A century of achievement 1913 - 2013
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
 
 

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Ross Kelly

 
Ross Kelly

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Chairman, The Clontarf Foundation

After graduating from UWA Ross Kelly spent the first 6 years of his professional career working as an engineer in the fields of electronics and microwave communications. He then joined PA Management Consultants where eventually as Operations Director (Asia Pacific) he had ultimate responsibility for the company’s operations in Australasia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Ross’s passion from a young age was football.  Through the Clontarf Foundation he has managed to combine his business prowess with his enthusiasm for football to help lead young Indigenous men to realise their potential and take hold of their life direction.

The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that works to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men. Ross has been the Chairman of the Foundation since 1999 and in the intervening years has overseen an exponential growth in the number of young men enrolled in it academies.

A former WAFL footballer, Ross was inaugural chairman of the Fremantle Dockers and his outstanding involvement resulted in  him becoming a commissioner of the WA Football Commission in 2002 – a position which he held for eight years.

Since graduating in 1961, Ross has enjoyed a very successful and varied career. He has acted as a consultant to a number of major Australian companies in the mining, offshore gas, oil refining, steel, construction and heavy process industries and was previously an advisor to the Western Australian Government on water policy and reform. He has served as both Director and Chairman of a number of publically listed as well as private companies and is currently Chairman of Wood & Grieve Engineers and Chairman of Imdex Limited.

A valued leader in the national business community, he has received several awards, including the Order of Australia in 2007 for his service to indigenous youth, Australian Rules Football, business and water resources policy in WA, and WA Citizen of the Year 2009 in the Community Services category.