SU Australia National Board

Alison Hunter, GAICD

Program Manager – Major Projects, World Vision

Alison is an experienced marketing and project management professional. From her work with World Vision and NAB she brings broad experience in the areas of business management, customer journeys, strategy, marketing, IT, CRM, project management, portfolio management, risk and financials.
Alison has a long connection with Scripture Union starting as a camper, CSSM team member, and most recently, as chair of the SU Victoria board and chair of the TPGG.

“I’m excited to bring my background in change and transformation to help SU better achieve its mission.”

Peter Barney,
(enrolled in AICD course in August)

CEO/State Minister; Churches of Christ SA

Peter is an experienced missional leader, who brings strengths in missional strategy and theology to the board. He has a long and deep connection to Scripture Union, having started on the SU WA board at age 18. Peter served as State Director in SU WA for ten years.
He has a deep understanding of the Christian not for profit sector, change management, and the risk and child protection issues Scripture Union faces.

“I’m excited by an SU national movement but want to see SU stay at grass roots level. I’m really pleased that SU is prepared to take a risk and change.”

Peter Murphy, GAICD, FCPA, FASFA

Partner, Robertson and Chang

Peter is a financial specialist with deep experience in NFPs and education. He brings a blend of strategic insight and financial awareness, and a strong track record of transforming organisations through aligning their resources with their purpose to achieve results.
After almost a decade as the CEO Christian Super working across the full spectrum of Christian churches, he currently holds chair and directorship roles in the finance and not-for-profit sectors.
Not just a numbers person, Peter has a strong passion for mission, young people, and holds theological qualifications.

“I love the mission of SU – I think it’s awesome! We’ve got to get the message of faith to young people while they’re developing their worldview.”

Dr Maryanne Davis

Acting CEO, Anglican Deaconess Ministries

Maryanne is a passionate and experienced school principal, with over 20 years’ experience in educational leadership. She has a deep passion for SU’s mission going back to her time as a camper on SU camps, and a beach mission leader. Her broader experience includes Christian Religious Education, chaplaincy, and schools groups. Maryanne has done extensive research in building missional effectiveness with appropriate accountability structures.
Maryanne brings strong governance and child protection experience, from the education and Christian mission sectors.
“One of the greatest strengths of SU is it has been so faithful in its representation of the Gospel over many generations; there is the trust to allow innovation to find new and exciting ways forward for the gospel. Nationalising releases resources and brings together the great minds to work on new ideas to take us beyond the easy spaces – God has commanded us to be courageous!”

Michael Hotchkin

Senior Partner, Hotchkin Hanley Law Firm

Michael is an energetic and highly respected lawyer with a passion for mission. His extensive litigation experience includes industrial relations contractual disputes, trade practices, property disputes, and complex negotiations with government. Michael also provides strategic advice on planning and implementing large and complex projects.
Michael has a long connection with Scripture Union. He has directed a beach mission for many years, and been an active member. He has sat on the boards of Uniting Church children’s homes, is passionate about children at risk, and once brought camels into an auditorium with thousands of students to make a Bible passage come alive.

“There is extreme dialogue about Christianity in Australia. SU is strategic because we can create a warm, positive place for God in Australia.”

Rev Dr Chris Porter

Executive Director, Equip Ministries & Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College

Most people could not draw academic interests in computer science, psychology and theology, into an engaging discussion of national ministry, but Chris is not most people. Chris’ diverse work experience includes research on human decision-making and complex networked environments. He has applied his research to help large organisations make good decisions in high pressured environments, with internationally dispersed teams, and helping churches and mission agencies work well nationally. He has also been involved in church planting, Bible teaching work in Tanzania, theological research, and developing Child Protection policies.
Chris’ governance experience with CMS and the Anglican church has given him a deep appreciation of the challenges and importance of SU’s national transition.

“SU camps was where I worked out what my faith meant in practice …. I’m excited about the national movement because of the opportunity for multiplication of ministry. It will mean groups that are doing similar things can be more functional and powerful for the gospel.”

Sean Hubbard, GAICD, CA

General Manager, The Wesley Hospital

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in the late 90’s, Sean chose to work at a local hospital, and has spent his career using his financial and business skills to invest in organisations that care for the community.
Sean has led large ($850m) and complex healthcare organisations through complex change, including mergers of divisions and organisations, always with a focus on improving outcomes for the people the organisation serves.
Sean has extensive board experience, including most recently as a member of the SU Qld board. While new to SU, his passion for the mission is obvious.

“I was drawn to this opportunity because of the value of what SU does, and the missional possibilities as different regions combine their resources and focus.”