Wesley Mission Board
Responsible for Wesley Mission’s governing purpose, principles and strategic direction, our Board is chaired by Michael Anderson.
Non-Executive Director and Chair
BEc, FIAA, Grad Dip (Christian Studies), MAICD
Michael is Chair of Uniting Mission and Education (NSW/ACT). Until recently he was Chair of Uniting Financial Services (a $1.5 billion financial services provider) and Ecclesia Housing (community housing). He has other roles around strategy, investments, ethics and leadership and is a member of the AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Ethics Committee and Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Michael had a wide range of experience at AMP Capital Investors which spanned a range of senior investment and general management roles. These roles included Head of Australian Equities, leader of Australia’s largest Sustainable Investment Fund and being a company spokesperson on corporate governance issues.
Michael was appointed to the Wesley Mission Board in May 2017.
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), PhD, FAICD, FRAI
Keith has been involved with the Uniting Church for over 40 years. His most recent PhD focused on the future of the Uniting Church in Australia. Keith was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours for significant service to international relations and to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Keith is a company director, conference speaker, broadcaster, writer and teacher at Boston University (Sydney campus). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a well-known contributor to the media scene in Australia. Keith has been a board member since January 2009.
Rev Stu Cameron
Stu was welcomed as CEO and Superintendent Minister of Wesley Mission in January 2021, having served for almost 15 years as Lead Minister for Newlife Church, the largest church in the Uniting Church in Australia. Based on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, Newlife has an extensive community services ministry including emergency relief, counselling, recovery and homeless services, and support for people experiencing domestic and family violence.
Stu is a purpose-driven entrepreneur, a collaborative leader and is passionate about advocacy and stewardship. A gifted preacher and communicator, Stu has spoken at leadership events and numerous churches across Australia.
BA, B.Soc.Stud, (1st Class Hons), MBA, MAICD
Bernard has over 25 years of social work and senior management experience, including over 12 years as CEO of a large human service agency. He has worked in a wide range of human service sector organisations—including mental health, public housing, child protection, aged care, disability services, juvenile justice and community-based corrections, family support, homelessness, counselling and community development. He is currently Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Incorporated and teaches at the University of Sydney.
Bernard has served as an industry leader with community organisations, for example, the Sydney Alliance, NSW Council of Social Services, Catholic Social Services Australia and the Association of Major Community Organisations. He is committed to ensuring a just society that promotes the dignity, equality and participation of all people. He is a member of the Catholic community with links to the Uniting Church.
Bernard is married to Helen, with two adult children and a grandson. Bernard was appointed to the board in May 2017.
RN, MN, BN (Admin)
Jill Pretty is a Registered Nurse, who holds a degree in Nursing Management and a Master in Nursing majoring in Aged and Palliative Care as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jill was employed by Aged and Community Services NSW and ACT (ACS) for 15 years and held the position of Manager of Policy and Consultancy before being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Before joining ACS, she was the Director of Nursing at McQuoin Park, Mercy Family Centre for 12 years.
Jill currently has her own consultancy where she delivers training to staff in aged care and advises on clinical and management issues. Jill is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian Association of Gerontology and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Non- Executive Director
B.Comm, B.Acc, GAICD
Mark is a chartered accountant and experienced property and finance executive with a lengthy record of success in Australia, the USA and South Africa. As a senior property, operations, development, finance and retail executive, Mark has 30 years of experience gained at a high performing ASX top 20 global organisation.
Mark is currently Chair of KYDS Youth Development Service, providing adolescent mental health services in northern Sydney, and past board member of Wesley Gardens Aged Care. Mark is currently Treasurer, Elder, Councillor and previously Chair and a member of various committees of Roseville Uniting Church.
Mark joined the Wesley Mission Board in July 2017 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
GAICD, CAHRI, MBA (Macq.)
Tracy has over 25 years’ executive and consulting experience, including 10 years running her own consulting practice, working with organisations navigating change. Her career spans strategy, facilitation and development, change management, executive search, human resources consulting and accounting.
Tracy’s Board experience includes Chair of The Housing Connection, providing tailored support to adults with intellectual and other disabilities to live valued and rewarding lives in the community, plus Director of Sylvanvale Foundation for Disability Services and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Tracy is active in church life, currently serving as a Service Leader and Parish councillor. She was appointed to the Wesley Mission Board in December 2018 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
BBus (Accounting), Grad Dip Applied Finance, MAICD
Tara is a Non-Executive Director, the Chair of Baptist World Aid/Transform Aid International, and Chairs their Finance and Risk Committee. She is a business consultant with over 20 years of business and management experience, including as a Partner in Corporate Finance at Deloitte. Her speciality was developing robust financial forecasts to support capital raising, mergers and M & M&A and strategic decision-making. Tara was the founder and director of her own internet start-up business, which she sold in 2015.
Tara is passionate about and committed to social justice and is heavily involved in the community sector, having taught and mentored human trafficking survivors at the Freedom Hub Survivor School. She is currently setting up a social enterprise to help build social cohesion and reduce community isolation. She is a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Tara was appointed to the board in February 2021 and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.
BDS (Hons), MPH (merit)
Sam began his career as a dentist working in both the public sector and private practice. In 2005, he moved to Southwest China to volunteer with Bless China International (a Christian NGO) to provide dental care for poor and marginalised people and train village doctors. Later, Sam managed HIV/AIDS care and prevention projects focusing on developing the capacity of Chinese nationals to design and implement outcome-driven programs.
In 2012, he completed a Master of Public Health and held various leadership positions within Bless China International, overseeing a broad range of community service programs. Sam returned to Australia with his family in 2017 and is currently part of the executive team for Myhealth Medical Group. He has been an active member of Wesley Mission’s International Congregation since 1997 and was appointed to the board in February 2021.