+ JEREMY HALCROW
Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy has nearly two decades of management experience in the not-for-profit sector. He has been CEO since 2013, revitalising Anglicare’s core purpose of alleviating poverty in partnership with the Anglican Church and successfully implementing a three year strategy to improve program outcomes, financial performance and staff engagement. Previously as Anglicare’s Director of Communications & Partnerships, he successfully built Anglicare’s fundraising resources and improved Anglicare’s advocacy profile through a research-based strategy.
He is also a leader is the wider community sector, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Canberra Gambling Reform Alliance (CGRA) and Deputy Chair of Anglicare Australia. He was also a director of national sector peak body, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) from 2013-2018, including terms as Treasurer and Deputy President.
Jeremy’s research interests are diverse. He has authored essays, papers and research reports on a range of social justice issues.
In an earlier career, he was a journalist and managing editor of a newspaper.
+ BRAD BRAITHWAITE
Brad began his role at Anglicare in 2018 and brings to Anglicare a wealth of leadership experience gained in senior positions across the higher education, corporate and non-profit sectors. Within the community sector, Brad has held roles as Deputy CEO at Argyle Community Housing and General Manager Marketing and Communications at IRT Retirement Living. For much of the past decade, Brad has held various Director-level and Executive Manager roles at the University of Wollongong, where he delivered a number of large-scale strategic initiatives.
Throughout his career, Brad has also spent significant periods consulting to government, industry and community clients on a wide range of economic and social policy issues, and he maintains a keen interest in social policy research and advocacy. His undergraduate qualifications and first career were in regional economic and social policy. He has a Masters of Business Administration (Social Impact) from UNSW, which is widely regarded as the top qualification for leadership in our sector
+ SIMON BENNETT
Simon has held senior executive positions at Anglicare since 2002. Now as the Executive Manager for Community Services, he oversees all operations for our Disability and Early Childhood Education and Care Services, as well as Community Housing, Homelessness and Youth and Family Service programs in Goulburn, Yass, Moruya and Canberra.
Simon has more than twenty-five years experience across a range of community services and has worked closely with vulnerable young people and families. He is a well known Goulburn figure and has developed strong relationships with government and non-government organsiations as well as State and Federal Ministers.
Simon has a special interest in developing mental health support in rural and remote New South Wales.
+ ANN PONSONBY
Director, Quality Practice
With more than thirty years in social services, Ann has experience across the board from working in the field as a social worker to project management and research, with a particular emphasis on foster care and adoption services. At Anglicare she has been heavily involved in strategic tendering, policy work, evaluation, and implementing innovative programs.
Ann is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged populations and continues to strive for better quality practice.
Ann also oversees Anglicare’s statutory responsibilities of Principal Officer (OOHC) for an interim period which will be reviewed mid-2020.
+ REV SARAH PLUMMER
REV SARAH PLUMMER
Director, Mission and Culture
The Rev Sarah Plummer was appointed as the first woman appointed as a Senior Chaplain with the NSW Police Force in 2016, she was responsible for caring for members of the specialist commands including the counter-terrorism unit, marine unit and PolAir (Police Force Airwing). The role was a partnership between NSW Police and Anglicare (Sydney) on behalf of the Anglican Church and she worked across all NSW Dioceses conducting weddings, funerals and significant state-wide services requested by the NSW Police Force. Sarah has also worked as a chaplain within Anglicare’s residential aged care services.
Prior to this work, Sarah was World Vision International’s Director of Prayer Ministries. In this role she provided mission formation programs for tens of thousands of World Vision staff across the globe.
As Anglicare’s Director Mission and Culture, Sarah will be working with churches and teams across the region, and will also oversee Anglicare College and workforce development.
+ PAUL BRAND
Chief Finance Officer
Paul has significant experience as an accountant across a range of not-for-profit and government sector entities including Health, Education, Science Research, Insurance and Community Services.
Paul has professional qualifications in Accounting, Information Systems, Project Management and is a CPA. As Chief Finance Officer he has a particular interest in building strong financially sustainable organisations that have the resources and freedom to fulfil their mission.
+ EMILY PURVIS
Executive Governance Officer
Emily is the Executive with responsibility for management and leadership of Anglicare’s internal and Board governance including internal audit and policy functions.
Emily joined Anglicare in 2015 as the Volunteers Manager, with responsibility for volunteers across the organisation and the management of key volunteer run programs, such as Anglicare’s Emergency Relief assistance program and the Disaster Recovery Program. In 2017, she assumed the role of Governance and Legal Manager with responsibility for internal governance and support for the Anglicare Board.
Prior to joining Anglicare, Emily spent over 17 years in the Commonwealth Public Service, including in the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Finance, Communications and Environment portfolios providing advice on a range of policy and program issues.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies (Hons), Masters of Science, a Graduate Certificate in Management and a Certificate in Not-for-Profit Governance. She is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Director’s Course.