Amanda Healy is from the Wonnarua nation, the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales, Australia.
Amanda has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia, Africa and Canada. She worked for some of the world’s most successful mining companies, such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Western Mining Corporation. In 2004 she founded her own engineering business in the Pilbara – Maxx Engineering, later purchased by multinational ThyssenKrupp in 2015.
In late 2014, Amanda established Kirrikin as a social enterprise. Kirrikin transforms Aboriginal artwork onto luxurious cashmere and silk fabrics, turning them into scarves, ties and clothing. Kirrikin both employs and shares business profits with the Aboriginal artists. Rapidly developing an international reputation for its beautiful products, Kirrikin is popular in the USA and Europe as well as at home in Australia.
Amanda went on to establish Warrikal in 2017, a mechanical maintenance business, providing professional support services to the resources sector. Warrikal is Indigenous owned and operated, and seeks to provide stable employment and development opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. An example of the contribution Warrikal makes, to the communities within which it operates, is to provide training, mentorship and entry-level work opportunities for Indigenous people, in order to take steps towards addressing the significant socio-economic disadvantage many experience.
Amanda’s success has been recognised through:
- Winning the ‘Business of the Year’ award for Kirrikin at the NAIDOC Perth Awards in 2019
- Winning the respected 2019 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Influential Leaders award in the area of impact ‘Consumer Goods or Services’. See video
- Winning the prestigious 2014 Indigenous in Business Award at the Ethnic Business Awards, Australia’s longest running business awards program
- Winning the 2016 Western Australian E-commerce award through the Export Council of Australia for Kirrikin.
- Nominated for the Western Australian Export Industry Awards as a finalist in three categories for Kirrikin.