Board Director: Winsome Merrett
Prior to commencing her training as a Salvation Army officer in 1987, Winsome had graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy and practised as a Speech Therapist for five years, three years in an early intervention disability service and for two years in a Community Health service connected to a hospital. Winsome is in her thirtieth years as a commissioned Salvation Army officer. She has an A. Mus. A in Piano and a Master of Arts, (Theological Studies).
She has served for seventeen years with her husband as a corps officer in corps appointments at Kaniva, Morwell, Floreat and Darwin. The appointment at Darwin was for six years, but for the last four years, Winsome took primary responsibility for corps operations, including significant building renovations at the corps. At the same time she assisted in the regional operations of The Salvation Army’s work in the Northern Territory through youth and children’s services, women’s ministries and Officer Personnel. At the conclusion of this appointment in Darwin, taking in her childhood and young adulthood life in the Northern Territory, Winsome had lived for a total of more than twenty three years in the Northern Territory. This included experiencing Cyclone Tracey and the recovery process in the years following that natural disaster.
Following the appointment in Darwin, Winsome served within the Territorial Corps Programme department for four years, with over two of those leading a team of twenty-five in resourcing and supporting corps, developing policies and training to facilitate healthy corps growth, cross-cultural ministries and new corps starts. Two years followed as Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries and Divisional Secretary for Officer Personnel in the Western Victoria Division.
Winsome’s last appointment was as Divisional Commander of the Eastern Victoria Division. The first four years, prior to the Salvation Army’s Victorian restructure, included oversight of both corps and social programmes within the division, (including property and finance) as well as officer personnel. The social programmes included housing and tenancy, homelessness outreach services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Out of Home Care Services and Youth services. The development of a five year strategic plan for the division included property matters and development, particularly around corps and social integration possibilities. Her current appointment (as from June 2016) is Secretary for Programme.