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Our governing body

The following Directors have been confirmed by the Board of the National Council of Churches in Australia:

Ginie Udy, (BEd, MA (Hons), MBA, GAICD) is an experienced executive and non-executive director in the children and family services and community sectors. Ginie was appointed as Chair in March 2021, and continues her role as our lead director for safeguarding including prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation within the organisation, and as a member of the Policy Committee. 

John Gilmore, (BTheol, MTheol, DipMin) currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Australian Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners, is a Board member of the National Council of Churches in Australia, and a past member of the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee. John is a member of our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Paul Nichols, (BA, BSW, MBA), is an international development consultant specialising in design and monitoring and evaluation. Paul was formerly an executive at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and senior executive of non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. Paul serves as our Treasurer and Chair of our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Alison Preston, (BA Journalism), holds a senior role with Anglican Overseas Aid, and with her husband and four children is actively involved with an Anglican Church in Melbourne. Alison has more than 20 years’ experience working with faith-based humanitarian and development agencies, in both communications and program roles. Alison recognizes the positive impact that Christians can have working together for peace and justice, and represented Australian churches on the World Council of Churches for seven years. Alison is a member of our Policy Committee.

Elizabeth Stone, (BA, MIntS, AGIA) is the Executive Officer of the Presentation Society of Australia and Papua New Guinea and the Interim General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Liz worked with the Caritas Internationalis family of agencies overseas and with Caritas Australia over two decades. Liz currently chairs our Policy Committee.

Jamieson Davies, (BA, MA), has over 20 years of experience managing international aid and development organisations in Africa, Asia, Australia and the USA, with a focus on strengthening partnerships with faith-based institutions and reducing inequality. Jamie currently serves as Executive Director at Australian Lutheran World Service and leads our Board’s professional development initiative.

Leigh Cleave, (BMus, Grad Dip Teaching, MBA, CFRE, FFIA) has over 20 years of experience in leading successful fundraising and marketing teams across diverse organisations. Leigh is currently Fundraising Director at Brien Holden Vision Institute and Global Director of Development at Optometry Giving Sight and is internationally accredited with CFRE and is a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Leigh is our Deputy Chair, and a member of our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Marcus Sandmann, (B Bus, MAICD), is an accomplished senior marketing professional with 18+ years of experience, a long term contributor to the not-for-profit sector, and active on a number of Committees for charity organisations. Marcus is a member of our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

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