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.

The Bishop is assisted by two Assistant Bishops and the Executive Team.

  • Executive Team

    Mrs Linda Wilson
    Corporation Secretary and Registrar

    Linda supports the Governance practices and administration of the Newcastle Anglican Corporation, Diocesan Council and Synod. She is the Registrar of the Diocese.

    Linda holds a Bachelor of Economics (BEc); Justice of the Peace (JP); Certificate in Governance Practice (Cert GovPrac), Cert IV Workplace and Assessment; Cert IV Frontline Management.

    Mr Glen Cousins
    Executive Director Finance

    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 Executive Director – Finance 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 holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master in Applied Finance.

    Ms Liz Knight
    Executive Director Education and Child Development

    Liz has extensive experience in this field. She will work closely with the principals of the 4 Diocesan schools and with the leaders of children, youth and family services which operate out of Samaritans.

    Liz is passionate about ensuring that every child is given the best start in life and has devoted herself to this work. She began her career in teaching and quickly moved to complex, strategic roles in large scale organisations. She is aligned deeply with the values of the Diocese and has demonstrated a commitment to placing children, and other service users, at the centre of her practice

    Executive Director People CareVacant

    Ms Georgina Chalker
    Executive Director Human Resources

    With a commercial background in industrial services, Georgina has worked in the community sector across a variety of disability, aged care and youth programs prior to her most recent role as General Manager of People and Service Engagement at Samaritans. Georgina holds specialist skills in workforce planning, industrial relations and employee experience and is committed to the pursuit of best practice through innovation.

    Georgina is passionate about the design of operating frameworks that emphasise accountability, facilitate engagement, inspire high performance and nurture talent. Georgina is a strong advocate for professional development and will champion the creation of progression pathways across our workforce.

    Georgina regards HR as a critical enabler of positive results and will build strategies that effectively align organisational resources with the key drivers that underpin our future success. Georgina’s diverse management history demonstrates her ability to translate ambitious objectives into measurable initiatives that connect all stakeholders across an organisation.

    Mr Gerard Bowen
    Executive Director Asset Management

    With more than 30 years’ experience in the Building and Construction Industry including more than 20 years’ experience in Property and Asset Management for Aged Care and Church-based organisations, Gerard brings a wealth of knowledge to the role of Executive Director Asset Management.

    Gerard’s connection with the Diocese has been through his most recent role as General Manager Property Services for Anglican Care. With his appointment to this role in early 2015, the Property Services division was established where Gerard was responsible for overseeing the Capital Works improvement program and Maintenance Services operations for the entire Anglican Care property portfolio across the Hunter, Mid-Coast and Central Coast regions.

    With Risk Management and Compliance issues being a high priority in Property and Asset Management, Gerard is committed to providing improved processes and enhanced environments for the safety and wellbeing of consumers, staff and contractors.  

    Ms Orla Trickey
    Executive Director Quality and Risk

    Orla has previously held executive level positions in Quality & Risk in the mining industry and community services sector including her recent position as General Manager Quality & Continuous Improvement at Samaritans.

    Orla has more than ten years’ experience in partnering with executive management teams to design, implement and operate integrated quality and risk management systems that are practical and effective in achieving continuous improvement in performance and the relevant objectives of the overall strategic and operational plans.

    Orla has an engaging and collaborative leadership style with a focus on service and empowerment. She values and actively nurtures team dynamics which enable diverse teams to work collaboratively and affirm, challenge, support and learn from each other to further develop skills and improve practice and relationships. She understands the importance of developing a shared vision in quality and risk that aligns to that of the organisation.

    Orla holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and is completing her Masters of Workplace Health & Safety.

    Mr John Barriga
    Executive Director ICT Services

    John has held Executive and Board leadership roles for over 13 years and has over 26 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry.  He has led large teams in commercial and government environments in Australia, Canada and the United States.  John has also worked within various industries including aged care, education, retail, utilities, aerospace and consultancy. 

