Andrew Forrest (Chair)
Mr Forrest founded Fortescue Metals Group in April 2003 and personally drove the creation of the expansive Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure operation. Now, Fortescue is the fourth largest iron ore supplier in the world and in Australia’s top 20 ASX-listed companies.
Mr Forrest is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group, the Minderoo Foundation among other significant charities and companies. Recognized widely as family orientated and a strong community and arts supporter, some 90% of his time is now invested locally and internationally in ventures to protect and support the under privileged and communities.
An industry and philanthropic leader, Andrew Forrest grew up on a remote Australian cattle station before graduating from university and building a career in investment banking, mining and farming. In his professional life he has created some of the largest raw material exporters and infrastructure companies in the world.
Mr Forrest is an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese Southern University, has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, the Australia Sports Medal, Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, West Australia Citizen of the Year and The International Mining Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award, yet he maintains that the toughest and most rewarding job he’s done is raising kids.
Adrian Fini OAM
Adrian Fini is Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd, a private property and investment group.
He has been involved in the Perth property industry for over 30 years.
Adrian is a current Board member of the University of Western Australia Business School Board, The Australian Urban Design Research Centre – WA, Giving West and member of UWA’s New Century Committee. He was awarded the OAM in 2014 for his contribution to the Arts.
Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE
After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia.
Lyn was honoured to be Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, advising the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as acting as an Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. With extensive experience serving on advisory bodies, Lyn currently serves on the Federal Government’s Bionic Vision Australia and the State Government of Western Australia’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council. Lyn was a Trustee of the Western Australian Museum from 1999-2006 and currently is Patron of the Friends of the Museum.
In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. In 2011, she was inducted into the inaugural Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, followed by being elected a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and a Companion of Engineers Australia. Lyn has worked to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the community, especially to young people, and in 2012 Lyn was thrilled to become the second recipient of the Governor’s Award for Giving, in recognition of her enthusiastic philanthropy. This year Lyn was accorded the honour of being inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and was appointed Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University.