Inspiring Others Through Vocational Service – Mary Barry

Mary Barry

Tuesday 23rd February 2021
6:15 pm for 6:30 start
Green Acres Golf Club
51 Elm Grove, Kew East, VIC

This meeting




Our Speaker, Mary joined Rotary Melbourne in 2006 and served as President in 2017/2018. She served as a
Board Director for four years including Vice President for 12 months.
Mary is the Chair of the Melbourne 2023 Convention Host Organising Committee; Vocational
Service Chair for District 9800; Chair of Rotary Melbourne’s Community Welfare Committee; a
member of the Membership Engagement and Rotary Safe Families Committees.
She was a Director on the D9800 Board from 2011-2013 heading up the Strategic Planning and
Risk portfolio.
Professional Role
Mary has been a CEO for over 20 years heading up organizations in the health, aged care,
emergency services and family violence sectors. These included the Victoria State Emergency
Service (VICSES), The National Heart Foundation of Australia and Our Watch.
She is now a mentor to senior executive staff and a strategic advisor to Boards, CEOs and senior
executive teams.

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