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Our governing body

Commissioners elected at 2013 NCCA Forum (absent from this photo: Philip Huggins and Patricia Ryan) Act for Peace Commission - Our governing body

Members of the Act for Peace Commission, the governing body of Act for Peace, are appointed by the National Council of Churches in Australia during its forum. The 2015 Act for Peace General Meeting was held on 8 October 2015. As at the end of the 2015-2016 year, the commission members were as follows.

Sieneke (G.H.A.) Martin, Acting Chair (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 John Gilmore, Commission Treasurer (Churches of Christ)
BTheol, MTheol, DipMin, Executive Director the Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners and member of NCCA Finance Committee.

Bishop Philip Huggins, Standing Committee member (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.

Elizabeth Stone, Standing Committee member (Catholic Church)
BA, MIntS, GIA(Cert) . Liz worked with the Caritas Internationalis family of agencies overseas and with Caritas Australia over two decades. Liz is currently the Associate General Secretary with National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).

The Reverend Elenie Poulos (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.

Lieutenant Colonel Ray Wilson (The Salvation Army)
Territorial Property Consultant, member Queensland Churches Together Executive.

Alison Preston (Anglican Church of Australia)

Patricia Ryan (Catholic Church)
Patricia Ryan, MA (Religion) ACU,  B.Ed Studies U of Q, Dip Teaching McAuley College has worked as a teacher, lecturer, major events coordinator in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and for seven years as Caritas Australia's Regional Engagement Coordinator Queensland.

Dr William Boctor (Coptic Orthodox Church of Australia)
Coptic. PhD in Electrochemistry. Dr William Boctor joined Chloride Group in UK and worked as the technical Director, Middle East. He later worked as the General Manager of Chloride Automotive Batteries in Egypt. As Senior research Fellow in Wollongong University Dr William Boctor has contributed to a project for the Electric car in the University of NSW. He was a Board Member in the Coptic Orthodox Board of Education. Retired Dr William Boctor has also made some work in the field of the relation between the governance system and the quality of life of the people. 

Rev'd Fr Constantine Varipatis (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)

Carmen Lazar OAM (Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East)

Carmen Lazar is a well-known Assyrian community representative. Carmen migrated to Australia in 1971 with her parents and two sisters. She is respected and valued among community services networks and in 2014 was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the Assyrian community. Carmen Lazar is the Manager and Community Settlement Officer at the Assyrian Resource. She is a Board Member for the Federation of Community Language Schools NSW, Department of Education and Member of the Fairfield Migrant Interagency (Fairfield Council). Principal of Assyrian Diqlat School. Member of the Refugee Task Force of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Act for Peace Commissioner of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Deputy Chairperson of the Consumer and Community Participation Network at Fairfield Hospital. Member, Fairfield Housing Task Force and Fairfield Community Police Action Group. Member, Immigrant Women’s Network Group for the prevention of violence against women. Executive Committee member with Cabramatta Community Centre. Community Support for Women Volunteer, Villawood Detention Centre.

Chey Mattner (Lutheran Church of Australia)
BA (Hons), GradDipEd. Executive Secretary of Australian Lutheran World Service, after five years as Program Manager at ALWS. Currently a member of Lutheran World Service’s global Committee for World Service, and Board member on the LCA’s Mission International. 

Juliana Nkrumah AM (Uniting Church in Australia)
MSc; BSc (Sociology and Social Anthropology). Juliana has worked in both State and Commonwealth Government agencies for over 20 years. Her voluntary work in the community sector has gained her much acclaim including the award of Membership of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2013. Juliana is passionate about the Human Rights of Refugees, Women, diverse communities; specifically African communities and multicultural issues. Juliana has been an active advocate in the women's movement in Australia since 1989 and played a leading role on FGM issues across Australia whilst working as Coordinator of the NSW Education Program on FGM in Western Sydney Area Health Services from 1996 to 2005. She continues to be a spokesperson on FGM. In 2007, Juliana won the “Woman of the West” Award from the University of Western Sydney.

Sr Elizabeth Delaney sgs, Ex-officio on Standing Committee
ex-officio, General Secretary of the NCCA.

Alistair Gee, Executive Director
BA, LLB, MAICD, ex-officio, COO, Institute for Economics and Peace


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