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Board of the Newcastle Anglican Corporation


Bishop Peter Stuart  - Chair

Dr Peter Stuart became the Bishop of Newcastle on 2 February 2018 after having served as Assistant Bishop from 2 February 2009. He has administered the Diocese on two occasions (2013 and 2017).

Bishop Peter has considerable experience in not-for-profit governance, risk management, policy development, communication and financial administration. He has previously served on the Board of Anglicare Tasmania Inc, Glenview Nursing Home Inc (Tas), Julia Farr Services (SA), the Julia Farr Association (SA), St Peters College (SA).

Bishop Peter has previously been a member of the Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Tasmania and Adelaide as well as member of the Long Service Leave Board of General Synod. In Newcastle, he has served as the chair of each of the Diocesan Schools, the Samaritans Foundation, the Trustees of Church Property and the Diocesan Council.

B.Com, B.D, M.Management, Ed.D, GAICD   



Mr Wayne Russell - Deputy Chair

Wayne commenced his audit and assurance career with accountancy firm Coopers & Lybrand which along with accountancy firm Price Waterhouse formed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Wayne’s career progression led to his admission to partnership with Coopers & Lybrand which resulted in Wayne being and was an audit and assurance partner with Coopers & Lybrand/PwC for 20 years. On his retirement from PwC, Wayne was invited by Pitcher Partners to join them.  He was also invited to join the board of Greater Bank and was elected Chairman on joining.

Wayne is currently a partner in the Audit and Assurance division of Pitcher Partners and is responsible for developing the firms audit approach as well as the maintenance of audit and accounting technical standards within the firm. With Greater Bank Wayne’s current responsibilities include Chair of the Board, Member of the Board Audit Committee, Member of the Board Risk Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Succession Planning Committee, Member of the Board Transformation Governance Committee and Director of the Greater Charitable Foundation Pty Ltd.

Throughout his career Wayne has gained extensive experience in providing auditing and assurance services to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors. His private sector clients have ranged from listed and unlisted public companies, not-for- profit  organisations, financial institutions, private companies and medium and small business.  Wayne’s public sector clients have included state-owned corporations, public sector authorities and local government organisations.

Wayne’s experience includes the review and assessment of complex control environments and  operational  auditing  as  well  as  performing  an  extensive  range  of  consulting  and advisory assignments.  His specific experience extends over 30 years and includes external audit, internal audit, advisory and consulting assignments.

B.Com, CA, GAICD, MIIA (Aust)



Mr Robert Buck

Robert founded Diamond IT in the mid-nineties and has since, as Managing Director, guided the organisation to become a leading Technology Solutions provider. This period of time has seen enormous advancement in the technology sector which has required Robert to lead Diamond IT through a consistently changing environment. During this time, he has also performed non-executive roles within the social justice sector. In 2017, Robert was appointed as a Board Member for the Samaritans Foundation.

Robert’s primary focus within the technology sector includes helping businesses create efficiencies and improve their customer experience. Technology can be a complex area, but in recent times Robert has been pleased to see that technology is providing greater benefits to organisations and also that these advantages have become more accessible to smaller businesses.


Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Merit

Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)


Mr Mark Hedges

Mark is a Finance Executive, a CPA, with a track record in heading up finance and treasury roles in large listed organisations in addition to holding non-executive roles in NGOs and Professional Associations.  He has expertise in financial markets, particularly corporate funding, FX, commodity risk and working capital management.  Mark has proven judgement and understanding of risk as well as consistent high-level contribution to strategic thinking.  He chairs the Risk Committee of a community credit union and he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of a major charity.

Mark has worked in industry sectors undergoing major challenges, requiring an ability to manage finances through reductions in revenue, closures of major facilities and significant downturn in commodity prices.  He has led significant commercial negotiations and taken responsibility for insurance arrangements in major corporations.

Significant achievements include arranging and restructuring domestic and US funding lines in multi-billion transactions in industries viewed as unattractive, dealing with lenders to obtain waivers on potential events of default, authoring treasury policies to address financial risks including currency, FX, commodities and operational. He established the risk management function of an Australian Corporation and led the internal audit function.

Mark has consulted to companies in building products and the media in financial risk management. He also serves on Boards in Sydney and Newcastle. Mark acknowledges his ancestors in the Guringai people. He was raised in a Christian family. He supports the ethos and mission of the Diocese

Master Applied Finance – Macquarie University
Senior Executive Programme- London Business School
Master of Business Administration- Macquarie University
Bachelor of Business Studies (NSWIT), majoring in Accounting and Operations Management.
Member of CPA Australia.
Fellow Finance & Treasury Association



Ms Michelle Jarvie

Michelle is an experienced governance professional who has operated in an executive level in the fields of education, banking and professional services. Her key skills include risk management, regulatory compliance, internal audit, financial management and business policy and practices and she has successfully implemented governance practices and frameworks for a number of organisations.

