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 the World Vision Australia Corporate Governance Statement 2014.

George Savvides (Board Chair)


George Savvides was appointed Chairman of the World Vision Australia Board in July 2012. He retired from the role of Managing Director of Medibank in March 2016.

George is a non-Executive Director of Ryman Healthcare NZX, Chairman of Kings Group Ltd and Chairman of Vision Development Holdings. He was previously Managing Director of Sigma Co Ltd and Smith & Nephew Aust/NZ.

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. Prior to his two-year period of retirement from our Board, he served for 12 years on the World Vision International Board and the World Vision Australia Board.



Shannon Adams


Shannon Adams joined our Board in 2005 and the World Vision International Board in 2013. Shannon is a lawyer who has advised financial institutions and other financial service providers since the early 1980s. He has been the managing partner of several legal firms and is now a partner at Piper Alderman. Shannon specialises in financial services law and corporate governance, with a strong emphasis on the mutual banking sector. 

Special responsibilities:  Audit and Risk Committee, Youth Advisory Council



Judy Barraclough


Judy Barraclough joined our 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 has consulted in strategy and governance for a range of "for purpose" and commercial organisations and is presently Head of Strategy with a large, education-based charity. In her executive career, Judy held senior positions in large corporates in the property, financial services and agribusiness sectors, including Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs with the top-50 ASX listed property trust, The GPT Group, and senior strategy roles with Rabobank and Wesfarmers Limited.

Judy is a founding member of the board of a social purpose start-up and is actively involved in the leadership and governance of her local church. She is also involved in a variety of volunteer activities.

Special responsibilities: People, Culture and Remuneration Committee

Donna Shepherd


Donna Shepherd joined our Board in 2008 and is currently Chairman of the World Vision International Board. Donna is a director of Creating Communities Australia, a community and economic development consultancy. She holds a Masters in International Management from the School for International Training in Vermont USA.

She has worked in the USA, Tunisia, Ecuador and Australia and has extensive experience in international development, social planning, shared value, strategic planning, communications, media and governance. Donna has also been on the boards of LandCorp Urban Development Institute, Envirodevelopment, the University of Western Australia Extension, Southern Arc, Ausdance WA, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective and the Independent Filmmakers Association.  

Special responsibilities: People, Culture and Remuneration Committee

Wendy Simpson

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

Wendy Simpson joined the Board of World Vision Australia 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 City to City Australia and was the Founding Chairman of Springboard Enterprises Australia, Australia’s only internationally focused 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 held 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 Honours with an OAM 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. Wendy was appointed to the Board of General Sir John Monash Foundation in January 2015.

Special responsibilities: People, Culture and Remuneration Committee 

Tim McCormack

LL.B (Hons), PhD, FAAL

Tim McCormack joined our 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 recently returned from a year in the US as a Fulbright Senior Fellow, Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tim has held a number of other globally significant positions. He was a member of the International Group of Experts to draft the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (Tallinn 2014-2016); 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: People, Culture and Remuneration Committee


Fiona Pearse


 Fiona Pearse joined our Board in 2011.  She brings much experience in commercial, finance, audit and risk matters. 

Her executive career included almost two decades at leading ASX-listed global companies, mainly in Finance and Tax at BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company, and also at BlueScope Steel, a global steel manufacturer. She has experience in diverse industries including petroleum, transport, utilities, investments, insurance, steel and software, in senior financial roles at the coalface; in corporate financial and tax oversight, advisory, and planning roles; and as a Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board member. 

Fiona was a non-executive director at City West Water, a $2 billion water utility; and she is currently a non-executive director of Scotch College, one of Australia’s leading independent schools; and is an Advisory Board member of a state-of-the-art Governance, Risk and Compliance software company. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a Fellow of CPA Australia. She is currently completing a Senior Executive MBA at Melbourne Business School.  

Special responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee


Claire Rogers


World Vision Australia CEO Claire Rogers joined our Board in 2016. She is a social innovator with a proven track record of strategising and delivering major change initiatives, helping organisations adapt to the tech-disrupted economy, and aligning physical and digital execution to maximise opportunities.

In her previous role as head of ANZ Australia’s digital banking, Claire spearheaded the bank's digital channels transformation, and is recognised for her capacity to grow customer facing business across both physical and digital channels. 

Chair of Ridley Theological College for the past eight years, Claire has long had a passion for equal opportunity for all, and understands the challenges facing not-for-profits as they adapt to the new economy. She is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Board. She has also volunteered as a mentor for Springboard Enterprises, supporting women entrepreneurs as they take concepts to market in the technology and digital sectors. 

Jon Seeley


Jon Seeley is a Chartered Accountant with an Economics degree from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from Lancaster University, UK. Jon lives in Adelaide with his wife and two school-aged children. 

Jon is Group Managing Director of Seeley International, a manufacturer of HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) products including Breezair and Braemar Evaporative Coolers and Ducted Gas Heaters, employing some 550 people with manufacturing plants in Adelaide, Albury and Denver.

Jon has previously worked for Deloitte and Goldman Sachs JBWere, in addition to spending 10 years overseas in the not-for-profit sector with relief and development organisations, including postings to Austria, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the UK. 

Special responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee



Gordon Allison

B.Physio (Hons), Grad Dip Bkg&Fin, Grad Dip Acct, M Appl Fin, F Fin, GAICD

Gordon Allison joined the World Vision Australia Board in 2017. He is currently Head of Treasury Development & Transformation, National Australia Bank. Gordon has 15 years’ experience in financial services, in various roles including Finance, Risk Management, Treasury, Product and Portfolio Management.

Prior to a career in finance, Gordon worked in community health, delivering health services to marginalised residents of rooming and boarding houses.

Special responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee



Bessie Vaneris 

MBA, B Bus

Bessie Vaneris has been World Vision International’s Chief People Officer since October 2008. Prior to World Vision, Bessie had an executive career in human resources, together with experience across banking and finance, risk, mergers and acquisitions. Originally from Australia, Bessie is based in London.

Bessie brings to our Board broad experience from the banking and business sectors across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

Past Board members

Colin Carter
Bishop John Harrower
Dr Louise Baur
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