Ron Manners AO
Miner, businessman and philanthropist
WANomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021
Ron Manners AO shares his time between running the 125-year-old family company, Mannwest Group Pty Ltd and as founder and chair of the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, which sponsors students to receive internships and attend conferences across the globe. These students have the opportunity to learn about policy from international thinktanks – and bring new ideas back to WA.
Hailing from a mining family, Ron launched Croesus Mining in 1986, one of the country’s successful gold producers, during what has been called ‘Australia’s Great Gold Renaissance’. He also served two terms as President of the Kalgoorlie Chamber of Commerce. He also dedicated his free time to organisations such as the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and broader community interests including Patron of the Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group
In 1997, Ron established the Mannkal Foundation, a free market thinktank which promotes ideals of voluntary cooperation, personal rights, and individual resourcefulness. The foundation’s Leadership Development Program is now a world-renowned education initiative, benefiting more than 2,000 Western Australian students.
Ron has published seven books and numerous articles on mining and economic education. In 2020, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his ‘distinguished service to the minerals and mining sectors, and to youth through philanthropic support for educational initiatives.’