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Our Board

Lisa Sampson – Board Member

Lisa Sampson – Chair

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.

Rev. Heather den Houting – Board Member

Rev. Heather den Houting – Deputy Chair

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ben Cohen

Ben Cohen – Board Member

Ben was appointed to the Frontier Services Board in 2021. His career spans over 60 years in which he has performed as a leader in technological innovation, finance management and human resourcing across several successful businesses. A member of Toorak Uniting Congregation, Ben has been serving the Uniting Church in an official capacity since 1989, contributing to numerous boards and committees and acting as Chair of the UCAVT Finance Committee between 2012 and 2014. His professional endeavours are underpinned by a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Tim Ford

Tim Ford – Board Member

Tim was appointed to the Frontier Services Board in 2021, carrying forward a family legacy of involvement within organisation. He operates a leadership advisory practice serving Boards and Executive Teams in a range of areas encompassing succession planning, developmental assessments, team optimisation and executive coaching. Tim graduated with high honours in Organisational Psychology from Harvard University and he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Tim is passionate about supporting mission-driven organisations.