Women in Collision


Recognising, rewarding and developing the careers of female trailblazers in the collision industry. 

The event will begin with a two course lunch and drinks will be available throughout the afternoon. The keynote speaker is Natalee Johnston a women who has always tested the boundaries and stood her ground against those who believed she was unable to succeed. 

As the first and only female helicopter pilot in the RAN for eight years, Johnston had to prove her worth to herself and silence her critics.  As she successfully navigated her Naval career, Johnston’s interest in risk, culture and human factors (soft skills) grew as she led her team in challenging environments and experienced the loss of friends and colleagues due to aircraft accidents.   

From the collision industry Kathy Zdravevski VACC's industry policy advisor is our second speaker. You will also hear from Andrea McCarthy from McCarthy Panel Works in Mackay is the first woman on the board of I-CAR, is deeply involved with MTA Queensland and still manages to run the business.

The Women in Collision awards will be presented to the winners at the end of the event.

 12:30pm - 3:30pm, Friday 25 Feb 2022 
The Gallery, Beta,
 Level 1, 238 Castlereagh St, Sydney


Natalee J Kathy Z Andrea

Awards Categories: 

  • Technicians / Estimators. This category is for paint and panel technicians and estimators. These can be apprentices as well as fully qualified technicians.

  • Admin / Customer Service. This category is women in all administration roles such as customer service officers/front of house, accounts, HR, OH&S, marketing, training.

  • Parts Manager (presented by PARTSCHECK). This category is for Parts Managers only.

  • Owner / Manager. This category is for business owners or senior managers.

  • Industry Supplier Representative. This category is for women who work for suppliers such as paint and consumables companies, workshop equipment suppliers, training companies such as I-CAR or TAFEs etc.

Ten winners will be honoured - two per category.