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Board of Directors

 
Russell Foxe, Chairman
Russell has over 25 years of business management experience gained from running his own company in the manufacturing / importing / wholesale distribution sector. Also, he is actively involved with the governance of other organisations as Chairman of The Kogarah Storehouse, which is a public benevolent institution reaching the needy in the St George area. He is Deputy Chair of the National board of Youth for Christ Australia (YFCA), and he has recently retired from the position of Chairman of MLC School Council at Burwood. Russell’s passion is to see the God given potential of people unleashed within them, so they become the extraordinary people God planned for them to be.
   
Jason Ezzy, Secretary
Jason has worked as a primary school Principal in public education for over 15 years. Jason has a passion for student welfare, ensuring that students are provided a safe and happy environment to reach their full potential. Jason has worked closely with welfare agencies, both in government and private sector, to negotiate support for students in need. 
   
Nicole Jones, Treasurer
Nicole is a Chartered Accountant, who has over 20 years’ experience in audit and business advisory services. She has worked in a Big Four firm, small business and the not-for-profit sector. Her other passions are education, the village in which a child is raised, and support - either individually or through groups - for those in need.
   

 

Graham A Barker, Member, STC, BA, MA, MA, Psy.D

Rev. Dr. Graham Barker is a Clinical Psychologist with additional qualifications in Education, Theology and Counselling. During his lifetime he has been a teacher, a pastor, a youth worker, an academic and the Director of The Shiloh Centre. Today he focuses on the supervision of clinicians, the delivery of supervision seminars and directs the Member Care programme for Youth For Christ International.

He completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at George Fox University in the USA and his psychological internship and residency at the Minirth-Meier Clinic in Texas prior to returning to Australia in 1990. He has co-authored several books with Dr Cliff Powell and a children’s book with his daughter Rebecca.

Graham is married to Alexis. They have three married children and six grandchildren and attend Narrabeen Baptist Church.

   

Marc Rader

Marc is the Senior Pastor at Gymea Baptist Church and has been on staff at Gymea since 1997. He is also a faculty member at Morling College, the Baptist theological college of NSW & ACT where he teaches in Biblical Studies and Preaching. Originally from Canada, Marc is married to Nicole (an Aussie) and they have three daughters, Amaris, Amelia and Lucy.

   

Melisa Giles - Vice Chair

Melisa has over twenty-five years’ experience working within the field of Early Childhood Education. Melisa’s experience incorporates time as a teacher, manager and currently as a member of the leadership team of a large not for profit provider of early learning services.

In this role Melisa is responsible for policy, quality, compliance and service development.

Melisa values children as active citizens of our world who have the right to provide input into decisions that affect them.

Melisa is married to Ian and together they have two adult daughters.

   

Ross Langford, Member,

Ross currently works as Head of Loan Review, Risk Management Australia, Rabobank. He has 30 year’s experience in the Banking & Finance sector in Sales, Support & Risk roles. He also worked as Head of Finance, Property & Administration at St George Christian School 2005-10. He is also a director of Christian Super (since 2008) & Baptist Financial Services Limited (since March 2015). Ross has also had a number of other volunteer NFP roles.

Ross has a passion for the not for profit sector (NFP). That the NFP sector be as good, safe & efficient as it can be to deliver the best services to the people who need them the most. He believes a vital part of this is the application of good governance & has undertaken several governance courses including the AICD Directors course.

Ross is married to Leanne & plays tennis in his leisure time.

   

Neil Evans

Neil is now retired after nearly fifty years in the Engineering Design and Construction Industry.  He is actively involved in Gymea Baptist Church sitting on the Church Leadership Team and heading up the Stewarding Group.  Aside from this board, he chairs Daughters of Australia and the Evans Trust – both charities that work with the disadvantaged.

 

During his engineering and management  career of nearly fifty years he held positions of Managing Director and Executive Director of a wide variety of businesses with turnovers in excess of $500m.  In those roles he became an expert in large multi-disciplinary engineering projects generally in excess of $1b. 

 

 

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