Recognising our Speaking
Industry’s top achievers

Awards and Scholarships

We believe in recognising our Speaking Industry’s top achievers across a range of expertise and contribution and do so annually at our National PSA Convention. Of course Members and Guests are welcome to register for whole or part of Convention, ensuring they also secure their Gala Dinner and Awards Tickets for the Saturday Evening!

Professional Speakers Australia has five key annual awards and one scholarship:

We Want to Receive Your Award Nominations for 2022!

Nominations are now open for our Annual PSA Awards. Now is the time for PSA Members to nominate a fellow PSA Member for the Keynote, Educator, Breakthrough or Nevin Award or an Industry Partner for the Industry Award, for their success, to see them acknowledged by their peers and rewarded for their commitment and achievement.

Each Award is shown below – please read them carefully and think about whom you believe are deserving nominees. Self nominations will not be accepted. Anyone you nominate will have the opportunity to accept or decline their nomination and they will be required to complete a submission.

Keynote, Educator, Breakthrough and Industry Awards

  • If you wish to nominate a PSA member for the Keynote, Educator or Breakthrough Awards or an industry partner for the Industry Award please complete the online nomination form before 30 November 2021 and submit their name, email address and the award for which they are nominated. The Secretariat will then contact the nominee and provide them with the online application form to complete.

Nevin Award

The Kerrie Nairn Scholarship

  • PSA welcomes applications for the 2022 Kerrie Nairn Scholarship for Public Speaking from speakers who are new to the speaking profession and display potential in the field of professional speaking. PSA members are ineligible to apply. Please read the criteria and complete the online application form by January 7 2022.

Please direct any enquiries regarding the PSA Awards to the PSA Secretariat 1300 739 993 or admin@professionalspeakers.org.au.

We are seriously concerned to ensure that transparency and objectivity are the bywords of our Awards process and the process by which our Award winners are chosen is a rigorous one. Prospective recipients are nominated by their peers, who are then invited to submit a detailed application form demonstrating their skills, track record and influence, depending on the criteria provided for each Award.

The Applications for each Award are evaluated by a confidential panel of independent judges, who themselves are known for their relevant expertise, overseen by a Convenor for each Award. They make their assessment individually online, with their scoring unknown to each other. The whole process is overseen by an Awards Chair. The judges have the unenviable task of selecting one winner. Each year we have a large number of nominees across the range of Awards, making the selection of our winners more difficult than ever.

Man walking under a wall of arms

The Nevin Award

The Nevin Award is our association’s most cherished honour. It is awarded annually to a member whose outstanding contribution to Professional Speakers Australia and to the speaking industry over the years have earned the utmost respect, honour and admiration in the Association and the profession. They are a Professional Speakers hero.

Nevin Award Recipients

  • 2021 – Gary Edwards CSP
  • 2020 – Ian Stephens CSP
  • 2019 – Donna Hanson CSP
  • 2018 – Graham Harvey CSP
  • 2017 – David Staughton CSP
  • 2016 – Helen Macdonald CSP
  • 2015 – Michael McQueen CSP
  • 2014 – Brad Tonini CSP
  • 2013 – Rodney Marks CSP Em.
  • 2012 – Allan Parker
  • 2011 – Kevin Ryan CSP
  • 2010 – Anne Riches CSP
  • 2009 – Lindsay Adams CSP
  • 2008 – David Penglase CSP
  • 2007 – Glenn Capelli CSP
  • 2006 – Sarah Cornally CSP

  • 2005 – Martin Grunstein CSP
  • 2004 – Colin Pearce CSP
  • 2003 – Matt Church CSP
  • 2002 – Colin Bockman CSP
  • 2001 – Keith Abraham CSP
  • 2000 – Robyn Henderson CSP
  • 1999 – David Julian Price CSP
  • 1998 – Max Hitchins PM
  • 1997 – David Griggs PM
  • 1996 – Catherine Palin-Brinkworth CSP
  • 1995 – Lisa McInnes-Smith CSP
  • 1994 – Walter Dickman CSP
  • 1993 – Winston Marsh CSP
  • 1992 – Doug Malouf CSP
  • 1991 – Ron Tacchi CSP

Louise Mahler with trophy

Keynote Speaker of the Year Award

This award acknowledges speakers who have the capacity to engage a diverse variety of audiences, captivate them with their style, delivery and humour and deliver a message that conveys their expertise.

