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 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 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 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 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.
As an HR professional Ken has worked in volume recruiting, executive search and built end-to-end HR processes. He holds a Masters in Business, majoring in Human Resources Management
Ken juggles his role as Mission Development Manager with Arrow Leadership while consulting to NFPs and Christian Denominations.
Ken is currently Chair of the Family Systems Institute and is the author of Like A Boss: The Process and Privilege of Supervising People.
With over 30 years of business experience, David has founded and led WSC Group in delivering remarkable value to clients across Australia, and in developing a team culture built on excellence.
David has held senior accounting roles with Deloitte, Pacific Dunlop, Boral and National Foods. Prior to establishing WSC Group over 20 years ago, David was a Director and CEO of Pickles Auctions Group. Specialising in financial strategy and management, David offers strategic planning and growth assistance to corporate groups, charities and not-for-profits, small to medium sized businesses, and property development.
Jonathan manages the audit and assurance division of WSC Group – a Count Limited (ASX:CUP) network firm – and specialises financial reporting and assurance for charities and not-for-profit organisations. He also serves on the boards of various NFPs in sectors including aged care, Christian mission, and arts & culture.
Peter Shields is the Managing Partner and auditor at Saward Dawson. Peter has many years of experience working in various capacities with commercial and non-profit organisations. Peter is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). He is a member of the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission Professional Advisor User Group and chairs the CA ANZ Not for Profit discussion group and the Australian Not for Profit Accountants Network.
Helen is Director in our Audit and Assurance Division, leading an energetic and passionate team of auditors. Helen has worked with many of our clients across a variety of sectors, with a focuses on not-for-profit organisations and churches, assisting them with their audit and financial reporting requirements. Helen is also responsible for managing our Church Finance Handbook, a resource that has been written specially to assist church treasurers.
Jeff has 20 years audit experience and has worked with clients ranging from small not-for-profits through to ASX listed entities with international operations. Jeff is passionate about the not-for profit sector and social enterprise. He has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees and spent time volunteering in South East Asia.
Jeff is a regular trainer and presenter in relation to the financial reporting and governance. He is a regular presenter for the Governance Institute’s certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits and is a member of the CMA Standards Council.
Ash has significant experience in the insurance industry working in a variety of roles with experience in eCommerce, underwriting, broking, operations, sales and relationship management. His wealth of knowledge comes from working with different insurance products both in broking and insurance underwriting. Ash is passionate about leading others to develop professionally and has a heart to serve NFP clients. He is married with 2 kids and outside of work, Ash plays the guitar, loves watching sport and spending time with his family.
Julianne has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years and has managed commercial property, motor fleets and insurance for a large charity. She has a desire to see community and faith organisations flourish and is passionate about helping organisations understand and manage their risks so they can continue to provide help and hope to communities.
John brings a unique and fascinating blend of leadership experience as the long-term CEO of CBM. He has served on boards of several Australian and International NGOs working in disability, medical research, and community housing.
In 2014 he was awarded an OAM for his services to the community, particularly people with a disability.
John works with church leaders to develop their leadership and as a Pastoral Supervisor.
John also works one–on–one with leaders of not-for-profits to coach/mentor CEOs and their senior staff.
Tim currently works coaching, mentoring and consulting with leaders, churches and organizations , having transitioned from his ten year role as CEO Compassion Australia. Prior to that, Tim pastored three churches over 30 years in three different states of Australia and taught at Theological College Married to Chris, they raised 9 children and have 25 grandchildren at the latest count. He studied Economics at University, and later gained a Bachelor of Theology followed by a Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. He has a passion to see people flourish as leaders in the Kingdom of God.
Chris has wide-ranging experience in Courts and Tribunals across several Australian jurisdiction. He is a tenacious advocate and innovative problem-solver, bringing a fresh approach and unique strategies to difficult situations. He has a broad practice, primarily focussed on providing bespoke and high-quality services to charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises in areas including company law, employment and workplace relations, insolvency, property and trusts. He has a keen interest in corporate governance. His experience on boards and management committees of not-for-profits and sporting bodies gives him insight into how the relational dynamics of an organisation can be used to resolve disputes.
Luke Holt, the dynamic host of the Luke and Susie show, brings over 20 years of experience in Christian media to the table. Renowned for his captivating storytelling and remarkable contribution to growth, Luke is a multi-award winner in the field. Join him for an unforgettable session where laughter and practicality collide in a lively workshop. Prepare to be entertained as Luke shares his invaluable tools and insights, ensuring you leave with actionable takeaways. Get ready for a fun-filled experience that will leave you inspired, equipped, and eager to make your mark in the world of storytelling and mission.
