Finals for FFG champion

Published on LEUT Elizabeth Ringrose-Voase (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Kuttabul

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney.

A love of fast cars, fast bikes, gas turbines, and warships wouldn’t normally correlate with a desk job, but for Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally, it  led to her being recognised as a finalist in the 2017 NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Through speeding up dated processes and making them more efficient, Leading Seaman Battenally was nominated for the awards which recognise inspirational Australian women across organisations small and large,  private and public.

Leading Seaman Battenally is currently working as a Technical Support Officer in the Guided Missile Frigate System Program Office at HMAS Kuttabul.

She is part of the team advising on condition assessment and monitoring, assisting the ships to get to sea on time.

“I aim to provide the correct mitigation at the correct time, so we can to maximise the material condition on ships and get value for money,” she said.

“By adopting a proactive approach with the help of an electronic overhaul, we have been able to provide timely reporting and advice to minimise project growth and prevent the potential cost of late intervention.”

In addition to her role, she contributes to the Navy Specialist Women’s Recruiting Team and has been mentoring potential recruits around the state and country.

The Telstra Business Women’s Awards recognise the work of women in business, and after a very thorough and extensive application, she went to a face-to-face interview with the selection panel.

From 5000 nominees throughout the country, Leading Seaman Battenally was named as one of five New South Wales finalists in the Young Business Women’s category.

She was nominated by her Divisional Officer, Lieutenant Rayne Stibbard.

“I saw the information pop up and I thought about who I could nominate,” she said.

“Sarah not only does her job and does it well, but somehow finds the time to contribute to so many other things in both the workplace and the wider Navy community.

“It’s important for us to recognise the work our people do and nominating her for this award was one way to do that.”

As a finalist, Leading Seaman Battenally was invited to the New South Wales Gala dinner for the presentation of certificates and announcement of the state winners.

She was supported by her parents, grandmother, fiancée Amy, and colleagues.

“As for the result of the dinner, I was not selected as the NSW Young Business Women’s Award winner,” she said.

“However, I was thrilled to be nominated and then beside myself when I heard the news that I was a finalist!

“It is great to be recognised for my hard work but also to be able share this recognition with the whole team.

“It is an opportunity for me to say a huge thank you to my team and my fiancée, for helping me to contribute my best and achieve things I never thought possible.”