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
Our 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. He is currently a director of Western Health, and is a member of the international advisory board of the Christian Journal for Global Health. He has also 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.
Finance and Administration Manager
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 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.
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. Grace has completed postgraduate studies in International Development and Program Evaluation. She has a passion for effective community development which empowers communities to draw on their strengths to work together towards community defined goals. At AOA, Grace provides support to the Pacific program as well as projects with an emphasis on self reliance and design, monitoring and evaluation initiatives.
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 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. 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
Archbishop 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
MBBS (Melb), FRACS, FRANZCO, FAICD
Julian Rait is an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the immediate past Chairman of MDA National Limited, a mutually-owned medical indemnity insurance organisation that serves 35,000 doctors, dentists and medical students nationwide. Julian served on Vestry at St Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Middle Camberwell between 2002 and 2010 and was Vicar’s Warden at St John’s Anglican Church in Camberwell from 2011-13. Since October 2013 he has been a member of the Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. He also serves on 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 and the Australian South Pacific Eye Consultant Foundation. 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”.
Deputy Chair of the Board
Glenn 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.
Other duties: Chair, Development Committee; Member of Governance and Nominations Committee
BA, Post Grad Org, Psychology, MBA
Lisa 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 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
MBBS, DTCH, FRACP
Dr 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 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.
LLB (Hons), BA, GAICD
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
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.
LLB, BA, AGIA, MAICD
Claire 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: Board member, Governance and Nominations Committee member