Kerry Sanderson AO


Kerry Sanderson AO
CEW Member

Governor of Western Australia

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO is Western Australia's first female Governor. Prior to her appointment, she was a non-executive director on the Boards of Downer EDI, Atlas Iron and St John of God Healthcare. From November 2008 until December 2011 Kerry Sanderson was Agent General for Western Australia and worked from London and throughout Europe to promote inward investment in Western Australia and Western Australian exports and to represent the State. From 1991 until 2008 she was Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports, after four years as Deputy Director General of Transport for Western Australia. Prior to this she was with the State Treasury as Director of Treasury's Economic and Financial Policy Division.
Kerry Sanderson also participates in a number of community and charitable activities including being on the Advisory Council of the Curtin University Business School and on the boards of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund and the Senses Foundation.
She has held positions on the Board of the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), the Council of Curtin University, the Board of Agricultural Research Western Australia, the Rio Tinto Western Australia Future Fund, the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation and the Australian Logistics Council as well as having been President of Ports Australia. Kerry was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the development and management of the port and maritime industries in Australia, and to public sector governance in the areas of finance and transport. She was the inaugural inductee to the Lloyds List Shipping and Transport Hall of Fame, and she received an Export Hero award from the Australian Institute of Export in 2008. She has degrees in both science and in economics from the University of Western Australia and in 2005 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Australia.

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