Marisa is owner and “Chief Executive of Everything” at beautiful Hanworth House, one of Brisbane’s oldest residences. Marisa is immediate past national CEO of Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited.
A music arts graduate, her business journey started working in Postgraduate Medical Education in Cambridge. Upon returning to Australia, she became Manager of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Qld.
Marisa has a BA and MBA. A Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she has held board positions for Attune Hearing, QUT Council, Family Care Medical Services and Zonta. In 2004, Marisa won the Telstra Hudson Community and Government Business Woman of the Year and went on to win the overall Qld Telstra Business Woman of the Year.
Currently she manages a specialist medical practice and develops accommodation. In 2012 Marisa took on her biggest challenge, the restoration of historic Hanworth House which was tragically attacked by arson only weeks from opening. Like a phoenix, it rose from the ashes to open on its 150th birthday and now offers boutique accommodation and events. Hanworth was awarded the 2014 Qld Heritage Council Gold Award, the John Herbert Memorial Award for most outstanding nomination and 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Award.
She is passionate about all causes philanthropic and actively supports WLS, Zonta International, Alzheimer’s Association, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and WANTZ, which has raised over $1.5m for Qld charities over the last ten years. Marisa was appointed the first Ambassador for Women’s Legal Service in 2014, a role she still holds (although she says her position description never included dancing!).