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Ideas Exchange and Education - Mannkal Staff

Ron Manners - Executive Director

Ron Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Australian Mining Hall of Fame Ltd. He is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and his contributions to industry and Australia have been marked by several awards including being elected as a “Mining Legend” at the 2005 Excellence in Mining & Exploration Conference in Sydney. In 2010 Ron was appointed to the Board of Overseers for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington, DC.

Ron was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to a family that had a long association with the mining town. A fourth generation prospector, Manners studied electrical engineering at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines before he assumed management of the family mining/engineering business, W.G. Manners & Co. (originally established in 1895) in 1955. He expanded and diversified the company which has evolved to become the Mannwest Group.

Between 1972 and 1995 Ron floated several Australian listed mining companies, one of which became Australia's third largest gold producer, before joining the board of a Canadian company with operations in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. In addition to his mining interests, Ron has pursued an interest in economic education, establishing the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in 1997. He is a life member of the Mont Pelerin Society and is on the coordinating Committee for the Commonwealth Study Conference. Ron is also the author and editor of four books - So I Headed West, Kanowna's Barrowman - James Balzano, Never a Dull Moment and Heroic Misadventures: Australia; Four Decades - Full Circle - as well as numerous papers and addresses.

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John Hyde - Board Member

John Hyde held the Federal seat of Moore from 1974, when Whitlam was Prime Minister, until he lost the seat with the defeat of the Fraser Government in 1983. John and his wife, Helen, then formed the Australian Institute of Public Policy, which in 1991 was amalgamated with the Institute of Public Affairs, which he directed until 1995. He was a columnist with the Australian Financial Review, The Australian and the Brisbane Courier-Mail, writing 745 regular articles for these papers, and has had many other articles published elsewhere.

John Hyde was born and educated in Western Australia before farming wheat and sheep at Dalwallinu. A successful farmer, he was a councilor and deputy-President of the Shire of Dalwallinu and before entering federal parliament. With three other MPs he formed 'the Dries' which were then a backbench group which advocated economic rectitude and soundness in public finances and rejected short-term populism. He opposed the economic policies of the Whitlam Government which was defeated in December 1975, and also many of the policies of the succeeding Fraser Coalition Government which he considered to be in many ways hardly if at all better.

John Hyde's most recent published book Dry: In Defense of Economic Freedom is an account of how the momentary re-application of the proper conduct of public policy in Australia during the 1990s managed to reverse the long downward trend of Australia's relative living standards.

In Hal G.P. Colebatch's words, John Hyde is a man of major accomplishments. He became a successful wheat farmer in Western Australia despite losing his right arm in an accident at the age of twenty-three; as a Member of Parliament from 1973 to 1982 he was courageous in rejecting strong pressures to become mere division-fodder and in pushing an economic reform agenda against the entrenched orthodoxies of the Coalition, offending many vested interests and, “with all the survival instincts of a kamikaze pilot”, drawing upon himself what Adam Smith called “the insolent outrage of furious and disappointed monopolists”. Like his mentor the late Bert Kelly he became a newspaper columnist with a powerful and elegant style, showing a strong ability for lateral thinking.

John Corser - Board Member

John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Murdoch University majoring in history and sociology with minors in politics and public policy. He is a private investor in equities and property, a Company Director and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John has worked in the home building, land development and funds management industries and was also a researcher at the Institute of Public Affairs, States' Policy Unit.

John's Mannkal Foundation involvement was a logical follow-on from his earlier involvement with the Australian Institute of Public Policy and the Institute of Public Affairs. John considers himself fortunate to be able to work with his fellow Directors at the Foundation.

Mac Nichols – Board Member

Mac Nichols earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1996.

Since then he has pursued a range of business, information technology and economic geologic interests and is currently the Managing Director of an engineering consultancy as well as a junior exploration company. Mac is a member of the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration.

Mac has worked in the exploration, mining and mine services industries and has been involved with Mannkal since inception, albeit in a peripheral manner. He has lived and worked in Australia, the USA, and Papua New Guinea.

Judy Carroll – Executive Assistant

Before working for several private enterprise and publicly listed companies, Judy commenced her career in the public service where she worked for some 18 years.

In 1994 she joined the staff at the Ministry of Premier and Cabinet where she was Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Premier - Western Australia. It was here that she realized her passion for politics and the outcomes it can have on our community. She believes it was a privilege to have been so involved with the running of the State and still maintains a great interest in current affairs and believes in the ideals of Mannkal.

Judy has worked with Ron since 2001 where she has witnessed, and enjoyed, being part of the expansion of Mannkal's activities and believes her breadth of experience in different workplaces gives her the ability to understand the free market system.

Henri Herti – Accountant

Henri joined the international Chartered Accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Melbourne in the early 1970s. In the early 1980s, he was transferred to administer its Perth office. In 1985 he joined the law firm of Minter Ellison as Finance & Administration Controller, before taking up a position with Corser & Corser in early 1988. He stayed here until March, 1998 when he retired from full-time employment as General Manager of the company. Since 1998 Henri has been doing freelance contracting work and joined Mannwest Group Pty Ltd & Mannkal in mid-2000.

Matthew Lock – Web and IT Consultant

Matthew Lock works as a software developer and IT Consultant, assisting Mannkal with their IT and providing their web site development. He has a degree in Computer Science from Murdoch University and has been a software developer for 15 years, working in Perth and Tokyo.

Matthew first became interested in Libertarian thought after reading the works of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig Von Mises, and listening to the recordings of the Mises University.

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