Our board

World Vision Australia has a board comprising non-executive directors who meet as a full Board regularly.  Our Board also operates through standing committees which assist the full Board in discharging its responsibilities for:
  • the integrity of our financial reporting
  • compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, internal standards, policies and expectations of key stakeholders, including customers, employees and the Australian public
  • the effectiveness of our internal control and risk management framework, including its audit functions
  • the appointment of our senior Executive leaders
  • our objectives, purposes and standards and policies on key issues
  • an effective governance structure and an appropriate corporate culture
For more information, please view WVA Corporate Governance Statement 2014.

George Savvides (Board Chair)


George Savvides was appointed Chairman of World Vision Australia in July 2012.  

George Savvides is the Managing Director of Medibank, Australia’s largest health insurer, and was appointed in 2002. The organisation has enjoyed record membership growth and strong financial performance and expanded into health services as well as health insurance. Medibank's revenue is over $5 billion per annum, covering nearly 4 million customers. George has twenty years' experience in the Australian health care industry. He was Managing Director of Sigma Co Ltd, which he listed on the ASX in 1999.  

George has an Honours degree in Industrial Engineering from UNSW and an MBA from UTS and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also Vice President of the Council of the iFHP (International Federation of Health Plans). He is Chairman of Arrow Leadership Australia and has recently been reappointed as a Director of World Vision Australia. He previously served for 12 years on the World Vision Australia board and was also on the World Vision International board over some of that time.  

Special Responsibilities: Audit Committee, People Culture & Remuneration Committee


Shannon Adams (Deputy Chair)


Shannon Adams joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2005 and the World Vision International board in 2013. Shannon is a lawyer who has advised financial institutions and insurers for over 27 years. He has been the managing partner of several legal firms and is presently a partner at Langes+. He specialises in financial services, insurance law and corporate governance, with a strong emphasis on the mutuals sector. 

Special Responsibilities: Deputy Chairman, Audit Committee, Youth Advisory Council


Rob Goudswaard


Rob Goudswaard joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2008. He is currently the CEO and a Director of Rural Finance Corporation based in Bendigo. Prior to this, Rob had 30 years’ experience with Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited in various roles including Chief Risk Officer Institutional, Managing Director Regional, Rural & Small Business Banking, General Manager of Personal Banking Asia and Pacific and Chief Operating Officer with ANZ Small to Medium Business.  

He is a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Community Program and an Alumni of Melbourne Business School, London Business School and Wharton/RAM University of Pennsylvania. Rob has a Bachelor of Economics from Latrobe University, Postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from RMIT and attended the Senior Management Programmes at Melbourne Business School and London Business School.  

Special Responsibilities: Audit Committee (Chairman)


Bishop John Harrower


Bishop John Harrower joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2006. John graduated with honours in Chemical Engineering from Melbourne University in 1970 and worked as a petroleum engineer with Mobil Oil. During these years he pursued studies in economics and political science, completing a Bachelor of Arts. A change of direction stemming from an invitation to work as a university lay chaplain took him to the Anglican Missionary training college in Melbourne in 1977.  

John lived and worked in Argentina for nine years in university chaplaincy, book publishing and distribution. He was ordained a priest in 1986 and was installed as the 11th Bishop of Tasmania in 2000. In that same year he was awarded a Medal of The Order of Australia "for service to the community through the Anglican Church and as a missionary". John holds senior positions on mission boards and national committees of the Anglican Church. 

Special Responsibilities: People, Culture & Remuneration Committee (Chairman)


Judy Barraclough


Judy Barraclough joined the World Vision Australia Board in February 2013. Judy is an experienced corporate executive, with a background in strategy development, corporate planning, corporate affairs, research, and mergers and acquisitions. Judy most recently was Head of Strategy with the top-50 ASX listed property trust, The GPT Group, based in Sydney and also led the organisation's Corporate Affairs and Research functions.  

Previously, Judy was General Manager of Strategy and Planning with Rabobank and, prior to that, held a variety of diverse roles with Wesfarmers Limited. Judy is also involved in the leadership of her church, has led strategy development in church environments, and is involved in various volunteer activities.

Special responsibilities: Audit committee


Donna Shepherd


Donna Shepherd joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2008 and the World Vision International Board in 2010. Donna is the Managing Director of Creating Communities Australia, a community and economic development consultancy. Donna holds a Masters in International Administration from the School for International Training in Vermont USA. 

She has worked in the USA, Tunisia, Ecuador and Australia and has extensive experience in social planning, strategic planning, community engagement, communications and training. Donna is on the Envirodevelopment Board for the Urban Development Institute of Australia WA. She has previously served on the boards of University of Western Australia Extension, Southern Arc, Ausdance WA, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective and the Independent Filmmakers Association.

Special Responsibilities: People, Culture & Remuneration Committee, Indigenous Advisory Group, Innovation Council


Wendy Simpson

OAM, B. Soc Sci, Grad. Dip. Ed., B. Litt, MBA, FRMIT, FAICD.

Wendy Simpson joined the World Vision Australia Board in February 2013. Wendy is an experienced, versatile global business leader and entrepreneur. She is the Chairman of Wengeo Group, an innovative diversified investment group. She is also Chairman of Springboard Enterprises Australia, Australia’s only internationally focussed business accelerator for women entrepreneurs seeking investment capital. 

