What Others Have to Say About Marita’s Work



Leading More Effectively:

I have engaged Marita for a number of strategic and developmental projects at Women's Health Victoria (WHV). This has included assisting with review of the organisation’s growing needs and development of some revised and new PDs to meet identified gaps, staff recruitment and professional development. 

Marita has played a significant role in our recruitment processes assisting with advertising, shortlisting and interviewing candidates for a number of key strategic and executive positions. I have also engaged Marita to provide individual professional development support to staff and her work has been effective with very positive staff feedback. 

I have strongly valued and depended on Marita for her expertise and advice regarding all HR matters and would not hesitate to highly recommend her. She has always been professional and supportive and her knowledge and experience has been invaluable.

Rita Butera, Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria.

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As an organisation we’re experiencing a significant period of growth and transition. We have drawn on Marita’s experience and expertise across the last 12 months to support and assist with the implementation of the organisation’s vision and strategic direction. She has taken the time to really understand our organisation and our needs to ensure we get the best outcomes through our growth.

Her approach is respectful, intuitive and thoughtful which has enabled a strong and trusting relationship to develop. Her advice is wise and considered; solutions are always practical and achievable. I highly value Marita’s professionalism, knowledge and support and would not hesitate to highly recommend her.

Carita Clancy, Executive Officer, Ballarat Hospice Care Inc.

When I found myself supervising a small team for the first time I realised I needed help to develop a new set of management skills. Having Marita as a mentor provided me with structured, tailored support and a whole new set of skills and tools to drawn from and implement. As a result of my time with Marita I feel like a more fully rounded professional and better able to manage and develop staff, including having difficult conversations. Feedback from those I supervise and from my own Manger has also been really positive.

Dr Amy Webster, Senior Policy and Health Promotion Officer, Women’s Health Victoria.


Work More Effectively:

Marita was engaged as a consultant to undertake a complex review of a flagship Victorian cancer program designed to facilitate translational research. The review required working with a diverse group of stakeholders spanning government, not-for-profit and research organisations to assess governance mechanisms and recommend a sustainability model for optimising benefit to the Victorian cancer community.    

In this role, Marita worked quickly and with a collaborative approach to assimilate a fair and transparent assessment of current governance arrangements, quickly identifying strengths and future opportunities.  Marita was politically astute and worked with sensitivity and professional respect in gathering data and handing down recommendations in a timely and salient fashion. The high quality of Marita’s work was acknowledged and appreciated across all stakeholder groups. She fulfilled the requirements of the contract unequivocally and went above and beyond to ensure the client was satisfied with the quality of the report delivered.

Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria

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Marita assisted the Board during the CEO performance review by preparing upward feedback. Through her interviews with direct reports, Marita produced a well-considered, constructive and comprehensive report with valuable and unbiased insights relevant to both the Board and the CEO. The degree of professionalism displayed by Marita throughout the engagement was evident, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any organisation needing help in this area.

Nicki Batagol, Board Chairperson


Recruit More Effectively:

Marita led the recruitment process for Director Marketing and Communications at Our Watch. In an organisation working to influence community attitudes, this is key executive role with national scope. Marita’s professionalism, attention to detail and informed insights resulted in process that allowed me to focus fully on recruiting the best fit candidate. 
Marita’s offering included a comprehensive preparation, a smooth and respectful process and meaningful onboarding support -all at a very competitive rate. I highly recommend Marita and will use her service again.

Patty Kinnersly, CEO, Our Watch

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I would like to thank Marita Ryan for her invaluable assistance in the recruitment of a Chief Executive Officer for Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc. Marita’s approach was always professional and thorough right from the beginning of the process at a Board workshop which she facilitated. We were able to identify the required attitudes, skills and experience for our ideal candidate. Marita’s consistent approach continued right through to the appointment of a CEO.

The process from advertising, position description review and development to comprehensive screening and final interviews was managed in a timely, efficient and productive manner. Marita’s verbal and email communication was consistent, well structured and always on time. This enabled my role as Chair of the selection panel to relay information to the other panel members easily and effectively. I feel confident that all applicants were treated fairly and with great respect and all communication with the applicants was well documented. I would not hesitate in recommending Marita.

Gillian Jenkins, Board Chairperson

Moyne Health Services engaged Marita Ryan (on the recommendation of another health professional) to assist with CEO recruitment. Given the critical importance of this role to the success of our organisation, our Board was intent on following the best possible process to ensure we appointed the best person to the role.

Marita took the time to get to know what our organisation needed and expected of its future CEO. She managed the full recruitment process for us, delivering us with an impressive short-list of highly qualified candidates and, ultimately, with a great CEO!

Marita was professional, highly organised and had an excellent ability to connect with people. We were delighted with the end result.

Karen Foster, Board Chairperson