CEO of AIS Water, Elena Gosse has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Gosse was named in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List and will be invited to attend an investiture ceremony and presentation of the award at Queensland Government House later this year.
The significant award is for her service to manufacturing and to the community.
Brisbane based AIS Water is an Australian owned and operated family business that designs and manufactures innovative water disinfection technology for commercial and residential swimming pools.
AIS Water’s leadership and commitment to sustainability throughout its 30-year history has been recognised repeatedly, earning the company more than 55 national and international awards to date.
Gosse’s passion for encouraging female leadership and championing change as an advocate against family and domestic violence made her an ideal choice for the honour. She has fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities that support women and children at risk, including Women’s Legal Service Queensland.
She will be joining the WAVES industry panel on its first day of the SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show, and will also be a guest speaker on the topic of Why Women Make Great Leaders, exploring how smart businesses can grow, retain, encourage and promote women in leadership roles.
Gosse says she is humbled and honoured to receive the award, especially in the year of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee and AIS Water’s 30th anniversary.
“I’m especially proud to proactively participate in creating a safer community that values women’s roles in business and society. I hope that my recognition with this incredible award will show other women they too can strive and lift up others along the way, as well as encourages other immigrants.
“I will continue to promote Australian manufacturing and innovation to the world, as well as continuing my work in the domestic and family violence prevention space.”
Gosse acknowledged the outstanding work of her staff for their ongoing contribution to innovation and ensuring that Australia remains at the forefront of the manufacturing industry.