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Awarded for service to Business, Industry and Workplace Relations; Community Advocacy and Inclusion
Born: 19 September 1952
Entered on roll: 2021
Sarah Merridew masterfully juggled family commitments, excellence in career and aspirations for community good.
In 1993, Sarah, a Chartered Accountant, was appointed as a Partner with accountancy firm, Deloitte. The appointment was considered ground-breaking as Sarah was among the first three women to be Partners in Deloitte Australia.
Sarah’s financial expertise in accounting, auditing and governance has been valued by the many organisations on which she has served as a Director.
Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is recognised as an outstanding company director. Her directorial highlights include as a non-executive Director for over 25 years with experience and expertise as a director of not for profit, private and public companies, and government-owned corporations. Sarah also served with distinction on the AICD State Council and mentored many of the next generation of Tasmanian board directors.
Despite high level career achievements, Sarah supported her husband, George Merridew to develop his career in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine. At times, Sarah had sole care of their daughters while George was overseas on sabbatical leave. Sarah was also fully engaged in her daughters’ school life and served on the Launceston Preparatory Board of Management from 1988 to 1999 and again from 2007-2010.
Sarah was instrumental in establishing the philanthropic Merridew Foundation as a Private Ancillary Fund and registered charity that invests in education and wellbeing for Tasmanian women and medical research. The Foundation has granted funds to PCYC Launceston to support at-risk teenage girls, Hobart Women’s Shelter, Wicking Institute Dementia Research and Education Centre, and to neuro-immunology research at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.
Having studied at the University of Tasmania, Sarah valued the role of education in changing lives. Sarah established the Don Gaffney Scholarship in memory of her father, to support a female science, engineering, technology or maths student form the North or North West Tasmania.