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 led by the Diocesan Chief Executive.

Executive 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.

Coralie Nichols







Ms Coralie Nichols

Diocesan Chief Executive

Ms Coralie Nichols began this role on 16 March 2020. She brings to the Diocese significant management, business and entrepreneurial expertise as well as widely acknowledged leadership skills in managing people and change.

Coralie is passionate about innovation and excellence.

The Diocesan Chief Executive leads the financial, administrative, risk and governance work of the Diocese undertaken by the Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation and the staff of the Diocesan Office. She will work closely with the Bishop, the Assistant Bishops and CEOs of the diocesan corporate bodies.

Prior to commencing this role, Coralie was the General Manager of Dungog Shire Council. She was worked as  the Director Community Service at Sunshine Coast Regional Council (QLD) and CEO of Anglicare Northern Territory.

Coralie has a lifelong association with the Anglican Church. She was a finalist 2017 Telstra Queensland Business Women’s Awards and Won the 2016 Australian Business Award (ABA 100) for Community Contribution for Council’s Social Strategy.

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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.

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Mrs Linda Wilson
Chief Operating Officer

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

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.

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Mrs Jemma Hore
Executive Assistant to Diocesan Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

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

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Ms Alison Dalmazzone
Executive Assistant to the Bishops

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

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  • Annual Review Magazines

    Annual Review 2018

    Annual Review 2017

    Annual Review 2016

    Annual Review 2015

  • Annual Reports

  • 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 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.

    Bishop Charlie Murry BMus, BTh, MAICD isAssistant Bishop of Newcastle – Coastal Episcopate, appointed on 10 May 2018. He has served on the Diocesan Council and the Clergy Emoluments Board since 2011. Originally from Mackay in North Queensland, Charlie was ordained deacon in November 2004 and priest in December 2005, serving a curacy at Wynnum on Moreton Bay in Brisbane and as Rector of Charleville in the bush. While the Rector of Singleton 2010 – 2018, he was for periods Area Dean and then Archdeacon for the Upper Hunter. He is also Chair of the Council of Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School.

  • 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 Thursday



    Parish Services

    Brendon Lowndes

    Property Officer
    Matters regarding building, regulatory body compliance codes and all work health & safety matters

    Jane Mowbray

    Parish Services Officer
    All Parish Services enquiries

    Communications Support Officer
    Responsible for Diocesan and parish communications support.


    Glen Cousins

    Chief Financial Officer
    Financial matters for Diocesan General Fund, Trusts, Trustees of Church Property, ASDF and parishes
    All enquiries to

    Jessica Murnane

    Anglican Savings and Development Fund Manager (Part-time)
    Enquiries regarding the ASDF

    Terese Innes

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

    Zoe Williams

    Finance & Accounting Officer (Part-time)
    Accounts Liaison, ASDF Support and enquiries

    Megan Moffat

    Finance Officer (Part-time)
    Accounts Liaison, Receipting, Payments and Missions enquiries

    Jane Dumsa

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

    All enquiries to

    Newcastle Anglican Schools Corporation (NASC)

    Alan Green

    Chief Executive Officer

    Business Manager 
    Enquiries about NASC finance matters.

    Professional Standards – 1800 774 945

    Michael Elliott

    Director of Professional Standards [on extended leave]
    Responsible for complaint handling, professional standards matters including Safe Ministry training in the Diocese.

    Cathy Rose

    Acting Director of Professional Standards 

    CEY Ministries (Children, Education and Youth)

    Kate Baker

    SRE Co-ordinator
    SRE and Education enquiries