Michelle has over 30 years’ experience working within a number of corporate structures operating in strategic and operational positions and is highly skilled in the development and implementation of corporate strategy and she has proven leadership and team management focus. Michelle is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and holds formal risk, governance and internal qualifications and is a member of a number of thought leading bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Governance Institute, AICD, Institute of Internal Auditors and the Risk Management Institute.

Working with the Bishop, the CEO and the new Executive team in the implementation of the new governance structure for the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is an exciting opportunity to which Michelle’s skillset can provide direct value. In these unusual and challenge times it is important to reaffirm Michelle’s commitment to the mission and ethos of the Anglican Church and the Diocese Council in the commencement of the Newcastle Anglican Corporation Board.

B Com (University of Newcastle), CA, FIIA, FGIA, CPRM, MAICD



Ms Lyn McEwan

Lynette (Lyn) McEwan was born in Newcastle, has lived her life in the Lake Macquarie area and has developed a strong bond to the area and community. She is married with 2 adult children and a beautiful grandson, Freddie.

Lyn is a Registered Nurse completing her nurses training at the Mater Hospital, Newcastle. Lyn remains registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia. In her 30 years of experience in aged care working at the beginning with Hunter Retirement Living (now Uniting), Lyn has held various positions and responsibilities such as Group Facility and Facility Care Manager (Director of Nursing), Hostel Management, Community Co Ordinator, Educator, Mentor and “Trouble shooter”.

As her career has been diverse within the specialty of Aged Care, Lyn has had experience in all aspects of the operations of residential aged care facilities and home care services. Some of her key accountabilities included: preparedness and management of accreditation compliance, Continuous Quality Improvement including auditing processes, finance and budgetary requirements, staffing issues, work health and safety, risk management and ensuring of religious/spiritual and wellbeing needs are met for consumers within my care.

Lyn has received both internal and external recognition for her work relating to the development and implementation of manuals and systems of work.  She also received a Premiers Medal for her services during 1997 Newcastle Storms. 

Lyn retired in 2010 after her husband experienced a severe stroke. By the Grace of God, he recovered. Since retiring, her passion for aged care has continued. In 2012 she was afforded an opportunity to join the Board of Anglican Care. Lyn felt a strong commitment to make a difference in her community and provide valuable contributions to the lives of those she serves. Throughout her time spent on the Board, she has been actively engaged in a number of committees including Clinical Governance, Consumer Services and Finance Committees.

Lyn lives by very strong Christian values embedded and she does try to live her life according to those values.  She supports the Ethos and Mission of the Diocese of Newcastle. Lyn is focused to continue her work by being committed to a healthy ministry, encouraging safety and inclusion to all, using financial and physical resources well, progression into the years ahead by the past reshaping our future.

Registered Nurse, List A Nursing Registration (National Registration)
Certificate in Aged Care – Newcastle University
Certificate in Total Quality Management – New England University
Certificate of Attainment – Accreditation Assessor Training
Certificate IV in Workplace Training
Certificate of Attainment, Company Directors Course 2015



Ms Helen Murray

Helen is currently a partner in the Newcastle office of Sparke Helmore, a national law firm. As a practicing solicitor for more than 35 years, Helen approaches her work with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, pragmatism and with due consideration of community and reputational aspects.

In her role, she has acted for State and Local government, global corporations, utilities, leading private developers and Newcastle families and individuals. She also has a commitment to pro bono work and is directly involved in many of her firm's charitable and community initiatives.

Helen has advised in major land portfolio strategic management, transformation and regeneration and she is aware of the challenges that come with ownership of a substantial land portfolio including the need for risk mitigation, compliance and the necessity for clear and effective decision processes around proposed dealings with land and of the ongoing capital and maintenance costs.

She has previously served on the Board of a local financial institution. Her board role focused on governance,  risk management  and compliance to allow the institution which was a small community- based credit union to maintain a strong and positive reputation with the regulators, its members and the community. These are skills which she can bring to the board of the Newcastle Anglican Corporation.

Helen was brought up in the Anglican faith and has the deepest respect for the moral and ethical framework  provided by a Christian upbringing. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Board in restoring community trust in the Anglican Church if selected for a role on the board of Newcastle Anglican Corporation.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney
Accredited Specialist Property, Law Society of New South Wales



Ms Lee Shearer

In 2010 after retiring from a lengthy and highly decorated policing career Lee has worked in a variety of senior executive roles across Government, private and not for profit sector. Lee has an extensive career in leading diverse teams who were responsible for delivering strong tangible outcomes for communities. 

In recent years Lee has led significant reform to the way mining and resources in NSW are regulated, has been responsible for delivering significant reforms to a number of long-standing difficult Government policy issues around the framework for consumer law regulation, mining, planning and development and within the Juvenile Justice portfolio. 

Lee has a long successful track record of doing business differently, developing organisational strategy, delivering business reform, and ensuring actual tangible outcomes are delivered across both the public and private sector.

Currently Lee is the interim Chief Executive Officer for Rookwood General Cemetery (part-time) and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (part-time) and has a significant focus on the proper governance of not for profit organisations.

