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    Our Board

    JULIE LAWRIE B (Business) Management, Assoc Dip Business – Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations, GAICD
    Chair
    Governance Strategy & Stakeholder Committee
    Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
    Member of Clovercrest Baptist Church.

    Julie has been a Board member since May 2013. She has significant experience in local church and community ministry and management. She has strong governance experience from previous Vice Chair and other Board roles. Julie has worked in the field of marketing for over 15 years and currently owns a marketing consulting business.


    CHRISTINE PARTINGTON B Applied Arts Public Health Education and Business Administration, Cert III Leisure and Health, Cert IV Human Resource Management
    Deputy Chair
    Services & People Committee
    Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
    Member Clovercrest Baptist Church.

    Chris has been a Board member since June 2017. She has experience in managing academic & administrative systems, including client services, staff support and financial & budget responsibilities, and governance experience having previously served on the Board of Baptist Community Services (SA) Inc. and as a Human Resource Facilitator at Baptist Aged Care. In September 2020 Chris concluded a 14-year career as Administration Manager – School of Education, Tabor College of Higher Education.


    REV Dr MELINDA COUSINS PhD, MA (Theology)
    B Theology (Hons), LLB (Hons), Adv Dip Theology (Pastoral Ministry), Grad Cert Prof Supervision
    Director of Ministries Baptist Churches of South Australia
    Member Richmond Baptist Church.

     
    Melinda has been an ex officio member of the Board since February 2021.  She is an Accredited Pastor with the Baptist Churches of South Australia and has significant experience in leadership, leader formation, theological education, and church community engagement.

    ANDREW EARLES B (Business) Management – Human Resource Management & B (Business) Management – Marketing
    Governance, Strategy & Stakeholder Committee
    Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
    Member of Rostrevor Baptist Chruch

    Andrew has been a Board Member since November 2017. He has over 15 years experience in Business in local and offshore manufacturing along with experience in Lean systems and Custom IT solution integration.


    REV DANIEL GARDINER B Min

    President of the Baptist Churches of South Australia 
    Finance, Risk & Audit Committee
    Member of Christies Beach Baptist Church.

    Daniel has previous experience as a Board Member of a number of churches, charities, and real estate businesses in the UK and as the Scottish National Administrator for Youth With A Mission.  He has church- planted in Scotland and helped establish a charity working with orphans with HIV in Uganda. Daniel has experience in the finance sector, real estate and fundraising.


    FRANCES HARDY M Appl Sc Physiotherapy (Research), M Appl Sc Physiotherapy (Coursework), Grad Dip Health Science, Dip Tech Physiotherapy
    Finance, Risk & Audit Committee, Beneficial Trusts Committee
    Member of Parkside Baptist Church.

    Frances has been a Board Member since December 2015. She has extensive experience in the Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) sector including as a lecturer, published author and conference
    Presenter.  Frances is currently in private practice and lectures part-time at Flinders University.


    DEREK LANGMAN B Civil Engineering
    Member Enfield Baptist Church.

    Derek has been a Board Member since February 2021.  He has significant experience in leadership, people development, engineering, urban planning, project management, budget management, and legislative compliance.  He is currently a Senior Manager in local government.

    ALLAN PACKER B Sc (Honours), Grad Dip Computer Science
    Finance, Risk & Audit Committee, Beneficial Trusts Committee
    Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
    Member of Parkside Baptist Church.

    Allan has been a Board Member since December 2015. He has extensive experience in the Information Technology sector including as a published author and is currently a Senior Principal Software Engineer of a major IT company. Allan also brings governance experience in the not for profit sector as a past Chair of Scripture Union SA.


    SHANE AUSTIN MBusLaw, Grad Dip Christian Studies, BAppSc(MedRad), MAICD
    Chief Executive Officer
    Member of all committees
    Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)

    Shane Austin is an experienced leader in the Not for Profit sector, holding senior management and executive leadership roles over the past 20 years. Driven by improving the lives of the most vulnerable in our community, he is an agent for social change.

    Appointed CEO of Baptist Care SA in January 2022, he was previously the State Manager for Homelessness in Victoria for The Salvation Army Australia, with his proven leadership in the recent establishment of the Toward Home Alliance partnership in South Australia.

    Prior to this, Shane was the CEO of Community Housing Ltd in St Kilda and has held key advisory roles as a member of ministerial advising councils. He is actively involved in governance, having held key directorships in education, housing, community development, homelessness, and state peak organisations.

    He holds tertiary qualifications in applied science, theology, business law and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Shane is committed to leading Baptist Care SA and all our staff, volunteers and students into a new season and continuing the strong impact we have in our local and state-wide community.

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