The staff and board of Anglican Overseas Aid are highly skilled, passionate and committed. They have a wide range of skills and experience in business, overseas aid and development, and in the Anglican Church. Below you can find out more about the people working to deliver high quality relief and development at Anglican Overseas Aid.


Chief Executive Officer

LLB, MPhil, GradDipTax, GradDipTheol, MThSt, GradCertMin, PhD

Bob MitchellOur CEO has a passion for aid and development as a ministry of the church. His PhD focused on the way Christian theology can influence international development work and practice. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid he was a senior executive at World Vision Australia serving in both strategic and operational roles. Dr Mitchell brings strong corporate experience as a solicitor for 30 years, including almost 15 years as a partner at PwC. He has served on several not-for-profit boards: BlueCare, World Relief, the PwC Foundation, Timor Children’s Foundation, Global Health and Development Network, and Western Health. He is currently a director of Eastern Health, Mission Australia, the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation, and the ACT Alliance. He is also a member of the international advisory board of the Christian Journal for Global Health and has served as a member of the Federal Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group. Dr Mitchell holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, theology, and taxation law, and is an ordained Anglican minister. In the 2019 Australia Day Honours, Bob was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant services to the community through charitable organisations and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

Finance and Administration Manager

Sue Riley

Sue is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked mostly in the health sector as a senior finance manager for private hospitals, public hospitals, Victorian Government health departments and private consultants specialising in health. When not at work, Sue’s passion is golf and she is a member and a director of the board of Southern Golf Club.

International Programs and Partnerships Manager (Acting)

Kylie has more than a decade’s experience in professional development practice and program management, working closely with partners and communities in Africa, and South and S.E Asia. Prior to joining Anglican Overseas Aid, Kylie worked with a similar sized Christian agency where she developed her passion for building community capacity and resiliency around child rights and protection. Kylie also brings corporate experience in the areas of people, culture and learning, which firmly underpins her strongly relational approach and commitment to transformational community development.

ANCP Program Manager

Vanessa has worked extensively in community development and microfinance across Tanzania, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand. This has included managing a national microfinance program, and creating new financial inclusion programs across Australia and New Zealand. Most recently Vanessa has managed a certification program to ensure farmers in developing countries receive fair prices for their products and with a local community organisation in Tanzania to build their organisational capacity.

Vanessa has qualifications in International and Community Development and Commerce, and is interested in building resilience in communities to reduce poverty.

Program Manager – Quality and Compliance

Having worked in the education, forced migration and international development sectors in Australia and abroad from grass roots organisations to INGO’s Belinda brings a wide range of experience and unique perspective to our work. She has a strong interest in the effect and influence of the church in civil society, especially within humanitarian and development initiatives. She joins our International Programs team to focus on our work in Vanuatu and build program quality by leading AOA’s program effectiveness framework.

Disaster Response and Resilience Coordinator

Tim is an international development professional in disaster risk reduction, with over a decade’s experience in managing complex projects and stakeholders in Australia, S.E Asia and the Pacific. Tim has recently returned from living and working in the Pacific, and is committed to following his passion of building resilience and reducing the impact of disasters on vulnerable communities across the region.

Church and Community Engagement Coordinator

GradDipTheol, BLitt (Hons) – Sociology, Cert IV TAE

Nils von Kalm has worked in international development since 2000.

He is currently the Church and Community Engagement Coordinator at Anglican Overseas Aid. His role includes managing the Marketing and Communications team, speaking at churches and other community organisations on the Christian mandate to alleviate poverty, and writing articles and preparing AOA’s e-newsletter, magazine and other publications.

Nils is passionate about showing how Christian theology is relevant to all of life, and about playing his part in bringing transformation to every level of existence.

Outside of his work for Anglican Overseas Aid, Nils is a freelance writer, and has been published in The Sunday Age and is a regular contributor to The Melbourne Anglican and Sight Magazine. He is actively involved with his local church.


Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Renee brings years of marketing, branding, events, as well as writing and PR to her Fundraising and Communications role at Anglican Overseas Aid. This has involved working on various brands both in the corporate and not-for-profit space.
Prior to joining AOA, Renee spent three years with a similar sized international development organisation launching, marketing and running a primary school fundraising program. She has a strong interest in the intersection of faith and development, and how communications can not only help people understand human rights and crisis, but also better support good community development and emergency humanitarian response.


President of Anglican Overseas Aid

BAppSc, DipEd, BD, MEdSt, PhD, FAICD,
Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia

Abp Philip FreierArchbishop Freier came to Melbourne in December 2006. He was previously Bishop of the Northern Territory and had also worked in ministry in Queensland. He has lived and worked in indigenous communities and is strongly committed to social justice issues and to engaging the church with the wider community. In August 2014, Archbishop Freier was elected the Primate of the Australian Anglican Church.