As our National Care Sector Leader, Anthony works with organisations throughout Australia to support governance and risk management capability; supporting boards, senior managers and staff to implement effective approaches to support decision making, improve performance, optimise objectives and prevent harm.
Adam is a Partner in the Employment and Safety team at Colin Biggers & Paisley who regularly advises Christian organisations on all parts of the employment lifecycle
Anne has advised charities, not-for-profits and philanthropists on corporate law, governance, charitable trust structuring and tax issues across the whole range of Australia’s charitable institutions. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also has had 40 years’ experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations, including as director and board chair of several significant and well-known charities, including Australia’s largest international aid and development organisation. Anne’s expertise is sought by organisations across the country and is a highly regarded speaker and presenter.
Peter Pearce is a Principal Consultant with Arkhart Advisory, an advisory consultancy associated with Bickerton Masters Architecture. Peter has over 40 years experience as an executive and board director in secular and faith based charitable organisations. His director experience has included focuses in mission & ethics and audit & risk, while his executive experience has included strategy, asset management, risk and compliance, research & advocacy, quality and front line operations roles. He holds Masters degrees in Ethics & Legal Studies and Public Sector Management, and other qualifications in Social Science and Business.
Liam enjoys an abundant life having served for many years in start ups in the Christian Not For Profit sector. He is passionate about most things, but particularly his relationship with our trinitarian God, his wife of 30 years, his three adult boys (+ new daughters), development, the kingdom and coffee. He loves ideating, communicating complex concepts simply, writing and exercise. He is currently transitioning from his role of Executive Director of Arrow Leadership Australia to Chief Executive Officer of a new ministry Arrow Leadership Global.
As a businessman, advisor, consultant and coach John has found that managers and organisations often get ‘stuck’.
Having led businesses turnarounds in Africa, the Untied Kingdom, and Australia, he understands the importance of a mindset that sees the opportunity amidst difficulties, and the need for a method to get things ‘unstuck’.
Today John spends most of his time assisting managers to think and act in a way that helps organisations build momentum. In addition to his consulting work, he speaks on topics related to delegation, mission drift and the importance of building a ‘Reposition Mindset’.
Murray Baird is a lawyer specialising in the law, governance and regulation of charities. He has acted for a wide range of Christian churches and ministries throughout Australia. He was the inaugural Assistant Commissioner General Counsel of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission from its establishment 2012-2019. Murray also has practical experience on the boards of numerous church, community and commercial organisations. He consults to clients of Prolegis Melbourne and Sydney.
Michael Dogger, CEO of R6 Digital, is a business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for empowering Christian ministries with innovative digital solutions.
Michael’s unique blend of finance, software development and marketing experience, as well as heartfelt commitment to his faith, has enabled him to support the growth and impact of many Christian organisations doing valuable Kingdom work.
Michael is an active member of his local church and a devoted husband and father.
R6 Digital is a Digital Marketing and Development company with expensive experience in Marketing, Website Design and Custom Software development – r6digital.com.au
Peter was the International Director of CMS Australia from 2011-2022, responsible for the training, placement and care of missionary families in over 40 countries. He previously served for 10 year as a missionary with his wife and three children in Indonesia. Today Peter serves on the ministry team of Newtown, Erskineville Anglican Church in Sydney’s Inner West.
Candice Hung is the founder of LUCID LEADERSHIP, a boutique leadership coaching business that creates healthy and high-performing leaders and teams who will serve a greater cause.
She is a Certified Leadership Coach with the International Coaching Federation and has 20+ years of Christian ministry leadership experience and over 15 years of coaching experience in professional business environments.
Candice has worked with CEOs, Directors, church leaders and volunteers, and organisations ranging from financial services, local government, hospitality, and early learning services.
Candice is passionate about working in the intersection of faith, work, relationships, and systems, to empower and release leaders and their teams into their potential and develop thriving cultures.
Nicholas has been the CEO of aifc since 2013 and is passionate about people really knowing Jesus Christ and their spiritual formation.
Knowing first hand God’s grace and restoration, Nicholas is committed to the mission of aifc, seeing lives transformed through Christian Counselling and Coaching, building healthy teams and organisations, and helping people discern and walk in their calling.
Nicholas is a Counsellor, Coach, Company Director and host of the aifc Counsel Culture Podcast.
He has been married to Michelle for 25 years and is a father of adult children and is a rusted on supporter of the St. George Dragons and Sydney Swans
Vera Visevic heads up the not-for-profit, human rights and social impact team at Mills Oakley in Sydney and has over 25 years’ experience in acting for numerous charities, religious and not-for-profit organisations.
Vera provides a full suite of commercial services to not-for-profit clients, including protecting commercial arrangements through drafting services agreements, privacy policies, internal policies and procedures, and reviewing grant and other government agreements.
