The staff and board of Anglican Overseas Aid are highly skilled, passionate and committed. They have a wide range of skills and experience in business, overseas aid and development, and in the Anglican Church. Find out more about the people working to deliver high quality relief and development at Anglican Overseas Aid.


LLB, MPhil, GradDipTax, GradDipTheol, MThSt, GradCertMin, PhD

Our CEO has a passion for aid and development as a ministry of the church. His PhD focused on the way Christian theology can influence international development work and practice. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid he was a senior executive at World Vision Australia serving in both strategic and operational roles. Dr Mitchell brings strong corporate experience as a solicitor for more than 25 years, including almost 15 years as a partner at PwC. He has served on several non-for-profit boards: BlueCare, World Relief, the PwC Foundation, Timor Children’s Foundation, and Global Health and Development Network. He is currently a director of Western Health, and is a member of the international advisory board of the Christian Journal for Global Health. He has also served as a member of the Federal Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group. Dr Mitchell holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, theology, and taxation law, and is an ordained Anglican minister.

Sue is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked mostly in the health sector as a senior finance manager for private hospitals, public hospitals, Victorian Government health departments and private consultants specialising in health. When not at work, Sue’s passion is golf and she is a member and a director of the board of Southern Golf Club.


BAppSc, DipEd, BD, MEdSt, PhD, FAICD,
Archbishop of Melbourne and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia

Archbishop Freier came to Melbourne in December 2006. He was previously Bishop of the Northern Territory and had also worked in ministry in Queensland. He has lived and worked in indigenous communities. He is strongly committed to social justice issues and to engaging the church with the wider community. In August 2014, Archbishop Freier was elected the Primate of the Australian Anglican Church.


Julian Rait is an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is the immediate past Chairman of MDA National Limited, a mutually-owned medical indemnity insurance organisation that serves 35,000 doctors, dentists and medical students nationwide. Julian served on Vestry of St Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Middle Camberwell between 2002 and 2010 and since then has been Vicar’s Warden at St John’s Anglican Church in Camberwell from 2011-13 and has been a member of the Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne from October 2013. He also serves on several boards concerned with indigenous issues and overseas aid, including being a board member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Eye Foundation and the Australian South Pacific Eye Consultant Foundation. Julian has also been an affiliated physician with the Himalayan Cataract Project and the Nepal Glaucoma Eye Clinics Association, and has spent much of his career working on blindness prevention in developing countries.