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Sureka Goringe

Dr Sureka Goringe

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Sureka became National Director in July 2017, after two years as Associate Director. Sureka brings executive and board level leadership experience from fifteen years in the technology sector, ranging from venture funded start-ups to large public-sector organisations. Sureka has also served voluntarily as Chair of the National Committee for UnitingWorld Relief & Development (the board), and as organiser of the first UnitingWomen national conference.

Sureka’s work at UnitingWorld answers a life-long calling, weaving her global childhood, her faith, and her passion for justice with the all the skills gained through professional life.

An Australian for 24 years, Sureka comes via university in England, and a childhood in Botswana, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Sureka has Ph.D. in Materials Science, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is the wife of a UCA minister, and the mother of two kids and a dog.

Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Jane Kennedy is the Associate Director for UnitingWorld’s Asia and Africa regions.
Previously she spent 4 years as Manager of Papua New Guinea programs, and remains blown away by the beauty and resilience of the people and the place.

Jane has also managed programs in Vanuatu and encountered a steep learning curve when TC Pam devastated the country in 2015. She witnessed the best in people as the UCA responded and as Ni-Van communities recovered and began thriving again.

Jane now works with partners in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa. She’s perhaps had one too many tummy bugs and can’t abide airline food but is so grateful to be part of such life-changing work. Often the life being changed is hers.

Bron Fraser

Bronwyn Fraser

Acting Associate Director – International Programs

Bronwyn Fraser is the Associate Director for UnitingWorld’s Pacific region.

After a career as a high school Science teacher, Bronwyn completed an MA (Development Studies), UNSW, including participation in an internship through the Centre for Refugee Research working with refugee communities in India in Human Rights Education while conducting reciprocal research for UNHCR. Bronwyn started at UnitingWorld in 2009 as the Development Education Officer. In 2012 she took on the responsibility of International Programs Manager for Gender in the Pacific. In this role, Bronwyn worked alongside Church Partners especially the Women Fellowship organisations in programs focused on Gender Equality, women’s well-being and the elimination of violence towards women, implemented through a theological framework. Bronwyn is currently holding the role of Acting Associate Director – International Programs (Pacific), supporting all of UnitingWorld’s international programs work across the Pacific region.

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Semini Dias

Management Accountant

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 in 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.

Fiona Johnson

Fiona Johnson

ACTING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Fiona leads a dynamic team to develop UnitingWorld’s fundraising and communication campaigns. Since 2012 she’s been encouraging UnitingWorld’s wide network of people and church organisations to support the Agency’s life-changing projects. As a qualified Naturopath, Fiona’s professional background is in teaching health and nutrition programs in the corporate and NFP space. It was when leading volunteer NGO groups to India that her interest in development piqued and ever since she’s passionately advocated for the vulnerable and marginalised. Her other passion is the great outdoors having recently walked the Camino de Santiago across Spain and hiking Mt Kinabalu in Borneo!

Aletia Dundas

Aletia Dundas

International Programs Manager – PNG

Aletia manages our partnership with the United Church in Papua New Guinea who are engaged in the third phase of 12-year-long Australian Aid funded Church Partnership Program as well as an innovative water and sanitation project in Milne Bay Province.

Aletia has qualifications in International Community Development and Peace and Conflict Studies. She has previously worked with partners across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Indigenous Australia and recently spent three months as a Human Rights Monitor in Palestine and Israel for the World Council of Churches.

Alexandra Bingham

Alexandra Bingham

Australian Partnerships Coordinator

Alexandra previously worked on DFAT’s Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program to foster returned volunteer engagement. She became interested in the work of UnitingWorld after visiting a number of projects in the Philippines where critical issues of injustice are being addressed by our partner church. In February 2016 she returned as a long-term volunteer to provide training in filmmaking and photography so stories could be shared for social, economic and political change. Alexandra now joins UnitingWorld to encourage Australian churches and individuals in their support of our life-changing projects.

Debora Murthy

Dr Debora Murthy

Regional Coordinator, Southeast Asia Programs

Debora is a physician who has worked in community development in Indonesia for 20 years. She is excited to be working alongside partners and stakeholders 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.”

