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 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. 

People are at the heart of our business. The role of our Executive Committee is to provide leadership, direction and support to enable our people to perform at their absolute best. Led by our CEO James Toomey, the Executive Committee meets monthly to review operations, identify new opportunities and plan for the future.

Our Directors

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Kenneth Dean
BCom (Hons), FCPA, FAICD
President and Chairman
Ken was appointed President and Chairman of the Mission Australia Board on 23 November 2016 and has been a Director of Mission Australia since 1 June 2015. Ken is a Non-Executive Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) and Reformed Theological College Limited. He has previously held directorships with Bluescope Steel Limited, Energy Australia Holdings Limited, Alcoa of Australia Limited, Santos Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Shell Australia Limited, and Chief Financial Officer of Alumina Limited. Ken was a Member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel. He has over 40 years’ experience in energy and manufacturing industries. Based in Melbourne, Ken is a member of the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee.

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Evelyn Horton
BEc, MSocSci (Econs), FAICD
Evelyn was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 22 November 2011 and is Chair of Tasmanian Superannuation Commission, an independent Director of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, Glebe Administration Board , and a Member of  SMART Advisory Council (University of Wollongong) and Diocesan Finance and Advisory Task Force, Anglican Church of Australia. Evelyn previously held senior executive roles in government, investment banking and risk management. Based in Sydney, Evelyn is a member of the Board Audit & Risk Committee and the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee.

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Dr Robert Mitchell AM
LLB, MPhil, GradDipTax, GradDipTheol, MThSt, GradCertMin, PhD, FAICD
Bob was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 27 February 2019. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Anglican Overseas Aid and was previously a senior executive at World Vision Australia, serving in both strategic and operational roles. Bob is a solicitor by background, and was a partner at PwC for nearly 15 years. He is currently a director of Eastern Health and serves on the global board of ACT Alliance. Dr Mitchell is a Council Member of University of Divinity. He has also served as a member of the Federal Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group. Bob is an ordained Anglican minister. In the 2019 Australia Day Honours, he 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. Based in Melbourne, Bob is Chair of the Service Impact Committee and a member of the Board Audit & Risk Committee.

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Ian Hammond
Ian was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 1 February 2016. He is Chair of Stadium Australia Club and a Non-Executive Director of Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Perpetual Limited, Queensland Trustees Pty Limited, Venues NSW, Suncorp Group Limited, Suncorp Insurance Holdings Limited,  Suncorp Life & Superannuation Limited, Suncorp-Metway Limited 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. Based in Sydney, Ian is Chair of the Board Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Service Impact Committee.

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Simon Miller
Simon was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 22 February 2017. Simon is a Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group and an Independent Director of City to City Australia. Based in Sydney, Simon is Chairman and a Non-Executive Director of Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria). He is also a Council Member of Trinity Grammar School. He previously worked with the Commonwealth Government as First Assistant Secretary at the Department of 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.

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Debra Stirling
Debra was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 22 February 2017. She is currently Member and former Chair of the Monash University Resources Advisory Board, a Non-Executive Director of MegaRail Pty Ltd, a member of the PNG Government Lae Technical Training Centre of Excellence Task Force,  Victorian Government Resources Roundtable and Council of Scotch College, Melbourne. 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. Based in Melbourne, Debra is Chair of the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Service Impact Committee.

Mark Hutchinson

Richard Mark Hutchinson
DBus, BCom
Mark was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 3 March 2019. He is a Non-Executive Director of Bluescope Steel Limited and has extensive business and leadership experience at senior executive level. Mark has held various roles at General Electric (GE) over a 25-year career, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer Europe, and earlier, China. His responsibilities included strengthening GE’s operations and developing and executing a shared growth strategy for all GE businesses. Mark was formerly President of GE Capital Real Estate International. He previously held various financial services roles at Barclays Capital Asia Limited in Australia and Hong Kong. Mark brings a global perspective including direct operational experience in Asia. He also has extensive experience in companies which have used technology and digital to undertake transformational change. Mark is a member of the Service Impact Committee and the People, Culture & Remuneration Committee.

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Nancy Fox
Nancy was appointed on the Board on 24 February 2021. Nancy is a Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Ltd, ING Bank Australia Limited and Lawcover, the Deputy Chairman of Taronga Conservation Society and the Chairman of the Perpetual Equity Investment Company. Nancy has also served on a number of not-for-profit companies including the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian Theatre for Young People. Nancy started her executive life as a trial attorney but moved to finance early in her career. She spent over 25 years working predominantly in New York, Asia and Australia. Nancy has extensive experience in debt capital markets and infrastructure finance working with AIDC, ABN AMRO and Ambac where she has led a number of significant and ground-breaking transactions in the Australian and offshore bond markets.

Nancy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AIDC) and a member of Chief Executive Women.


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