Chair of the Board

BComm, CPA

Glenn ScottGlenn has more than 30 years’ specialist experience as an accountant, culminating in being Principal at Platform Advisors, which provides accounting, financial and funding advice to the not-for-profit sector, alongside commercial businesses. He also has extensive board experience, as well as being active within the Anglican Church. He currently worships at St Matthew’s in Prahran.

Other duties: Chair, Development Committee; Member of Governance and Nominations Committee


Board Directors

BA, Post Grad Org, Psychology, MBA

Lisa BrookmanLisa Brookman is the Strategic Business Partner for Bupa Australia and New Zealand where she consults on strategic HR and people-management issues nationally. She has a steadfast commitment to pursuing improved people-management practices in organisations and “doing HR” with compassion, respect and realising individual potential. She has extensive senior management HR experience in small to large organisations. Her most recent role was as Head of People & Culture with Australian Unit (Big Sky Credit Union). She has also worked in senior HR roles with RACV, RMIT, Victoria Police and the Victorian State Government. A committed Christian, Lisa worships at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Camberwell.

Other duties: Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

BSc, FRACI C Chem, CPA, CFTP (Snr), Grad Dip Chn Studies

Tony HicksonTony is a qualified scientist and accountant, with extensive management experience during the past 40 years in two large multinational corporations and three medium-sized independent schools and colleges. He has also held many volunteer positions in the not-for-profit sector, including in churches along with local and overseas mission agencies.

Other duties: Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee


Chris MorganDr Morgan is the Principal Fellow at the Centre for International Health at the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne. He has a wide range of experience in working in the health field in developing world contexts, including China, Myanmar, Nepal, PNG and Vanuatu. He is also an active member of St Hilary’s Anglican Church in Kew, Victoria.

Other duties: Member of Development Committee

BA (Toronto, Canada), MDiv (Tyndale TheolSem, Canada)

Yvonne PoonYvonne is the Assistant Priest of St Matthias Anglican Church, North Richmond, in Victoria. She has also been a Member of the Archbishop’s Advisory Committee on Cross Cultural Ministry, and the Consultant for Network 1:28 (MDP).


Robin is the Associate Dean Research Education in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. She was commissioned as the first Ambassador for AOA in June 2012. Robin is a life long Anglican and has served in children’s and youth ministry and on parish council in both Victoria and Queensland. While at Duke University in USA she undertook night courses in biblical studies and has participated in many faith related training programs. When requested, she leads Bible study groups at local and national conferences including the Lambeth Conference. Robin has worked as a nurse and midwife in rural and regional Australia as well in tertiary education. Her passion for aid and development work stems from spending short periods training nurse leaders in Bhutan and spills over into her current teaching role in Global Health as part of the medical course at James Cook University.


Seak-King is currently the Principal for Prolegis Lawyers’ Melbourne office. Previously she was Company Secretary & Executive Counsel at World Vision Australia and prior to that a partner at Clayton Utz. Seak-King is also on the Board of Light Melbourne (broadcaster of 89.9 Light FM and Light Digital in Melbourne) and a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and of the 16th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Other duties: Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

BA (Hons)

Carolyn is a professional marketer with more than 20 years’ experience gained in banking, telecommunications, insurance, motoring and hospitality. She has most recently served as the General Manager of Marketing at RACV, responsible for brand management, marketing strategy, customer experience, integrated communications and data analytics. Carolyn also sits on the Deakin University Marketing Advisory Board.

Other duties: Marketing advisor

BEcon, BSW, BTheol, DipEd, PhD

Ray Cleary has been a community leader with more than 35 years experience in senior roles within community service agencies. 

He has previously served as CEO of Melbourne Citymission and Anglicare Victoria, and is an ordained Anglican Minister.

In addition to his professional work Ray has played an important role on a variety of social policy committees within the community over the years. He has been Chair of the Social Responsibilities Committee Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and a member of the Victorian Inter Church Gambling Task force. He is a Life Member of the Children’s Welfare Association of Victoria and has been a Board Member of the Victorian Council of Social Service, the Australian Theological Foundation and Families Australia.

Other duties: Member of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

PhD Old Testament

Bishop Paul completed a PhD in Old Testament in England, 1993-6, and then served as Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster (1996-2009), an Examining Chaplain, Archdeacon of Box Hill (2001-2009) and Visiting Lecturer at Ridley College.

From 2009-2016, he was with the Church Missionary Society based in Malaysia, teaching in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament and Preaching in various seminaries in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. From 2014-2016 he was also the Asian Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care, training preachers throughout Asia.

Paul was consecrated in November 2016 as Assistant Bishop for Jumbunna, part of the diocese of Melbourne comprising the outer southern and Eastern suburbs.


Claire MillerClaire is an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with extensive legal, strategic and commercial experience. She is skilled in establishing and managing legal, company secretarial, regulatory/compliance, risk, insurance and internal audit functions. Claire is experienced in working in the infrastructure, resources, energy, property, financial services and government sectors. She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor, is a past President (NSW Division) of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Affiliate, Governance Institute of Australia.

Other duties: Company Secretary, Board member, Governance and Nominations Committee member

Company Secretary

Ms Claire Miller