    John enjoys leading large business transformation projects and has won awards in industry over the years.  His focus in industry focuses on strategy, cybersecurity, project governance, negotiations, change management and finding the gender balance in the ICT industry.  He is passionate about community support and has been involved as a Board member in aged care not-for-profit organisations, kids soccer coaching, Scouts and other roles.

    John holds a Bachelor of IT, Masters of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies.  He is also a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Annual Reports

  • Newcastle Anglican Corporation - NAC

    The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle established the Newcastle Anglican Corporation (NAC) 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 the Board of:

    • Anglican Care
    • Anglican Savings and Development Fund (ASDF)
    • Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation
    • Samaritans Foundation
    • Samaritans Housing
    • Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle
  • NAC - Board Members

    Bishop Peter Stuart – Chair

    B.Com, B.D, M.Management, Ed.D, GAICD 

    Dr Peter Stuart became the Bishop of Newcastle on 2 February 2018 after having served as Assistant Bishop from 2 February 2009. He has administered the Diocese on two occasions (2013 and 2017).

    Bishop Peter has considerable experience in not-for-profit governance, risk management, policy development, communication and financial administration. He has previously served on the Board of Anglicare Tasmania Inc, Glenview Nursing Home Inc (Tas), Julia Farr Services (SA), the Julia Farr Association (SA), St Peters College (SA).

    Bishop Peter has previously been a member of the Diocesan Council in the Diocese of Tasmania and Adelaide as well as member of the Long Service Leave Board of General Synod. In Newcastle, he has served as the chair of each of the Diocesan Schools, the Samaritans Foundation, the Trustees of Church Property and the Diocesan Council.


    Wayne Russell – Deputy Chair

    B.Com, CA, GAICD, MIIA (Aust)

    Wayne commenced his audit and assurance career with accountancy firm Coopers & Lybrand which along with accountancy firm Price Waterhouse formed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Wayne’s career progression led to his admission to partnership with Coopers & Lybrand which resulted in Wayne being and was an audit and assurance partner with Coopers & Lybrand/PwC for 20 years. On his retirement from PwC, Wayne was invited by Pitcher Partners to join them.  He was also invited to join the board of Greater Bank and was elected Chairman on joining.

    Wayne is currently a partner in the Audit and Assurance division of Pitcher Partners and is responsible for developing the firms audit approach as well as the maintenance of audit and accounting technical standards within the firm. With Greater Bank Wayne’s current responsibilities include Chair of the Board, Member of the Board Audit Committee, Member of the Board Risk Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Succession Planning Committee, Member of the Board Transformation Governance Committee and Director of the Greater Charitable Foundation Pty Ltd.

    Throughout his career, Wayne has gained extensive experience in providing auditing and assurance services to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors. His private sector clients have ranged from listed and unlisted public companies, not-for- profit  organisations,  financial  institutions,  private  companies  and  medium  and  small business.  Wayne’s public sector clients have included state-owned corporations, public sector authorities and local government organisations.

    Wayne’s experience includes the review and assessment of complex control environments and  operational  auditing  as  well  as  performing  an  extensive  range  of  consulting  and advisory assignments.  His specific experience extends over 30 years and includes external audit, internal audit, advisory and consulting assignments.

    Mr Mark Hedges

    Master Applied Finance, Senior Executive Programme, MBA, Bachelor of Business Studies (NSWIT), majoring in Accounting and Operations Management. Member of CPA Australia, Fellow Finance & Treasury Association, GAICD

    Mark is a Finance Executive, a CPA, with a track record in heading up finance and treasury roles in large listed organisations in addition to holding non-executive roles in NGOs and Professional Associations.  He has expertise in financial markets, particularly corporate funding, FX, commodity risk and working capital management.  Mark has proven judgement and understanding of risk as well as consistent high-level contribution to strategic thinking.  He chairs the Risk Committee of a community credit union and he chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee of a major charity.

    Mark has worked in industry sectors undergoing major challenges, requiring an ability to manage finances through reductions in revenue, closures of major facilities and significant downturn in commodity prices.  He has led significant commercial negotiations and taken responsibility for insurance arrangements in major corporations.

