A fond farewell and thank you, Patricia

Patricia McCormack in front of a The Lady Musgrave Trust banner
Patricia McCormack in front of a The Lady Musgrave Trust banner

After more than nine years of service, our President and Chairman Patricia McCormack is retiring from The Lady Musgrave Trust.

Patricia has served as President on the Board of The Lady Musgrave Trust for the past six years, and as a Director for three years before that. We would like to recognise and thank Patricia for her long-time service and commitment to fighting women’s homelessness and improving the lives of young women in Queensland.

“It was my honour and pleasure to serve as President and Chairman of the Board for this magnificent charitable organisation,” says Patricia.

“The journey for me has been very rewarding, although at times very challenging and time demanding. I am very proud of the Trust, its place in the community and the services delivered which make it the successful organisation that it is today.”

Patricia has been a huge changemaker for the Trust. Some of her achievements during her tenure include:

  • Expanding our property portfolio
  • Positioning The Handy Guide for Homeless Women as one of our most valuable support services
  • Completing an 18-month project to address homelessness for older women
  • Launching the creation of new marketing and branding for the Trust
  • Strengthening our governance framework and the diversity of expertise within our board
  • Significantly increasing our supporter base and financial position

Stepping into the new role as President is Louise Kelly, who has been a Director on the board of The Lady Musgrave Trust for several years.

“Patricia has been the heart and soul of The Lady Musgrave Trust for many years now,” says Louise. “The hard work and dedication that she has put into the Trust means that she is leaving a legacy of a professionally run charity, well respected for the important work that it does in supporting vulnerable women in Queensland.

“For those of us who have had the privilege of working with Patricia and learning from her, we wish her all the best in her retirement and thank her on behalf of the many women whose lives have been positively impacted by the work she has done.”

patricia mccormack and louise kelly
Incoming President Louise Kelly pictured with Patricia McCormack at The Lady Musgrave Trust’s High Tea Fundraiser

The Lady Musgrave Trust CEO Karen Lyon Reid says the Trust’s successes could not have been achieved without Patricia’s leadership.

“Under Patricia’s stewardship, the legacy Lady Musgrave established 136 years ago will continue well beyond the 136th year we now celebrate.”

Although it is a sad moment for Patricia, she remains confident that Louise, together with Karen and the remaining Board members, will ably take the Trust forward to a very positive future.

“I believe the Trust is now in a very good position and will continue its growth and success in the future. I must thank the generous support of our many contributors – our donors, sponsors, volunteers and our partners who are a vital part of our story. Thank you also to the past and current Directors who have worked with me over this time.”

While we are sad to see her go, The Lady Musgrave Trust wishes Patricia all the best for her next chapter.

Thank you, Patricia.

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