Dear family, friends and supporters,
It is with great pleasure that I humbly share with you the news that I have been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to the minerals and mining sectors, and to youth through philanthropic support for educational initiatives”.
The honour draws attention to the remarkable people with whom I have worked over these many years. At all times, I have been surrounded by dedicated people, whose knowledge and wisdom have gone a long way, to overcome my own shortcomings.
I would like to thank my wife Jenny, who encourages me in my productive pursuits, my tremendous Executive Assistant Judy Carroll who has worked with me for nearly 20 years, and Mannkal Foundation’s Executive Director Andrew Pickford for his tireless work behind the scenes.
I have been blessed with an extraordinary career. Firstly, in business, then in mining, then as an enthusiastic mining historian (through my seven books) and, for the past 23 years through the Mannkal Foundation.
It gives me great pleasure to invest in future generations through the work we are doing with the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. Mannkal has now sent over 2000 bright young Western Australians to economic study opportunities all over the world. Our flagship Leadership Development Program and is eagerly sought by students from our State’s four leading universities.
Additionally, this year is a busy one for us as it is Mannwest Group’s 125th anniversary and I suspect we must be one of the State’s longest continually operating family firms.
It is also the 23rd anniversary of our Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. Mannkal is driven by a great Board of Directors and an efficient, passionate, and dedicated team. They can be seen, throughout the entire year, interviewing applicants for our 2021 programs.
Our task is simple. It is to awaken possibilities in the minds of our next generation of leaders.
I would like to humbly thank all of you for playing a role in my success and enabling both Mannwest and Mannkal to making such a lasting, meaningful and impacting contribution to the community.
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A tribute to Ron by Mannkal’s Executive Director Andrew Pickford can be read here.