Mission Australia's Board guides the organisation's strategic direction, oversees management and ensures compliance with the organisation's goal, purpose and strategic objectives. Mission Australia's Constitution requires between six and twelve Directors, who are Independent Non-Executive Directors. Our nine current Directors bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise, particularly with regards to corporate stewardship.
They act voluntarily and receive no payment for their services, but are compensated for costs incurred while fulfilling their duties. Their knowledge of Mission Australia is maintained by regular visits to our services, presentations and education programs.
The role of the Board is summarised in the Board Charter.
BCom (Hons), FCPA, FAICD
President and Chairman
Ken was appointed President and Chairman of the Mission Australia board in 2016 and has been a Director since 2015. Ken is a Non-Executive Director of BlueScope Steel Limited and EnergyAustralia Holdings Ltd. Ken has previously held directorships with Alcoa of Australia Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited, Santos Limited and Shell Australia Limited, and Chief Financial Officer of Alumina Limited. Ken has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is Chairman of the Investment & Finance Committee and a Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.
BBus, MEc, CA, GAICD
Jennifer was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2005. She is a Non- Executive Director of Investa Office Management Pty Ltd, the Mosman Church of England Preparatory School and the Sydney Church of England Grammar School Council, and was the former Group Chief Financial Officer of 151 Property, which was previously known as Valad Property Group. Jennifer is Chairman of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Housing Committee.
The Hon. Dean Brown AO
Dr. Sc. (honor causa), M.Rur.Sc, Grad Dipl Bus Admin, FAICD
Dean was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2012. He is the former Premier of South Australia, with more than 33 years’ experience in the South Australian Parliament. His ministerial responsibilities included Health, Disability Services, Ageing, Aboriginal Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. Dean is Chairman of Hillgrove Resources Ltd, the Playford Memorial Trust and Skills IQ. He is also a Director of Scantech Ltd and Foodbank South Australia. Dean is Chairman of the Service Impact Committee.
Dr Karin Sowada
PhD, BA (Hons)
Karin was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2008. She is a Director of Capital Research Pty Ltd and Chair of the Social Issues Committee of the Anglican Church in the Sydney Diocese. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Anglican Deaconess Ministries Limited and served as a Senator for New South Wales on behalf of the Australian Democrats in the Federal Parliament. Karin is a Member of the Service Impact Committee.
BEc, MSocSc (Econs), GAICD
Evelyn was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2011 and was Chairman of Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) until September 2015. She is also an independent Director of MLC Nominees Pty Ltd, PFS Nominees Pty Ltd, Nulis Nominees (Australia) Ltd and the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation. She previously held senior executive roles in government, investment banking and risk management. Evelyn is a Member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Investment and Finance Committee.
Nicholas S. Barnett
BEC, ACA, FAICD
Nicholas was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2008. He is Chief Executive Officer of Insync Surveys Pty Ltd, Chairman of Ansvar Insurance Ltd and a former partner of KPMG. He is a former Chairman of First Samuel and Ambit Group, and co-founder of Board Benchmarking and Gender Worx. Based in Melbourne, Nicholas is a Member of the Service Impact Committee.
Grant was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2010. He is Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking at JP Morgan and is based in Melbourne. Grant is Chairman of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee and a Member of the Investment and Finance Committee.
BA (Hon), FCA, FCPA, GAICD
Ian was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2016. He is a Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited, Citibank Australia and Stadium Australia Group Ltd and a board member of several not-for- profit organisations including Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Quiz Worx. Previously, he was a Partner of Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 26 years and has held a range of senior management positions, including lead partner for several major financial institutions. Ian is a Member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and the Housing Committee.
MBA MPA BA MAICD
Simon was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2017. He is a Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group. He previously worked with the Commonwealth Government as First Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and with the New South Wales Government including as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Water and Energy, Senior Adviser to the Premier, and Chief of Staff to the Treasurer. Prior to his time in Government, Simon worked with the Social Issues Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.
Debra was appointed a Director of Mission Australia in 2017. She is currently a non-executive director of Vicinity Limited, Chair of the Monash University Resources Advisory Board, a member of the PNG Government Lae Technical Training Centre of Excellence Task Force, and a member of the Victorian Government Resources Roundtable. Debra has previously served as a senior executive for over 25 years in Newcrest Mining, Rinker, CSR and Coles Myer, across industries including building & construction, retail, property, mining, financial services, agriculture and manufacturing.
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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'