Governance and Structure
The Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld is committed to ethical practice, transparency, sustainability and accountability.
The Unit has a separate governance body known as the National Committee. Members of the National Committee are people with experience, commitment and enthusiasm for Relief and Development issues. Their time, skills and advice to UnitingWorld is invaluable. The committee continues to conduct reflection and monitoring for strategic plans, best practice, reviews of policies and assessment of other accountabilities.
Rev. Terence Corkin
BA, BTh and BlegS
Minister of the Word and current General Secretary of the UCA. Terence has had wide exposure to Uniting Church Overseas partner Churches and the challenges they face.
LLB BD ThM DMin
National Director, UnitingWorld
Kerry has been a lawyer and congregational minister, and was General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand for ten years. He has experience in governance and management in international partnerships.
Mr. Malcolm Gledhill
Chairperson / International Program Committee / Governance and Compliance Committee
Malcolm has been legal adviser to several overseas aid organizations and served in Papua New Guinea. He has been a member of Uniting Church Assembly agencies undertaking overseas relief and development projects for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sureka Goringe
BA(Hons) GM AICD
Governance and Compliance Committee
Sureka was born in Sri Lanka and knows firsthand the struggles of poverty, war and of being a refugee. Over the past decade she has had significant management experience, including service at Director and CEO levels in the commercial sector. Through her local Uniting Church congregation Sureka has been active in advocacy and practical responses to social justice issues.
Mr. Jim Mein AM
FCA FCPA FAIM FLGAA
Honorary Treasurer/ Governance and Compliance Committee
Jim is a specialist in audit, small business and management consulting for non-profits and financial planning. He has held many positions within the Church; at present Jim is the Director: Schools Ministry at Uniting Church Board of Education of the NSW Synod of NSW & ACT of which he is also the Ex-Moderator.
Rev Valamotu Palu
International Program Committee
Rev. Palu is an ordained minister of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga and is former General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches based in Suva.
Rev John Ruhle
Chair of the International Program Committee
A former rural bank manager and lay education and discipleship facilitator, John has volunteer experience in central India and other exposure and program assessment visits to projects in Asia.
Ms Wendy Suma
International Program Committee
Wendy is a former support worker and teacher of English in the slums of Bangkok and an executive assistant in the NGO sector. Wendy also brings a grassroots perspective through her current role as program manager for a city-based ministry among Sydney’s homeless and mentally ill.
Mr. Ted Woodley
BSc BE(Hons1) DipCD FAIM FAICD FIEAust CPEng
Chair of the Governance and Compliance Committee
Ted worked as a CEO and Director in various business, government and community service organizations and has undertaken various corporate governance and strategic planning projects in Australia and the Pacific.
The Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct. We are required to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management.
Australian Council for International Development
Private Bag 3 Deakin ACT 2600
T +61 2 6285 1816
F +61 2 6285 1720
More information about the ACFID Code of Conduct can be obtained from www.acfid.asn.au
Members of the public can lodge complaints against signatories for breach of the code through the following contact:
Code of Conduct Manager
Code of Conduct Committee.
T +61 2 6281 9220
UnitinWorld Relief and Development is an accredited agency with the Australian Government through AusAID. The re-accreditation process occurs every five years and involves in-depth analysis of an organisation’s structures, policies and processes in relation to governance, finances and programs. This process gives AusAID as well as the Australian public confidence that the community based organisations funded by the Australian overseas aid program are professional, well-managed and capable of delivering quality development outcomes.
The Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of relief and development agencies related to the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation.
ACT is an alliance of 125 churches working in over 140 countries. The Alliance mobilises US$1.6 billion annually in its work, which includes providing emergency food supplies, shelter and provisions in the event of conflict or disaster as well as long term development programs.
Membership of the Alliance will expand Relief and Development’s capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies in a well-coordinated and effective way. It will also increase the Relief and Development Unit’s ability to raise and direct donations from UCA members in response to emergencies.
By working with other members of the ACT Alliance who are well established and known on the ground, funds can promptly be directed to where they are needed most.