Congratulations Monica! Monica Meldrum of Whole Kids won the St.George Banking Group AusMumpreneur of the Year award in 2015 and we are so excited to see her named alongside women like Lisa Wilkinson, Gina Rinehart and Natasha Stott Despoja.

A chance trip to help the Australian government deliver food aid to impoverished communities in Indonesia left an indelible mark on Monica Meldrum. So much so, she returned home and started not a charity, but a business.

The company, Whole Kids, manufactures and supplies organic, hypo-allergenic, additive-free snacks for children, and is Ms Meldrum’s attempt to rectify some of the wrongs she sees perpetrated by Big Food, and generate revenue to fund health and education programs for children nationally.

In recognition of her work, Meldrum has been named in this year’s The Australian Financial Review & Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, announced on Thursday.

Now in it’s fifth year, the awards have garnered interest from an increasingly broad cross-sector of entrants, some high profile, such as television personality Lisa Wilkinson, mining magnate Gina Rinehart and three-time Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole, and others less well known but equally influential, such as Dementia Alliance International founder, Kate Swaffer.

See the full list here