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 more than 25 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, and Global Health and Development Network.

Bob is currently a director of Western Health, and is a member of the international advisory board of the Christian Journal for Global Health. In late 2017 he was appointed to the Global Board of the ACT Alliance, one of the world’s largest humanitarian networks. He has served as a member of the Federal Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group, and is a member of the Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct Committee.

Dr Mitchell holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, theology, and taxation law, is an ordained Anglican minister and is the author of the book, Faith-Based Development: How Christian Organizations Can Make a Difference (New York, Orbis Books, 2017).

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

Alison Preston

Alison is an experienced communicator and campaigner on global poverty and justice. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid, Alison worked as a photo-journalist in East Africa, with a focus on women and children affected by civil war in Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alison has a strong interest in community-based trauma recovery, and is a trained facilitator with the Institute for Healing of Memories. Alison is actively engaged in the Anglican church.

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.

Program Manager

Having worked with support and field teams in Australia and the United Kingdom as well as the Pacific and Africa, Grace brings a wide range of experience from across small and large NGOs in the international development sector. She has completed postgraduate studies in International Development and Program Evaluation. She also has a passion for effective community development which empowers communities to draw on their strengths to work together towards community-defined goals. At Anglican Overseas Aid, Grace provides support to the Pacific program as well as projects with an emphasis on self reliance and design, monitoring and evaluation initiatives.

Senior Program Manager

Kylie has more than a decade’s experience in professional development practice and program management, working closely with partners and communities in Africa, South and S.E Asia. Prior to joining Anglican Overseas Aid, Kylie worked with a similar sized Christian aid and development agency where she developed her passion for building community capacity and resilience 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.

Marketing and Communications Manager

Brian HolmesBefore moving to Australia, Brian spent more than 20 years working within the publishing industry in the UK, which included running his own marketing and design consultancy, with regular forays as an author, book and magazine publisher and website editor. He has a Masters in Vocational Practice: Aid and Development from Tabor College, Victoria, to go alongside his BA in Theology and Diploma in Marketing. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid Brian worked for TEAR Australia in a similar role. He is dedicated to exploring the link between social justice and faith, both personal and corporate.

Church and Community Engagement Coordinator

Nils von KalmNils has worked in international development since 2000, spending the bulk of that time with World Vision. His most recent roles have involved communications about theology and development. This has included writing articles, producing Bible studies and other devotional materials, and speaking at various churches and community organisations. Nils is passionate about showing how Jesus Christ is relevant to all of life, and about playing his part in bringing God’s transformation to every level of existence. He has a Graduate Diploma in Theology, an Honours Degree in Sociology, and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Outside of his work for Anglican Overseas Aid, Nils loves theology, current affairs and politics. He is also a writer, and has had articles published in The Sunday Age and The Melbourne Anglican, among other publications. He is actively involved with his local church.



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


Julian RaitAssociate Professor Julian Rait is a Specialist Ophthalmologist and an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne. Julian served on Vestry at St Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Middle Camberwell, between 2002 and 2010 before joining the parish Council of St John’s Anglican Church in Camberwell in 2010, and serving as Vicar’s warden between 2011 and 2013. From 2013 to 2016 Julian also served as a member of the Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. He has also been appointed to several boards concerned with indigenous issues and overseas aid, including being a board member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Eye Foundation between 2009 and 2012 while serving on the Board of the Australian South Pacific Eye Consultant Foundation since 1992. In addition, Julian has been an affiliated physician with the Himalayan Cataract Project and the Nepal Glaucoma Eye Clinics Association, and has spent much of his career working on blindness prevention in developing countries.

A/Prof Rait was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours in 2018 for “service to Ophthalmology and for the development of international aid”.


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 and Head of International Development at the Centre for International Health at the 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.

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).


Glenn ScottGlenn has more than 30 years’ specialist experience as an accountant, culminating in being Principal at Scott Group Consulting, 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.


Seak-King Huang has recently served as the Company Secretary and Executive Counsel at World Vision Australia. Before that she was 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.

BEc, DipEd Monash, BSW Melb, BTheol, MMin, DMinStuds MCD

Ray Cleary has been a lifelong advocate on behalf of the most disadvantaged groups in society. In a career spanning 40 years, he has assumed many different roles. Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare Victoria from 2000 – 2010. Since September 2010, Ray has been Director of Ministry Formation at Trinity Theological School, University of Melbourne. Ray received a Centenary Medal in 2001 and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 he became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his work in the area of community services and social justice.

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.

PhD, MHSc, BEd

Robin Ray 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 Anglican Overseas Aid in June 2012. Robin is a life long Anglican and has served in children’s and youth ministry and on parish councils 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.


Bishop Paul Barker trained as an actuary before studying theology at Ridley College, Melbourne. He graduated in 1989 and was ordained deacon and then priest in Melbourne in 1990.

He was a curate in the Parish of Cranbourne in Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor. Bishop Paul completed a PhD in Old Testament in England, 1993-96, 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 MillerAs well as being a Board Director for Anglican Overseas Aid, Claire is the Company Secretary. She 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.