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; and
  • an effective governance structure and an appropriate corporate culture.
For more information, please view the World Vision Australia Corporate Governance Statement 2020.
Shannon Adams

Shannon Adams

Non-executive director

LLB, FAICD

Tenure: Appointed November 2005

Board and committee responsibilities: Board Chair (World Vision Australia) and Board member (World Vision International)

Career: Shannon has been Chair of our Board since February 2018. He has also served as Deputy Chair and as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Shannon has been a member of World Vision International’s Board since 2013 and sits on their Partnership Governance Committee.

Shannon is a partner at Piper Alderman, a large commercial law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. He advises banks, credit unions and other financial service providers, with a strong emphasis on regulatory compliance, governance and the customer-owned banking sector.

After establishing his own firm in 1979, Shannon has been managing partner of several law firms. He has served on numerous Law Society of South Australia and Law Council of Australia committees and advisory groups.

Shannon and his wife Chris live in Adelaide and have three children and three grandchildren. They have served in their local church and parish for many years – Shannon as a musician since 1977. Before Shannon joined our Board, he and Chris spearheaded a project to establish a hospital and clinic in central Tanzania. They continue to be involved in the facility’s successful operation. 

Wendy Simpson

Wendy Simpson

Non-executive director

OAM, BSocSci, GradDip Ed, BLitt, MBA, FRMIT, FAICD

Tenure: Appointed February 2013

Board and committee responsibilities: People, Culture and Governance Committee (Chair)

Career: Wendy is an experienced, versatile global business leader and entrepreneur. She was the Founding Chair of Springboard Enterprises, Australia’s only internationally-focused business accelerator for women entrepreneurs seeking investment capital.

Previously, Wendy was a Senior Vice President of Alcatel Asia Pacific, 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.

Wendy was recognised in the Australia Day 2013 Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of women's and youth organisations. Also in 2013, she was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame on International Women’s Day and named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. She was appointed to the Board of the General Sir John Monash Foundation in January 2015.

Fiona Pearse

Fiona Pearse

Non-executive director

BEc, MBA, FCPA, FAICD 

Tenure: Appointed February 2011

Board and committee responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee (Chair)

Career: Fiona is an experienced professional non-executive director, with extensive commercial, financial and risk expertise. Her commercial/finance career spanned almost two decades at leading ASX-listed global companies BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.

She is currently a non-executive director of U Ethical (fund manager), Scotch College and Smart Parking, an ASX-listed technology innovator developing pioneering parking technology adopted in 17 countries.

Fiona’s previous non-executive directorships include City West Water, a $2 billion water utility. She has also served as an Advisory Board member to a FinTech developing state-of-the-art governance, risk and compliance software solutions for the financial services industry.

Andrew Scipione

Andrew Scipione

Non-executive director

AO, APM, MMgmt, GradDip Police Mgmt, FAIM, MAICD

Tenure: Appointed May 2019

Board and committee responsibilities: People, Culture and Governance Committee

Career: Andrew was the New South Wales Police Commissioner from 2007 until his retirement in 2017, making him one of the longest-serving police chiefs in the state’s history. He worked for the NSW Police Force for more than four decades in a decorated career that included targeting global organised gangs and heading up campaigns to reduce alcohol-related and domestic violence.

Andrew was a recipient of the National Medal in 1996 and Australian Police Medal in 2003. In 2016 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to law enforcement and “advancing the professionalism of policing and leadership of international investigations and counter terrorism activities”.

Andrew was also named as the 2018 Macquarie University Alumni of the Year for Public and Community Service.

Charles Badenoch

Charles Badenoch

Non-executive director

BA Oxon (Oxford University Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics), ACA (Qualified Chartered Accountant UK)

Tenure: Appointed September 2019

Board and committee responsibilities: People, Culture and Governance Committee

Career: Charles is World Vision International’s Partnership Leader for Support Office engagement. Prior to this he was World Vision International’s Partnership Leader for advocacy and external engagement.

Charles began his career at Arthur Andersen, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then worked for several international technology companies as Finance Director before moving to Paris to become Regional General Manager Europe Middle East Africa for SITA/Equant, an international data communications group subsequently acquired by France Telecom.

Charles moved to Xerox Europe to build a Network Services Business before starting his own boutique consultancy specialising in operational integration for mid-size mergers and acquisitions.

He served as CEO of World Vision UK from 2003 to 2009.

Darryl Gardiner

Darryl Gardiner

Non-executive director

Tenure: Appointed May 2016

Board and committee responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee

Career: Darryl is an Anglican priest who has been involved in youth and community work for more than 40 years. He sits on and has helped to establish several not-for-profit boards.

He has travelled extensively, training and assisting charities – particularly those in the social service sector. For eight years he was a weekly guest on television show Good Morning Australia, discussing youth and family issues. He currently works with judges in the Youth Court, focusing on communication issues.

Darryl is married with two children.

Donna Shepherd

Donna Shepherd

Non-executive director

BA, MIIM, FAICD

Tenure: Appointed September 2008

Board and committee responsibilities: People, Culture and Governance Committee (World Vision Australia) and Board Chair (World Vision International)

Career: Donna is Managing Director of Creating Communities Australia, a leading social value advisory firm. She has also been Chair of the World Vision International Board since November 2016.

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 in international development, social planning and intercultural management.

Her governance experience is extensive, including directorships for LandCorp, EnviroDevelopment Board for the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Western Australia Division), University of Western Australia Extension, Southern Arc, Ausdance WA, Chrissie Parrot Dance Collective and the Independent Filmmakers Association.

Donna and her husband Allan Tranter live in Perth.

