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Mr Tim Fairfax AC

Mr Tim Fairfax AC

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Mr Tim Fairfax AC is a Company Director, Pastoralist and Philanthropist, and was the 2016 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year.

Tim is Chairman of the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and director of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. 

He is the current Chancellor at Queensland University of Technology, and is President of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia Council and a member of the National Portrait Gallery Foundation.

Tim is Patron of the AMAQ Foundation, the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation, Volunteers for Isolated Students Education and the Flying Arts Alliance Incorporated.

Tim takes an active leadership role in promoting philanthropy in Australia.  He is passionate about supporting rural, remote and regional communities, particularly for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Tim has a range of business interests.  He operates ten rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales involving beef cattle, fine wool and grain.

Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Patron

Professor Colleen Hayward AM is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. Since 2009, Colleen has been the Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin; Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) across the University. 

For more than 30 years, Colleen has provided significant input to policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. She has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, leadership and governance. In much of this work, she draws on her qualifications which include a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.

Among her many achievements, Colleen was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, was made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People; as well as being named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.