The Julie A Priest Memorial Prize
In loving memory of Julie A Priest (15 November 1958 – 1 December 2017).
This prize has been established by the family and friends of Julie to support a woman studying business and information technology who exhibits traits of curiosity and passion for their chosen field.
Why the prize
Julie commenced her career at a time when professional women were still very much in the minority, particularly in technology-related fields. Throughout her career, Julie continued to be aware of this disparity, and keenly felt the need to support those young women who came after her. Julie’s family share that passion and are proud to initiate sponsorship of this prize.
The contributions of her family, friends and colleagues reflect their love and respect for Julie, as well as their desire to support Julie’s commitment to the development and education of young, independent-minded women within business. Contributions are also welcome from those who share this passion.
Her career included appointments as a partner at a “Big 4” accounting firm, the audit committee of the Australian Digital Health Agency, the Board of the Abbotsleigh Foundation, deputy member of the NSW Information and Privacy Commission Advisory Committee, and a member of the Prime Minister’s task force that undertook the review of the 2016 e-census system failure. She was a Fellow of The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Julie was a strong mentor, sharing her insights and experiences freely, particularly with women and those starting out in their own careers. She was naturally curious and willing to adapt to changes in technology and the business environment, and encouraged others to as well.
Thank you for your support.