The Board of Baptist World Aid Australia is responsible for the governance of the organisation.

Board members serve in a voluntary capacity. Some of their responsibilities include:

  • setting the strategic direction for Transform Aid International and Baptist World Aid Australia,
  • reviewing the performance of the organisation against targets,
  • assessing the performance of the CEO
  • approving the annual budget and serving on governance committees.

Read Baptist World Aid Australia and Transform Aid International's Constitutions to find out more about the processes of the Board.

Board Interns

Transform Aid International's Board offers 18 month internships to people interested in gaining experience in governance. Interns contribute to Board meetings and complete a research project in an area of interest to the Board.

BAPTIST WORLD AID AUSTRALIA BOARD MEMBERS

MICK TURNBULL

Chair of the Board
Cert Business (RMIT); Grad. Dip Management (USQ)

Joining the Board in May 2011, Mick has 30 years experience in business and management, and is currently the Regional CEO for a large global logistics company. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Member Company Directors Institute, Fellow Customs Brokers Council of Aust and Member Australian Institute of Export. Mick is also Chair and Director of Tabor Victoria, and Director of Business for Millenium Development (assisting business to support developing countries reach their millennium goals. Mick worships at Syndal Baptist Church, Melbourne.

John Hickey

Managing Director
B. Arts (Hons) (Maquarie), Grad. Dip. Financial Services (Banking & Finance), Grad. Dip. Financial Services (Financial Planning), also a participant in leadership programs including INSEA (Europe), ING Business School and AGSM (UNSW).

John joined Baptist World Aid Australia in July 2010, bringing with him over two decades of international business experience. He worked as a General Manager and member of the Executive Board of ING Bank Australia and was the CEO of financial services institutions, including Newcastle Permanent. John and his family attend Thrive Church (a member of the Baptist Union of NSW), where he serves as Treasurer and a member of the Church Advisory Committee.

PAUL OATES

B Commerce, (UWA) Chartered Accountant

Paul has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience, spanning audit and assurance and corporate finance with Deloitte, and business management in the independent school sector. Paul is currently the Director of Business at South Coast Baptist College. Paul originally joined the Board in May 2009. In May 2014 he resigned to work in India. His return to Australia saw him re-appointed as a member of the Board in November 2015.

Transform Aid International Board Members

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Mick Turnbull

Chair of the Board
Cert Business (RMIT); Grad. Dip Management (USQ)

Joining the Board in May 2011, Mick has 30 years experience in business and management, and is currently the Regional CEO for a large global logistics company. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Member Company Directors Institute, Fellow Customs Brokers Council of Aust and Member Australian Institute of Export. Mick is also Chair and Director of Tabor Victoria, and Director of Business for Millenium Development (assisting business to support developing countries reach their millennium goals. Mick worships at Syndal Baptist Church, Melbourne.

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John Hickey

Managing Director
BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. Financial Services (Banking & Finance), Grad. Dip. Financial Services (Financial Planning)

John joined Baptist World Aid Australia in July 2010, bringing with him over two decades of international business experience. He worked as a General Manager and member of the Executive Board of ING Bank Australia and was the CEO of financial services institutions, including Newcastle Permanent. John and his family attend Thrive Church (a member of the Baptist Union of NSW), where he serves as Treasurer and a member of the Church Advisory Committee.

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Brad Entwistle

Marketing and Communications Committee

Brad is the founder and managing director of marketing communications firm imageseven. Brad's professional expertise include brand and marketing strategy, reputation management and marketing governance. He also serves as a member of the Baptist Union of Western Australia Council. He joined the Board in 2008.

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Phil Newman

Governance and Human Resources Committee
Dip. Financial Planning; Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Phil works as a Certified Financial Planner. He is currently on extended leave from his role as a Practice Manager with the BT Financial Group whilst he completes studies in Social Anthropology and Development. Phil joined the Board in May 2009.

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Simon Lynch

Programs Performance Committee
B. Economics

Simon has extensive experience in consulting in the corporate and non profit sectors and as a country and regional director in the aid and development sector, especially in Indonesia and Timor Leste. He serves on the Board of the TLM Foundation in West Timor and has helped establish and develop the Boards of numerous other overseas development organisations in the region. Simon joined the Board in May 2009.

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Ray Bartell

Programs Performance Committee
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), PhD Candidate

Ray joined the Board in 2013, and has over twelve years’ experience in a Senior Executive role in the Australian Christian schooling sector as well as more than eight years’ experience in capacity building and technical assistance to remote communities in Papua New Guinea.  Ray is the founder and Director of Aeikon, and is currently working towards a PhD in Philosophy (Education).

Paul Oates

Paul Oates


B Commerce, (UWA) Chartered Accountant

Paul has over 20 years of accounting and finance experience, spanning audit and assurance and corporate finance with Deloitte, and business management in the independent school sector. Paul is currently the Director of Business at South Coast Baptist College. Paul originally joined the Board in May 2009. In May 2014 he resigned to work in India. His return to Australia saw him re-appointed as a member of the Board in November 2015.

Julie Lawrie

Julie Lawrie


Julie joined the Board in November 2015. She is the founder and director of The Marketing Box and has a corporate marketing and business consulting background. Julie also serves on the Baptist Care SA board as Deputy Chair.