Tony is one of Australia's most acclaimed journalists, winning four awards including four of Australia's leading journalism awards, the Walkleys. He joined the ABC 16 years ago as a radio current affairs cadet working on AM, PM and The World Today. In 1985 he was seconded to Four Corners as a reporter and in 1986 joined the Dateline program on SBS.

In 1987, Tony returned to the ABC and Four Corners. During his three years with the program, he won a Walkley award for "Horses for Courses" on the Waterhouse racing dynasty as well as a Penguin Award for "My City of Sydney" examining the city's development boom. "Frozen Asset" his story on the exploitation of Antarctica won a Gold Medal in the New York Film and Television Festival and was also an International Emmy Award finalist.

Tony won a Walkley Award (with Kerry O'Brien and Dugald Maudsley) for Lateline's coverage of the end of Gorbachev's Soviet Union.

In 1990, he moved to London as the ABC TV current affairs correspondent covering the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the re-unification of Germany, the Gulf War, the war in the Former Yugoslavia, the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan to the Mujahadin and the collapse of apartheid in South Africa.

From 1994-96 Tony was the ABC's Washington correspondent providing stories for both News & Current Affairs including coverage of the US Congressional and presidential elections.

He returned to Foreign Correspondent in 1997 as a reporter and covered war crimes in Bosnia and the search for peace, which won him a Silver Award in the New York Film and Television Festival. In mid 1998 Tony returned to Four Corners where he reported the rise of One Nation and profiled the Prime Minister John Howard prior to the 1998 Federal Election.

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A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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