Australian Defence Industry Award Finalists

RD Consulting is thrilled to announce that CEO Colin Anstie and Senior Manager Amanda Smith have been named as finalists for the 2021 Defence Connect, Australian Defence Industry Awards. 

Colin is a finalist for Executive of the Year. At RD Consulting, Colin is a servant leader, believing his role is to serve everybody whether it be clients or team members. 

Colin has achieved this while seeing RD Consulting grow from a team of eight to a diverse team of 80. Rolling up his sleeves and working alongside the team every day. During this time, Colin has continued to innovate and assist the Australian Defence Force to be future ready. 

“I am incredibly humbled to even be nominated. I live and breathe RD every day with a mission to Believe in Better: better connections and better impact, for both our incredible staff and amazing clients,” Colin said. “I believe in finding new solutions not only to existing problems, but to unknown emerging situations and in doing so seeing our clients achieve success.” 

Amanda Smith is a finalist for Marketing and Communications Professional of the Year for her work as a Strategic Communication Advisor in Department of Defence. 

In the last 12 months, Amanda has assisted the Australian Army as they told their ‘next story’ in modern, first-of-its-kind ways, while also helping engage with veterans. 

“Having my contribution to Defence recognized is an honour,” Amanda said. “Helping veterans regain meaningful employment has been an absolute highlight of my career.” 

RD is also immensely proud of both Senior Manager Sarah Tisdell and Senior Manager Madeline Bonfini who were entrants for the Female Defence Leader of the Year and Rising Star of the Year respectively.  

Sarah believes that authenticity is the key to her approach. 

“People are at the centre of everything I do and doing what I love contributes to more than just my career,” Sarah said. 

For Madeline, the recognition is continuing to drive her as she works.  

“Recognition of my work means the world to me,” Madeline said. “It’s given me more drive than ever to continue making a positive impact within Defence.” 

The Australian Defence Industry Awards will take place on Tuesday 7 December. 

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