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Commissioners Robert and Janine Donaldson

Commissioners Robert and Janine Donaldson

On 1 December 2018, The Salvation Army became a unified movement in Australia, after having operated as two independent territories for 97 years. The objectives to bring the two former territories were to have an aligned vision, united voice, greater impact, increased innovation, stronger partnerships and better stewardship for the communities that we serve across Australia.

The Australian Territory Board

The Australia Territory Board is responsible for providing oversight, legal compliance and adherence to International Headquarters Orders and principles.  It’s supports the delivery of mission and realising the vision through the national strategy.

The Board consists of 11 members - six Salvation Army officers, including Commissioner Robert Donaldson as Chair, and five independent members, who all share a personal faith in Jesus Christ.  The members are:

  • Commissioner Robert Donaldson (Chair)
  • Colonel Geanette Seymour (Alternate Chair)
  • Mr Richard Grellman, AM (Independent Lead)
  • Commissioner Janine Donaldson
  • Colonel Mark Campbell
  • Captain Richard Parker
  • Lieutenant Lydia Hong
  • Mr Greg Couttas
  • Mr Adrian Appo, OAM
  • Ms Desley Hargreaves, PSM
  • Ms Felicity Natoli

The Board is supported by four Committees, Cabinet and the Executive Mission Council:

Executive Mission Council

The Executive Mission Council is responsible for managing the implementation and delivery of board-approved strategies, compliance with board-approved policies and providing advice and assistance to the trustees to enable The Salvation Army to achieve its mission.

The Executive Mission Council is comprised of:

Position Name
Chief Secretary (Chair) Colonel Mark Campbell
Assistant Chief Secretary Lt-Colonel Winsome Merrett
Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries and Gender Equity Advocate Colonel Julie Campbell
Secretary for Mission Lt-Colonel Lyn Edge
Secretary for Business Administration Lt-Colonel Stuart Evans
Secretary for Personnel Lt-Colonel Kelvin Merrett
Secretary for Communications Lt-Colonel Neil Venables
Chief Financial Officer Ian Shinkfield 
Chief Information Officer Craig Tucker
Chief Property Officer TBA
Chief Human Resources Officer Penny Lovett 
Group Executive Mission Enterprises Jeff Davey
Divisional Commanders Lt-Colonel Bruce Stevens (VIC)
Lt-Colonel Miriam Gluyas (NSW/ACT)
Lt-Colonel David Godkin (QLD)
Lt-Colonel Chris Reid (WA)
Major Barry Casey (SA/NT)
Captain Kim Haworth (TAS)


Audit and Risk Committee

The purpose of this committee is to ensure the integrity of the financial statements, risk management framework and the system of internal controls, such that these align with The Salvation Army values and meet its legislative and regulatory obligations.

Nominations Committee

The responsibility of this committee is to fairly and objectively identify and nominate suitably qualified candidates for appointment to the board.

Professional Standards Committee

This committee has been set up to define and promote, within The Salvation Army, a world’s best practice response to allegations of abuse and ensure The Salvation Army is actively enhancing child safety within the Australian community.

Quality and Safety Committee

This committee’s role is to define and promote a culture of continuous quality improvement and consumer safety that aligns with Salvation Army values and meets legislative and regulatory obligations.

National Cabinet

The purpose of the cabinet is to improve the depth and breadth of the spiritual life of The Salvation Army in Australia. It is responsible for guiding the movement so that it operates in accordance with its mission to “Share the love of Jesus by caring for people, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice”.

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The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.

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