Business leaders recognised in Queen's Birthday awards
Prominent oil and gas business leader Colin Beckett was recently appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to business in the energy, gas and oil production and infrastructure, and to tertiary education.
Mr Beckett has been heavily involved in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. He was General Manager, North West Shelf, BP from 1992-1997, before signing on as Strategic Planning Manager and Gorgon Asset Manager, Mobil Australia until 2000.
Mr Beckett stayed with the Gorgon project for more than a decade, starting with Chevron as Strategic Planning Manager in 2000 before being appointed as General Manager, Greater Gorgon Area by 2005.
The Gorgon project has had a lasting positive effect on the Australian economy.
Consultants ACIL Allen forecast it will add $440 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product, create more than 60,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs in Australia, and pay more than $69 billion in direct taxation revenues over its lifetime.
During his time at the Gorgon project, Mr Beckett was also a board member of the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association (APPEA), becoming the APPEA Chair in 2006.
Mr Beckett retired from Chevron and the Gorgon project in 2014 and became the Independent Non-Executive Director of Beach Energy in 2015. He also joined as Non-Executive Chairman for Western Power in 2015.
In 2009, Mr Beckett joined Curtin University as Advisory Council Member for the Curtin Business School before becoming Chancellor in 2013, with his two terms concluding at the end of 2018.
When welcoming the new Chancellor, Dr Andrew Crane, Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry thanked Mr Beckett for his service to the University.
“Mr Beckett has made a significant contribution to Curtin over the last six years as Chancellor,” Professor Terry said.
“His leadership of the Council has been outstanding, and he has overseen many projects including the establishment of our Law and Medical Schools, the University’s expansion into Dubai and Mauritius, and our plans for the development of Greater Curtin.
“We will continue to see the impact of his leadership for many years to come.”
A further 68 West Australians were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their exceptional service and achievement in the community, including fellow Western Power board member Denise Goldsworthy, and Curtin Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker.