Governance and Structure

The Church Connections Unit of UnitingWorld is governed by a National Committee appointed by and accountable to the Assembly Standing Committee of the Uniting Church. Its Chair, Dr Andrew Glenn, is appointed by the Assembly that meets every three years. National Committee members are selected because of their governance skills in relation the Unit’s areas of operation. The National Committee sets strategic direction, governance policies including philosophy of international partnerships and regional priorities. It monitors the achievement of plans and oversees the work of the National Director.

The National Committee has two sub-committees.The Governance and Compliance Committee attends to financial, audit and risk matters and the International Program Committee attends to regional and country strategies and issues.

The Unit is committed to ethical practice, transparency, sustainability and accountability.

Dr Andrew Glenn
BSci (Hons.), DPhil
National Committee Chair, International
Program Committee,
Governance and Compliance Committee
Appointed: 2012

Dr Glenn was a member of the last Assembly Standing Committee. He has been involved in leadership in the councils of the Church since the time of Union, including as chairperson of the Presbytery of Tasmania. His professional background is in science and he has held a number of senior administrative roles in Universities, most recently before retirement as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Vice President (Research) at Murdoch University and the University of Tasmania. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Colleen_Geyer_HeadshotMs Colleen Geyer
BTh, GCEL, DipTeach, CertIVWTA

As General Secretary, Colleen Geyer serves with the President of the Uniting Church in Australia offering leadership and vision to the life of the Assembly.Colleen’s work for the Uniting Church and its agencies since 1995 has deepened her sense of call to the role of General Secretary, while embracing the uniqueness of the Uniting Church as an authentic movement of God. She has held a range of significant positions at a state and national level of the Uniting Church, including Director of Mission at UnitingCare Queensland, Director of Mission at BlueCare, Associate Director at UnitingCare Australia, Registrar of Coolamon College and National Consultant for the Assembly Gospel and Gender Unit.

Colleen seeks to strengthen the Uniting Church’s commitment to working ecumenically and foster understanding between churches. She has been a member of the Roman Catholic/Uniting Church National Dialogue, the Christian World Service Coordinator with Queensland Churches Together, and a member of the Queensland Churches Together Indigenous Peoples Partnership. Colleen believes we have a collective responsibility to look to the future with the hope that is from God, and the realism that calls us to think about the new.

Andrew CorishMr Andrew Corish
BA-LLB
International Program Committee
Appointed: 2015

Andrew is a lawyer of 33 years with specialist accreditation through the NSW Law Society in family law. He is the proprietor of Corish & Co Specialist Family Lawyers at North Sydney. He has been a member of the Uniting Church since 1977 at Pymble, Canberra City and at Lane Cove since 1999 where he is the chairman of the church council.  Andrew’s introduction to the Uniting Church was through Christian Work Camps and then International Christian Youth Exchange whilst he was at university and he went for an exchange year to Finland in 1979.
Huw LuscombeMr Huw Luscombe
BEd, MDiv
International Program Committee
Appointed: 2015

Huw currently works as the Youth Pastor at Turramurra Uniting Church. Previously he has been the co-ordinator of the Glebe Cafechurch experimental community of Faith as well as a teacher at Joeys, Knox, William Carey Christian School and in Cairns. Besides this experience he has also done occasional Gigs as a performance poet at the Blackstump festival, the Woodforde Folk festival and the Friend in Hand hotel. Huw drove buses during the Sydney Olympics and rides a Unicycle when he has time. Huw has lead on or directed about 100 youth camps and has visited over 100 communities of Faith. Huw has a Bangladeshi Rickshaw in his garage and has visited projects in the Indian sub-continent on three occasions.
Hannah JacksonMrs Hannah Jackson
BA (Hons.)
International Program Committee Chair
Appointed: 2014

Hannah is a policy advisor with professional experience in governance, politics, strategy and risk management. In 2013, she was invited to be part of the UCA Delegation to China for the joint conference with the China Christian Council. Hannah has played an active role in the life of her congregation at Glebe Road Uniting Church in Ipswich, Queensland for fifteen years and has been involved in leadership through preaching, music, and working with children and young adults. Since 2011 she has been involved in the development of Glebe Road Uniting Church’s partnership with a congregation in Dili, Timor Leste.
Mr Richard La’Brooy
International Program Committee
Appointed: 2012

Richard works as an Associate Uniting Church Chaplain at Macquarie University where he is also studying a B Arts/B Education Degree majoring in Ancient History. He in a Second Lieutenant in the Australian Army Cadets and works as the Administration Officer for the Knox Grammar School Cadet Unit, the largest cadet unit in Australia. He attend Knox Grammar as a student where he participated in their UnitingWorld partnership and saw firsthand UnitingWorld projects in PNG. He attends North Ryde Uniting Church, in Sydney, where is involved in youth ministry leadership.
Dr Elaine Ledgerwood
PhD, BTh(Hons.), BSc(OT)
International Program Committee
Appointed: 2012

Elaine spent a year as a volunteer in mission in India and presently chairs the international mission committee of the Synod of Western Australia. She is pastor to a small congregation. Elaine undertook theological studies at Murdoch University, completing a Ph.D. in 2011. Her thesis explored issues of suffering, hope and faith drawing on the reflections of Christians who had supported trauma survivors. She also practices as an Occupational Therapist.
Ms Tina Rendell-Thornton
BA, GradDip Ed, Assoc Dip Social Welfare,
M Social Admin
National Committee Deputy Chair,
Governance and Compliance Committee
Appointed: 2012
Tina is well known in the Uniting Church for her ten years of service as Executive Director of the Board of Mission of the Synod of NSW and ACT. She has a background and qualifications in education, community development and social welfare and is currently Operations Manager for UnitingCare Burnside in South West Sydney. Tina has 30 years’ experience in cross-cultural relationships within and outside the Uniting Church. In her previous role she regularly interacted with UnitingWorld and undertook a review of social services in the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. Ms Rendell brings particular expertise in the area of cross-cultural relationships.
Ms Sherina Swan
BSc Bus Mgmt, Post Grad Cert TESOL

External Relations Advisory Group
Appointed: 2012

Sherina’s expertise is particularly in fundraising and marketing. Until recently she was Director of Account Services at Dunham + Company, an organisation with which UnitingWorld has worked for its direct marketing. Her previous work experience is with commercial organisations like Oracle and IBM. Sherina grew up in Sri Lanka and has lived in Zambia and Botswana. Sherina is an active Christian, and has led youth and children’s work in her church and participated in trips to India and Sri Lanka.
Mr Rob Floyd
BSci (Hons.) DipEd, GradDipEd, GradDipIntlDev, GAICD

International Program Committee, Governance and Compliance Committee
Appointed: 2014Rob has been National Director of UnitingWorld and Director of the Relief and Development Unit since May 2014.  Previously he was the Associate Director Relief and Development, a role which saw his overseeing all of UnitingWorld’s emergency relief and community development programs.
 Paul SwadlingRev Paul Swadling
MA, LTh, FAICD, AIMM, MFIA
External Relations Advisory Group, Governance and Compliance Committee
Appointed: 2015

Paul is the former General Secretary of the NSW/ACT Synod (2005-10) and the former Connexional Secretary of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga (2012-13), a placement arranged through UnitingWorld.  Paul has served as a Minister of the Word in rural, regional and inner suburban congregations and has also spent six years on the staff of the (then) Australian Council of Churches (ACC) and three years on the staff of the NSW/ACT Board of Mission (BOM).  He managed fundraising programs for both the ACC and BOM.
Paul has served through UnitingWorld in Tonga and Timor Leste. In 2013 and 2014 Paul worked with the Christian Conference of Asia in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Jakarta.  Paul has been Chair of the Synod Budget Committee and the Board of UnitingCare NSW/ACT, as well as a member of numerous committees.