Mary Patetsos is a recognised nationally and in her home state of South Australia in community engagement, aged and health care and the public sector.
As Chairperson of FECCA, she heads the peak national body representing Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, advocating on behalf of ethnic communities to government, business and the broader community, often on contentious issues of public policy.
Mary has recently stepped off the South Australian Housing Trust Board. As Chair she oversaw the largest transfer of public housing to Community Housing providers in South Australia’s history as well as construction of over 1000 houses and new supply of affordable housing.
Mary is also the Chair of the Local Government Grants Commission, and a Council Member of the University of South Australia.
As Chair of ACH Group, she leads South Australia’s leading aged care provider. This commitment to health and aged care has seen her appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the Health Performance Council and a member of the National Aged Care Alliance.
Mary is a long-time supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club. As Chair and non-Executive Director of Power Community Limited (PCL), an independent offshoot of the AFL club, she seeks to drive real social and economic change in the community through programs that focus on some of the key issues facing young people in society including education and employment, wellbeing and resilience, respectful relationships, cultural awareness and reconciliation.