At the Autumn 2009 Graduation Ceremonies, two prominent UWA engineering graduates were honoured for their achievements and services to UWA. Dr Trevor Eastwood AM CitWA (BE 1968) was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Commerce while Dr Michael Fitzpatrick (BE 1975) was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters.
Trevor Eastwood, former CEO and chairman of Wesfarmers Limited, started his career with the then Westralian Farmers Cooperative in 1963 and held a number of management positions including serving his final eight years as managing director. He was appointed Chairman of Wesfarmers in 2002. During his tenure, Trevor made Wesfarmers bigger than anyone dreamed it could be. Under his leadership, Wesfarmers was transformed from a relatively unknown farmers' co-operative to a diverse corporation that ranked among the top 50 companies in Australia.
Mike Fitzpatrick has spent over 28 years in the financial services sector. He is Chairman of Treasury Group Limited, an incubator of fund management companies, and also Chairman of the Australian Football League. He holds a number of other non-executive directorships, including being a director of Rio Tinto.
In 1994 Mike founded Hastings Funds Management Ltd (‘Hastings'), the pioneering infrastructure asset management company. He was Managing Director until he sold his interest in 2005 leaving Hastings as one of the largest managers of infrastructure and alternative assets in Australia managing investments of approximately A$3.8 billion.
Mike has a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Oxford University where he was the 1975 Rhodes Scholar from Western Australia.
He played football for Carlton in the 1970's, including captaining two premiership teams in 1981 and 1982.