Wesley Mission Board
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 as Chair of the Board in May 2017
Dr Keith Suter
BA (Hons), MA (Hons), PhD, FAICD, FRAI
Keith has been involved with the Uniting Church for almost 40 years. His most recent PhD focussed 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.
Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair
BEc, FCA, GAICD
Meredith is a partner of Ernst & Young Australia, specialising in Assurance Services, and has nearly 30 years’ experience providing accounting, reporting and auditing advice to clients in Australia, Canada and the United States. She is the Audit Partner for a number of large organisations in Australia including Google, Facebook, Citrix Systems, 21st Century Fox, and several publishers and television production houses. She is the official Auditor of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW and ACT, and the Hillsong Church, and participates as a pro bono member of the Council of Pymble Ladies College and chairs its Audit 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 2014.
Rev Keith V Garner, AM
AM, MTh (Oxon), DD (Hon)
Keith is known for his strong sense of social justice and compassion. 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 of the mentally ill and vulnerable. He is a strong media contributor whose informed comments on social issues are sought regularly.
His television program, Wesley Impact! TV is shown nationally each week on the Nine Network and Praise, Prayer & Preaching program on the Australian Christian Channel.
In 2008 he participated in the Strengthening Communities, Supporting Families and Social Inclusion stream at the Australian Government’s 2020 Summit in Canberra. He has given evidence and made numerous submissions to government enquiries on issues ranging from suicide prevention to finance industry reform.
He currently serves as the Deputy Co-Chair of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness. He is a director of the Community Council of Australia which represents the not-for-profit sector.
Keith is recognised as an inspiring and gifted preacher, he has preached throughout the world—in Africa, Iceland, across Europe, the United States of America, the Far East, Burma and India. He has a vision for the Christian church agencies and mission and is a hands-on worker who uses organisational skills alongside an ability to delegate. His interests include travel, community involvement and sport.
Before moving to Australia to take up his current role in 2006, Keith Garner had more than 25 years ministry experience including the leadership of some of Britain’s largest Methodist churches encompassing their community services and serving on the highest councils and boards.
He completed his Master of Theology at Oxford University in 1995 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Evangelical Bible Institute in Yangon for his work throughout the world in supporting poorer communities. He has served as a Chaplain in hospitals, hospices, prisons and as a Premier Leagues Soccer Chaplain.
In the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours, he received a Member of Australia Award ‘for significant service to the community as an advocate for the people who are homeless and socially disadvantaged, and to pastoral care’.
Keith is married to Carol and they became Australian citizens in 2009.
MBA, MDiv, BAcc, Dip Fin Svcs
Matthew is a long-time elder of Wesley International Congregation where he preaches occasionally. Matthew was part of the Core Team for the launch of the Wesley International Congregation Ryde service. Matthew also initiated and established the Stephen Ministry, equipping lay members to provide effective pastoral care. A director, accountant and businessman, Matthew also supports Missions to Indonesia. Matthew currently serves in various capacities on the Wesley Mission Board, including the Cottee Orchard Board, the Finance Committee, the Care Advisory Committee and was past Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Matthew joined Wesley Mission in 1991 and was appointed to the Board in February 2000 and has continued to serve on the board since then.
Rev Jane Fry
Rev Jane Fry is the Associate Secretary in the Uniting Church of Australia Synod of New South Wales and the ACT and has more than 20 years’ experience in pastoral ministry and church leadership. She is a pastoral supervisor, an experienced mentor and a mediator and conflict coach. Jane has had considerable experience in ministry and leading the church in times of change, including helping the UCA Sydney North Presbytery understand the necessities and challenges of transitional ministry. As an active minister she also had day to day responsibility for the worship, witness and service of a congregation. Jane has been a Board member for Wesley Mission since 2014.
Robert is Chair of Elders at the 6 pm Wesley Congregation and a member of the Wesley Mission Council. He is a Delivery Operations Manager with Telstra and has spent more than 25 years working in telecommunications companies. Robert has served as a Board member of Wesley Mission since February 2001.
Jim Mein, AM
AM, FCA, FCPA, FAIM, FLGAA
Jim is a former Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. 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 Resource. 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.
MBA, FCPA, FCMA, AGIA, FAICD
Johnny is an elder of Wesley International Congregation, and until recently chaired the Congregation Council. He is a member of the Sydney Presbytery Standing Committee of the Uniting Church and chairs the Risk Committee. Over the past 30 years he has held regional and national roles in finance and business management in multinational corporations, small to medium enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in the aged care industry. Johnny has been a Board member since February 2005.
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.