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Congratulations to OAM recipients, Sue Murray and David Rickards

Congratulations to OAM recipients, Sue Murray and David Rickards

Congratulations to not one but two MCC Members and former Directors, Sue Murray OAM and David Rickards OAM. They were both recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List last month and received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Sue Murray OAM

Sue Murray was recognised for her service to the community, particularly to breast cancer research and suicide prevention. Sue currently leads the Zero Suicide Institute of Australia focused on improving the way people who are suicidal are received, managed, treated and supported throughout our healthcare systems.

Sue has done some innovative and ground breaking work on building collaborative networks in the health sector including in her leadership roles as the CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (2000 – 2010) and Suicide Prevention Australia (2012 – 2018). In addition to her professional work, Sue has generously volunteered her time to a number of not-for-profit organisations, including as a Director and Board Chair of Macquarie Community College (2010 – 2016).

David Rickards OAM

David Rickards has been recognised for his service to the not-for-profit sector, and to the environment. David has been an active member of Macquarie Community College, serving on the Board and its Committees between 2010 and 2019 in various roles including Treasurer.

David’s contributions to the not-for-profit sector are many and varied, aimed at capacity building, leveraging philanthropy and embedding organisational sustainability. David is a co-founder and Director of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (since 2011) and is the Chair of SEFA Partnerships Ltd (since 2016).

David’s passion for the environment has included engagement as  trustee or board director of Bush Heritage Australia, the Midlands Conservation Fund, Carrawa Foundation and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.