West Australian Ballet welcomes new patron – Governor Kerry Sanderson AO
West Australian Ballet is pleased to announce that Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, newly sworn in Governor of Western Australia, has accepted the invitation to become the Company’s new patron. Respected former public servant and Agent- General, she stepped into the role immediately upon her formal appointment as Governor and succeeds former Governor Hon. Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC, whose term ended 31 June.
Kerry Sanderson AO attended the University of Western Australia and entered the public service after graduation, serving in senior positions in the Treasury and Transport Departments of the Government of Western Australia. Mrs Sanderson was Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle Ports from 1991 to 2008. In the position, she undertook a “complete restructuring” of the operations of Fremantle Harbour, and was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Western Australia) in 1996 for her work in increasing the port’s efficiency and returning it to profit.
After leaving Fremantle Ports, Mrs Sanderson was named Agent-General for Western Australia for a three-year term (2008 to 2011) representing the government in the United Kingdom and Europe.
During her time as Fremantle Ports CEO, Sanderson also served on the boards of Austrade and the Australian Wheat Board, as well as serving a term as president of Ports Australia, an industry group. Shortly after finishing her stint as Agent-General, Mrs Sanderson was named a non- executive director of Downer EDI, an engineering and infrastructure management firm. She has since been named to the boards of St John of God Health Care and Atlas Iron, and also holds positions with a number of charities and non-profit organisations. Additionally, Mrs Sanderson was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University’s business school in January 2013
She was awarded the Australian government’s Centenary Medal in 2001, for “service to the maritime industry”, and was named an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for “service 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 in Western Australia”. In 2005, Mrs Sanderson was granted an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Western Australia. She is the first female Governor of Western Australia.
The Company is honoured that Mrs Sanderson has agreed to continue the longstanding tradition of patronage by the Governor of Western Australia and grateful for the ongoing support.