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40 Under 40

Meet the young women shaping the future of South Australia

40 Under 40

From science to social work to films, this year’s crop of 40 Under 40 winners are creating new opportunities across South Australia by leading change in their fields.

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Kellie Taylor
EP Analysis / Co-founder and Managing Director

When analytical chemist Kellie Taylor returned to South Australia after living in Europe she says she was concerned by the limited employment opportunities in her chosen field on the Eyre Peninsula.

With the aim of providing environmental sampling and testing options for locals, as well as educational tools for young people, she and Anton – her husband and business partner – founded EP Analysis.

In the last 12 years, the business has diversified its services to include construction, mining, fishing and more. Kellie says the diverse portfolio has assisted the pair as leaders and educators of science-related topics in regional areas.

Kristin Carson-Chahhoud
University of South Australia / Associate Research Professor

After almost failing year 12 and with no science subjects in her final years of high school, Kristin Carson-Chahhoud says her road to becoming a scientist has been on the back of dogged perseverance. 

In 2018, she started the research group Translational Medicine and Technology, which is committed to improving health service delivery.

The startup uses augmented reality and holographics to deliver evidence-based health information, with the research being used to underpin international guidelines for treatment recommendations, inform public policy and influence clinical care to improve the management of chronic diseases worldwide.

Lisa Mrowka
ADL Support Services / Founder

Through her business, ADL Support Services, Lisa Mrowka is working to improve and simplify support services for people under the age of 65 living with acute injury, chronic illness and disability.

Drawing on her own experiences and the experiences of her loved ones, she is seeking to place disability and inclusion in the forefront of people’s minds.

She says in its four years of existence, ADL Support Services has grown to a team of 50 passionate individuals and been a finalist in the Minister of Innovation and Skills’ Small Business Awards in 2019 and 2020.

Louise Heesom
Heesom Casting / Casting Director

Louise Heesom co-runs South Australian casting consultancy Heesom Casting. 

She is the woman who brings bold and creative visions into reality, finding the faces and casting the actors that bring the worlds of storymakers to life.

Louise has been behind the scenes of productions such as Mortal Kombat and SBS TV series The Hunting.

Her hope is to provide inclusive casting that represents the rich diversity of Australia, to help grow the casting scene and local acting community and to build on SA’s presence in global productions.

Read about all the 2021 40 Under 40 Awards winners in the Winter Edition of CityMag, out now at a coffee shop near you.

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