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The Parenthood announces Wendy McCarthy AO as its inaugural patron

The Parenthood announces Wendy McCarthy AO as its inaugural patron

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Wendy McCarthy. This appointment is a significant and exciting development that will help The Parenthood further contribute to the future direction of Australia by advancing positive policies for families and children,” The Parenthood’s Executive Director Georgie Dent said. 

“Wendy is a highly experienced, well-regarded board director and campaigner, who has advocated for children, women and families throughout the course of her professional life. Her expertise, skills and values are so firmly aligned with The Parenthood’s vision to make Australia the best place in the world to parent.” 

Wendy McCarthy - an international change agent

Wendy McCarthy began her career as a secondary school teacher and moved out of the classroom into public life in 1968. Since then she has been an advocate, educator and change agent in Australia and internationally.

“I am delighted to accept the role of Patron for The Parenthood. For more than sixty years I have cared deeply about the central role of the child in our world. Every family deserves the best possible help to be good parents,” Wendy McCarthy said. “The Parenthood’s vision is easy to support and by being its Patron I hope I can offer wisdom and experience to its team.” 

WATCH Wendy's video message on Youtube.

Wendy McCarthy AO has held executive and non-executive director roles in many of Australia's leading private and public institutions including the ABC, the Australian Bicentennial Authority, the National Trust, the Australian Heritage Commission, Symphony Australia, Circus Oz, Goodstart Early Learning and the Sydney Community Foundation.  From 1995-2005 she was Chancellor of the University of Canberra. 

We are excited and really looking forward to collaborating with Wendy on our upcoming projects! Find out more about our vision and work on the 'About' page.