Vera sits on numerous charity boards, associations and committees including the ACNC Professional User Group, CatholicCare Board of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and the Cemeteries & Crematoria NSW Community and Consumer Consultative Group. She edits the Clubs & Societies title in the Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents and the Community Care and Service modules in the LexisNexis Regulatory Compliance online register.
Vera is a sought-after speaker throughout Australia. In the last year she has presented at the Better Boards Conference, Associations Forum’s CEO & Chair Symposium, Legalwise seminars on not-for-profits, and the Australasian Society of Association Executives Conference & Exhibition. She also authored a chapter within Charity Global Guide (2018), published by Thomson Reuters.
Jonathan Green is an Associate in the not-for-profit, human rights and social impact team at Mills Oakley. Having worked in the not-for-profit and charity sector as an executive, executive director and as a legal advisor for over fourteen years, Jonathan has a wealth of experience and understanding of both the regulatory requirements and the ‘on the ground’ practicalities of implementing initiatives for social impact.
His areas of expertise relate particularly to charities, religious and not-for-profit organisations and in particular matters regarding property & construction, government funding and finance agreements, commercial arrangements and agreements, establishment, structuring and merging of not-for-profit entities, trust arrangements, governance reviews and advice and charity endorsement and advice.
In addition to his practice at Mills Oakley, Jonathan puts his knowledge and experience in the sector to practice as a volunteer and board member with a number of charities.
Jessen is a co-vocational minister. He originally trained as a civil & structural engineer. He has more than 20 years of experience in coaching organisation improvements. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of roles such as Principal Advisor, Operational Excellence Manager, Technical Manager, Certification Manager, assessor, consultant and trainer in Asia, China and Australasia regions. He is a Certified Lean Sensei and Lean Sigma Black Belt. Before joining the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV), Jessen served as the Lead Pastor for NewHope Baptist Church Chinese Ministry. As a BUV Church Consultant, Jessen is supporting churches to improve ministries efficiency & effectiveness as well as congregational character.
Fran Keyes is currently the Practice Leader of Christian law firm Corney & Lind Lawyers’ Employment and Discrimination Law team and also heads Corney & Lind Lawyers’ new workplace mediation practice, Just Redemptive Mediations (JRM). JRM offers mediation services to Corney & Lind Lawyers’ schools, not-for-profit and charity clients, our boards and our councils, helping them navigate workplace conflict and relationship breakdowns in a different way. Fran is a Nationally Accredited Mediator (NMAS) since 2018 with a depth of experience as a workplace lawyer and mediator. Fran completed a Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland and was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1996, and the High Court of Australia and Federal Court of Australia in 2000.
Margaret Scott FFIA CFRE (Ret.), is a fundraising leader, Board member and researcher. Margaret is highly regarded in Australia and internationally and sought after as a presenter, mentor and guide to individuals and organisations wanting to raise more funds and develop their Board and organisational leadership. Margaret’s focus on fundraising leadership has culminated in PhD studies illuminating the special relationship between CEOs and Board Chairs and the role of Boards in supporting and driving fundraising.
June Steward is a fundraising consultant and copywriter at June’s Fundraising Letter. She helps non-profits, both Christian and secular, raise millions of dollars in individual giving and each year writes hundreds of thousands of words in charity stories and donor love. Her consultancy specialises in charity direct marketing, fundraising strategy and training. She believes Christians should be leaders in generosity and giving.
Joshua has outworked his passion for Christian ministry and Kingdom impact for almost 16 years at Dunham+Company. Leading strategy development for over 100 organisations, he has been pivotal in the growth of large and small organisations across Australasia. His experience includes the development of thousands of integrated campaigns as well as key strategic pillars including reach, engagement, acquisition, conversion, cultivation, retention, brand development and systems management. Joshua has worked with a variety of organisations, including GOODTV, African Enterprise, Anglicare, Australian Christian Lobby, Baptist World Aid, Bible League, Bush Church Aid, ChristianityWorks, Christian Surfers International, Compassion Australia, Crusaders, Feed the Hungry, Focus on the Family, Gafcon, HammondCare, Hillsong, Hope103.2, Positive Media, 96five, Samaritan’s Purse, Scripture Union, Sports Chaplaincy Australia, UnitingWorld, Watoto, Youth for Christ, Youthworks among others. Joshua regularly presents strategy and insights, including with major partners like Christian Media and Arts Australia, Christian Ministry Advancement, the Community Broadcasting Association, Fundraising and Philanthropy, and the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Joshua holds a Masters in Leadership, has completed the Arrow Leadership Program, and a Bachelor of Communication.
