Our Board

Transform Aid International was established in 2013 as the parent organisation of Baptist World Aid.

Board Members serve in a voluntary capacity for a standard period of six years. Their responsibilities include setting the strategic direction for Baptist World Aid (as a subsidiary of Transform Aid International) reviewing organisational performance against set targets, assessing the performance of the CEO and approving the annual budget. New Board Members are selected based on their skills and are appointed with consent from Australian Baptist Ministries.

Transform Aid International
Board Members

Tara Reid
Tara Reid
Board Chair B. Business (Accounting); Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance; Cert IV in Training and Assessment; MAICD.

Tara joined the Board in 2017, was appointed Vice Chair in 2018 and Chair in 2020. She is a business consultant with over 20 years of business and management experience including as a Partner in Corporate Finance at Deloitte and her own internet start-up business, which she sold in 2015. She is heavily involved in the community sector, most notably serving on the board of Concern Australia as Secretary and Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She has taught and mentoring human trafficking survivors at the Freedom Hub Survivor School and is currently setting up a social enterprise to help build social cohesion and reduce community isolation. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Allan Demond
Allan Demond
Board Vice-Chair, Member of the Board Executive Committee, and Chair of Nominations and Governance Committee B.A. (Hon), M.Div. (Hon), Th.M., Ph.D.

Allan joined the Board in 2016. He is the Senior Pastor of NewHope Baptist Church in Victoria, where he has served since 1995, and the Executive Director of NewHope Community Care Inc. Allan has served on various Boards in Canada and Australia. He is a former President of the Baptist Union of Victoria and served on the BUV council for more than 15 years. He is currently Board Chair of Whitehorse Churches Care, Ltd., Vice-Chair of the Global Leadership Network Australia and an adjunct lecturer at Whitley College in Victoria.

John Hickey
John Hickey
Member of Board Executive Committee; Nominations and Governance Committee; Programs Performance Committee; Finance and Risk Committee; and Stakeholder Engagement Committee. BA (Hons); Grad. Dip. Financial Services; MAICD.

Member of Board Executive Committee; Nominations and Governance Committee; Programs Performance Committee; Finance and Risk Committee; and Stakeholder Engagement Committee.

John’s formal qualifications include BA (Hons); Grad. Dip. Financial Services; MAICD, various courses in international organisational leadership and strategy.

John joined Transform Aid International as CEO and Board Member in July 2010, after more than 20 years in corporate and Christian not-for-profit leadership roles in Australia and internationally. His latter roles have included CEO of Newcastle Permanent Building Society, General Manager and Executive Board Member of ING Bank Australia and Board Chair of Christian Education Foundation Ltd.

John specialises in organisational leadership and the development and implementation of vision and strategy. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and he also serves on a number of Boards and has governance and strategic leadership roles in Australia and internationally, including:

  • Board Member of Baptist World Aid Australia Ltd.
  • Board Member of Micah Australia Ltd.
  • Member of the National Council of Australian Baptist Ministries
  • Vice President and Executive member of the Baptist World Alliance
  • Member of the Baptist World Aid Commission
  • Chair of the Baptist World Alliance Forum for Aid & Development (BFAD) an international collective of agencies and conventions that combine their expertise and resources to address poverty and disaster relief for the Baptist movement globally.
  • Board Member of Integral Alliance, a global alliance of 23 leading Christian relief and development agencies from North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, that collaborates in the area of international disaster management. He is also a member of their Finance and Audit Committee.
  • Member of the CEO’s Group of CAN (Australian Church Agencies Network), a collaborative framework for Australia’s denominational aid and development agencies.

Tabitha Mathew
Tabitha Mathew
Chair of Stakeholder Engagement Committee BA (Media & Communications).

Tabitha is the Director of a communications company specialising in organisational culture and team engagement with a focus on workplace wellbeing and purpose.
With a background in public relations and communications, she has worked across the property, financial services, technology, not-for-profit and government sectors, helping to shape their brands and reputation. Her specialities include internal/external brand communications strategy and messaging, crisis management, digital communication and stakeholder engagement.

Michelle Farrall
Michelle Farrall
Member of Stakeholder Engagement Committee BA (Public Relations)

Michelle joined the Board in May 2019. Michelle is a Director of an organisation focused on leadership development, organisational culture and strategy. Michelle has 20 years’ experience as a brand, communications and coaching professional in the not-for-profit, corporate, education and international development sectors. She also serves as a Board Director for Common Grace.

