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Our Board

Will Pearson

Rev. Will Pearson – Chair

Will is a retired UCA minister with a close affinity for those living on the land. During his full time ministry he served two years in Armidale and experienced first hand the difficulties facing rural and remote families. Will is passionate about growing the number of Bush Chaplains across remote inland Australia.

Cecil Benjamin – Board Member

Cecil Benjamin – Board Member

Cecil brings extensive experience and expertise as a marketing/business consultant to his role as board member. He co-founded Benkorp Management Services providing the SME and NFP sectors with management accounting, systems setup and maintenance services. He has also given 10 years in professional ministry with the Uniting Church Australia, serving congregations around Sydney.

Colleen Geyer

Colleen Geyer – Board Member

Colleen is the current General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia and has held a number of other senior roles in the Church including Associate Director of UnitingCare Australia, and Director of Mission at BlueCare. She brings a wealth of experience, extensive leadership knowledge, and a range of UC perspectives to the Board.

Aunty Dianne Torrens

Aunty Dianne Torrens – Board Member

Aunty Dianne Torrens is a Widjabal woman and Githabul woman of the Bundjalung nation from the Northern Rivers. She was a founding member of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) in NSW and one of the first five Aboriginal women to be made a UCA elder. Aunty Dianne and her husband Tim Torrens initiated the “Walking on Bundjalung Country”, inviting non-Aboriginal people to join them for a time of learning, connection and sharing. This has inspired other Walking on Country events and promoted reconciliation within our community.

Dorothy Creek – Board Member

Dorothy Creek – Board Member

As a farmer living in rural NSW all her life, Dorothy brings valuable grassroots perspective to the Board. She knows only too well the reality of living off the land. Dorothy is also a lay preacher and a foundation member of the UCA Riverina Presbytery. She has served on the board since 2016.

Rev. Heather den Houting – Board Member

Rev. Heather den Houting – Board Member

Heather was appointed as the General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod in June 2016. Heather serves across a range of Church Boards and commissions with the Uniting Church at national, state and local levels. Heather has a background in law including government, community and private practice. She is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors and holds degrees in Economics, Law and Theology and post-graduate qualifications in Management.

Lisa Sampson – Board Member

Lisa Sampson – Board Member

Lisa is a marketing, media relations and fundraising consultant. She has held senior executive roles in the UCA NSW/ACT Synod and with several well-known charities, as well as a non-executive directorship within the education sector. She brings operational and strategic knowledge of the not-for-profit sector.

Katrina Gillies – Board Member

Katrina Gillies – Board Member

Katrina joined the Frontier Services Board with significant litigation, governance and compliance experience. Katrina’s knowledge was invaluable to the board and the operations of Frontier Services from a legal perspective. It was with a heavy heart that Katrina retired from the board in August 2021. We wish her the best in her new endeavours.

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee – Board Member

Sharon was appointed to the Frontier Services board in December 2019. She brings over 15 years of experience across a range of sectors including telecommunications, professional and financial services, government and not-for-profit to the role. She has also served as a Board Trustee to the John Flynn Foundation since 2018.

Mark Kickett

Mark Kickett – Board Member

Rev. Mark is the Interim National Chair of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). He served on the Frontier Services Board as Aunty Dianne Torrens’ liaison until June 2021. However, we now welcome Mark as a member of the Frontier Services Board.