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Executive Leadership Team

With representatives and experience from across our business, meet the Wesley Mission Executive Leadership Team.

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David Cannings

Chief Financial Officer


In his role as Chief Financial Officer at Wesley Mission, David oversees our accounting, financial planning and procurement services. David has over 25 years’ executive management experience in a range of industries, including the social services sector and the financial services sector (including life insurance, superannuation, funds management, endowment management, financial planning and banking). This has been in a diverse range of organisations, including listed companies, private companies and not-for-profit organisations. David also serves on several board committees within the sector and outside of Wesley Mission, including Chairing the national Uniting Church Procurement Hub.

Chris England

Chief Operating Officer


Chris is responsible for the operations of Wesley Mission’s community services, including corporate services, aged care, disability services, homelessness programs, conference and educational services, out-of-home care programs, mental health hospitals and programs, and child and family services. He has worked at Wesley Mission for 19 years. Prior roles included leadership positions at Mission Australia, Accenture and Matrix on Board.

Rev Dr Rick Dacey

Senior Minister, Wesley Congregational Life

BA, MDiv, DMin

Rick is responsible for the Congregational Life and Chaplaincy of Wesley Mission. He has broad experience in diverse ministry contexts and served as senior minister of a large church in Connecticut, USA, before moving with his wife and children to Australia in 2007 to serve in the Uniting Church. Rick’s passion for preaching and his commitment to whole-life discipleship led him to accept a call to serve Wesley Mission in July 2012.

Catherine King

General Counsel and Company Secretary

BA (Hons), LLB, Grad Dip Legal Practice, Grad Certificate of Management (AGSM)

Catherine has oversight of the legal, risk and company secretarial functions of Wesley Mission. Catherine has over 25 years’ executive management experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in corporate governance, legal services, strategy and business planning, risk management and major government reform projects. Before joining Wesley Mission, Catherine worked in the community housing and energy sectors, where she was responsible for delivering several major change projects, including the sale and transition to private ownership of state-owned assets, divestment of government services and other significant regulatory reform projects.

Wesley Mission staff 2022 Rev Gary Izzard, Executive Manager, Missional Communities

Rev Gary Izzard

Executive Manager, Missional Communities


Gary is responsible for strengthening our alignment between Word and deed. Gary is an ordained minister with 22 years’ experience working with Wesley Mission. Gary has experience across the organisation’s broad portfolio, beginning his career at Wesley Mission managing an employment office before leading our community services delivered in Newcastle. It was here that he began exploring the impact of faith and its ability to impact the lives of those who are living on the margins.

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