Mary Brell


Mary Brell

Keys To Success, Orange, New South Wales

Mary Brell was born in the New South Wales central western town of Gilgandra. Her parents, Mollie and Graham, were farmers from the nearby community of Mendooran. Mary’s early years were spent in regional NSW as the family moved from Gilgandra to Gunnedah. Mary completed her secondary education in Armidale.

A career in science teaching took Mary to The Rock Central School, followed by Blayney and then Yeoval. While teaching at Yeoval, Mary was also helping her former husband run a property close to the nearby town of Cumnock in Central West New South Wales. It was during the 20 years on that property that Mary, her husband and three small children experienced the joys of life in the bush yet the heartache of drought and its resultant despair.

Mary’s career then moved into a consultancy role within the NSW Department of Education and Training. Travelling throughout Western NSW, Mary worked with many teachers, parents and students who inspired her. She realised that she wanted her own business so that she could really pursue her passion – supporting people to achieve their true potential.

Mary began her training business, Keys To Success, in 2002 and it has grown beyond her wildest dreams. She now works across Australia and has spoken at Conferences in China, USA and Austria. Working with organisations and individuals, Mary shares her knowledge, experience and passion about learning, communication, and leadership.

Her experiences working in Cape Town, South Africa, on an AusAid project left a lifelong impact, as she realised that we really do take education for granted in Australia.

While travelling, Mary and her husband Murray Paterson, spend many hours walking and hiking. They have hiked in most Australian states, in New Zealand, and through Europe. Mary maintains that each of these hikes reminds her that individuals can achieve their goals if they really approach them with a positive and ‘can do’ attitude.

Mary Brell currently lives in Orange in NSW with her husband Murray. Her daughter Danielle lives on a property with her husband near Gilgandra. Her second daughter Katlyn is a fitness and health coach at Palm Beach, QLD. Her son Matthew is a financial lawyer in Brisbane, QLD.

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