Toni Wakefield

Chair – Committee for Gippsland Board

Chair – Nominations and Membership Sub-Committee

A lifelong and passionate Gippslander, Toni is the Commercial Manager and co-founder of the 2006 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, Safetech Pty Ltd – an award winning business employing more than 100 around the country.

Safetech is the largest Materials Handling Company in Australia. It is internationally recognised for its designing and manufacturing lifting products that are manufactured in Gippsland and sought after around the globe.

Headquartered in regional Victoria with its base in Moe, Safetech has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. It has a strong track record of training and employing people from a diverse range of backgrounds, particularly in regional Victoria.

Toni is nationally recognized for her commitment to raising the profile of small business and her support for education. Toni actively contributes to a range of business and education initiatives, including as a member of the Regional Development Australia Gippsland Committee. Toni is a current Telstra National Business Awards judge and also a past member of the Victorian Small Business Advisory Council.