Keynote Presenter Award for Excellence Winners

  • 2021 – Dr Louise Mahler CSP
  • 2020 – Colin James CSP
  • 2019 – Rowdy McLean CSP
  • 2018 – Amanda Stevens CSP
  • 2017 – Lisa McInnes-Smith CSP, CPAE
  • 2016 – Jason Fox CSP
  • 2015 – Michael McQueen CSP

  • 2015 – Michael McQueen CSP
  • 2014 – Matt Church CSP
  • 2013 – Glenn Capelli CSP
  • 2012 – Keith Abraham CSP
  • 2011 – Rodney Marks CSP
  • 2010 – Catherine DeVrye CSP
  • 2009 – Amanda Gore CSP
  • 2008 – Allan Pease CSP
  • 2007 – Bruce Sullivan CSP
  • 2006 – Peter Sheahan CSP

Photo of Keith Abraham with smile

The Educator of the Year Award

This award acknowledges presenters who have continued to reach diverse groups with deep content through diverse methodology over many years in a training, facilitation and one-on-one format.

Educator Award for Excellence Winners

  • 2021 – Amanda Gore CSP, CPAE, Global Speaking Fellow
  • 2020 – Ian Stephens CSP
  • 2019 – Keith Abraham CSP
  • 2018 – Alison and Darren Hill
  • 2017 – Andrew Horabin
  • 2016 – Max Walker CSP
  • 2015 – Steve Simpson CSP
  • 2014 – Lisa McInnes-Smith CSP
  • 2013 – Michael Grose CSP
  • 2012 – Ian Hutchinson CSP
  • 2011 – Matt Church CSP
  • 2010 – Terry Hawkins CSP
  • 2009 – Allan Parker
  • 2008 – David Penglase CSP
  • 2007 – Colin James CSP
  • 2006 – Glenn Capelli CSP

Presenters Award for Excellence Winners

Key role models and pioneers of the the industry who were recognised at Professional Speakers’s 20th Birthday celebrations in 2007.

  • Walter Dickman CSP
  • Doug Malouf CSP
  • Ron Tacchi CSP
  • Winston Marsh CSP
  • Lisa McInnes Smith CSP, CPAE
  • Allan Pease CSP

National President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution

This award acknowledges and appreciates a member of our speaking profession who has contributed beyond any reasonable expectation during the previous 12 months.  The recipient may be a member at any level either of PSA or of any other GSF Association. This Award may not be given every year.

  • 2021 – Nina Sunday CSP

Breakthrough Speaker of the Year Award

This award is designed to recognise and identify emerging speakers who have achieved recent extraordinary prominence and success.

Nominees and Awardees are individuals who have captured the attention and fascination of the marketplace.

  • 2021 – Scott Dutton CSP
  • 2020 – Sally Foley-Lewis
  • 2019 – Daryl Green
  • 2018 – Mykel Dixon
  • 2017 – Rabia Siddique CSP

Industry Partner of the Year Award

This award recognises a bureau consultant, PCO, meeting planner, AV provider or other industry partner who goes above and beyond.

  • 2021 – HOUSE of O
  • 2020 – Wise Connections
  • 2019 – Saxton Speakers Bureau
  • 2018 – Claxton Speakers
  • 2017 – Celebrity Speakers

The Kerrie Nairn Scholarship for Public Speaking

In May 2005 our much loved and respected member Kerrie Nairn passed away. In her honour and with generous Australian Government funding, The Kerrie Nairn Scholarship for Public Speaking was established.

The Kerrie Nairn Award is worth more than $15,000 to boost the Scholar’s professional development.

The Kerrie Nairn Scholarship Scholars

  • 2021 – Daniel Bull
  • 2020 – Jenny Wynter
  • 2019 – Sarah Morse
  • 2018 – Daniel Merza
  • 2017 – Kirryn Zerna
  • 2016 – Chinmay Ananda
  • 2015 – Daryl Green

  • 2013 – Lachlan Cooke
  • 2012 – Neryl East
  • 2011 – Sonja Falvo
  • 2010 – Steve Francis
  • 2009 – Jason Fox
  • 2008 – Dale Elliott
  • 2007 – Alicia Curtis
  • 2006 – Jennifer Harwood


^PSA Professional Members and CSPs are not eligible to apply.