• Winner of the Legal/Contracting category: Melinda Halliday of Coras Solutions.
    Winner of the Legal/Contracting category: Melinda Halliday of Coras Solutions.

With two weeks left until the close of entries for ADM’s Women in Defence Awards (WIDA) 2022, ADM is taking a look back at the winners of our 2021 awards across nine categories.

The Legal/Contracting category recognises the defence community’s most outstanding female individual working within the legal/contracting field.

The 2021 winner, Melinda Halliday of Coras Solutions, is a Senior Consultant with Coras Solutions.

In 2020, Melinda delivered contracting and procurement services as the Commercial Manager in the Guided Missile Frigates System Program Office and was involved in the sale and transition of Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class FFGs to the Chilean Navy, which was recognised as the largest ever Commonwealth sale of maritime assets to an allied Navy. During this time, she provided commercial advisory support to seamlessly transition the project through to closure.

Her personal dedication to developing commercial support arrangements provided comprehensive quality assurance across the entire transition process, effectively nurturing an enduring relationship with the Chilean Navy and increasing the Commonwealth’s overseas exports.

The other finalists in the WIDA 2021 Legal/Contracting category were: Alison Whittaker of BAE Systems Australia, Carla Balanco of DroneShield, Lieutenant Commander Elizabeth Cooke of the Royal Australian Navy and Kaylene Askew of Luminact.

Entries for the WIDA 2022 awards close on Tuesday 17th May. Submit your nomination here, or contact Associate Publisher Kylie Leonard for more information.

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