Family Ferris Fellowship Award Recipients Announced
On June 6 2022, the winners of this prestigious fellowship were announced at a luncheon held at Macquarie Group's Head Office in Sydney. We are delighted to inform you that Deborah Attard Portughes and Patrick Reid are this year's winners.
Deborah Attard Portughes
Chief Executive Officer, Women & Infants Research Foundation
Deborah joined the Women & Infants Research Foundation in 2016 and is the Foundation’s inaugural CEO. She was previously the Development Executive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) where she worked for over 13 years. Before coming to Australia, Deb worked in Malta where she taught Creative Thinking techniques with Prof. Edward deBono. She also serves on the board of the Raine Study and Freeze Frame Opera.
Chief Executive Officer, IRT
IRT is a community based, non-denominational, seniors lifestyle and care provider and for over 50 years has maintained this foundation. IRT is one of Australia’s largest community-owned providers of independent living, residential aged care and home care, supporting more than 9100 people every day in NSW, the ACT and Qld.
The leadership challenge Patrick will be taking to the program is, how to transform the organisation to meet the expectations of older Australians. This wholesale change to how they operate will need to occur while battling the most challenging operating environment in the history of community services.
Patrick was appointed CEO of IRT in February 2018. He is currently a Director of Coordinare Primary Health Network and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) serving on both organisations’ Finance and Risk committees.
As the immediate past CEO of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) and former Chairman of the Government’s Aged Care Workforce Advisory Group, Patrick has extensive experience leading strategy in the aged care sector.