Chair of the ACMD Board, Brenda Shanahan has had her exceptional achievements recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List. Brenda was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medical health research, to the business and finance sectors, to corporate governance, and to philanthropy.
Brenda’s contributions are wide and varied. She has taken an active role in medical research in Australia, with roles (among others) at St Vincent’s Health, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the ACMD.
In parallel, Brenda has been a pioneer in the Australian financial community, as a stockbroker, member of the Australian Stock Exchange and with leading and Directorial roles at Australian financial entities, including Challenger Limited, Bell Financial Group and DMP Asset Management, and public companies.
In her private capacity, Brenda has supported a number of charitable organisations directly, and through the Brenda Shanahan Charitable Foundation, focused particularly on healthcare/research and the arts, most prominently with Rock Art Australia.
Brenda said, “It is a great honour to receive this recognition. I have been privileged to work with so many institutions and outstanding people to enable change and progress for the Australian community, across all walks of life.”
Announcing the list, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) said, “On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate everyone recognised in the Australia Day Honours list.
“The individuals we celebrate today come from all parts of our great nation and have served the community in almost every way conceivable. They’re diverse and unique but there are some common characteristics, including selflessness, commitment and dedication.”
On behalf of St Vincent’s Foundation, we wish to congratulate Brenda for this richly deserved honour.