Non-Executive Director, Business and Community Leader Former National President of WCEI

Recipient: Telstra Business Women’s Award and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leader of the Year Award 

Janis McKenna is founder and principal consultant of Elm Consulting Australia, a management consultancy partnering with the aged, disability and community sectors to establish new governance structures, build strategies and capabilities that open new avenues for growth.  Janis transforms organisations while staying true to their values and culture.

Her business interests include part ownership of the Nyaho Medical Centre, the first private hospital in Accra Ghana, whose client base include, diplomatic missions, and large multinational corporations including Unilever, Nestle, Vodaphone, Barclays Bank and NGO’s including World Vision and Oxfam. She is also an early investor/owner of a health technology start-up and holds an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

As a highly respected advocate Janis has provided expert advice to two Tasmanian Premiers, Ministers of Health and Human Services (both Australian Commonwealth and Tasmanian State) and is a past Chairman of the Tasmanian Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and a member of the Premiers Disability Advisory Council and Premiers National Disability Insurance Scheme taskforce. 

In 2009 Janis was recognized by the Australian business community for her leadership winning the prestigious Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Tasmanian Government and Community Category and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leader of the Year Award.  She is passionate about developing people, from executives to frontline teams.