Carmen Lawrence is Winthrop professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at The University of Western Australia.
She was Premier of Western Australia Premier of Western Australia from 1990 to 1993 and held ministerial portfolios in both state and federal governments.
Dr Lawrence was awarded the 2015 Australian Humanist of the Year for her consistent humanist approach to a wide range of issues, both as politician and researcher, and for speaking out on matters of concern to humanists including the welfare of Indigenous people, equality for women, inequality in education and Australia's treatment of asylum seekers. (Source: Wikipedia)
She currently chairs the Australian Heritage Council.