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Meet the Judging Board 2021

13 May, 2021
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The 2021 Pause Awards judging board is a stellar lineup. You can check the complete list of judges, but here are the five to know.

Lee Tonitto, Managing Director at Tonitto and Partners

Lee is inspired by working with passionate people who share a commitment to achieving results with a focus on values, ethics, and ESG concerns reconciled with commercial goals. She has successfully held C-suite and director-level roles over the past 20 years, spanning Australia and New Zealand and representing major brands such as Unilever, Revlon, AMP and the Commonwealth Bank’s Count Financial.

A specialist in identifying and solving complex enterprise-wide business issues, Lee is a transformation catalyst. Her significant capability includes strategy, brand, marketing, distribution, operational performance improvement, coaching, mentoring and business transformation.

Ben Ford, Head of Growth at Frollo

Before joining Frollo, Ben spent three years with Yodlee, where he established the APAC headquarters in Sydney and enjoyed a stint at illion Open Data Solutions (formerly Proviso).

A fierce advocate and supporter of the Fintech community, Ben has spent time as an advisor and mentor at Antler, the Yodlee Incubator in Silicon Valley, Startup Bootcamp, and Inspiring Rare Birds, as well as at various individual startups. He is also the Fintech Editor for IdeaSpies.

Before entering the Fintech world, Ben spent ten years in product management and sales with Equifax (UK) and Dun & Bradstreet (Australia).

Christina Gerakiteys, Co-CEO at SingularityU Australia

Christina is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and program designer, creating interactive educational experiences driven by design thinking, purpose, engagement, and play.

Christina is on a mission to educate, empower and inspire leaders to converge transformational technologies to impact and solve humanity’s grand challenges. She has worked with Deloitte, IAG, Employment Hero and Entrepreneurs Organisation.

Christina writes for several publications, hosts the SingularityU Australia Webinar series ‘A Future By Design’, the podcast ‘Inspire for 5’, and speaks on the radio about creativity and innovation. In addition, she is a contributor to the award-winning Front-End Innovation blog.

Christina is an advocate for innovation committees; she produced the annual Hunter Innovation Festival and lectures in business, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tom Leyden, Global Leader of IT at Woods Bagot

Tom is a global leader in IT with a broad range of sector experience. Over 20 years, he has worked in multiple industries, including finance, business services and, more recently, architecture and design.

His recent work includes delivering technology aligned to the organisation’s strategic needs in cutting-edge architectural design and cost-effective service delivery. Key to this has been getting the infrastructure into the cloud, developing strategies that connect technology with the next generations and driving technology innovation. With the rise of consumer-based technology, Tom believes that technology is no longer the domain of the IT department, and to really unlock technology for an organisation, we must enable people to bring technology to the game.

Sonia Clarke, Director, Future of Work, PwC

Sonia is currently part of PwC’s Future of Work practice, working with the executive teams to shape and articulate what their organisation’s future looks like.

At PwC, she leads a team of communications strategists, content designers, digital producers, artists, animators and creative directors. 

Before joining PwC, Sonia spent more than a decade in PR. She held senior agency leadership roles and directed award-winning campaigns that spanned consumer brands to corporate reputation management.

As we close the Standard Entries this Friday, we will hit a new milestone – receiving more entries than last year! And there is still time to get yours in, don’t miss out. Submit your entries.


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Category tracks



Creating a safe and open space in which everyone thrives and the collaboration flows through all levels and titles with the power of the one team. The entries should demonstrate how the transformation has been achieved across core business functions, that have delivered a positive impact and growth for business, staff, stakeholders and customers. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Celebrating commercial effectiveness through success in the marketplace by leaving a dent in the universe, no matter what the size of the company. The entries should demonstrate the highest levels of expertise, leadership and vision in the application of their business strategies. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Standing up for your purpose and going beyond together as a team aligned on the single mission to positively impact the environment, people and community. The entries should demonstrate ideas intended to change the world; work which sets out to positively impact ingrained gender inequality, social imbalance or injustice. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Only awarded to a single entry in each category track, Grand Prix is the highest accolade in Pause Awards. To win the Grand Prix, the entire Judging Board must unanimously agree that the entry deserves the accolade of being the best in class.

