Our Board

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.


Our Directors

Ewen Crouch AM
BEc (Hons), LLB (Syd), FAICD
President and Chairman
Ewen has been President and Chairman of the Mission Australia Board since 2009, and a Director since 1995. He is a Non-Executive Director of Westpac Banking Corporation and BlueScope Steel Limited, and a Board Member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Jawun. He is also consultant at Allens and a Member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, the AICD’s Law Committee and the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia. Ewen is Chairman of the Housing Committee and a Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee and the Service Impact Committee. He attends the Board Audit and Risk Committee by invitation.

Jennifer Lambert
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.

Evelyn Horton
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 Dempsey
BComm
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.

Kenneth Dean
BCom (Hons), FCPA, FAICD
Ken was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 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.

Ian Hammond
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.

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