    Significant achievements include arranging and restructuring domestic and US funding lines in multi-billion transactions in industries viewed as unattractive, dealing with lenders to obtain waivers on potential events of default, authoring treasury policies to address financial risks including currency, FX, commodities and operational. He established the risk management function of an Australian Corporation and led the internal audit function.

    Mark has consulted to companies in building products and the media in financial risk management. He also serves on Boards in Sydney and Newcastle.

    Ms Michelle Jarvie

    B Com (University of Newcastle), CA, FIIA, FGIA, CPRM, MAICD

    Michelle is an experienced governance professional who has operated in an executive level in the fields of education, banking and professional services. Her key skills include risk management, regulatory compliance, internal audit, financial management and business policy and practices and she has successfully implemented governance practices and frameworks for a number of organisations.

    Michelle has more than 30 years’ experience working within a number of corporate structures operating in strategic and operational positions and is highly skilled in the development and implementation of corporate strategy and she has proven leadership and team management focus. Michelle is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and holds formal risk, governance and internal qualifications and is a member of a number of thought leading bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Governance Institute, AICD, Institute of Internal Auditors and the Risk Management Institute.

    Ms Helen Murray

    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
    Accredited Specialist Property, Law Society of New South Wales

    Helen is currently a partner in the Newcastle office of Sparke Helmore, a national law firm. As a practicing solicitor for more than 35 years, Helen approaches her work with the highest level of professionalism, integrity, pragmatism and with due consideration of community and reputational aspects.

    In her role, she has acted for State and Local government, global corporations, utilities, leading private developers and Newcastle families and individuals. She also has a commitment to pro bono work and is directly involved in many of her firm’s charitable and community initiatives.

    Helen has advised in major land portfolio strategic management, transformation and regeneration and she is aware of the challenges that come with ownership of a substantial land portfolio including the need for risk mitigation, compliance and the necessity for clear and effective decision processes around proposed dealings with land and of the ongoing capital and maintenance costs.

    She has previously served on the Board of a local financial institution. Her board role focused on governance,  risk management  and compliance to allow the institution which was a small community- based credit union to maintain a strong and positive reputation with the regulators, its members and the community. These are skills which she can bring to the board of the Newcastle Anglican Corporation.

    Mr Richard Turnbull

    AICD Foundation of Directorship Course, Certificate IV in Vocational Instruction, Associate Diploma Aircraft Engineering

    After leaving school in 1970, Richard worked for the CBC bank achieving the role of head teller. In December 1975 he joined the RAAF and served for 20 years as an Aircraft Technician. During this time, Richard worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, an Instructor and was trained as a Novell Network Engineer.

    After resigning from the RAAF, he spent some years contracting as a Network Engineer for various companies including Port Waratah Coal Services, Digital (Now HP) and Telstra. In 1999 Richard was recruited by Colonial First State as their Operations Manager. He started Awonnga Consulting in the early 1993, a business specialising initially in IT and later adding Property services.

    Richard’s relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, is longstanding. He is married to a retired Priest and has supported her in ministry for more than 20 years. Richard is a former member of the Diocesan Council, Property Approvals Board, CEY Commission and Board member of Manning Valley Anglican College. He was also employed by the Diocese as Executive Officer Property in 2014 and 2015, until his appointment as a Trustee of Church Property.

    Currently, Richard is a NAC Board Member, a non-voting member of Diocesan Synod, a General Synod member and member of the School Council for Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School. Richard has and continues to support the ethos and mission of the Diocese and is honoured to serve the diocese in his current roles.

    Prof. Graham Vimpani AM


    Graham (with wife Anne and sons Stephen and Simon) arrived in Newcastle a week after the 1989 earthquake to take up a position as Area Director of Community Child Health Services for the Hunter Area Health Service and Professor of Community Child Health at the University of Newcastle, the first chair of its kind in Australia. He made a significant contribution to the development of child protection services not only in the Hunter but more generally in NSW, finishing off his clinical and policy career as a senior clinical advisor in child protection for NSW Health and a provider of clinical services for children, many Indigenous, in out of home care in Tamworth and Inverell. 

