THE Orange-based deputy director general of NSW Trade and Investment Jeannine Biviano was named Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year at an awards ceremony in Sydney last night.
Ms Biviano has been recognised for her long career, most recently in the public service where she was responsible for consolidating 58 separate government entities into a single finance and payroll system.
A former nurse, Ms Biviano was put in charge of a 25-bed neurological ward at the age of 21, and said it was this experience that gave her the confidence to achieve more senior leadership positions in the hospital system and prompted her to undertake a business degree.
After graduating she took on a role in KPMG’s insolvency and receivership division, while still nursing at weekends.
She eventually became a chartered accountant after completing a masters in economics.
“The synergies between nursing and working at KPMG were that I was required to make observations, identify problems and fix them. These continue to be the driving principles of my career,” she said.
After five years in financial services, Ms Biviano returned to the health industry and management roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
In 2002 she became the youngest CEO in NSW Health when appointed to lead the Macquarie Area Health Service.
Six years later she joined the Department of Primary Industries and, when it was later merged into NSW Trade and Investment, Ms Biviano was appointed deputy director general, where she was responsible for the finance, strategy and operations of the department.
As well as taking out the evening’s top award, Ms Biviano also won the community and government award at last night’s Telstra event.