Hall of Fame

Tall Poppy Life Members

The red poppy flower is the recognisable symbol of the Hastings Business Women's Network. In the HBWN tall poppies are celebrated, not cut down. We encourage our members to be proud of and promote their success in all fields, at all levels.

Tall Poppy Life Membership Awards are presented to members who have excelled, not only in their business success, but also in their support of others, particularly women.

These are women who take the time to mentor others and are a living, breathing example of the HBWN's vision, ethics and core objectives.

Michelle Vassallo

Anne Kocass

Kellie Mills

Founding President

Sue Carson

Glenda Hamilton

Helen Ross

Peta Simmons


Di Edgerley


Caron Dyball


Debbie Moore


Ann-Maree Crowe


Sue Reid


Kelly Lamb


Barbara Smith


Robyn Flanagan


Loris Hendy



Hastings Heroines

The HBWN and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams MP, celebrate International Women's Day each year by recognising some of our region's unsung heroines.

The Hastings Heroines awards honour inspirational women who have made significant contributions in our local community. These women include:

2012 Hastings Heroines

Dominica Roebuck

Janice Downes

Lesley Tierney

Lorraine Chambers

Sheila Openshaw

2013 Hastings Heroines

Barbara Smith

Kylie Dowse

Lynn Lelean

Marie Winter

Maureen Cooke

2014 Hastings Heroines

Janette Hyde

Beverly Buckridge


2015 Hastings Heroines

Janine Buesnel



2016 Hastings Heroines


Genna Johnson, Rhonda Radley, Alex Glen-Holmes


2017 Hastings Heroines

Tanya Simmons

Caitlyn Howard
Young Hastings Heroine


Read more about our 2017 Hastings Heroines Award Winners and nominees here


2018 Hastings Heroines

Sue Jogever


Jess Denham
Young Hastings Heroine


Read more about our 2018 Hastings Heroines Award Winners and nominees here


2019 Hastings Heroines

Jody Gleeson, Xanthia Hughes (YHH), Janis Eldridge


Read more about our 2019 Hastings Heroines Award Winners and nominees here


Woman in Business

HBWN is pleased to the major sponsor of the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards Woman in Business Category. This award honours women who have owned their own business (or co-owned) for at least 12 months and who have fostered growth and development in their business while contributing to the local community. Images: Courtesy of Lindsay Moller

WIB 2017
Jane Hillsdon

WIB 2015
Tanya Simmons

WIB 2016
Jane Hillsdon

WIB 2017
Ashley Sargeson

WIB 2018
Ashley Sargeson

WIB 2018
Stacey Morgan



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