Our Governing Body
Members of the CWS Commission, the governing body of Act for Peace, are appointed by the National Council of Churches in Australia during its Forum. Current Commission members are as follows:
The Reverend Elenie Poulos: CWSC Chairperson (Uniting Church in Australia)
MA, BTh, Member NCCA Social Justice Network, Member Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (World Council of Churches), National Director UnitingJustice Australia.
Bishop Philip Huggins: CWSC Deputy Chair (Anglican Church of Australia)
Chair Brotherhood of St Laurence, Chair of Anglican General Synod Ecumenical Relations Commission, Bishop of the Northern and Western Region, Melbourne.
The Reverend John Gilmore: CWSC Standing Committee (Churches of Christ)
BTheol, MTheol, DipMin, Executive Director the Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners and member of NCCA Finance Committee.
Lieutenant Colonel Ray Wilson: CWSC Standing Committee (The Salvation Army)
Territorial Property Consultant, member Queensland Churches Together Executive.
(Coptic Orthodox Church) Financial Manager of the Coptic Orthodox Church Diocese of Sydney & Affiliated Regions, Member of the General Advisory Board COC, Secretary of the Finance Department COC, NCCA Finance Committee.
Father James Minchin (Anglican Church of Australia)
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), ThL (Hons), Vicar, Christ Church St Kilda, President of Friends of Sabeel Australia.
Peter Schirmer (Lutheran Church of Australia)
BA (Hons), MDS, Executive Secretary, Australian Lutheran World Service.
Elizabeth Stone (Catholic Church)
BA (ANU), MIntS (Syd).
Liz Stone has worked in the international aid sector, overseas and in Australia, for over 20 years. Most of her work has been with Caritas International of the Catholic Church, including for CAFOD-UK in Ethiopia and Harare; with the CI General Secretariat in Rome as the post-Asia tsunami programs coordinator and with Caritas Australia in Sydney as regional program coordinator for Africa and The Pacific and, more recently, as national Manager, Community Engagement.
Evan Ellis (Catholic Church)
Social justice coordinator for Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. Evan has a degree in media and communications and was previously employed by Caritas Australia as the World Youth Day Coordinator, Special Projects Officer and Communications Officer respectively. Over his time with Caritas he travelled to South Asia and South America to document the life changing effect aid and development can have.
Sieneke (G.H.A.) Martin (Religious Society of Friends)
Clerk of Victoria Regional Meeting; experienced program manager in international development and emergency management (Quaker Service Australia, Caritas Australia, Oxfam Australia).
The Reverend Tara Curlewis
ex-officio, General Secretary of the NCCA.
BA, LLB, MAICD, ex-officio, Executive Director of Act for Peace.