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Dennis Mutton Awards

Recognising outstanding alumni leadership

Dennis Mutton

Dennis Mutton was one of the founding fathers of the Governor's Leadership Foundation Program and the inaugural Treasurer of the Leaders Institute of SA; a position he held for 5 years until his retirement from the board. Dennis had a long and distinguished career in the South Australian public sector and industry. He was a former chief executive in several government departments, and also held positions as Deputy President and Commissioner of the Murray Darling Basin Commission.

In later life, Dennis remains an active contributor to the South Australian community as an independent consultant in natural resource management, industry development, primary industries and mineral resources, regional growth initiatives, business-government relations, leadership and human resource development.

The Dennis Mutton Award was instigated by the Leadership Institute of SA to recognise GLF Alumni who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the community through leadership beyond self.

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Dennis Mutton with 2019 award winner Brad Chilcott
Dennis Mutton with 2019 award winner Brad Chilcott

Brad Chilcott
FGLF 2012

As founder of the Welcoming Australia movement, Brad has played a major role in changing attitudes towards refugees and migrants... Read more

Dennis Mutton with 2018 recipient Tracey Wallace
Dennis Mutton with 2018 recipient Tracey Wallace

Tracey Wallace
FGLF 2014

Tracey won The Dennis Mutton Award for her work in continuing a project started during her GLF year. She designed a youth-based volunteer program where students enhance their personal ... Read more

Seeds of Affinity project team members
Seeds of Affinity project team members

Seeds of Affinity
FGLF 2013

This Community Action Project (CAP), developed during the team’s 2013 GLF year, aimed to help women leaving prison by assisting them to re-engage successfully with their community. Wor... Read more

Colin Dunsford AM with Tracy York
Colin Dunsford AM with Tracy York

Tracy York
FGLF 2003

After her GLF year, Tracy has been heavily involved in mostly volunteer basketball coaching positions from grass roots to elite levels while also employed as a Sergeant with SA Police.... Read more

CAP Group with Dennis Mutton and Colin Dunsford AM
CAP Group with Dennis Mutton and Colin Dunsford AM

Missing in Action
FGLF 2013

This Community Action Project (CAP), developed during their 2013 GLF Program year, aimed to help increase the representation of women in elected roles in local government. In 2013, wom... Read more

Dennis Mutton with Alison Rogers and Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton with Alison Rogers and Colin Dunsford AM

Alison Rogers
FGLF 2008

After her GLF year, Alison Rogers started a filmmaking business, Living Stories, which captures stories that influence and increase understanding and empathy. Alison has been a committ... Read more

Leigh Dalwood
Leigh Dalwood

Leigh Dalwood
FGLF 2012

Leigh works for South Road Planning Study as a Project Director. In his spare time, he has been working very hard to develop a transition town - Transition Gawler - and worki... Read more

COMIC CAP Team
FGLF 2011

This group of 2011 GLF Program graduates worked with the not-for-profit organisation Children of Mentally Ill Consumers (COMIC). COMIC’s role is to advocate for, and raise awareness of... Read more

Dennis Mutton with individual award winner, Aaron Stuart
Dennis Mutton with individual award winner, Aaron Stuart

Aaron Stuart
FGLF 2011

Aaron Stuart is an Arabunna man from north of Adelaide. He has a role as the Operations Manager – Indigenous Strategy & Planning with Centacare Catholic Family Services. He is also an ... Read more

Dennis Mutton with Aaron Stuart
Dennis Mutton with Aaron Stuart

Aaron Stuart
FGLF 2011

Aaron was awarded a Certificate of Merit in recognition of his efforts as Chairman of the Arabunna Native Title and a member of the South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council and Sou... Read more

Colin Dunsford AM, Annette Cameron and Dennis Mutton
Colin Dunsford AM, Annette Cameron and Dennis Mutton

Annette Cameron
FGLF 2009

Annette received the Dennis Mutton Award in recognition of her substantial contribution to the community, predominantly the formation of The Torrens Valley Education Fund, a not-for-pr... Read more

Brad Butler
FGLF 2003

Brad has made a substantial contribution to a vast range of charities and community initiatives, many of which he personally established. His involvement covers sporting groups, sports... Read more

Cindy Duncan
FGLF 2006

Cindy was recognised for her important work with the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association over the previous 4 years. As President of the association, Cindy has been instrumental in... Read more

Elizabeth Robinson
FGLF 2005

Elizabeth received the Dennis Mutton Award for her extensive and innovative work in supporting and connecting communities of people living with a disability, and in particular, for her... Read more

Dennis Mutton, Elsabet Tamrat and Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton, Elsabet Tamrat and Colin Dunsford AM

Elsabet Tamrat
FGLF 2007

Elsabet initiated the Australian Leadership Program for Africa (ALPA) to build leadership capability in organisations in Africa and created an alumni support base for individuals to im... Read more

Dennis Mutton, Mark Wieszyk and Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton, Mark Wieszyk and Colin Dunsford AM

Mark Wieszyk
FGLF 2003

Mark was recognised for leadership given to the community as City Chair of the Red Shield Appeal and being responsible for the coordination of this fundraiser for the Ingle Farm area.

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Dennis Mutton, Michael O’Connell and Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton, Michael O’Connell and Colin Dunsford AM

Michael O’Connell, AM APM
FGLF 2002

Michael initiated the PHONES program,which helped provide second-hand mobile phones to police who then gave these to victims of family violence as a practical aide to their personal sa... Read more

Dennis Mutton, Amanda Rischbieth & Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton, Amanda Rischbieth & Colin Dunsford AM

Dr Amanda Rischbieth
FGLF 2004

Amanda developed and implemented the Heart Foundation’s Nurse Ambassadors Program to promote national cardiovascular disease management guidelines and patient support. In addition, Ama... Read more

Dennis Mutton, Craig Schmidt and Colin Dunsford AM
Dennis Mutton, Craig Schmidt and Colin Dunsford AM

Craig Schmidt
FGLF 2007

Craig was awarded for his work in establishing the ‘Follow your Dreams’ initiative in which GLF Program graduates attend schools in the northern suburbs of Adelaide to motivate and ins... Read more

Jennifer Duncan
FGLF 2008

Jennifer was awarded for her work to develop a Community Boards Program in partnership with the Community Business Bureau (CBB). The program matched interested GLF Program graduates wi... Read more