Alicia Leis winner of Corporate & Private Award Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Alicia was nominated for the Awards by Donna Adams, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, on the basis of her outstanding leadership and contribution to her clients through risk management, governance and advisory services.
“I have found Alicia to be dynamic and enthusiastic. She has a sharp analytical mind but also the capacity to see the ‘big picture’. Each time I have worked with Alicia there is a complete focus and dedication to my business priorities and this engenders a strong rapport and business relationship” said Donna of the nomination.
Alicia grew up in the North West, attending Sheffield District High School and Don College, where she was Student President. She joined WLF Accounting & Advisory – then Wise, Lord & Ferguson – after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.
Alicia moved to London in her late 20s where she worked for Balfour Beatty, a large private infrastructure company, before re-joining WLF on her return to Tasmania. She quickly progressed to Manager, and took a strong lead in shaping the business and range of service offerings to meet contemporary needs.
In response to the growing importance of risk management and governance, Alicia put a proposal to the Partnership in 2010 to develop a new internal audit and risk service offering. Building this from the ground up, Alicia now leads the consulting and internal audit divisions of WLF.
This new offering has positioned the firm as a leader in the Tasmanian market, and has directly contributed to WLF navigating disruptive shifts in the accounting industry. Since securing her first contract in 2012, Alicia has established a large portfolio of clients and secured revenue in excess of $2M. Her reviews and advice have assisted and shaped significant projects within the Tasmanian public sector and have been referenced by Standing Committees of Parliament.
In 2013, Alicia became the third female Partner appointed to WLF Accounting & Advisory. She delivers governance and risk training to not-for-profit organisations around Tasmania, often at reduced rates or pro bono, and is passionate about helping these organisations achieve greater levels of success and contribute to the economic and social outcomes for all Tasmanians.
Alicia says she is both delighted and humbled to take home the Award.
“To be recognised amongst other amazing business women is an inspiration. Through this process I have learned a lot about myself, and also had the chance to form connections with some wonderful women from all industries around Tasmania.”
“I believe we must continue to develop the intellectual capability and experience within Tasmania, and foster the talent we have here. I am proud that my work has directly helped so many organisations deliver their objectives more efficiently and effectively. And I am extremely proud to be representing Tasmania at the national Awards next month.”
Alicia will join other State and Territory Award winners in Melbourne in mid-November for a National Workshop and Gala Dinner.
More information about the Awards is available at https://www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com/