Jon Seeley

Jon Seeley

Non-executive director

FCA, BEc, MBA, FAICD

Tenure: Appointed February 2017

Board and committee responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee

Career: Jon is Group Managing Director of Seeley International, a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products including Breezair and Braemar. The company employs around 550 people with manufacturing plants in Adelaide, Albury and Denver.

He 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. This included postings to Austria, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the UK.

Jon lives in Adelaide with his wife Claire and their son who is completing high school. They have 3 adult daughters and two granddaughters, with whom Jon is besotted.

Brooke Prentis World Vision Australia Board Member 2020

Brooke Prentis

Non-executive director

GAICD, CA, BCom, BA

Tenure:  Appointed February 2020

Career: Brooke has more than 15 years’ senior management experience, including with top-100 ASX-listed companies. She was recently appointed CEO of Christian charity Common Grace, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Companies Directors and serves on number of boards. 

Brooke is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka peoples, born in Cairns on Yidinji land, growing up in Redcliffe on the lands of the Gubbi Gubbi, and for the past year living in Sydney on the lands of the Gadigal peoples.

One of just 22 Aboriginal practising, chartered accountants in Australia, Brooke was also the first Aboriginal person to graduate from the University of Queensland with a combined arts and commerce degree.  She also has a keen interest in theology having co-written, written, and presented several theological papers both in Australia and internationally. She is a founding (Australian) board member of NAIITS, a global Indigenous theological institute, has a graduate diploma in theology through NAIITS and is about to release her first book on the subject of theology.

 
Peter Trent World Vision Australia Board Member 2020

Peter Trent

Non-executive director

LLB, GAICD

Tenure: Appointed February 2020

Career: Peter comes to World Vision with almost 40 years at the highest levels of retail and investment banking, and the infrastructure sector, 20 years of which was spent with Macquarie Group. Peter began his career with the Commonwealth Bank in 1982, later became executive vice-president of investment banking with Bankers Trust and in 1999 joined Macquarie Group as division director of investment banking.

Peter eventually became chief executive officer of Macquarie’s Atlas Roads division, a position he had held between 2009-2018 where he took it from an entity with market capitalisation of $AU278 million to a top-100 ASX-listed company with a market capitalisation of more than $AU3.7 billion.

Peter has also held several senior corporate advisory roles with Macquarie Bank here and globally, and served on the boards of nine different entities over the past 27 years.
 

Sally-Ann Williams

Sally-Ann Williams 

Non-executive director 

MA, BA, GAICD 

Tenure: Appointed March 2019 

Board and committee responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee 

Career: Sally-Ann is CEO of Cicada Innovations, a deep tech incubator. The business helps to create the industries and jobs of the future, addressing some of the most pressing global issues facing our world today. 

Prior to this she was Executive Program Manager at Google Australia, responsible for the company’s research collaborations with universities, entrepreneurs and start-ups, and its programs in Computer Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. 

She is experienced in driving global innovation through programs and platforms delivering teacher training through the Digital Technologies curriculum, and new partnership models to bridge the digital divide. 

Sally works with several not-for-profits and start-ups, including as a non-executive director on the Board of Fishburners, Australia's largest non-profit tech co-working space. She mentors budding entrepreneurs in the Startmate program. Sally-Ann was also a member of the COAG STEM Partnership Forum advising on Australia’s National STEM School Education Strategy and sat on several university advisory boards. 

Passionate about female-led innovation, Sally-Ann has served as a mentor in the Superstars of STEM program run by Science and Technology Australia, and as a mentor and advisor to SheStarts. 


Catherine Yeomans, World Vision Australia Board Member 2020

Catherine Yeomans

Non-executive director
 

LLB, GAICD

Tenure:  Appointed February 2020

Career: Catherine is an independent Non-Executive Director with substantial experience across a number of sectors including commercial, large NFP and government owned enterprises.
 
At Board level, highlights include developing risk framework, setting strategic direction, M&A transactions, joint venture partnerships, turn-around financial performance and business transformation, and leading cultural change.
 
In addition Catherine is a seasoned C-suite professional with over 18 years Senior Executive experience across varied roles in a business-to-business industry serving the professional services and corporate sectors in addition to leading one of Australia’s largest national charities.
Catherine currently serves on the Boards of RSL LifeCare and CHESS Connect.  Previous governance roles included serving on the School Council for Tara Anglican School for Girls; and serving on the Boards of innovative organisations such as Many Rivers Microfinance and Working Links UK, a joint government, commercial and NFP enterprise.
Catherine has also served as a member of Westpac’s Stakeholder Advisory Council.
 
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Technology, Sydney; is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW); and Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
 

Past Board members

Tim McCormack

Gordon Allison 

Bessie Vaneris 

George Savvides 

Jude Barraclough 

Rob Goudswaard 

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

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Conflict of Interest Statement

WVA directors and officers will take all reasonable steps to avoid any perceived, actual or potential conflict of interests. This includes any relationship or affiliation (including any related-party transactions) which the director/officer, or their close relative, has with an entity in which the director/officer, or their close relative, has an interest (“interest”) that may be a conflict of interest.

A director/officer will disclose all current interests for inclusion in the register of interests maintained by the company secretary. Directors/officers review and update their disclosure as their circumstances change, and at least annually. 

Directors/officers disclose any new interests as soon as the director/officer becomes aware of it, and at next meeting after the interest arises. The Board process for dealing with disclosed interests includes assessing and evaluation whether disclosed interest is a conflict of interests, and decide and implement an appropriate response (which may include absent themselves from discussions, as appropriate, and abstain from voting or otherwise participating in the decision-making on the matter).

Directors/officers will not solicit or accept material gifts or offers of material gifts, or for their personal use obtained in the course of their Board role, or on the expectation of the giver to receive a favour in return.