A Fremantle member since 2004, emeritus professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout WA’s South-West.

For more than 35 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 a wealth of previous board experience and an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, leadership and governance. Colleen’s formal qualifications include Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Applied Science and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University.

Her work has been recognised through a number of awards including the 2006 Premier’s Multicultural Ambassador’s prize and the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award.

Professor Hayward was inducted into the Aboriginal Education Hall of Fame in 2009 and the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012 when she was also recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. 2015 saw Colleen awarded one of Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni. She was named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.