Marguerite Ryan

A passion for governance has brought Marguerite Ryan to the Board of Directors of Mercy Connect.

“If you want to create change in society it starts with good governance,” she said.

“I grew up in he Sacred Heart tradition which is about having a vocation, but also good, strong governance and directorship.”

Marguerite brings a suite of skills to the board including business administration, leadership, psychology, human resources and anthropology.

She has wide ranging experience in management and leadership development and is passionate about working with fellow board members in guiding the management team to fulfill the Mercy Connect purpose; to enable people to live a connected and meaningful life.

“Setting strategy that gives everyone the resources, the motivation they need to continue to grow, to be sustainable and to find ways to really enrich the lives of participants and support workers is really important,” she said.

“You have to have respect and passion for what the Mercy ethos is grounded in so it is about finding a relevant way to keep that tradition, legacy and ethos alive.”

“I love the empowerment model of Mercy Connect and I think it’s a really good ethos.”

With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, she said the board had an important role to play in the future of the organisation.

She said it was the boards role to help the management team navigate through the introduction of the NDIS, while setting a sustainable, strategic direction for the organisation.

“We need to be taking about the really difficult issues,” she said.

“I have really wanted to be a director for some time but it takes time to find the right fit for you and for the board.”

“It’s a real privilege to start to learn from such a tremendously inspiring group of colleagues and I really value their experience and expertise.”