The board is responsible for governance of The Salvation Army Australia's International Development strategy and operations.
Lieut-Colonel Winsome Merrett
Winsome was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1987, and since then has worked in a variety of Salvation Army appointments covering church mission, youth and children and women’s ministries, and most recently executive leadership. Winsome is passionate about developing others, leading effectively and seeing the local church successfully and relevantly connecting with its local community with practical expressions of hope.
Education – Bachelor of Speech Pathology; Masters in Theological studies, AMusA.
John is a former Senior Audit Partner of PwC with over 35 years’ experience and significant involvement in not-for-profit sector organisations including those providing international development aid. John provides corporate governance advice and serves on several Audit & Risk Committees and Boards. He joined the board in 2017.
Sarah joined the SAID board in 2017. Sarah has over 16 years of International and Australian community development and program management experience, and has overseen development partnerships across South Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Having worked in the corporate and local government sector, Sarah is passionate about cross-sector collaboration and partnerships.
Education - Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of International Studies, UTS; Masters of Social Development (Community Development), UNSW; MBA (Social Impact) AGSM (current).
Arbin brings to the SAID Board 11 years’ experience in financial accounting reporting and taxation for not for profit organisations. Arbin has over 15 years of experience in building an effective and efficient team, building positive professional relationships within the team and networking.
Education - Diploma in Business Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Financial management and Public Administration; MBA in Finance; Member of ICAA ANZl; CMgr AIM Associate Fellow member.
Guy has extensive experience in the banking sector and has worked for many international aid organisations in a range of countries. Guy founded World Education Australia, which is now trading as Good Return, and was the Managing Director until 2015. Guy is passionate about helping to lift poor people out of poverty and envisions a world without poverty. Guy continues to teach on the global leadership program at Macquarie University and is a non-executive Director of World Education Australia and Habitat for Humanity.
Education - Bachelor of Social Science (economics); Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Marketing); Honours in Business Finance; Masters in Town Planning; Chartered Town Planner with The Royal Town Planning Institute.
Amanda is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is passionate about enabling a sustainable approach to the eradication of poverty and creating equality. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Development and International Studies.
Leigh is currently the Communications and Fundraising Director for the Australia Eastern Territory and has over 20 years’ experience leading successful fundraising programs in the social services and healthcare/medical research sectors. Leigh has been a CFRE, the international fundraising credential, since 2003. Leigh is passionate about resourcing international development, having seen first-hand the benefits during a period as head of Public Relations for The Salvation Army in the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory. She has served on a number of boards and committees, including as Chair of the UN Women Australia (Brisbane) Committee from 2010-2012.
Education – Bachelor of Music and postgraduate qualifications in Education and Business Administration.