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. Below you can find out more about the people working to deliver high quality relief and development at Anglican Overseas Aid.


Chief Executive Officer

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

Bob MitchellOur 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 not-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.

Finance and Administration Manager

Sue Riley

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.

International Programs and Partnerships Manager

Alison Preston

Alison is an experienced communicator and campaigner on global poverty and justice. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid, Alison worked as a photo-journalist in East Africa, with a focus on women and children affected by civil war in Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Alison has a strong interest in community-based trauma recovery, and is a trained facilitator with the Institute for Healing of Memories. Alison is actively engaged in the Anglican church.

Program Manager

Nicole WebNicole is committed to working towards ending global poverty and promoting justice and equality. She has a diverse range of experience from the health sector having worked in a variety of public and private health settings, including rural Australia and internationally. Nicole holds a Master of Public Health and a degree in Physiotherapy, both from the University of Melbourne. She is keen to see projects respond effectively to meet the needs of communities, inspire local leadership and concurrently promote activities that protect the environment.

Marketing Manager

Brian HolmesBefore moving to Australia, Brian spent more than 20 years working within the publishing industry in the UK, which included running his own marketing and design consultancy, with regular forays as an author, book and magazine publisher and website editor. He has a Masters in Vocational Practice: Aid and Development from Tabor College, Victoria, to go alongside his BA in Theology and Diploma in Marketing. Before joining Anglican Overseas Aid Brian worked for TEAR Australia in a similar role. He is dedicated to exploring the link between social justice and faith, both personal and corporate.

Church and Community Engagement Coordinator

Nils von KalmNils has worked in international development since 2000, spending the bulk of that time with World Vision. His most recent roles have involved communications about theology and development. This has included writing articles, producing Bible studies and other devotional materials, and speaking at various churches and community organisations. Nils is passionate about showing how Jesus Christ is relevant to all of life, and about playing his part in bringing God’s transformation to every level of existence. Outside of his work for Anglican Overseas Aid, Nils loves theology, current affairs and politics. He is also a writer, and has had articles published in The Sunday Age and The Melbourne Anglican, among other publications. He is actively involved with his local church.



President of Anglican Overseas Aid

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

Abp Philip FreierArchbishop 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 and 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.


Chair of the Board


Julian RaitJulian 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 at St Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Middle Camberwell between 2002 and 2010 and was Vicar’s Warden at St John’s Anglican Church in Camberwell from 2011-13. Since October 2013 he has been a member of the Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. 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. In addition, Julian has 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.


Deputy Chair of the Board

BA (Hons), Cert.Welfare Studies

Denise NicholsDenise is a consultant in international development with 25 years’ experience in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Kosovo, specialising in disaster management. She has worked with a wide range of non-government and government agencies. Her early friendships with Anglican partners in Myanmar and Africa reinforced for her the connection between faith and justice. Denise was awarded an OAM in 2010 for services to humanitarian programs, particularly with women and children.

Other duties: Chair of the Development Committee; member of the Governance and Nominations Committee


Board Directors

BA, Post Grad Org, Psychology, MBA

Lisa BrookmanLisa Brookman is the Strategic Business Partner for Bupa Australia and New Zealand where she consults on strategic HR and people-management issues nationally. She has a steadfast commitment to pursuing improved people-management practices in organisations and “doing HR” with compassion, respect and realising individual potential. She has extensive senior management HR experience in small to large organisations. Her most recent role was as Head of People & Culture with Australian Unit (Big Sky Credit Union). She has also worked in senior HR roles with RACV, RMIT, Victoria Police and the Victorian State Government. A committed Christian, Lisa worships at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Camberwell.

Other duties: Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

BSc, FRACI C Chem, CPA, CFTP (Snr), Grad Dip Chn Studies

Tony HicksonTony is a qualified scientist and accountant, with extensive management experience during the past 40 years in two large multinational corporations and three medium-sized independent schools and colleges. He has also held many volunteer positions in the not-for-profit sector, including in churches along with local and overseas mission agencies.

Other duties: Chair of Finance, Risk and Audit Committee


Claire MillerClaire is an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with extensive legal, strategic and commercial experience. She is skilled in establishing and managing legal, company secretarial, regulatory/compliance, risk, insurance and internal audit functions. Claire is experienced in working in the infrastructure, resources, energy, property, financial services and government sectors. She is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor, is a past President (NSW Division) of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Affiliate, Governance Institute of Australia.


Chris MorganDr Morgan is the Principal Fellow at the Centre for International Health at the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne. He has a wide range of experience in working in the health field in developing world contexts, including China, Myanmar, Nepal, PNG and Vanuatu. He is also an active member of St Hilary’s Anglican Church in Kew, Victoria.

OAM, BD (Hons), AKC, Archdeacon Emeritus, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

Philip NewmanArchdeacon Emeritus Philip Newman was formerly Archdeacon for Christian Unity and Relations with the World’s Religions for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. After a visit to Ethiopia and Sudan he was chosen by Archbishop Penman to be the vehicle for the launch of the Archbishop of Melbourne’s International Relief and Development Fund, which became Anglican Overseas Aid. He was Director of the agency during its establishment and growth as a national organisation, from 1991 to 2001.

BSc (Hons), MA, MSc (Public Policy), DipEco

Naomi is a strategist in sustainable development, with 15 years of extensive leadership experience. After beginning her career in advertising and research, she moved to The Asia Foundation where she had key roles in economic policy reform work in Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan and Indonesia. Naomi then joined the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as the Head of Research, followed by other major roles. She has consulted for World Vision Australia and Sustino Group for DFAT funded projects. At present she is the Director of Business Services and Executive Officer to the Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

Other duties: Member of the Development Committee


Luke PhillipsLuke is a Project Manager with Computershare, implementing compliance and governance software. He is a Chartered Secretary and has held compliance and governance roles in public companies after originally training as a commercial lawyer in private practice.

Other duties: Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee; member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

BA (Toronto, Canada), MDiv (Tyndale TheolSem, Canada)

Yvonne PoonYvonne is the Assistant Priest of St Matthias Anglican Church, North Richmond, in Victoria. She has also been a Member of the Archbishop’s Advisory Committee on Cross Cultural Ministry, and the Consultant for Network 1:28 (MDP).


Glenn ScottGlenn has more than 30 years’ specialist experience as an accountant, culminating in being Principal at Scott Group Consulting, which provides accounting, financial and funding advice to the not-for-profit sector, alongside commercial businesses. He also has extensive board experience, as well as being active within the Anglican Church. He currently worships at St Matthew’s in Prahran.


Company Secretary


David WoodsDavid is a qualified Company Secretary/CFO with experience in secretarial, legal, finance and accounting issues in medium-sized companies. His skills have been gained in listed and unlisted companies across a number of industries, working as part of the senior management team. He has held a number of volunteer positions in the not-for-profit sector and is currently chairman of a community-based support group.