Our Patron

Professor the Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO

Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir was the first female and second longest-serving Governor of New South Wales. She retired in 2014.
Professor Marie Bashir served the community, students, young people, Indigenous people and the people of New South Wales through her roles in medicine, public life and public administration. She worked for decades as an advocate for improved mental health outcomes for the young, marginalised and disadvantaged. She has been a leader in promoting tertiary education and creating better access to medical help through the promotion of collaborative health programs.
Prior to becoming Governor, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service in Kempsey.
In 2014, she was named as a Dame of the Order of Australia, in recognition of her extraordinary achievements throughout her life and career. She has an acute interest in music having studied the violin from a young age and still loves to play the violin now.

To be Patron of The Australian Haydn Ensemble is truly an overwhelming honour, given the gratitude I have felt towards the multifaceted and great contribution of Joseph Haydn to music and as a continuing source of inspiration.
— Professor the Honorable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO