Erica Smyth AC


Erica Smyth AC
CEW Member

Company Director

Erica Smyth has seen the resources industry in Australia from many sides during her longstanding career of more than 40 years – from minerals exploration to corporate affairs in the petroleum sector to a NED. Erica is now a full time company director and public speaker.

Erica is currently Chair of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA)  and a NED of the National Energy Resources Australia Growth Centre, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Western Operations and National boards and private company Demand.films Pty Ltd.

In 2015 she was appointed by the Minister for Defence as a member of the Defence First Principles Oversight Board and in 2017 was appointed as the Chair.

Erica has renewed her board portfolio in the last few years having completed nine years as a NED (with three years as Deputy Chair) of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in 2018, five years as a NED of the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC in 2017,  six years as a NED of Emeco Holdings Ltd in 2017, ten years as the Chair of the Diabetes Research Foundation of WA in 2017 and five years as Chair of Toro Energy in 2015.

She has been actively engaged in enabling women to create their own future through her role as Chair of the UWA Centenary Trust for Women from 2007-2013 and her extensive formal and informal roles as a mentee and public speaker.

Erica was recognised in 2008 with an Honorary Doctor of Letters from UWA and in 2010 with the Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Resources from CMEWA. In 2012 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, in 2013 was included in Women in Mining UK's world list of 100 inspirational women in mining and in 2016 was inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame. Erica has been a Fellow of the AICD since 2001.

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