Newcastle Anglican Church Corporation

The Anglican Church of Australia – Diocese of Newcastle

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].

Board Members

Bishop of Newcastle – Bishop Peter Stuart B.Com, B.D, M.Management, Ed.D, GAICD has been the Acting Bishop of Newcastle since 1 December 2016. 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. He 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 Chief Executive – Mr Stephen Phillips ADipEng, ADipAICD, GDipMgmt, GDipACG, MBA, MComLaw, JP, FCIS FGIA FAICD was appointed in July 2017. He has worked extensively at senior-executive levels within the public and private sectors including ASX 200, Fortune 500 and NASDAQ-listed companies and is a Chartered Company Secretary. He is a Director of several privately-held companies and has previously served as a Director on various industry, government and NFP Boards.