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Ms Sharon Warburton

Sharon Warburton

After an executive career in strategy and finance roles based in Perth, Sydney, London and Abu Dhabi, Sharon is now a full-time Chairman and Non-Executive Company Director.  She is the 2014 WA Telstra Business Woman of the Year and was named in the 2015 Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence.

She joined the board of Fortescue Metals Group (FMG, one of Australia’s largest listed companies, in 2013 as a Non-Executive Director.  She now also chairs the Fortescue Remuneration & Nominations and Finance Committees.  She is a Non-Executive Director for ASX Listed NEXTDC Limited and Gold Road Resources Limited; Publicly Unlisted Barminco Holdings Pty Limited; and WA State Government owned Western Power as well as a Director of the fund raising NFP Foundation for the Perth Children’s Hospital.  She is also a part time member of the Takeovers Panel, a Director of the Gold Industry Group, an Advisory Board Member for the Curtin Business School Asia Business Centre and the Patron of the Women in MBA Scholarship Programme here at Curtin.

Sharon became the Chairman of the Federal Government funded Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) on 1 July 2016.  The NAIF offers up to $5 billion over 5 years in concessional finance to encourage and complement private sector investment in infrastructure that benefits Northern Australia. This may include developments in airports, communications, energy, ports, rail and water.

Educated in Exmouth and Perth, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Sharon mentors thousands of emerging leaders through her digital mentoring platform Steel Heels.