Our Staff

Rob Floyd
National Director

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Rob Floyd is the National Director for UnitingWorld. He has worked for UnitingWorld for over 8 years, mostly in the Relief and Development Unit. Before that Rob served as a mission co-worker for the Uniting Church in Indonesia for seven years.

Rob is honoured to be able to work closely with overseas church partners on behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia, listening to them, learning from them, supporting them and enabling them to be the church in their own context, especially as they help their people to face issues of poverty, injustice and conflict

 

 

Rev Dr Cliff Bird
Cliff Regional Coordinator, Pacific Programs
Rev Dr Cliff Bird is a distinguished Pacific theologian and Minister of the United Church in the Solomon Islands. He has a background in economics and a Ph.D in theology from Charles Sturt University. Previous to his role with UnitingWorld Cliff was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Theology and Ethics and the Pacific Theological College in Fiji.

 

 

Bronwyn Fraser
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManager, Livelihoods and Peacebuilding Programs (Pacific)
Bronwyn spent the first part of her working life as a high school teacher after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Bronwyn has travelled extensively and as a teacher supported her students to participate in cross-cultural exchanges in Tonga.

In 2009 Bronwyn completed a Masters in International Development Studies which included an internship working with refugee communities in India. In late 2009 Bronwyn joined the UnitingWorld team as the Development Education Officer, working with Uniting Church and School communities in building a greater understanding of poverty and inequality.

Bronwyn is now the Pacific program manager and works closely with the women’s organisations of our Pacific partners supporting the empowerment of women, addressing gender-based violence and working for gender equality. Bronwyn is passionate about working alongside women and men across the Pacific in challenging systems of inequality and in facilitating space and opportunity for women to thrive.

 

Jane Kennedy
Manager, Church Partnership Programs
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Jane manages the Australian Aid funded Church Partnership Program and Water and Sanitation Programs in Papua New Guinea. She also works with UnitingWorld’s partners in Timor Leste managing their Health and Education programs.

Jane worked in Fiji for the Fiji Red Cross Society for three years and has stayed connected to the Pacific Islands since then through grassroots projects based around microfinance and education for girls in rural areas.

With a background in health, and Master in International Health, Jane has worked in Non-Communicable Disease prevention and management, Sexual Health promotion and spent two years managing a Church based community NGO in Sydney. Jane has a love for the people and cultures of the Pacific and a desire to support and come alongside the vibrant networks of churches serving these island nations.

Debora Murthy
Programs Coordinator (South East Asia Regional Office)

Debora is a physician who has worked in community development in Indonesia for 20 years. She is excited to be working alongside partners and stake holders to see women, the poor and other marginalised groups enjoy life with dignity. Her passion is to advocate within communities so that children can have access to education, families can have access to health care and sustainable sources of income, and everyone’s voice as part of a community is heard.
Debora brings her experience and enthusiasm to the South East Asia team, and looks forward to “growing together with partners South East Asia and the other UnitingWolrd teams to achieve our shared vision of transformed communities free from poverty and injustice.”


Finance

Semini Dias – Management AccountantSemini Dias
Semini is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant holding membership of Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA-Aus.) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK).

She brings with her extensive experience of Accounting and Finance in the international development sector. She has held a number of Senior Finance roles in Australia and in Sri Lanka where she was born and grew up before migrating to Australia. Semini has worked for World Vision, ChildFund, Act for Peace and ActionAid, and has worked on the ground in many countries, managing the finances of programs in Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and PNG.

Semini started her career in the corporate sector and joined World Vision during the post tsunami rehabilitation in Sri Lanka which was the start of her journey in the international development sector. She counts over 15 years of experience covering financial Management, System improvements, compliance and capacity building.

“I love working in the multicultural environment at UnitingWorld and appreciate the diverse experiences each individual brings to the organisation. I also love the opportunity to take on new initiatives for continuous financial improvement at UnitingWorld and partner organisations in the countries where we work in supporting sustainable change.”

 


Church Connections

Sureka Goringe
Associate Director for Church ConnectionsSureka_Goringe
Sureka comes to UnitingWorld with significant experience in both the business and charitable sectors and within the Uniting Church in Australia. She has served on the National Committee of the Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld for five years, the last two years as Chairperson.  Sureka was also the Executive Director of the successful UnitingWomen conference in September, a conference under the auspices of the Uniting Church that brought together more than 500 women from across Australia.

Born in Sri Lanka and having lived in Bangladesh, Botswana and the UK before moving to Australia, Sureka has broad experience of our partner church contexts. This, coupled with her management and organisational experience will make her ideally suited to leading our Church Connections Unit in its work.

 

Rev. Dr Ji Zhang
Ji Zhang (centre)Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia

Ji joined UnitingWorld early in 2013 after congregational and academic placements in Victoria. Ji grew up in Shanghai and studied theology in Melbourne and Boston. He completed his doctoral degree in comparative studies between East and West traditions on the topic of “Unity and Diversity”.

Ji brings a mixture of ministry experience and theological discipline, placing the Uniting Church international engagement into the diverse and vibrant Asia context.

 

Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll
Seforosa CarrollManager, Church Partnerships, Pacific
Sef is a Fiji born Rotuman who spent her formative years growing up in Lautoka, the Western side of Viti Levu in Fiji. These formative experiences continue to inform Sef’s theological reflection on interfaith and cross-cultural relationships, gender and culture. Having lived in Australia since 1987, Sef has always maintained connections with the Pacific, particularly Pacific Islanders living in the diaspora. This includes work with the Pacific Island Women’s Advocacy Services, South Pacific Association of Theological Schools, Pacific theologies conference, Association of Oceanian Women Theologians and Alan Walker College of Evangelism. Her ministry has included work with congregations of Five Dock/Drummoyne, Caves Beach, St Clair and MLC School.

 

 

Megan Calcaterra
243 (2)Project and Administration Officer, Church Connections
Megan officially joined the UnitingWorld team in January of 2014, after volunteering for some time. Originally from the United States, Megan completed her Masters in International Law and International Relations with a focus in human rights law at the University of New South Wales. In her role, Megan uses her travel experience to coordinate our InSolidarity Exposure Visits. She also serves as a project officer for Church Connections Africa projects and offers project support to the rest of the Church Connections team.

 


Engagement Team

Rev Paul Bartlett
Donor Relationships (part time)Paul_Bartlett
Following twenty years of parish work within the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church, Paul joined UnitingWorld in early 2013 and now manages relationships UnitingWorld has with our donors at both an individual and congregational level.

As many Uniting Church congregations and their members are great supporters of and are deeply interested in our work, Paul also spends a significant amount of his time visiting congregations across our various Synods.

Once a year he also visits an overseas partner church to see their work firsthand.


Fiona Johnson
Fiona Community Engagement
Fiona engages with UnitingWorld’s wide network of schools, congregations and individuals to create events and opportunities that illumine, educate and raise awareness about the agency’s life-changing international projects. Fiona has a long career working in Community Development with a focus on health, building networks of people and community groups.

 

 

Cath Taylor
Cath_T Communications and Fundraising Manager
Cath works in Communications and Fundraising for the Church Connections team. She has degrees in Communications, Teaching and Ministry and previously worked in Communications for Frontier Services, in teaching, pastoral ministry and social justice consultancy. She’s seen just enough of the world’s beauty and bruises to want to keep telling stories in the knowledge that this is part of creating and celebrating change.

Cath is the mother of two daughters. Her work and home life is shaped by the idea that love is stronger than death.

Marcus Campbell
Production and Marketing Coordinator