    He also had significant involvement in the prevention of accidents in children and young people through Kidsafe Australia. He has been a passionate advocate for policies and programs for children in their early years, strongly influenced by the work of international leaders in early brain development.  With 60 colleagues he established the National Initiative (later Investment) for the Early Years – NIFTeY which had a significant role in the establishment of ARACY – the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth – as well as the development of the Howard Government’s social policy, the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy led by Minister Larry Anthony which included the establishment of the first national a longitudinal study of children. 

    Graham was awarded a Centennial medal and Membership (AM) of the Order of Australia for his work in paediatrics and child health.

    Ms Fiona Williams

    Company Directors Course, Graduate AICD, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, MRWED, Certificate IV Workplace Safety,
    Bachelor of Business: Human Resource Management

    Fiona has more than 20 years’ leadership experience across a range of industries including Not for Profit, Health, Education, Rail, Manufacturing, Insurance, Travel and Local Council. She has a strong strategic planning and business acumen focus and is motivated by seeing organisations achieve their vision and mission. Her career foundations are in the people and culture space and she has worked closely with Boards, Senior Leaders, employees and volunteers to build positive and rewarding workplace cultures.

    Fiona has always had a passion for making a difference through a variety of programs including coaching and mentoring, mental health and well-being, diversity and inclusion and education. She has also been active in community volunteering in the disability and welfare sector as well as raising funds for a number of charities.

    Bishop Charlie Murrynon-voting member

    BMus, BTh, MAICD

    Bishop Charlie Murry was appointed Assistant Bishop of Newcastle – Coastal Episcopate on 10 May 2018.

    He has served on the Diocesan Council and the Clergy Emoluments Board since 2011. Whilst the Rector of Singleton 2010 – 2018, he was for periods Area Dean and then Archdeacon for the Upper Hunter. He is also the Chair of the Council of Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School.

    Bishop Sonia Roulstonnon-voting member

    B.App.Sc, BD, MMin

    Bishop Sonia has ministered in the Diocese of Newcastle both as a lay person and then in ordained ministry following her ordination in 1995.

    Since ordination she has served as an assistant in the parishes of Gosford and then Singleton, and as Rector of Windale, Cessnock, and Morpeth.  She has also been the Archdeacon for Ministry Support and the Diocesan Archdeacon.  During this time she competed the Australian Institute if Company Directors course as a graduate.

    Bishop Sonia was consecrated Bishop with Bishop Charlie Murry on 10 May  2018.  She currently serves as the Assistant Bishop with responsibilities in the inland portion of the Diocese.  

    Bishop Sonia has served on various committees and governance boards within the Diocese, most recently Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Ministry Council.

  • Diocesan Office

    The Diocesan Office for the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle provides administrative support for clergy and parishes throughout the Diocese.  It is also the Bishop of Newcastle’s office.

    (02) 4926 3733    Fax: (02) 4926 1968 134 King St, Newcastle PO Box 817, Newcastle NSW 2300

    Office hours: 8:30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday


    Alison Dalmazzone

    Executive Assistant to the Bishops
    Bishop’s diaries, engagements and all executive support relating to the Bishops.

    All enquires to 

    Jemma Hore

    Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Chief Executive
    Responsible for the Diocesan Chief Executive’s diary, engagements, administrative support and all enquiries in relation to the Diocesan Chief Executive.

    All enquiries to


    All enquiries to

    Terese Innes

    Financial matters for Diocesan General Fund, Trusts, Trustees of Church Property and parishes.

    Zoe Williams

    Finance & Accounting Officer
    Accounts Liaison, ASDF Support and enquiries.

    Megan Moffat

    Finance Officer 
    Accounts Liaison, Receipting, Payments and Missions enquiries.

    Jane Dumsa

    Payroll Officer (Part Time)
    Payroll enquiries, accounts, invoice follow up.

    Professional Standards – 1800 774 945

    Cathy Rose

    Director of Professional Standards 
    Responsible for complaint handling, professional standards matters and survivor support in the Diocese.

    CEY Ministries (Children, Education and Youth)

    Kate Baker

    SRE Co-ordinator
    SRE and Education enquiries.