​​Focusing on the productivity and elegance of execution to deliver impactful ideas to a market (or many) with the power to cut through the noise. Entries should demonstrate how the innovation and optimisation of the customer journey led to scaled consumer engagement and commercial success. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.

Elevating every voice in the ecosystem is not just important for its collective success, industry development but also for the future growth. The entries should demonstrate ingenuity which leads to the creation of new products and services, through leadership, by elevating the internal culture and communities they serve. Judges will only refer to written entries during the evaluation process. No additional research will be undertaken, and for this reason, we recommend you give detailed and sharp answers.


Categories


  • Diverse Co. (NEW)

    For nurturing an inclusive environment. This award recognises a workplace that has successfully and intentionally encouraged innovation among diverse employees.


  • Large team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with over 1000+ employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Medium team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with 21-999 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation.


  • Small team culture (NEW)

    For fostering innovation. This award recognises a workplace with less than 20 employees that has outpaced their cohort in fostering a culture of innovation


  • Work sweet work

    For a great workplace culture. This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.


  • Company of the Year (NEW)

    For the best company. This award recognises a company leadership, success, ambition to excel against all odds with the solid future development plans.


  • Defiant ones

    For new tech breakthroughs. This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in.


  • Hall of fame

    For a lifetime achievement. This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.


  • Hammer

    For nailing it. This award recognises a company's success – on their own terms – in the market.


  • I wish I'd done that

    For sheer brilliance. This award recognises a company's simple and clever idea in a niche market.


  • Indi

    For new and First Peoples. This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that gained success in the market.


  • On the rise

    For early stage mavericks. This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first three years.


  • Prodigy

    For being exceptional. This award recognises a young person with exceptional qualities or abilities.


  • Women in business (NEW)

    For breaking the mould. This award recognises a successful female leader and entrepreneur who is paving the way forward for the future generations.


  • B-Good

    For a good business. This award recognises a company that has done well to change our economic system to positively impact all stakeholders through their commercial practice.


  • Circular Pioneer

    For making a difference. This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts.


  • Going green

    For delivering impact at scale. This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.


  • You've got ethics

    For the leadership in environmental social governance. This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.


  • Design first (NEW)

    For design lead products. This award recognises a company that is using design to drive product innovation with the entire company onboard.


  • Inception

    For visionary thinkers. This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better.


  • Out of the garage

    For scaling globally. This award recognises a company's global growth, expansion, and success.


  • Unexpected twist

    For a great pivot. This award recognises a company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career.


  • Wildfire (NEW)

    For conquering a marketplace. This award recognises a company that has made a significant impact on the marketplace in the shortest amount of time.


  • Backbone (NEW)

    For backing the future idea. This award recognises a VC firm with a portfolio of companies that have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the AU economy.


  • Brave Angel (NEW)

    For early stage support. This award recognises an angel investor that has garnered a portfolio of companies and has a good track record of helping founders succeed.


  • C-Suite (NEW)

    For the best leadership. This award recognises the highest-ranking executive that has impeccable leadership, management and interpersonal skills.


  • Do you know who I am

    For the silent achiever. This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage.


  • Future builder (NEW)

    For grit to start a new venture. This award recognises a founder at any level and life stage who has decided to start jumping the hoops of their own business.


  • Hottest hub (NEW)

    For the best community. This award recognises a co-working space that provides boutique experience, world class facilities with community management.


  • Launch pad (NEW)

    For activating the support systems. This award recognises an accelerator that has a good reputation in providing the best startup program with industry connections.


  • Super connector

    For being the community champ. This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community.

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