INCLEAN Innovation Awards judges announced

BSCAA president Kim Puxty, ISSA past president Ted Stark and INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit join this year's judging panel.

Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) national president Kim Puxty, US-based Dalco Enterprises president Ted Stark III and INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit have been announced as the judges for this year’s INCLEAN Innovation Awards.

Held in collaboration with the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo in Melbourne this year, the INCLEAN Innovation Awards encourage the achievements of those demonstrating quality and excellence within their respective markets while clearly defining application benefits for end-users.

Kim Puxty

BSCAA national president Kim Puxty said she is looking forward to seeing innovative and progressive products that have improved performance and outcome.

“The cleaning industry is ready for more than just good products; it is hungry for innovative processes that can reduce costs and improve productivity,” she told INCLEAN.

“To me, innovation means change to improve the delivery of a better product or service. By challenging our ability to be innovative, it gives companies an edge to penetrate into the market faster and provides customers with a need for constant change and improvement, so they stand out from their competitors. I look forward to being part of the judging panel for the awards.”

Puxty was elected BSCAA national president in June this year. She has worked in the cleaning industry for more than 20 years, and was previously the president for the BSCAA Queensland decision. She also sits on the QLeave board as an employer representative and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


President and second-generation co-owner of US-based Dalco Enterprises, Ted Stark III will also be judging this year’s INCLEAN Innovation Awards.

Stark is currently a board member of ISSA Charities, having previously held the roles of ISSA Board Vice President/President (2017-2019) and ISSA Secretary/Treasurer (2012-2014).

Stark said while we often think of innovations as being tangible products or devices, ideas, processes, and methodologies can also be innovative.

“I believe there is, or should be, one other step. An innovation just to be different may not necessarily be valuable. A valuable or useful innovation is one that makes a task, process, or product faster, easier, cheaper, safer, or more effective.”

INCLEAN editor Claire Hibbit said it is encouraging to see the INCLEAN Innovation Awards grow and continue to gain momentum in the industry.

Claire Hibbit

“We had a record number of entries for last year’s awards which was a testament to the innovation and investment taking place locally in Australia and I’m looking forward to see what is in store this year.”

The shortlisted products for the INCLEAN Innovation Awards will be announced over the coming weeks.

Winners will be presented on the show floor following the first day of the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo.

The ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo is on Wednesday, 23 October – Thursday, 24 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The event is free to attend. To register or for more information visit: 

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