beacon 2023 | Who is Sandy Smith?

Inspiring Individual Award - Who is Sandy Smith?

Sandy Smith was the Business Development Manager at MediaWorks Television (now Warner Bros. Discovery) and left an indelible mark on the fast-moving media world during her 13-year tenure. Her contributions to the company were invaluable, as she imparted the vital attributes and values that lead to success in this ever-evolving industry.

Before taking on the role of Business Development Manager, Sandy served as Media Director at Colenso and HKM. Her sense of fun and business philosophy made her highly respected and loved by her peers. In the 1990s, she also worked for McCanns in Sydney, earning the respect of both clients and colleagues through her inclusive style, sassy attitude, and all-around sharp smarts.

 Sandy radiated warmth and kindness, and her contagious personality made her an instant hit with people from all walks of life. She was a mentor to many, always willing to share her knowledge with budding industry stars.

 Sandy's invaluable contributions to the media industry are still remembered and celebrated today. In her honour, the "Inspiring Individual Award" was established in 2011 to recognise individuals who demonstrate the same dedication, excellence, and values that Sandy exemplified during her career. This award is a testament to Sandy's lasting impact on the industry, and a way to ensure that her legacy continues to inspire and empower others in the field. This award embodies Sandy's philosophies and values. It seeks to recognise and honour individuals who demonstrate the same unwavering commitment to excellence that she embodied throughout her career.

Nominations for the Inspiring Individual Award are currently open, as the Comms Council and Warner Bros. Discovery seek out the industry's most inspiring leaders. This award recognises individuals who are often referred to as the "unsung heroes" within their organisation, as they inspire their peers through their generosity of spirit, patience, willingness, and passion. These individuals are integral to their company's success and culture and are nominated by their colleagues.

To nominate an individual for the award, it is necessary to provide an explanation as to why the person is deserving of the honour. The nomination form can be downloaded here. Completed nominations should be sent to by 4pm on Wednesday 10 May 2023.

 The recipient of the Sandy Smith Inspiring Individual Award, who will be announced at the Beacon Awards Show Thursday 15 June 2023, will be granted $10,000 to be used to further their education, providing an opportunity to gain additional experience and knowledge that they can share with others.