NSW Legal Practitioner Practicing Certificate
Post Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Diploma of Law
Harvard University - Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies intensive program
Conflict Coach Training
Graduate Certificate of Applied Management (APIM)
Police Management Development Program (APIM)
NSW Police Leadership Development Program
Diploma Company Directors Course
Company Directors Course (CDIA)
Certificate IV Statutory Investigations
Certificate IV Government (Investigations)
Diploma of Government Investigations
Diploma of Workplace Inspections


Mr Richard Turnbull

After leaving school in 1970, Richard worked for the CBC bank achieving the role of head teller. In December 1975 he joined the RAAF and served for 20 years as an Aircraft Technician. During this time, Richard worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, an Instructor and was trained as a Novell Network Engineer.

After resigning from the RAAF, he spent some years contracting as a Network Engineer for various companies including Port Waratah Coal Services, Digital (Now HP) and Telstra. In 1999 Richard was recruited by Colonial First State as their Operations Manager. He started Awonnga Consulting in the early 1993, a business specialising initially in IT and later adding Property services.

Richard’s relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, is longstanding. He is married to a retired Priest and has supported her in ministry for more than 20 years. Richard is a former member of the Diocesan Council, Property Approvals Board, CEY Commission and Board member of Manning Valley Anglican College. He was also employed by the Diocese as Executive Officer Property in 2014 and 2015, until his appointment as a Trustee of Church Property.

Currently, Richard is a NAC Board Member, a non-voting member of Diocesan Synod, a General Synod member and member of the School Council for Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School. Richard has and continues to support the ethos and mission of the Diocese and is honoured to serve the diocese in his current roles.

AICD Foundation of Directorship Course
Certificate IV in Vocational Instruction
Associate Diploma Aircraft Engineering


Prof. Graham Vimpani AM

Graham (with wife Anne and sons Stephen and Simon) arrived in Newcastle a week after the 1989 earthquake to take up a position as Area Director of Community Child Health Services for the Hunter Area Health Service and Professor of Community Child Health at the University of Newcastle, the first chair of its kind in Australia. He made a significant contribution to the development of child protection services not only in the Hunter but more generally in NSW, finishing off his clinical and policy career as a senior clinical advisor in child protection for NSW Health and a provider of clinical services for children, many Indigenous, in out of home care in Tamworth and Inverell. 

He also had significant involvement in the prevention of accidents in children and young people through Kidsafe Australia. He has been a passionate advocate for policies and programs for children in their early years, strongly influenced by the work of international leaders in early brain development.  With 60 colleagues he established the National Initiative (later Investment) for the Early Years – NIFTeY which had a significant role in the establishment of ARACY – the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – as well as the development of the Howard Government’s social policy, the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy led by Minister Larry Anthony which included the establishment of the first national a longitudinal study of children. 

Graham was awarded a Centennial medal and Membership (AM) of the Order of Australia for his work in paediatrics and child health.



Ms Fiona Williams

Fiona has over 20 years’ leadership experience across a range of industries including Not for Profit, Health, Education, Rail, Manufacturing, Insurance, Travel and Local Council. She has a strong strategic planning and business acumen focus and is motivated by seeing organisations achieve their vision and mission. Her career foundations are in the people and culture space and she has worked closely with Boards, Senior Leaders, employees and volunteers to build positive and rewarding workplace cultures.

Fiona has always had a passion for making a difference through a variety of programs including coaching and mentoring, mental health and well-being, diversity and inclusion and education. She has also been active in community volunteering in the disability and welfare sector as well as raising funds for a number of charities.

Company Directors Course, Graduate AICD
Certificate IV Training and Assessment, MRWED
Certificate IV Workplace Safety, NSW TAFE
Bachelor of Business: Human Resource Management, Newcastle University



Bishop Charlie Murry

Bishop Charlie Murry was appointed Assistant Bishop of Newcastle – Coastal Episcopate on 10 May 2018.

He has served on the Diocesan Council and the Clergy Emoluments Board since 2011. Whilst the Rector of Singleton 2010 – 2018, he was for periods Area Dean and then Archdeacon for the Upper Hunter. He is also the Chair of the Council of Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School.




Bishop Sonia Roulston 

Bishop Sonia has ministered in the Diocese of Newcastle both as a lay person and then in ordained ministry following her ordination in 1995.

Since ordination she has served as an assistant in the parishes of Gosford and then Singleton, and as Rector of Windale, Cessnock, and Morpeth.  She has also been the Archdeacon for Ministry Support and the Diocesan Archdeacon.  During this time, she competed the Australian Institute if Company Directors course as a graduate.

Bishop Sonia was consecrated Bishop with Bishop Charlie Murry on 10 May  2018.  She currently serves as the Assistant Bishop with responsibilities in the inland portion of the Diocese.  

Bishop Sonia has served on various committees and governance boards within the Diocese, most recently Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Ministry Council.

B.App.Sc, BD, MMin