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John Hickey

Chief Executive Officer

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.

With postgraduate qualifications in financial services and international business leadership, John’s specialities are organisational leadership and the development and implementation of vision and strategy.

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.

“As I have matured as a Christian, I have focused on being obedient to God’s call. To apply my gifts and experience and facilitate a great team to alleviate poverty around the world is a tremendous and humbling privilege.”

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Peter Leau

Director of Business

Peter was appointed as Director of Business in January 2009 after more than 20 years of business and financial management experience in corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Peter holds  a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Marketing and a Master of Strategic Organisational Development. His skills include strategic planning, financial management, project management, human resource management and organisational change and development.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

“I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of children living in poverty.”

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Glen Richardson

Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications

Glen joined Baptist World Aid in 2014, bringing 30 years of corporate and not-for-profit experience.  Most recently he was part of the team that established Donate Planet, a revolutionary, not-for-profit online donation hub.  Prior to that he held a wide range of roles with Stenmark Organisation, a multi-faceted sales and marketing consultancy.  Previously Glen was National Marketing Manager with American Express responsible for a variety of marketing roles, including Card Acquisition, Merchandise Sales and Entertainment Services.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from the University of New South Wales.

“It’s clear to me that God has been preparing me for this role for some time. I’m delighted to join Baptist World Aid and to play a part in bringing transformational change in the quality of life of the world’s poor.”

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Anthony Sell

Director of Programs

Anthony joined our team as a Project Coordinator in January 2009. After acting as Programs Manager he was appointed Director of Programs in October 2010. Before joining us at Baptist World Aid, Anthony worked for ten years as the Founding Director and CEO of a church based community ministry. He has also served in a senior position in a local Baptist church with a focus on mission. He has worked in overseas project development and management since 2004. Anthony has postgraduate training in counselling and is currently doing further post graduate work in international community development.

“I feel honoured to lead a team of highly trained professionals committed to seeing sound community development implemented through our local partners.”

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Kim Vanden Hengel

Director of Supporter Relations

Kim joined Baptist World Aid Australia as Manager of Church Relations and Major Gifts in 2011 and was appointed to  the new executive position of Director of Supporter Relations in 2013. Kim has worked in the area of overseas development for many years, including 12 years in Niger, West Africa. From 1997 - 2005 she managed the program of SIMAID then   the Archbishop of Sydney's Appeals Unit. Kim most recently served as CEO of Worldshare for 5 years.

Kim has a BA, DipEd in French and Italian, a Master of International Development and a Graduate Certificate in HR Management and Coaching. She is a former board member of World Vision Australia and the National Steering Committee for Micah Challenge.

"Having lived for many years in one of the poorest countries in the world, I am committed to being part of a movement which advocates an end to the suffering generated by extreme poverty and its associated injustices. I dream of a world where women give birth and live, along with their children, where families have enough to eat and where parents have the dignity of adequate employment."

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Scott Higgins

Senior Consultant and Advisor

Scott joined Baptist World Aid Australia as Education and Advocacy Coordinator in 2006 after 17 years serving as a Pastor in Baptist churches. In 2009 he became the manager of the Community Relations Team and in 2010 was appointed to the newly created position of Director of Community Engagement which was restructured to Director of Strategic Engagement in 2013. In 2014 Scott has taken on the role of Senior Consultant and Advisor.

Scott established our Catalyst advocacy program and authored the very successful 50:50 program (now known as Be Love - five ways to love the poor).

Scott has a Bachelor and Master of Theology and a Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development. He is a lecturer in aid and development at three theological colleges and a member of the National Steering Committee for Micah Challenge.

“I believe extreme poverty is the scandal of our age. I’m passionate about  helping churches and individual Christians make a compassionate, just and Biblical response. I believe that response has to move beyond opening our wallets to the construction of lifestyles in which we live out God’s heart for the vulnerable by being generous in our giving, vocal in advocacy, fair in the way we consume and prayerful in our worship.”