Karen Lindley from Arcadia has been made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for significant service to social welfare initiatives and to the jewellery industry.
Karen is a past board member of The Humpty Dumpty Foundation, Bravehearts and the Jewellers Association Australia. “Karen’s legacy is not just a collection of rocks, books, instruments and idiosyncratic stories of this age-old industry.
Besides being a mother, grandmother and businesswoman, Karen has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for many years for the welfare of children. Having known Karen for a number of years, through industry contacts, I have come to admire her achievements.
In this industry, in a time of adventurous entrepreneurs, many people go through life working to perfect a gift, Karen’s journey through life involves perfecting ways to share the natural gifts she has.” – Colleen Sloane
Karen Lindley has lived in Arcadia for 16 years and opens her garden through the Galston Garden Club every second year or so. She says of her recent award, “I am very humbled to receive an Order of Australia AM. My current volunteer work with Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN), Lillian’s and survivors of child sexual assault brings me much satisfaction, as does constantly promoting the resilience and ability of victims to heal and recover.”
Now semi-retired, Karen Lindley is acting as consultant gemmologist on the first global tender for pink diamonds open to the general public and serving on a government board in the Justice sector.
When she is not in the office or out assisting others, Karen’s passions are gardening, renovating and spending time with her son, daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, six geese and one cat.
Over the years Karen Lindley has been recognised and awarded for her valuable contributions;
2021 Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
2020 Distinguished Service Award – Gemmological Association of Australia
2014 Lane Cove Business Woman of the Year
2014 Sydney Volunteer of the Year
2014 NSW Adult Volunteer of the Year
2001 Opal Design Award
2001 Finalist Business Woman of the Year
1995 Winner of the Pommery Award for Excellence in Business
1992 Grand Winner International Creative Jewellery Design Award