Amelia Beattie announced as this year’s winner of the Women’s Property Network (WPN) Five Star Woman Award

Amelia Beattie, chief operating officer of Old Mutual Investment Group Property Investments (Pty) Limited (OMIGPI), who was announced as this year's winner of the Women's Property Network (WPN) Five Star Woman Award, sponsored by Nedbank Corporate Property Finance.

Staged at the WPN Charity Ball in Midrand, Gauteng, the other finalists were Julie Hillary, managing director of Finlay and Associates; Nicky Butler, a director of RED Holdings; and Karien Hunter, founding director of AMC Hunter Inc.

The award seeks to recognise an exceptional woman within the commercial property sector who epitomises the following attributes: possesses specialist knowledge in her field; has an established and extensive network; is recognised and respected by her peers; is ethical and trustworthy; and empowers women in the industry.

Lisa Blane, Five Star Woman Award committee chairman says, "Amelia Beattie is a role model to our industry and embodies all five attributes of the Five Star Woman Award. Amelia is a mother, a wife, an inspiration to women and is a strong leader in the company she works for. Women's Property Network salutes all four finalists who all tend to be givers - both of their valuable time and sharing their experience with others through mentoring."

Frank Berkeley, managing director of Nedbank Corporate Property Finance says, "Nedbank Corporate Property Finance is proud to be associated with the Five Star Woman Awards, and has sponsored them for five years. The bank believes that it has a key role to play as it strives to become a truly empowered South African bank, and its sponsorship of these awards is part of the investment it is making in the property industry. Previous winners of this award continue to lead by example and it is Nedbank's hope that women such as these will go from strength to strength, not only in the property industry, but in the South African economy as a whole."

Amelia took over her position as chief operating officer of OMIGPI in September 2007. She is responsible for managing operational efficiency and creating a platform for business growth and management in the business that has R28bn of assets under management. She is also responsible for the set up of OMIGPI's international businesses in India & Africa, and owns and manages the transformation strategy of the group & execution of procurement initiatives. In addition, she is responsible for the strategic management and control of financial, legal, risk and compliance and procurement, and the information technology function of the business.

Amelia is chairperson of the WPN Cape Town Chapter, has been a regional SAPOA Councilor for a number of years and has served on the Claremont Cape Town CID Board.