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WRA Board Members

 

Paul Madden (Chair)

Paul is currently the Chief Executive of the Wyatt Trust (www.wyatt.org.au), a major Australian philanthropic institution. His past appointments include: ED, Habitat for Humanity SA; EO, Child & Family Welfare Association SA; GM, Mission Australia - SA Region and ED, Baptist Community Services SA. Past Board appointments include SA Housing Trust; Foodbank SA and Association of Major Community Organisations. Paul has also served as a Ministerial Advisor and on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. He has undertaken major projects for Government in the areas of child protection and Indigenous substance abuse.

In 2005 Paul and his wife Barbara founded Bright Futures Child Aid and Development Fund, a Christian aid and development agency through which they are involved in community development projects in India, Kenya, Pakistan and Uganda.

In 2001 Paul was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the community. More recently he was awarded a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours for significant service to the community of South Australia, particularly to social welfare and humanitarian organisations, and to philanthropy. His academic qualifications include a Master's Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Philip Good (Treasurer)

Philip operates his own Accounting practice on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne. His business has a mission to help small business owners 'value' and achieve their business and personal goals.

In the past, Philip has worked for the Weather Bureau in various observational, training and pilot briefing capacities in Sydney, Canberra, Richmond RAAF base and Melbourne (1978 - 1989). Along with his wife, he subsequently owned and operated a business in Tasmania (1989 - 1994). For seven years Philip worked as an Accountant for Kimberly Smith Partners, working with many not-for-profit organisations, and from 2004 - 2010 for Robbins & Co - both public practice accounting firms.

Since 2005 Philip has held the position of Treasurer for New Peninsular Baptist Church - a church of 1,000+ on the Mornington Peninsular. He is one of the founders of World Relief Australia and has now served as Treasurer of WRA for several years.

Philip is married with three children, only one of whom still lives at home. He has a passion for storm-chasing, a good John Grisham novel, the 'country', bushwalking and watching AFL...the only real football!

Bob Mitchell (Deputy Chair)

Bob's passion for international development arose from church-based development projects in Timor-Leste. He has a deep commitment to aid and development as a ministry of the church, and has recently undertaken doctoral studies on the distinctive role of faith within the international community.

Bob has been a solicitor for 25 years and was a Partner at PwC for 14 years. He has been a board member of several not-for-profit organisations including BlueCare and the PwC Foundation. Bob has served as a member of the Federal Attorney-General's International Pro Bono Advisory Group and is a director of Western Health. Most recently he has worked in senior executive roles at World Vision Australia, including as Director of Legal Risk and Governance, and as Chief of Mission. Bob became CEO of Anglican Overseas Aid in mid-2012.

He holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, theology and taxation law.

Carl Ginger

Carl Ginger's academic background is in Civil Engineering and Business Administration. He is currently the Business Development Manager for the NSW Land and Property Management Authority and has a diverse range of experience as a senior executive in Government, and in the commercial and Academic sectors.

Some major overseas projects completed have been in the areas of capacity building and legal and community infrastructure development in Indonesia, Laos, The Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Mauritius, Timor Leste and Trinidad. Funding for these projects has been secured through the World Bank, UNDP and AusAID.

Carl's passion for development and making a difference has seen him active in many countries and at all levels of society, from grass roots level to the highest level of government. Carl's voluntary humanitarian and community development projects include water supply, sanitation, schools, education, housing, medical infrastructure, adult literacy, micro enterprise development, environmental and capacity building. Projects have been undertaken in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Zambia and Sri Lanka.

Carl serves on several NGO boards including Asian Aid Australia and Asian Aid USA.

Fred Chilton

Fred Chilton is a solicitor. After 29 years as a partner at the large regional law firm, Allens Arthur Robinson, in 2010 he joined the small Sydney firm of Emil Ford & Co where he continues to have a broad corporate and commercial practice.

Fred has assisted in the establishment of a number of not-for-profit organisations including Worldwide Orphans Australia, Christian Surfers International, Centre for Public Christianity, HART Australasia and Cape York Digital Network (CYDN).

Aside from his role as Chairman of the Bush Church Aid Society, Fred is a Director of CYDN and serves on the Northern Region Council and other church and parish bodies.

Mark Fleming

Mark has over 25 years of work experience in the energy and environment sectors. He completed a PhD in Solar Energy in 1988 and worked for Siddons in heat pump R&D. This was followed by River Modelling work at the Murray Darling Basin Commission and Natural Gas Pipeling modelling at VENCorp.

Since 1998 he has been a self-employed Consulting Engineer with RenewableFuture, working on financial modelling, tariff development, pipeline modelling, energy auditing and installation of various solar systems.

Mark attends New Peninsula Baptist Church where he is involved in a Life Group and a Boys' Club in the local housing estate.

From 2002 - 2009, Mark was President of Mornington Environment Association.

Sarah Spiker

Sarah is an experienced manager of development projects both internationally and within Australia. She has worked with Bright Futures, Mission International and World Vision in development planning, partnership management and fundraising, and she is currently a Manager of National Programs at Mission Australia.

Sarah has practical development experience through project involvement in India, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya and the Philippines. She also brings to the Board tertiary qualifications in Management, International and Community Development, and a passion to see poverty and disadvantage alleviated across the globe through sustainable projects and innovative partnerships.

Deb Hosking

Deb co-owns and manages the Austral Group of companies, which includes Austral Tree Services, Project Green - Environmental Management Services and, more recently, a social enterprise called Wood For Good. Over the past 20 years the business has grown to a sizable fleet and team of skilled staff who service South Australia and Victoria.

Deb possesses a strong background in strategic planning, business process engineering and operations management. She has an unyielding commitment to embedding good business practice to best service the needs of the broader community. As a trustee of the Hosking Foundation, Deb is a passionate advocate for philanthropy in Australia and also serves as a Director on the Board of Cure4cf.

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