Pearl Proud was born in Durban, South Africa and migrated to Australia in 1987. She has a clinical background in Psychology and was the Clinical Lead at headspace. Pearl has held various roles including as an Affiliate of the National Trauma Centre, Accredited AHPRA Clinical Supervisor for individuals and multidisciplinary teams, Recruiting Psychologist (Prov.) with the WA Police Service as well as various roles in the NFP sector and private practice. Pearl is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors and a Cranlana Leadership Colloquium alumni with a keen interest in Governance with roles spanning 15 years. She is the Chair of ConnectGroups, Board Director at the Community Arts Network (CANWA) and Advisory Director at the Edith Cowan Business School’s Centre for Work and Organisational Performance. She is an endorsed Mentor and is on the preferred Executive Coach List for the Management faculty Edith Cowan University and was an inaugural Mentor for the Diverse Board Mentorship Programme facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Interests, the WA Chamber of Commerce and the WA Institute of Management.
Pearl has a deep respect for Nyoongar land and culture and acknowledges its elders past, present and emerging and has a commitment to contributing to the civic, social, cultural and artistic life in Western Australia. Pearl is highly invested in the WA arts sector. She was Patron for the Perth Arts Festival, the Founding Patron for the Perth Writers Festival and a Medici Donor. The acknowledgements of her civic and philanthropic contribution include the national Living Legend Award 2012, in recognition of African Australians making a contribution to Australian life.