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 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 energy and manufacturing industries. Based in Melbourne, Ken is Chair of the Housing Committee and a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.

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Jennifer Lambert
BBus, MEc, CA, FAICD
Jennifer was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 27 April 2005. She is a Non-Executive Director of Place Management NSW, Bluescope Steel Limited, the Mosman Church of England Preparatory School and the Sydney Church of England Grammar School Council and a Member of the Reporting Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jennifer is the former Group Chief Financial Officer of 151 Property which was previously known as Valad Property Group. Based in Sydney, Jennifer is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Service Impact Committee and the Housing 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 an independent Director of the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation, the Motor Accidents Insurance Board, Centuria Life Limited, Over Fifty Guardian Limited, 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 and Risk Committee and the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.

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Dr Robert Mitchell AM
LLB, MPhil, GradDipTax, GradDipTheol, MThSt, GradCertMin, PhD, MAICD
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 brings strong corporate experience as a solicitor for more than 25 years, including almost 15 years as a partner at PwC. He is currently a director of Western Health, serves on the global board of ACT Alliance 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. 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 a member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and Service Impact Committee.

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Ian Hammond
BA (Hon), FCA, FCPA, GAICD
Ian was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 1 February 2016. He is a Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited, Citibank Australia, Venues NSW, Suncorp Group Limited, Suncorp Insurance Holdings Limited, AAI 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 and Risk Committee, the Housing Committee and the Service Impact Committee.

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Simon Miller
MBA MPA BA MAICD
Simon was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 22 February 2017. He is a Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group and an Independent Director of City to City Australia. 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. Based in Sydney, Simon is a member of the Housing Committee.

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Debra Stirling
BA, GAICD
Debra was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia on 22 February 2017. She is currently Chairperson of the Monash University Mining & 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, 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. Based in Melbourne, Debra is Chair of the Service Impact Committee and a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.

Mark Hutchinson

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. Based in Brisbane, Mark is a member of the Service Impact Committee and Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.

 

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