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In 2003, The Study created a special award in honour of Judy Elder (Class of ‘71), presented on an annual basis to a Study alumna who has distinguished herself in her chosen field of endeavour and who embodies the values that Judy embraced: heart-based leadership, ambition to excel in a chosen field, courage to break new ground and commitment to teach and inspire through mentorship.

For a full biography on Judy Elder, please click here.  

The Winner of the 2018 Judy Elder Alumna Award is Jane Yuile '73 

Jane graduated from The Study in 1973 and would be considered a “Lifer” today, having spent 12 years at the school. Her grandmother Osla (Cains) Dawes '18, her mother Elizabeth (Dawes) O’Brien ’44 and her sister Ann (Yuile) Campbell ’68 attended The Study as well, making them a Study legacy family.

Jane earned her B.Sc  in 1976 and her MBA in 1977, both from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. She began her career as a Chartered Accountant, working for major firms in San Francisco, London and Melbourne. She then worked ten years as the Finance Director of a publicly listed technology company before establishing a consulting firm specialising in governance, strategy and risk. During that period, she became a non-executive director of companies in industries including the arts, environment, technology, utilities, healthcare and education.

Jane has more than 40 years’ experience in business and is currently the State Chair of ANZ Bank, South Australia, Chair of ReturnToWork, South Australia, and recent past Chair of the technology company Prime Q. She is Director of Adelaide Airport and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has lived in Australia for the past 36 years, and for the past 18 years in South Australia where she developed a deep commitment to the State. She has highly developed business and government networks and is a sought-after speaker on leadership, economics and women’s networking. Her core skill set centres around finance, business strategy and growth, company acquisitions and divestments.

Jane, like Judy Elder ’71, whom she knew, is an ambitious and successful, yet humble, business leader who is dedicated to public service and mentorship. She is an active and often creative fundraiser, selecting a different charity each year to support. Jane shaved her head and raised $30,000 for the Cancer Council of South Australia, raised $20,000 when she jumped out of a plane for the Royal Flying Doctor Service which brings medical aid to remote communities, raised $10,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, and she participated in the “CEO Sleepout” two times to raise awareness and funds to end homelessness in Adelaide. Jane is a strong supporter of fostering women’s careers and is involved with formal mentoring programs as well as more casual endeavours.  She has always mentored those in her employ as well as many young people from North America who she has hosted in Australia, introducing them to other cultures, job-opportunities and life experiences.

While Jane is rehabilitating from a very serious accident last fall, with the support of her husband Ian and their two children, she continues to work with great bravery, stoicism, patience and humour.


Past Recipients of the Judy Elder Alumna Award