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.
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 Catherine Yeomans, the Executive Committee meets monthly to review operations, identify new opportunities and plan for the future.
It is made up of executives from Service Delivery, Housing, Finance, Sector Engagement and Shared Services, as well as our National Chaplain and General Counsel.
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 of Mission Australia since 2015. Ken is a Non-Executive Director of Bluescope Steel Limited, Energy Australia Holdings Limited and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. He has previously held directorships with Alcoa of Australia Limited, Santos Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Shell Australia Limited, and Chief Financial Officer of Alumina Limited. Ken is a Member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel and has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Based in Melbourne, Ken is Chair of the Housing Committee and the Investment and 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, Place Management NSW, the Mosman Church of England Preparatory School and the Sydney Church of England Grammar School Council and is the former Group Chief Financial Officer of 151 Property which was previously known as Valad Property Group. Based in Sydney, Jennifer is Chair 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 with more than 27 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 SA. Based in Adelaide, Dean is the Chair of the Service Impact Committee.
Dr Karin Sowada
PhD, BA (Hons)
Karin was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2008. She is ARC Future Fellow at the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, a Director of Capital Research Pty Ltd and the Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation, and Chairman of the Social Issues Committee of the Anglican Church, Sydney Diocese. Karin 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. Based in Sydney, 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 is an independent Director of MLC Nominees Pty Ltd, PFS Nominees Pty Ltd, Nulis Nominees (Australia) Ltd, the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation and the Motor Accidents Insurance Board. Evelyn previously held senior executive roles in government, investment banking and risk management. Based in Sydney, Evelyn is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and the Investment and Finance Committee.
Grant was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2010. He is a Senior Adviser, Finance at ANZ and former Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking at JP Morgan. Based in Melbourne, Grant is Chair 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 Venues NSW 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 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. Based in Sydney, Simon is a member of the Investment and Finance Committee.
Debra was appointed a Director of Mission Australia in 2017. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Vicinity Limited, Chairperson 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 over25 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 a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee and the Service Impact Committee.
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