Virginia Ryan

Board Chair

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Virginia was appointed Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in mid 2017 and is currently continuing in that role. She sees some 62 Queensland Health and private hospital mental health sites throughout Queensland, interacting daily with those who face significant illness challenges, and those who support and treat them.

Virginia has degrees in Arts and Law from Sydney University. She has over thirty years’ experience as a Brisbane lawyer. She has worked at Caxton Legal Centre, was the state convenor of the peak body for community legal centres, and a volunteer lawyer at other legal centres. She has been a Registrar in a federal court, and has extensive experience in administrative law, having been an administrative decision maker for over 16 years. She has been a member of a number of tribunals, both federal and state, including the Social Security Appeals tribunal, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and for over ten years, the Mental health review Tribunal Queensland. 

Virginia has been a member of a catholic school board, a Commissioner on the Legal Aid Commission of Queensland as it was at that time, and a Board member of an Australian Health Practitioner Agency board.  She has been an accredited mediator, and is committed to fair processes, collaborative decision making and transparency and accountability in governance.