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Curtin awards Honorary Doctorates to mining industry leaders

Media release

Curtin University has presented Honorary Doctorates to two leading mining executives for their leadership and support of the next generation.

Neil Warburton has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University.

Noted social entrepreneur, philanthropist and internationally respected mining executive Charlie Bass was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce in recognition of his outstanding support of innovation and entrepreneurship as key drivers of Western Australia’s economy.

Mining and resources veteran Neil Warburton also received an Honorary Doctorate of the University for distinguished service to Curtin and the mining and resources sector through outstanding leadership, advocacy and support of higher education.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne congratulated both recipients, adding their contributions to the resources sector and to nurturing future talent had been significant.

“A highly respected mining entrepreneur for more than four decades, Mr Bass also founded the Nedlands-based Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation, which seeks to support the next generation of WA entrepreneurs,” Professor Hayne said.

“A passionate supporter of education particularly for Indigenous and rural students, Mr Bass is regarded as generous in spirit, an optimist and a visionary who believes in the incredible potential of WA and the responsibility that we have to leave future generations a thriving and liveable State.”

Professor Hayne also acknowledged Mr Warburton’s contribution over almost four decades of mining corporate executive experience in the development and mining of gold and nickel projects in Australia and Africa.

“While an incredibly successful career in WA’s mining industry stands out as one of Mr Warburton’s great contributions, his primary motivation remains to help young people discover career paths into the resources sector and to the many diverse and rewarding experiences the sector provides,” Professor Hayne said.

“A distinguished Curtin WA School of Mines graduate himself, Mr Warburton’s long-standing support of programs at his alma mater are highly regarded and valued by students, industry and of course, the University.”

Honorary Doctorates are awarded in recognition of an exceptional contribution to a field of endeavour and academic discipline, as well as outstanding service to professional and public life.

Mr Bass and Mr Warburton received their Honorary Doctorates at Curtin University’s graduation ceremonies in the past week.