The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has announced that 2021’s WA Gold Medal Award winner is prominent businessman Rick Crabb FAICD.
Mr Crabb has been a director on many public listed companies since the mid-1980s and practiced as a solicitor from 1980 to 2004 specialising in mining, corporate and commercial law on projects in Australia, Africa and Asia.
Currently, Mr Crabb is chairman of Eagle Mountain Mining Limited, a copper/gold explorer in Arizona, chairman of Ora Gold Limited a gold explorer in WA and a director of unlisted WarpForge Ltd. He and his wife Carol are also part owners of the Odyssea Beach Café at City Beach.
In the past he has been a founding director and shareholder of WA gold producer Gasgoyne Gold Mines NL, property developer Port Bouvard Ltd and oil producer Otto Energy Ltd. He is, in Perth, perhaps best known as past chairman of ASX and TSX listed uranium miner Paladin Energy Limited where he was a director since it was listed in 1994.
Mr Crabb was a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Implementation Committee in 2006-7 when the Guidelines were first developed and was from 2007 to 2017 a WA Councillor of AICD. He had active involvement with the UWA Business School and was for many years a member of the Advisory Board of the UWA Centre for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law.
WA State Manager, Carl Cockerham, said Mr Crabb has been a prominent member of the WA business community and supporter of the AICD for many years.
“The Gold Medal Award recognises the significant contribution of a WA director to corporate life in the state and their contribution to the wider community. Mr Crabb is a worthy recipient.”
Mr Crabb said he was delighted to receive this award from his peers.
“I am very honoured to receive this award. A director role, regardless of the size or business of an organisation, requires the incumbent to make a positive contribution to its culture, strategy and sustainability. It is a complex job but it is rewarding to be part of a team that can work through challenges presented from time to time.”
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