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Applications open 23 March 2023
Applications close 30 April 2023

Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner – Elizabeth (Libby) Anne Owens

Libby Owens is a sports media executive with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Libby is the CEO of Champion Data; a leading and global sports data, technology and broadcast graphics company operating across diverse sports including thoroughbred racing, Australian Rules Football, Netball, Lacrosse, Golf and Tennis. Libby joined Champion Data in 2015 after more than 7 years at Cricket Australia as a Media Rights executive. Libby started her career in media at the Australian Communications and Media Authority working on regulation and policy in cross-media ownership, digital, communications, broadcast, and content rules and classifications.

 Are you one of our next Maureen Kerridge scholar?  Please send an email to to be kept informed about when this scholarship will next start accepting applications in 2024.

Inclusions and obligations

  • The Scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition fees (and a travel allowance if required) for the duration of the course, up to a total of AU$35,000.
  • Applicants must confirm they meet that institution’s eligibility criteria and be able to commit to attending the course.
  • Applicants must choose a course that starts within 18 months from October 2023
  • The recipient will be required to write a report about her scholarship experience and may be asked to speak at CEW events.
  • On completion of the course, the recipient will become a member of the CEW alumni community, CEW Connect

Who should apply?

  • Mid-to senior executive (i.e., CEO, or no more than 3 levels down from CEO) working in advertising, media, or television
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in advertising, media, or television
  • 5 years or more professional business experience
  • Australian citizen or resident


CEW Member Maureen Kerridge AM was the first woman to run an Australian television network, Seven, and the first female CEO of a free-to-air television network globally. Her career also involved senior roles at Unilever and board roles for a range of organisations including Opera Australia, Pacific Brands, Macquarie Radio Network, the Seven Group and the charity, Bestest. She was also a council member of the National Museum of Australia, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria and supported many charities and causes that were close to her heart.

Maureen passed away in 2020 and was posthumously awarded an Order of Australia for her significant service to the television industry, the arts and charitable organisations.