Previously, Wendy was a Senior Vice President of Alcatel Asia Pacific and was responsible for a sales budget of 4.2 billion Euros. She implemented the sales of major mobile and broadband services to 17 countries and was on the team that negotiated with the Chinese Government to bring the internet to China. She has also had global leadership roles with QBE Insurance, Alcatel and TNT International. Wendy is on the organising committee of the annual Sydney Prayer Breakfast. 

In February 2013, Wendy was honoured in the Australia Day 2013 Honours with Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of women's and youth organisations. On International Women’s Day 2013 she was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

Special responsibilities: People, Culture & Remuneration Committee 


Tim McCormack

LL.B (Hons), PhD, FAAL

Tim McCormack joined the World Vision Australia Board in September 2013. He is a Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania Law School. Tim is the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and has held a number of other globally significant positions. 

He served as one of two international observers (with Lord David Trimble, former First Minister of Northern Ireland) for Phase II of the Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel's Processes for Investigating Allegations of War Crimes (Jerusalem 2011-2013); he provided expert Law of War advice to Major Dan Mori in the Defence of David Hicks before the US Military Commission (Guantanamo Bay 2003-2007); and he was Amicus Curiae on International Law Issues for the trial of Slobodan Milosevic (The Hague 2002-2006). 

Tim has participated in multilateral treaty negotiations with Australian Government Delegations in Geneva, New York, Rome and The Hague and serves on the international advisory boards of a number of academic institutions in the US, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Indonesia and New Zealand. 

Special Responsibilities: Audit Committee


Bonnie Wurzbacher  


Bonnie Wurzbacher joined World Vision International in July of 2013 as their Chief Resource Development Officer, reporting to their President & CEO, Kevin Jenkins, and is based at their executive offices in London. She and her team are responsible for accelerating revenue growth and strategic engagement with all twenty fundraising offices, globally. Bonnie joined the World Vision Australia board in 2014, as Mr. Jenkins' representative and also serves on the boards of World Vision US, Canada and New Zealand in this capacity. Prior to joining WVI, Bonnie had a 32-year business career with 28 years at The Coca-Cola Company, serving in various sales, marketing & general management leadership roles. She rose to Sr. Vice President, Global Customer Leadership with responsibility for global customer revenue growth and marketing strategies, in partnership with their franchised bottling partners worldwide.  Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She has served on a wide range of non-profit and for profit boards and has been an active member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church for 25 years.



Fiona Pearse


Fiona Pearse joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2011. She has extensive financial and commercial experience gained from a large variety of executive and non-executive director roles. Her executive career included almost two decades at large global companies, mainly in Finance and Tax at BHP Billiton, the world's largest diversified resources company, and also at BlueScope Steel, one of Australia's largest manufacturers.  

She has worked in industries as diverse as Petroleum, Transport, Utilities, Insurance, and Steel both in senior financial roles at the coalface, as well as in financial and tax oversight, advisory, and planning roles at Corporate Head Office. Fiona was the key person responsible for the tax due diligence and tax integration of multiple business acquisitions. She is currently an independent non-executive director at City West Water, the utility that supplies drinking water, sewage, and other services to business and residential customers throughout Melbourne's Central Business District, and inner and western suburbs. It has a turnover of $477 million p.a. and assets of $2 billion. 

She is also a director of two of Australia's leading independent schools, Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies' College. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Accounting; she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and she is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Special Responsibilities: Audit Committee


Colin Carter


Colin Carter joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2008. Colin had over 30 years consulting experience with The Boston Consulting Group advising on business strategy, corporate governance and organisational issues. Colin retired from full time consulting in 2001 but remains an Adviser to that firm. 

Colin currently serves on the boards of Wesfarmers, Seek and Lend Lease. He is also the President of the Geelong Football Club, is a director of Ladder which is the AFL Players' project on Youth Homelessness and until September 2013 was the Federal Government's appointee to promote Indigenous employment. 

Special Responsibilities: People, Culture & Remuneration Committee, Indigenous Advisory Group


Dr. Louise Baur


Louise Baur joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2007. Louise is Professor in both the Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health and the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is a consultant paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the main paediatric institution in Sydney.  

She has long-standing expertise in various aspects of child health and public health. In 2010, Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to medicine, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity as a researcher and academic and to the community through support for a range of children's charities". 

Special Responsibilities: Audit Committee, Youth Advisory Council


Past Board Members

Rev Geoffrey M Fletcher
Bruce R Odgen
John G Denton
Victor N Upson 
Rev Dr Godfrey N Vose
Rev Dr Lewis A Born
Bruce R Redpath
Milton A Morris    
Rev Professor Ian Breward
David H Jenkin
Joan Levett
Rev Dr Elizabeth Nolan
May Lorna O'Brien
Assoc Professor Joseph V Remenyi
Graeme S Irvine
Rex John Keily
Anita P Wynne
Simon V Mckeon
Peter FS King
Christopher T Daly
Dean R Hirsch
Dr Anugerah Pekerti
George Savvides
Margaret A Rodgers
Gary Brown
Anne Robinson
Brian E Lampton
Kim E Vanden Hengel
Assoc Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman
Rosanna YM Wong    
John Conn
Michael Prince
Barry J Pipella