James is a messy Jesus follower and passionate disciple maker. James is currently the CEO and Creative Director of xp. ltd which creates digital resources to help young Aussies authentically explore life and faith. James is also an Endeavour Executive Fellow, recognised by the Australian Government for his strategic thinking and leadership in ministry, and brings his insight into emerging Christian churches to our board.
Prior to ministry, James pursued a career in international law and social policy, and his work on disability rights was recognised by a prestigious Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award.
James joined the CMA Board in 2022.
Deb has a Bachelor of Business with a major in Human Resource Management from the University of Newcastle, and has spent much of the last 20+ years coaching and advising managers on how to build and sustain healthy and high performing teams. She has a passion for seeing organisations and their people flourish as they work together to achieve mission.
Deb is currently the Director of Administrative Services at St Philip’s Christian College, Newcastle and also mentors leaders in her spare time.
Prior to this Deb served in senior leadership at Compassion Australia for 15 years. As a member of the Executive team she had responsibility for the leadership of a range of functions throughout her time including: People and Culture, Internal Communications, Strategy, Project Management, IT, Finance, Risk and Compliance, and Field Experience.
Deb lives in Newcastle NSW with her husband Duncan and son Jack, and together they love hanging out, being active and working in their garden.
Coming from a background in ministry and performing arts, Cheryl is passionate about empowering others to use their vocations to transform the world. She is an ordained minister of the Churches of Christ, holding master’s degrees in business administration, practical theology and education.
Cheryl is currently the Executive Director of Operations at Eastern College Australia, and an elder at Discovery Church in Melbourne. She joined the CMA Board in 2018.
Jame holds degrees in law and commerce from the University of Melbourne. He has been a lawyer for more than 40 years with experience in all areas of business law. He has been on numerous Boards and Committees for the last 40 years including Chair of an NGO for more than 10 years and being retained as Company Secretary for an Australian charity and its subsidiary.
He is currently Chair of Hillcrest Christian College Limited. He operates through the legal practice of BSA Lawyers and his governance work is undertaken through Lewis Counsel and works mainly in the area of governance including advice and conducting training for Boards of Christian agencies in Australia and around the world.
With his wife Leanne they conduct training and provide materials for the Train the Trainers course on governance for Board members with Boards in Africa Asia and Latin America.
Judy is the Founding Principal of CREDENCE Executive Search & Selection, an executive search and selection firm which began in 1999, building on her significant history in the HR field. From the selection of entire new teams through to guiding in many ‘C-suite’ selections, Judy’s genuine interest in the Christian Not-For-Profit sector has shaped and sharpened her ability to assist with critical appointments of its Christian leadership, raising benchmarks and providing clarity of its mission and values.
In addition to Credence, Judy engages with social enterprises and micro finance projects, particularly around entrepreneurial women living in poverty. She served on the board of African Enterprise for ten years to 2019, and joined the CMA board in 2022.
With over 25 years in executive, accounting and governance roles in Australasia and Europe, Steve is currently the Managing Director of a private equity management and consulting firm.
For 10 years until 2017, Steve was the General Secretary of one of the largest church and community movements in Australia. He has served on numerous corporate and charitable Boards in Australia and overseas. He joined the CMA Board in May 2018, has served as Chair since 2021, and is also currently a Board member of C4M Childcare Ltd and the Churches of Christ in Queensland.
Steve is inspired by other faith-driven Aussies, and their positive, faith-filled message of hope in their communities.