Marg Hamley

Marg Hamley

Director Berry Street Childhood Institute


Bachelor of Arts (Hons-Psychology)
Diploma of Education (Secondary)
Master of Social Work




Marg’s early career was in education, working both as a teacher and then as an educational psychologist with the Victorian Education Department. After undertaking family therapy training, she worked in family services with the Mission of St. James and St. John, first as a family counsellor and then as manager of a residential parenting unit.

Subsequently Marg undertook a range of senior management positions with The Salvation Army, in Victoria and in the United Kingdom. From 1999 to 2003, Marg was Director of The Salvation Army’s Victorian Social Programme Consultancy Unit, a role which included responsibility for co-ordinating all state-wide programmatic and policy issues and responses. During the 1990s, she was a manager with the Crossroads Network, including Deputy Executive Director in 1998/99.

Marg commenced with Berry Street in 2003 as Director of Services and in 2006, Marg took on the additional title of Deputy CEO. This was in recognition of the leadership role she had been playing within Berry Street. In January 2011, Marg commenced in the newly created role of Director of Strategic Initiatives. This important role provided a dedicated resource for furthering Berry Street’s commitment, as articulated in its
Strategic Directions 2027, to protecting Victoria’s children and improving outcomes for those most vulnerable members of the community.

In July 2012 Marg became the inaugural Director of the Berry Street Childhood Institute.

Marg’s commitment to children and families was recognised at the 2012 Robin Clark Memorial Awards where she was announced as joint winner of the Inspirational Leadership in the Field Award.

Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.