Bert Evans AO, Business and Economics, Macquarie University
Bert Evans retired in October 1996 after 38 years service with the Metal Trades Industry Association (MTIA), now the Australian Industry Group, the last 15 as Chief Executive.
He was first honoured in 1984 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He was further honoured in 1996 when he was made an Officer of the Order. In 1993 the Senate of the University of Sydney conferred upon him a Doctorate of Science in Economics (Honoris Causa).
At his farewell dinner in Canberra the toast was proposed by the Prime Minister, John Howard, and seconded by the Leader of the Opposition, Kim Beazley. Mr Howard wrote in an article about Mr Evans (MTIA Input, October/November issues 1996): “…his career and achievements are a testimony to a remarkable man, and provide a salient example of what can be achieved with a constructive approach to industrial relations.”
From 1996 to 2013, Mr Evans was Chairman of the NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training.