Tim Shanahan was appointed as the inaugural Director – Energy and Minerals Initiative – at the University of Western Australia in November 2007.
This is an important strategic role which will reinforce the University’s strong commitment to supporting the minerals and energy industry as it experiences a period of significant growth.
Shanahan has invested more than half his life in the minerals industry.
His dedication to the industry has echoed through many of his career choices.
Today, Shanahan is constantly recieving awards for his dedicated service to the industry and is often requested to lead some of the finest organisations the industry has to offer.
He is a Law graduate from the University of Western Australia.
From 1989 to 2000, he was the Executive Director of the Western Australian Municipal Association, the representative organisation of local government in Western Australia.
Then in June 2001, Shanahan was appointed Chief Executive of the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME).
In January 2001, he was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service to local government and in April 2003, he was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to local government in Western Australia.
In 2004 he became an independent Director of the WA Local Government Superannuation Plan and is Chairman of the Compliance Audit and Risk Management Committee for the group.
He is a Trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), and a member of the CEDA WA Advisory Committee.
Currently, Shanahan is the Chairman of the Australia Day Council in Western Australia.
He has also recently been appointed to the Boards of the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) and the WA Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA).
In 2007, he was awarded the Western Australia Gas Development Award.