Act for peace is the international humanitarian agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

We are governed by our Board of Directors, which is responsible for providing leadership, strategic guidance and overseeing the implementation of Act for Peace’s strategic initiatives. 

The Board is accountable for the performance of Act for Peace and aspires to excellence in governance standards.  

Current board of directors

The following Directors have been confirmed by the Board of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Ginie Udy

Chair - BEd, MA (Hons), MBA, GAICD

Ginie is an experienced executive and non-executive director in the children and family services and community sectors. Ginie joined the board in November 2018, and was appointed as Chair in March 2021. She continues her role as our lead director for safeguarding, and as a member of the Policy, Partnerships and Programs Committee and the Finance, Accountability, Innovation and Risk Committee.

Leigh Cleave

BMus, Grad Dip Teaching, MBA, CFRE, FFIA

 Leigh is a fundraising and marketing consultant with over 20 years experience of leading teams across diverse organisations. Leigh is internationally accredited with CFRE and is a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Leigh was appointed to the Board in 2018, is our Deputy Chair, and a member of our Finance, Accountability, Innovation and Risk Committee.

Paul Nichols

BA, BSW, MBA

Paul is an international development consultant specialising in design and monitoring and evaluation. Paul was formerly an executive at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and senior executive of non-government organisations in Australia and overseas. Paul was appointed to the Board in 2018, and serves as our Treasurer and Chair of our Finance, Accountability, Innovation and Risk Committee.

Elizabeth Stone

BA, MIntS, Grad Cert Leadership, AGIA

Elizabeth is the General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia. Liz has 20 years’ experience working with the Caritas Internationalis family of agencies overseas and in Australia. Liz is a member of the Palms Australia and current non-executive Director. She was appointed to the Board in July 2017 and is a member of the Policy, Partnerships and Programs Committee

Alison Preston

BA Journalism

Alison has more than 20 years’ experience working with faith-based humanitarian and development agencies, in both communications and programs roles and represented Australian churches on the World Council of Churches for seven years. Alison was appointed to the Board in 2017 and leads the Board’s Professional Development Initiative. She is also a member of the Finance, Accountability, Innovation and Risk Committee.

Marcus Sandmann

B Bus, MAICD

Marcus is an accomplished senior marketing professional with 18+ years of experience, a long term contributor to the not-for-profit sector, and active on a number of Committees for charity organisations. Marcus was appointed to the Board in November 2018 and is a member of the Finance, Accountability, Innovation and Risk Committee.

Jamieson Davies

BA, MA

Jamieson has over 20 years of experience managing international aid and development organisations in Africa, Asia, Australia and the USA, with a focus on strengthening partnerships with faith-based institutions and reducing inequality. Jamieson was appointed to the Board in November 2018 and is the Chair of the Policy, Partnerships and Programs Committee.

Oliver Selwa

LLB

Oliver is a practising lawyer currently working in state government and has been practising migration law, primarily with refugees. Oliver worked on Domestic Violence Policy with the Department of Community Services, (formerly Justice). He brings the lived experience of forced displacement to our Board, as a refugee, and volunteers for programs supporting refugees and asylum seekers. He was appointed to the Board in November 2021 and is a member of the Policy, Partnerships and Programs Committee.

Samuel Richards

BA Business/Commerce

Sam brings over 20 years as an experienced investment advisor, with a specific focus on leveraging capital for social and environmental impact to enhance economic development and empowerment. Sam serves on several for-purpose Boards and investment committees and is currently the Managing Director for Brightlight Impact Advisory. Sam joined the Act for Peace Board in November 2022.

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Act for Peace acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

© Copyright 2021, Act for Peace Ltd ABN 86 619 970 188