Ellen Shipley

Ellen Shipley

Manager, Learning Effectiveness and Compliance

Ellen manages UnitingWorld’s compliance processes – ensuring we meet standards for the ACFID Code of Conduct and Australian Government accreditation.  She also works with staff across UnitingWorld to ensure the lessons we learn through our monitoring and evaluations are incorporated into our ongoing programs.

Ellen comes to UnitingWorld with extensive expertise in NGO programming and compliance through her work with the Australian Aid Program, including eight years as Director of the Community Partnership Section.  She has over 25 years’ experience in development, in Thailand, Laos, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.

Hindra Sulaksono

Hindra Sulaksono

Manager, Southeast Asia Programs

Hindra’s professional background is in construction and civil engineering, and for the past 18 years has applied his project management experience working in humanitarian organisations. Before joining UnitingWorld he worked predominantly in community development and disaster management programs in rural and urban contexts across Indonesia. Hindra’s role at UnitingWorld has him managing poverty alleviation programs; health, nutrition and hygiene programs; refugee and displaced peoples programs, and emergency and disaster preparedness programs. Hindra loves working with a wide range of people and partners from different areas and cultures and hopes his role at UnitingWorld gives him broader experiences to help him provide better service and support.

Howard Clark

Howard Clark

Volunteer Ambassador

Howard is a Volunteer Ambassador with UnitingWorld and in speaking to Churches and groups he helps to make connections for change.

Howard was a Science teacher with the NSW Department of Education and later moved to teaching Religious Education at Newington College and then Pymble Ladies’ College.  More recently, he was relieving Chaplain at MLC School Burwood.

Howard enjoys music and sings with Macquarie Singers.  He has written textbooks for High School Science and Religion courses.  He believes that an important aspect of UnitingWorld is that in providing the programs around the world the uniqueness of each individual human and their importance as the created image of God is acknowledged.

Marcus Campbell

Marcus Campbell

Communications Coordinator

Marcus coordinates the production of UnitingWorld’s communications, social media, media relations and advocacy. He has a background in human rights research and communications, with previous roles at the University of Sydney, Oxfam Australia and the Public Affairs unit of the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Cambodia.

Marcus holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney and recently completed a thesis investigating the role of religion in peacebuilding and human rights monitoring in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia. He tweets at @m_arcusc.

Megan Calcaterra

Megan Calcaterra

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS MANAGER, ASIA/AFRICA

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. Megan manages multiple programs with our partners in Africa and the Pacific. Programing responsibilities include a wide range, encompassing gender, health, livelihoods, and peacebuilding.

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Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll

Theological Research & Church Partnerships, Australia and the Pacific

Seforosa 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 reflections on interfaith and cross-cultural relationships, and gender and culture from a diasporic perspective of a migrant who calls Australia one of her homes. Sef graduated with a PhD in theology at Charles Sturt University in 2015. Sef is a Research Fellow of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Center (PaCT), Charles Sturt University, Australia. She is a visiting lecturer with the School of Theology, United Theological College Charles Sturt University in theology.  Sef is a CTI Fellow and was a resident member of the 2017-2018 Inquiry into Religion and Migration at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton.  In her current role, Sef continues to wrestle with the challengers of gender-based violence, women in leadership, climate change and the powerful role theology can play in bringing about transformative change. Sef is currently researching the impact of  the Christian doctrines of sin, salvation and eschatology on current understandings and action relating to climate change, with particular emphasis on disaster preparedness and climate induced migration in the Pacific.

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Cath Taylor

COPY AND CAMPAIGNS DEVELOPER (COMMUNICATIONS)

Cath Taylor has been sharing UnitingWorld stories for six years with an eye to making everyday life among our partners come alive for supporters.  With degrees in communications, theology and teaching, she currently oversees our Lent Event program and writes for our major campaigns. She has worked with several denominations in pastoral ministry, school teaching, social justice/advocacy and comms. Cath is an absolutely typical wide-eyed wanderer with one husband, two daughters and three or more animal companions.  All this brings her great joy.

