Reverend Harry Herbert has been appointed Member of the Order of Australia

The Reverend Harry Herbert has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2013 Australia Day honours. Reverend Herbert was awarded the AM for his significant services to the community through leadership and advocacy roles in the area of social justice and welfare.

December 2012 saw the retirement of Reverend Harry Herbert as the Executive Director of UnitingCare NSW.ACT. During his 27 year career with UnitingCare, Harry has driven the organisation to become the largest provider of community services in the state and established the only Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Reverend Herbert has always been recognised as a leader who tackled the difficult and contentious issues which impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community. He has also shared his expertise and influence with other community and political leaders though his membership on a vast range of Boards, Councils and Committees devoted to providing better social justice outcomes for disadvantaged children, families and older Australians.

As a strong and passionate social justice advocate through media campaigns and submissions to government, Reverend Herbert has always ensured that marginalised members of the community had a strong voice where and when it mattered.

It is a testament to his life-long commitment to positively change lives and influence key decision makers that he be awarded this significant honour and most particularly to mark his retirement from UnitingCare NSW.ACT.