In October 2009, Kelly Howlett was elected by the community as the Mayor of the Town of Port Hedland. She is the second female and the youngest ever mayor of the Town of Port Hedland, and the youngest mayor in Western Australia. Ms Howlett was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2018 in recognition of her lengthy contribution to the Pilbara environment and community. She has extensive governance experience and a keen interest in the social, natural environment and sustainability. Ms Howlett has a Bachelor of Science (Environment), Bachelor Forest Science (Honours), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Program.