Ji Zhang

Rev Dr Ji Zhang 张骥

ASSEMBLY THEOLOGIAN IN RESIDENCE

Dr Zhang is a minister of Uniting Church serving as the Assembly Theologian in Residence. In this role, he serves across three parts of National Assembly: Assembly Resource Unit; UnitingWorld; and UnitingCare.

Dr Zhang grew up in Shanghai, moved to Australia and studied theology and philosophy in Melbourne and Boston. He taught theology and supervised postgraduate studies as a doctoral supervisor at the University of Divinity.

Dr Zhang brings to UnitingWorld a strong capacity to reflect theologically and to help the whole Church understand more about the transformation of Christianity in Asia.

John Ruhle

John Ruhle

Chairperson of Relief and Development National Committee

John is a former rural bank manager and lay education and discipleship facilitator. John spent time as a volunteer in central India and has since been involved with exposure and monitoring and evaluation visits to UnitingWorld projects in Asia. He is the Moreton Rivers Presbytery Minister in Queensland.

Andrew Glenn

Andrew Glenn

Chairperson of Church Connections National Committee

Andrew 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. He has also been involved in leadership in the councils of the Church since the time of Union, including as chairperson of the Presbytery of Tasmania.

Margaret Watt

Margaret Watt

Member of the Relief and Development National Committee and Chairperson of  International Programs Sub-committee

Margaret has been Chief of Staff to three politicians over 17 years including the Hon. Bob McMullan when he was Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance from 2007 – 2010. Margaret currently serves on several boards and has been Chair of the Church Council at Canberra City Uniting Church, where she has been an active member for more than ten years.

Tina Rendell

Katina Rendell-Thornton

Member of the Church Connections National Committee and Chairperson of Governance and Compliance Sub-committee

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 Resilient Families Service Delivery Lead for Uniting NSW/ACT. 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.

Andrew Corish

Andrew Corish

Member of Church Connections National Committee

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, with an exchange year to Finland in 1979.

Colleen Geyer

Colleen Geyer

Colleen Geyer has held roles including Director of Mission at UnitingCare Queensland, Associate Director at UnitingCare Australia, and National Consultant for the Assembly Gospel and Gender Unit. She has worked for the Uniting Church and its agencies since 1995 holding positions at state and national level. Since becoming Assembly General Secretary, Colleen has sought to improve national cooperation and resource-sharing across the Uniting Church.

David Hodges

David Hodges

Member of the Relief & Development National Committee

Following a public service career of approximately 15 years David worked for almost two decades as a lawyer in private practice principally in the commercial, corporate and government enterprise sectors, including over six years as a partner with a leading national firm. Subsequently David served as a director in the agribusiness sector, taking a particular interest in governance, strategy setting and policy development. An active member of various UCA congregations for over 30 years, David currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Margaret Jurd College (NSW) Limited and on the UnitingWorld Relief and Development National Committee.

Elaine Ledgerwood

Elaine Ledgerwood

Member of Church Connections National Committee

Elaine currently works in aged care chaplaincy 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.

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson

Member of Church Connections National Committee

Hannah is a senior policy advisor with professional experience in governance, politics, strategy and risk management. Hannah is a Church Council Elder at Glebe Road Uniting Church in Ipswich, Queensland, and has been a part of that congregation for over fifteen years. Since 2011 she has been involved in the development of Glebe Road Uniting Church?s partnership with a congregation in Dili, Timor Leste.

Huw Luscombe

Huw Luscombe

Member of Church Connections National Committee

Huw works as the Youth Pastor at Turramurra Uniting Church. Previously he worked as the co-ordinator of the Glebe Cafechurch (Sydney) and as a teacher at a number of State and independent High Schools. With several bikes, two Unicycles and a Bangladeshi Rickshaw in his garage there is obvious interest in cycling and what he calls “the Indiaverse” (Not a country but a parallel reality). Huw has won the Poetry slam at the Woodforde folk festival and regularly gets into trouble performing poems of questionable merit.