After a successful career in Recruitment within the banking sector, followed by national leadership roles for an International Christian NFP, Leila brings extensive recruitment, team development and people leadership experience. Leila now specialises in recruiting executive leadership and managerial roles across the Christian Ministry and Not-for-Profit sector. Having personally recruited and led large scale national volunteer teams and served in executive leadership roles across Australia and New Zealand, and backed by qualifications in counselling and leadership, her story covers the highs and lows of facilitating cultural change and organisational effectiveness across each layer of ministry and community service. In her spare time Leila enjoys spending time with her family and writing Christian devotionals for her personal blog and local Christian radio station.
Karen McComiskey is the dynamic CEO of Reventure, a Christian not-for-profit with the vision of a future where workplaces are communities of compassion and everybody thrives in their true calling. Karen is one of Australia’s top experts on NFP business leadership and living with mental illness. With over 20 years experience in Australia and Europe, Karen is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on topics related to employee engagement, work and faith, and values-driven leadership. Karen has an MBA, a CFRE, is a Fellow of the Australian Graduate School of Leadership and a Doctoral Candidate in Business Leadership.
Natasha Sim is a Senior Associate in the Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety team at Russell Kennedy Lawyers. She advises and acts for employers and employees across numerous industries, with a focus on Christian schools, NFPs, and other faith-based organisations. She also advises organisations on child safety matters and has had extensive experience dealing with regulators in this area. Her faith background has given her a strong understanding of the need to ensure that an organisation’s Christian faith is honoured in every aspect of its activities, and the critical importance of good governance and HR processes to achieving that goal. Natasha is an adept advocate and regularly obtains outstanding outcomes for her clients in disputed matters.
Brenda Newland is the General Manager of CrossLife Property, the commercial arm of CrossLife – a baptist church. CrossLife Property has responsibility for tenant management, casual hire management, property management and financial management for the church as well as Young Discoverers Child Care. Brenda has a background in government, working for both the NSW and Queensland State Governments, and most recently for City of Gold Coast as a Project Manager for the Commonwealth Games. Brenda has a Masters in Project Management, graduating with Distinction and is currently enrolled with Malyon Theological College, studying Divinity.
Internationally accredited as a professional fundraiser, Sharyn’s experience spans faith-based and secular organisations. Her fundraising career started more than 20 years ago at Wesley Mission (Sydney). Since then, she has led teams to raise over $55 million to prevent suicide, advance medical research, support missionaries, and help children across the world. Today, Sharyn works part-time with RBWH Foundation to launch the Raise it for Redcliffe Hospital initiative, and helps small and start-up charities through her business Opal Fundraising. Sharyn is married to Stuart, and serves as chair at her local church where she loves making people feel connected.
Nick Dubé is the founder and head of digital at Heartburst, a digital agency dedicated to the nonprofit sector. Based in Melbourne, Nick has been working with non-profits and Christian ministries for over 15 years to create better digital experiences through design, content and technology implementation.
Di brings a unique Australian focus to the plethora of work on leadership. Her work with servant-leadership led to the establishment of The Greenleaf Centre for Servant-Leadership (Australia/New Zealand) – linked to 9 other international centers. She has just completed her 10+ years as a Director and then Chair of the Board of Arrow Leadership Australia, one of Australia’s premier national Christian leadership development organisations. Di has lead and served many organisations through governance roles. Governance leadership in particular has led to her writing Governance Models, Policies, and development programs for both Directors and Chairs. Her own governance experience, 30 years, began with first governance role as a Australian President of a Professional Association in her late 20’s.
Di has been a regular speaker at CMA conferences and development workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and online. She was instrumental in arranging for both SUQld and Arrow Leadership Australia to be inaugural organisations who implemented to the CMA Governance Standards (which align with ACNC standards), and this arrangement includes a governance audit each year. She is also developing on-line materials for ministering volunteers in churches, primarily those in eldership or governance roles.
She was the immediate past Chair of the Board of Scripture Union in Queensland during which time the SU movements across Australia merged to a single entity. She has long been connected to the work of SU QLD (Scripture Union in Queensland), first as a beach mission volunteer, then as a youth camp volunteer with and In more recent years she has presented and facilitated meetings and sessions with SU QLD leaders. She recently concluded her Chair of Arrow Leadership Australia role, serving through governance for over 10 years.
Dr Stephen Judd was Chief Executive of HammondCare, a Christian health and aged care provider until late 2020. In his time HammondCare grew at 16% CAGR and became an organisation with a nationwide reach, 5000+ staff and annual revenues of over $430m. Stephen is currently Deputy Chair (Aged Care) of Australia’s Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority as well as a “critical friend” to a select number of CEOs. Author of six books, Stephen’s passion for Christians is revealed in “Keeping Faith: How Christian Organisations can stay true to the way of Jesus” which he co-authoredBio information still to come