Among the many emails and expressions of support for the College’s decision to move to co-residency, the following was received last night by Old Collegian, Malcolm Broomhead AO.
Malcolm was President of the King’s Students’’ Club in 1973 and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the College. On leaving King’s he went on to establish a career in the engineering, industrial and resources sectors.
He was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive of Orica Limited in 2001. In the late 2000s, he was Chairman of Asciano Limited (2009-2016) and a Director of Coates Group Holdings Pty. Ltd. (2008-2013) .
Malcolm joined BHP Billiton as a non-executive director in 2010, and was appointed chairman of the company’s sustainability committee in 2017. In December 2015 he returned to Orica as a non-executive director and in 2016 was appointed Chairman, a position he still holds today.
I am writing to express my strong support for the decision the Council, you and your team have made to move Kings College to a coeducational format.
Whilst the men only arrangement served well in the past, community expectations and requirements have changed and it is definitely time for the college to reflect the different society in which we now operate.
Leaders recognise shifts in the expectations of their stakeholders as well as the major trends in their operating environment and they make the bold decisions to adapt to those changes. You have done just that and I applaud you for doing so.
I wish you every success with this important initiative.