- Mary Wooldridge
Mary Louise Newling Wooldridge (born 29 July 1967) is an Australian politician for the Liberal Party in the state of Victoria. She was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 2006, representing the electoral district of Doncaster. Prior to her election, she was a business consultant and political activist.
Childhood and education
Wooldridge was born and raised in Melbourne and is the youngest of four children. She graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in 1989. In 1994 she completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Business School. She is the sister of Michael Wooldridge, a former Federal Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.
Mary has worked in executive roles with a number of companies including consultants McKinsey & Company in New York and London, Australian Consolidated Press and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited in Sydney.
Between 2001 and 2005 Mary was the chief executive of The Foundation For Young Australians, a not-for-profit charitable trust. In 2002 she was awarded the new Chief executive officer award in Equity Trustees National Nonprofit CEO awards for this role.
Mary joined the Liberal Party of Australia in 1987.
From 1999 to 2001 Mary worked as a Senior Adviser to Senator the Hon Nick Minchin. As part of her duties with the Senator, Wooldridge took part in an overseas trip that was the cause of some consternation for the Federal Labor Opposition.(1) (2).
She chaired the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness, which advises the Federal Minister for Family and Community Services on matters relating to homelessness.
The Liberal party was defeated at the election and remained in Opposition. Despite being a new Member, Wooldridge was appointed to five Shadow Ministries. She was Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Drug Abuse, Community Services and Environment and Climate Change. One of the issues which came up in her first term was the lack of rail transport in the City of Manningham. In April 2010, she said the Opposition "strongly supported" the council's plans to extend the number 48 tram to the rapidly developing Doncaster Hill precinct.
When the Coalition won the 2010 state election, Wooldridge was appointed to the Baillieu Ministry as Minister for Mental Health, Women's Affairs and Community Services.
Mary is married to Andrew Barling, a doctor, and they have a son, Jamison. Mary has been a Director of the Breast Cancer Network Australia, Foundation Boroondara and Trinity College at Melbourne University. She continues to remain a director at the Otis Foundation, a network of rural retreats for women with breast cancer.
- Mary Wooldridge's website
- Liberal Party of Victoria website
- Parliamentary Biography
- The Otis Foundation website
Victorian Legislative Assembly Preceded by
Member for Doncaster
Incumbent Political offices Preceded by
Minister for Mental Health
Incumbent Minister for Community Services
Minister for Women's Affairs
Current members of the Cabinet of Victoria
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