A Fremantle member since 2004, professor Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout WA’s South-West. Since 2009, she has been the head of Kurongkurl Katitjin; ECU’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research and concurrently holds the position of pro-vice-chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) across the university. 

For more than 30 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 a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Aboriginal Community Management and Development and a Post Graduate Certificate in Cross Sector Partnerships from Cambridge University. 

In 2012, professor Hayward was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame and recognised as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia. She was made a Western Australian Ambassador for Children and Young People in 2012 as well as being named as one of WA’s 100 most influential West Australians in both 2015 and 2016.