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Mater Foundation Chairman Phil Hennessy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) this Australia Day for his outstanding service to the community.
Mr Hennessy has chaired the Mater Foundation Board for 11 years and he is an independent director and advisor to several public, private and not-for-profit organisations.
He was recognised “for distinguished service to the business and accountancy sectors, to financial government and education, and through support for women’s healthcare, disability support and children’s charitable groups.”
Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris congratulated Mr Hennessy on receiving the prestigious honour.
“On behalf of the Board and the wider organisation, I congratulate Phil on his long-standing achievements in both the private and charitable sectors which have led him to receive this recognition.
“Phil has played a vital role in the success of Mater Foundation as we continue to provide much-needed support in areas of health, education and research at Mater.
“As an experienced director we are grateful to Phil for the exceptional insights and experience he brings to our organisation and for the passion in which he holds for Mater and our community,” Mr Harris said.
Also to receive an Australia Day honour was former Mater Group Chief Executive Officer Dr John O’Donnell who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Dr O’Donnell led Mater for 14 years before retiring in 2015 and he was a board member of Mater Foundation during this time.
To read more about Mr Hennessy’s role as Mater Foundation Chairman click here.