in the industry in our next issue of Paint & Panel.

Until then, nominate yourself or a woman doing an exceptional job at your shop to be in the running to become our next finalist.

Previous finalists are:


  • Kristie Pate from KIngswood Smash Repairs, NSW
  • Samantha Leonard from Forbes Smash Repairs,NSW
  • Donna Robson, The River Group, QLD;
  • Sharon McHugh, Miami Smash, QLD
  • Ruth Barnard, Smithfield Collision, SA


  • Roslyn Anderson, NSW
  • Amanda Lombardi, WA
  • Olivia Colangelo-Couch, SA
  • Nicky Slattery, Vic
  • Tina Scalzi, SA

We want to know who you are, what you’re doing and the difference you’re making.

The Women in Smash programme, sponsored by NRMA Insurance will recognise seven ­finalists, each to be featured in an issue of Australasian Paint & Panel magazine.

From these finalists the national winner will be chosen.

Don’t be modest. Enter now.




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