Simon Barrington

Founder and Director, Forge Leadership Consultancy UK

Simon Barrington is the founder and Director of Forge Leadership Consultancy, an organization that is focused raising up a generation of leaders of character and influence. He is also a co-founder of WeAreCompany, which helps to strengthen the quality of leaders’ relationships in organizations, charities and churches. In addition, he is the author (with Rachel Luetchford) of Leading – the Millennial Way (SPCK, 2019) and (with Justin Humphreys) of Just Leadership (SPCK 2021).

Simon studied physics and music at Cardiff University before becoming a senior manager at BT, then was seconded to the Cabinet Office. In 2003, he became the Executive Director of Samaritan’s Purse UK, a post he held for more than 13 years, leading emergency relief and development initiatives across the world. During this time, Simon studied for a Master’s in Global Leadership at Fuller Seminary, California. Simon now lives in the East of England, attends a Baptist church, has been married for 33 years and has two adult children.

Sue Woodward AM

Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC)

Sue Woodward AM commenced as Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) on December 12, 2022. Previously she was Chief Adviser for Not-for-profit Law with the charity Justice Connect.

Sue was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021 for “significant service to the not-for-profit sector, fundraising and the law.”

Sue played an instrumental role in the formation of the ACNC, serving as the inaugural Director of Policy and Education during the early years of the Commission.

She has been involved with a number of leadership bodies including: the Charities Crisis Cabinet, the Victorian Government Volunteer Strategy Taskforce, the Victorian Government’s Social Services Regulator Taskforce and the National Strategy for Volunteering Council.

In pursuit of a stronger, more resilient sector, Sue also contributed to the governance of organisations in the sector, most recently sitting on the boards of the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS), the Human Rights Law Centre and the Australian Communities Foundation, and previously SANE Australia.

As an academic at Melbourne Law School, she made a seminal contribution to reform of the regulation for the charity and not-for-profit sector with her 2004 research report: ‘A Better Framework: reforming the not-for-profit regulation’. Justice Connect’s Not-for-Profit Law service was established in 2008 based on her research recommendations.

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle, BSc (Psychology), MA

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher, best-selling author, influential thought leader and TEDx
speaker. He is recognised globally as coining the name for the emerging generation, Generation Alpha. Mark’s advisory, communications and research company, McCrindle, count among its clients more than 100 of the nation’s largest companies and leading international brands.

Mark’s highly valued social commentary is presented through his engaging keynotes, research,
reports, infographics, videos and media input. He is a trusted advisor and sits on the board of a
number of different organisations, after having developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.

Mark McCrindle, BSc (Psychology), MA, is the author of five books on emerging trends and social change. Generation Alpha, Work Wellbeing: Leading Thriving Teams in Rapidly Changing Times, The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations, Word Up: A Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century and The Power of Good.

Michelle Farrall

Director and Partner of The Future Leader Group (VIC)

Michelle Farrall is a strategy, brand, culture and coaching professional with 20 years’ experience in the for-purpose, corporate, education and international development sectors. She has co-created strategic plans, brand and communication strategies and delivered team development workshops for more than 70 Australian Christian not-for-profits. Michelle is a trained systems psychodynamics practitioner with a Master Leadership and Management (Organisation Dynamics). She currently serves as a volunteer board director with Baptist World Aid Australia, Seed and Common Grace.

Lucy Dessington

BSc (Medical Imaging Science), Grad. Cert. Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

Lucy is passionate about sharing Jesus with young people and equipping local churches and Christian organisations to be thriving, Jesus-centred communities for all generations. She is an experienced allied health professional and has also worked in the area of youth engagement for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Lucy has a growing interest in governance and has completed studies with the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and NonProfit Studies (QUT). Lucy is a graduate of The Board Internship 2021/22 Cohort and is currently serving as a Board Member for PeaceWise.

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