Heidi Tak
Heidi Tak
Member of Finance and Risk Committee B Commerce, CA, MAICD.

Heidi joined the Board in November 2016. She is an accounting professional with over 15 years of hands-on experience in the not-for-profit industry. She is currently the Team Leader of Operations at the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT where she supports over 350 churches to meet complex compliance requirements and adhere to not-for-profit specific rules and legislation. Previously, Heidi was a Member of the not-for-profit specialist group at a Big 4 accounting firm for over 7 years, providing audit, financial advisory and other services to not-for-profit organisations. Heidi is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mick Turnbull
Mick Turnbull
Member of Finance and Risk Committee. Cert. Business (RMIT); Grad Dip Management (USQ); MAICD, FIML.

Mick joined the Board in May 2011. He has over 40 years of business and management experience. For 18 years, until the end of 2015, Mick was the Regional CEO (Australasia and North Asia) of a large global top 10 logistics company. Mick now spends his time as a Board Member and Director of a number of companies and is also involved with non-profit organisations including as Chair of CBM Australia and a council member of The Baptist Union of Victoria. Mick was previously a Director and Vice Chair of Business for Millennium Development from 2010 to 2015, and Chair of Eastern College Australia (formerly known as ‘Tabor Victoria’) from 2009 to 2014. Mick is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Management. Mick and his wife Annette worship at Syndal Baptist Church, Melbourne.

Paul Oates
Paul Oates
Chair of Financial Review Committee. B. Commerce, (UWA) Chartered Accountant.

Paul has been a board member since May 2009, with the exception of an 18-month period commencing May 2014. He has previously served as Chair of the Programs Performance Committee. Paul has over 25 years of accounting and finance experience, spanning audit and corporate finance with Deloitte, and business management in the independent school sector. Paul is currently the Director of Business and Operations at The Scots College.

Meredith Downey
Chair of Programs Performance Committee B. Agricultural Economics; M. International and Community Development; M Law and International Development; Dip. Biblical Studies

Meredith joined the Board in November 2018 and in 2020 was appointed Chair of the Programs Performance Committee. With 20+ years of international development experience, she is currently Proposals Manager at Opportunity International Australia. In addition to her professional work, Meredith has a passion for mentoring and has volunteered as a mentor for various local not-for-profits including “Raise Foundation” who run mentoring programs for young people at risk and “Can Too Foundation” which is a health promotion charity committed to funding cancer research.

Susan Campbell
Member of Nominations and Governance Committee BA Dip Ed; Grad Dip Theology; MA Leadership & Management (Organisational Dynamics)

Susan served the Board from 2012-2015 and rejoined in 2020. Susan has 15 years experience in organisational development, learning and development, instructional design and project management. She currently holds an organisational development leadership role at Global Interaction. Susan serves on the Academic Board of Governance of the National Institute of Organisational Dynamics Australia. She is also a parent, Spiritual Director and member of New Community church in Victoria.

Advisors

Nisha Graham
Specialist Advisor to the BoardBachelor Information Technology (BIT), Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment (Grad Dip App FIn & Inv), Graduate Diploma Psychology (Grad Dip Psych.); GAICD.

Nisha became a Specialist Advisor in 2016 after having served as a Board intern from 2012 to 2013. Nisha has over 15 years of experience in risk management and governance across a range of industries including financial services, technology, and not-for-profits. Nisha is currently the Chief Risk Officer at the University of Sydney. Nisha also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Habitat for Humanity Australia. Previously, Nisha was the Chief Risk Officer at The Salvation Army, Australia Eastern Territory and, in that capacity, was a Director on several affiliated Boards. Nisha is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Baptist World Aid Australia
Board Members

Tara Reid
Tara Reid
Board Chair
John Hickey
John Hickey
Member of Board Executive Committee; Nominations and Governance Committee; Programs Performance Committee; Finance and Risk Committee; and Stakeholder Engagement Committee.
Paul Oates
Paul Oates
Chair of Finance and Risk Committee
Mick Turnbull
Mick Turnbull
Board Member; Member of Board Executive Committee and Member of Nominations and Governance Committee.