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 Financial Services, Chair of Ecclesia Housing and a director of Morling College Foundation. He has other roles around investment, ethics and leadership and is currently a member of the AMP Capital Responsible Investment Leaders Ethics Committee and the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council. 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 is an actuary and has some formal theological training. He was appointed to the Board in May 2017.
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), PhD, FAICD, FRAI
Keith has been involved with the Uniting Church for almost 40 years. His most recent PhD focused on the future of the Uniting Church in Australia. He 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. Keith is a well-known contributor to the media scene in Australia. Keith has been a Board member since January 2009.
Rev Keith Garner, AM
AM, MTh (Oxon), DD (Hon)
Since his appointment to Wesley Mission in 2006 he has built a strong reputation as a public advocate on such issues as homelessness, household debt and financial stress and the care for people experiencing mental illness and the vulnerable.
Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair
BEc, FCA, GAICD
Meredith is CEO of Opportunity International Australia, an international aid agency that uses services centred around microfinance to alleviate poverty in the developing world. She has held that role since April 2018. Prior to that she was a partner of Ernst & Young Australia, specialising in Assurance Services, and had 32 years’ experience providing accounting, reporting and auditing advice to clients in Australia, Canada and the United States. Meredith is also Deputy Chairman of Pymble Ladies’ College (a Uniting Church School) and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. Meredith is also an Elder, the Honorary Treasurer and Outreach Coordinator at Turramurra Baptist Church. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University in 2015 for services to the University Audit & Risk Committee over 10 years. Meredith has been a Board member for Wesley Mission since July 2015.
Jim Mein, AM
AM, FCA, FCPA, FAIM, FLGAA
Jim is a former Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and ACT. He has held many positions within the Uniting Church including Director of the NSW Trust Association, Executive Director of the Synod Board of Finance and Property and later Uniting Resources. He has also served on the Board of a range of organisations including UnitingCare Ageing, Council of Christians & Jews Incorporated, Dougherty Apartments and a number of schools. A Chartered Accountant, Jim has extensive experience in auditing, governance, taxation and consulting. In 2010 Jim was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for services to the Uniting Church in Australia, promotion of interfaith dialogue, education and community service. He is also Chairperson of the Uniting Church Frontier Services Board, Sydney Central Coast Presbytery and Benefund Limited, (former trustee of the Uniting Church in Australia Beneficiary Fund). Jim became a Board member in July 2013.
BA, B.Soc.Stud, (1st Class Hons), MBA, MAICD
Bernard Boerma has over 25 years’ of social work and senior management experience, including over 12 years as a 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 a community justice research fellow at the University of Sydney and involved in teaching part of the Master of Social Work (q) program.
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 passionately committed to ensuring a just society that promotes the dignity, equality and participation of all persons. 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.
Dr Sam Donnelly
Sam graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (honours) in 2001. He worked in the dental and maxillo-facial unit at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital and also developed a dental care program for children with special needs. In 2005, Sam moved to Yunnan, China to volunteer with Bless China International. He practiced in a clinic established to provide dental care to poor and marginalised people and was involved in training village doctors in simple dental and oral surgical procedures. In 2008, he became involved in HIV care and prevention work in Yunnan. He completed a Master’s degree in Public Health while leading a program to provide care for HIV affected.
In 2013, Sam joined the management team of Bless China International overseeing more than 10 projects in 7 geographic locations around Yunnan. In this role, he focussed on training and developing Chinese nationals to lead effective programs amongst the poor and marginalised. He returned to Sydney with his family in 2017.
RN, MN, BN (Admin)
Jill Pretty is a Registered Nurse and 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 & 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 chairman 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 Chairman 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.