Ms. Yardley, a long-time council employee who is now its Business Solutions and Strategy Coordinator, said her USC Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) had contributed to her success.
“Winning this award is an amazing honor,” she said. “To be recognized by both my industry and my amazingly talented staff for leadership is an extraordinary feeling.
“The USC degree provided me with real-world skills and loads of support and has enabled me to have a successful career without having to leave the Sunshine Coast.
The award cited Ms. Yardley as “an accomplished professional who commenced her IT career 16 years ago, holding management positions which underpinned her ability to understand the business and the organization”.