Managing the Diocese

The Diocese of Newcastle was established in 1847. Since then a management structure has evolved and adapted to the changing circumstances of an Australian church organisation.

  • Annual Review Magazines

    Annual Review 2018

    Annual Review 2017

    Annual Review 2016

    Annual Review 2015

  • Annual Reports


    NACC Reports to Synod

    Trustees of Church Property Report to Synod

    Diocesan Council Report to Synod 2018

    Anglican Savings Development Fund Report to Synod


    Trustees of Church Property Report 2017

    Diocesan Council Report 2017

    Anglican Savings and Development Fund Report 2017


    Trustees Of Church Property Report 2016

    Diocesan Council Report 2016

    Anglican Savings and Development Fund Report 2016


    Trustees Of Church Property Report 2015

    Diocesan Council Report 2015

    Anglican Savings and Development Fund Report 2015

  • Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation - NACC

    The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle established the Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation (NACC) in May 2017. It commenced operation on 1 October 2017.

    The role of the Corporation is to oversee the temporal, financial, business and administrative affairs of the Diocese. The Board is accountable to the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Synod. The Diocesan Council has delegated to the Board the primary responsibility for these aspects of Diocesan life. It has also delegated to the Board the primary responsibility for advising the Bishop and the Diocesan Council about these affairs as well as the strategic, financial and risk matters of the Body Corporates of the Diocese (Anglican Care, the Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation (and its member schools), the Samaritans Foundation (and its controlled entities) and Samaritans Housing).

    The Board of the Corporation is also the Board of the Trust Corporation (the Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle) [TCP] and Diocese’s Religious Charitable Development Fund (the Anglican Savings and Development Fund) [ASDF].>

  • NACC - Board Members

    Bishop of Newcastle – Dr Peter Stuart B.Com, B.D, M.Management, Ed.D, GAICD began work in a Chartered Accountant office in Hobart on the audit staff. Since ordination he has undertaken a number of administrative as well as pastoral roles in the Anglican Church. His doctoral studies included an assessment of policy development in an Anglican context. He has served on a number of boards and committees in the Diocese and previously in South Australia and Tasmania. He became the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle in February 2009 and was installed as the Bishop of Newcastle on February 2, 2018.

    Chair – Mr Wayne Russell B.Com, CA, GAICD, MIIA(Aust) is a Partner with Pitcher Partners in Newcastle and works in Audit, Risk Management and Assurance. He is a member of the Parish of Merewether. He has extensive experience in providing auditing and assurance services to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors such as State and Local Government, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Engineering and Construction and Insurance. Wayne is a registered company auditor and graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the Chairman of Greater Bank Limited.

    Mr Peter Francis M.Bus, Grad.Dip.Man., BA, GAICD is the Chief Executive Officer, of Dantia Lake Macquaire’s economic development company tasked with attracting business, investment and employment opportunities. He has extensive experience in ports, logistics, infrastructure management, complex projects and property ownership, management and development. He has held executive roles with Port of Newcastle, GPT and Lend Lease, Blacktown Olympic Park and Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust. He has previously been a non-executive director for Compass Housing.

    Mr Mark Hedges M.App.Fin, MBA, B.Bus.Stud, CPA, GAICD has comprehensive experience and successful track record in finance roles in large manufacturing and media organisations. He has deep commercial acumen and expertise in financial markets, particularly Corporate funding. He has proven judgement and understanding of risk as well as consistent high level contribution to strategic thinking. In 2015 he concluded his role as Group Treasurer for Fairfax Media Limited .He is currently the Deputy Chair of Hunter United.

    Ms Michelle Jarvie B.Com, CA, MIIA (Aust), AGIA is the Director Assurance Services at the University of Newcastle working in the areas of Risk, Governance, Policy, Internal Audit and Compliance. She has extensive experience in working with Boards to develop and implement effective governance structures and strategic and operational plans in a number of industries, most recently in education and financial services. She is a member of the Parish of Cardiff.

    Mr Richard Turnbull Ass Dip Aircraft Engineering Maintenance and Crt IV in Vocation Instruction. Extensive experience is small business and business consultation. He is a Trustee of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle. He has served on the Diocesan Council and the Property Approvals. He has extensive experience IT and property development. He is a member of the Parish of Toronto.

    Mr Garry Whitaker MAICD JP established and runs a training consultancy. He is the chair of the Wyong Race Club Ltd, is a Director of the Wyong Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank, and served a term as Deputy Mayor and Councillor on Hornsby Shire Council. Among his career highlights are being an internal change consultant with Sydney Water and the Instructional Designer for the National Professional Education Division of Coopers & Lybrand.

  • Diocesan Management Team

    The executive team of the Diocesan Office staff lead the work of the Diocesan Office under the direction of the NACC Board and the Bishop.

    Mr Glen Cousins

    Chief Financial Officer

    Glen has extensive commercial and financial experience and has held a number of executive and senior management positions within both the commercial and government sectors. His collaborative approach to change management has facilitated the successful implementation of operational improvements across a broad range of administrative and business support functions including finance, IT, procurement, customer service, risk management, corporate governance and human resources.

    As the Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese Glen leads a small, dedicated and capable team who have day to day responsibility for planning, budgeting, managing and reporting all financial- related and associated IT activities of the Diocese, including the Anglican Savings and Development Fund and the Trustees of Church Property.

    Glen is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master’s degree in Applied Finance.

    Mrs Linda Wilson

    Chief Operating Officer

    All enquiries to Diocesan Office Reception

    Education: Linda holds a Bachelor of Economics (BEc); Justice of the Peace (JP); Cert IV Workplace and Assessment; Cert IV Frontline Management

    Previous Experience: Linda came to the Anglican Diocese with 17 years of experience at the Commonwealth Bank.

    For enjoyment: During Linda’s days off she enjoys spending time with her family.

    Role/Responsibilities: Linda’s role sees her managing a small administration team and office. She is responsible for Synod preparation, insurance renewals, parish information and returns, clergy relocations, property and legal matters, and Diocesan Council.

    Significant Achievement: In her role, Linda is striving to improve communication and support for parishes.

    All enquiries to


  • Diocesan Office

    Learn more about the Diocesan Office here