Houghton is CEO of CitySmart, an agency created by Brisbane City Council to work with business, industry, government and the community to help make the city Australia’s most sustainable and carbon neutral by 2026. Houghton also heads other environmental initiatives, including the $23 million Ezy Green program. The Ezy Green program helps residents across Greater Brisbane and the South-East save energy, save on power bills and cut household carbon emissions.
Houghton was chosen because she demonstrates leadership qualities that make her an inspiration for women across Queensland, according to Telstra Chief Marketing Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador Kate McKenzie.
“The judges described Megan Houghton as an inspiring and strategic leader with high energy, integrity and an ability to negotiate at very high levels,” Ms McKenzie said.
“After a long leadership career in consulting, energy and water utilities, she has established the team at CitySmart and built up its business model and financial position. The Ezy Green program was a challenging initiative that brought together local and state governments and partnerships with the private sector to back CitySmart’s sustainability goals,” Ms McKennzie added.
Other winners of the Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards include: Yvette Adams, owner of The Creative Collective in Maroochydore; Debra Howe, manager of the Toowoomba Regional Council’s Tourism and Events branch; and Melanie Gordon, a BHP Billiton Maintenance and Engineering Manager from Moranbah.
The Queensland winners will proceed to the national finals of the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, which are to be announced in Melbourne on 11 November.