James Batley

James Batley

Member of Relief and Development National Committee

James has over 30 years’ experience in international diplomacy and development including positions such as Deputy Secretary of DFAT; Deputy Director-General of AusAID; Australian High Commissioner to Fiji (and Permanent Representative to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat); Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands; Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Australian Ambassador to East Timor; as well as diplomatic positions in Beirut, Lebanon; Jakarta, Indonesia; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; and Port Vila, Vanuatu. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982 and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2002. He currently works as a private consultant.

John Manning

John Manning

Member of Governance and Compliance Committee

John is Managing Director and Equity Partner of Dewings Pty. Ltd, Adelaide, a firm of Chartered Accountants. He has been employed by that organisation for a number of years including as HR Manager and Practice Manager. From 2000 to 2002 he undertook theological study at Morling College in Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Ministries and has subsequently completed a Master of Divinity through the Australian College of Theology.

Kate Potter

Kate Potter

Member of Governance and Compliance Committee

Kate is experienced in business development and client management, holding a senior role at Gilbert + Tobin, a leading Australian law firm. Kate is currently the Deputy Chair of the Crows Nest Uniting Church Council of which she has been a member for the past four years. Kate was nominated to join the Church Connections National Committee in 2016.

Margaret Harvie

Margaret Harvie

Member of Relief and Development National Committee

Margaret is a Director of a consultancy that provides planning and community engagement advice and services to government and the private sector. She is an Associate at the University of Technology Sydney and an Associate of the Civil Service College, Singapore. She trains others in the skills to effectively communicate and encourage the public to participate in creating plans for services, infrastructure and land use. In addition to her work in Australia she has been involved with projects to assess social, economic and planning impacts on communities in China, Malaysia, Laos and has delivered training in Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

Paul Swadling

Paul Swadling

Member of Church Connections National Committee

Former General Secretary of the NSW/ACT Synod and former Connexional Secretary of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, Paul served as a Minister in rural, regional and inner suburban congregations, spent six years on the staff of the Australian Council of Churches and three years on the staff of the NSW/ACT Board of Mission. Paul also chaired the Synod Budget Committee and the Board of UnitingCare NSW/ACT.

Paul Wait

Paul Wait

Member of Relief and Development National Committee

Paul is a transport economist with some 40 years’ experience consulting in Australia and overseas. He has been responsible for the economic assessment of a number of large infrastructure projects and for providing strategic and regulatory advice in numerous jurisdictions. His experience in some dozen developing countries has involved multiple agencies and governments in Asia, the Pacific region, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He graduated in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. Before he retired, Paul was a director with PwC and before that, a director with Saha International and a Technical Director with Booz Allen Hamilton. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a board member of Employment Plus, the Salvation Army’s government-funded employment agency. Paul is a member of Killara Uniting Church.

Richard La Brooy

Richard La Brooy

Member of Church Connections National Committee

Richard is a Lay Pastor in the Uniting Church and works as the Associate Chaplain at Macquarie University and is part of the Epping Uniting Church ministry team working in community development. He is studying a B Arts/B Education Degree majoring in Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is involved in various wider work of the Uniting Church including representing the Church on the World Methodist Council 2016-2021. He in a Second Lieutenant in the Australian Army Cadets working with the Knox Grammar School Cadet Unit.

Tame Tupou

Siokatame Tupou

Member of Relief and Development National Committee

Tame is husband to Rose and father of Semisi and Israel. Tame has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Law (Applied Family Law). Tame is the principle solicitor of Pinnacle Lawyers and the Treasurer and lay-preacher at Siaola Church, Tempe NSW.

Wendy Suma

Wendy Suma

Member of Relief and Development National Committee

Wendy has worked in community development programs in Australia and overseas including women and children’s protection, education and refugee support and humanitarian entrant housing. Wendy also brings a grassroots perspective to the National Committee through her current role as Head of Programs at the Uniting Church?s Wayside Chapel in Sydney, where she leads a team of staff and volunteers who support people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Kings Cross and Bondi.