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

Phil Newman
Phil Newman
Chair of the Board; Chair of the Board Executive Committee; Chair of Nominations and Governance Committee; Member of Programs Performance Committee; Member of Finance and Risk Committee; and Member of Stakeholder Engagement Committee. BA (Social Anthropology & International Development); Dip. Financial Planning; Certified Financial Planner (CFP); MAICD.

Phil joined the Board in 2009. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and recently returned from seven years based in South East Asia working with civil society and the private sector to promote integrity, transparency and accountability. Phil was the CEO of Transparency International Australia, an Accredited Member of Transparency International – the leading global NGO focused on fighting corruption. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017, Phil became the International Programmes Director with Tearfund New Zealand. Phil was Vice Chair of our Board for 2 years and as of February 2017 was appointed our Board Chair.

Tara Reid
Tara Reid
Board Vice Chair; Member of Board Executive Committee; Chair of Finance and Risk Committee. B. Business (Accounting); Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance; Cert IV in Training and Assessment; MAICD.

Tara was appointed to the Board in 2017 and in 2018 was appointed Vice Chair. 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, teaching and mentoring human trafficking survivors at the Freedom Hub Survivor School and is currently setting up an organisation to help people overcome fears and learning difficulties. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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.

John joined Transform Aid International as CEO and Board Member in July 2010, after more than 20 years in leadership roles working in Australia and internationally. His roles have included CEO of Newcastle Permanent Building Society, and General Manager and Executive Board Member of ING Bank Australia. John has a degree in Political Science (Hons) focusing on International Relations and has postgraduate qualifications in Financial Services and International Business Leadership.

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.
  • Member of the National Council of Australian Baptist Ministries
  • 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.
  • Steering Committee member and Co-Founder of the Baptist Forum for Aid & Development (BFAD) an international collective of agencies and conventions that combine their resources to address poverty and disaster relief for the Baptist movement globally.
  • Committee Member of the Baptist World Alliance aid arm: BWAid
  • Member of the Baptist World Alliance Social and Economic Justice Commission
  • Member of the CEO’s Group of the Church Agencies Network, a collaborative framework for Australia’s denominational aid and development agencies.

Paul Oates
Paul Oates
Member of Board Executive Committee ; Chair of Programs Performance 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. 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

Tabitha Mathew
Tabitha Mathew
Member of Board Executive Committee ; 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.

She also serves as Board Director for body image organisation the Pretty Foundation.

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 37 years of business and management experience. For 18 years, until the end of 2015, Mick was Regional CEO (Australasia and North Asia) of Agility Logistics, a global top 10 logistics company. Mick now spends his time as a Board Member and Director of a number of organisations. 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.

Allan Demond
Allan Demond
Member of Nominations and Governance Committee BA (Hon), M.Div. (Hon), Th.M., Ph.D. in Education and Homiletics.

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 currently a member of the Union Council of the Baptist Union of Victoria, a member of the Global Leadership Network Australia Board and an adjunct lecturer at Whitley College in Victoria.

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.

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

Meredith joined the Board in 2018. Meredith is a Project Manager with over 18 years of international development experience. 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.

Michelle Farrall
Michelle Farrall
Member of Stakeholder Engagement Committee. BA (Public Relations), Cert IV Youth Development

Michelle joined the Board in May 2019. Michelle is a strategic planning, culture, brand, communications and coaching professional with 18+ years of experience in the not-for-profit, corporate, education and international development sectors. Michelle has been involved in leading a number of consulting companies including The Future Leader Group, CoCreate Consulting and Capacity Builders.

She also serves as a Board Director for Common Grace.

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

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