Ron Manners


Ron Manners is the Managing Director of the Mannwest Group. He is a Fellow of both the AusIMM and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 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 Advisory Council for the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in 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, Ron studied electrical engineering at the Kalgoorlie School of Mines before he assumed management of the family mining and engineering business, W G Manners & Co in 1955. He expanded and diversified the company, which has evolved to become the Mannwest Group. This family enterprise has now been operating continuously since 1895, six years before Australia had a constitution or a flag.

Between 1972-1995 Ron floated several Australian-listed mining companies, one of which became the third largest Australian-based gold producer, before he joined the board of a Canadian mining 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. The Mannkal Foundation has sponsored more than 1000 young students to internships and conferences in many countries. 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 five books, available for free at

Ron has had first-hand experience with several major world events. East-West Berlin; the collapse of Communism in Russia and the Hong Kong Handover. He travels extensively to observe the latest political and economic gyrations, such as the Arab Spring, the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution and the Greek economic crisis. Ron spends much of his time travelling and talking about which economic policies work and which don’t!

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