Virginia Ryan

Board Chair

Virginia was appointed Chair of the Mater Foundation Board in August 2020. She had joined the Mater Board in September 2019 and in August 2020 became Deputy Chair of that Board.

Virginia has been Deputy President of the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal for over five years. In this role, she interacts daily with those who face significant mental illness challenges, their supports in the community and clinicians and others who provide treatment and care.

Virginia has degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney University and over thirty years’ experience as a Brisbane lawyer. She has worked and volunteered for community legal centres, been a Registrar in a federal court and a Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and for more than ten years, the Queensland Mental Health Review Tribunal. She was previously a member of a school board and of the Legal Aid Commission Queensland.

Virginia has been an accredited mediator and is committed to fair processes, collaborative decision making and transparency and accountability in governance.