Mary-Lou has enjoyed several careers – in law, business management, communications and politics. After completing a law degree at Adelaide University, she worked as a solicitor and barrister in private practice then as a corporate counsel before moving into association management.
For the past 20 years Mary-Lou has worked in communications or politics. She is a director of her own communications company but has also been CEO of a public relations business within a publicly listed company. Mary-Lou has been employed to advise 3 Federal Coalition Government Ministers including the current Prime Minister. Her most recent role was as Ministerial adviser in Multicultural Affairs.
In her own business her global clients with a connection to Africa have included a leading airline, an international money transfer business, the worlds largest law firm & a big 4 accountancy practice. A most recent client was an African NFP promoting cross cultural & economic ties between Sydney & Durban. She has visited Africa several times and first travelled to Rwanda in 2015 where she was impressed by the country but more specifically the work being undertaken by Sabrina & Nepo and their plans for the Mustard Seed Institute. She joined the board in July 2016. She is also a director of one of Sydney’s leading coeducational boarding schools.