Mineral Resources (MinRes) has appointed Emeritus Professor Colleen Hayward to its Board as an independent non-executive director, commencing January 1, 2023.

Professor Hayward is a respected senior Noongar woman with more than 35 years of experience developing and leading programs to support and empower Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

She has held senior appointments at a community, state and national level, spanning health, education, training, employment and law, including at Edith Cowan University, where she is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Education.

Professor Hayward was awarded the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award and in 2006 received the Premier of WA’s prestigious Multicultural Ambassador’s Award. In 2009, she was inducted into the WA Department of Education’s Hall of Fame for Achievement in Aboriginal Education.

In 2012, Professor Hayward was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and recognised as a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia; and in 2015 was celebrated as one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni for her work in the areas of equity and social justice.

MinRes chairman James McClements said as the company grew, it needed to expand the size of the board and incorporate a more diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.

“Professor Hayward’s appointment as independent non-executive director will enhance Board diversity and bring specialist skills that reflect the growing needs of the business,” she said.

“Through her highly awarded work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, she brings important skills and insights that will strengthen our approach to cultural heritage, traditional owner partnerships and community engagement.”

This story originally appeared on Australian Mining.

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