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Our Board

Board Chair: David Eldridge
David Eldridge is a retired Salvation Army officer who has worked for over 30 years in a variety of senior social policy and programme development roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has been an adviser to State and Commonwealth Governments on social policy issues, particularly in relation to young people and homelessness. He chaired the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness for a number of years and headed two significant Prime Ministerial Task Forces which delivered ground breaking reports and recommendations.   

In 2007 David was Chair of the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness whose report impacted the Rudd Governments White Paper on Homelessness. Upon concluding his service with The Salvation Army, David was approached by Minister Tanya Plibersek to act as a consultant to the newly formed Commonwealth Homelessness Advisory Committee. In 2009 David was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for his contribution to developing policy and programs for young people and people who are homeless. 

Board Secretary: Malcolm Roberts
Malcolm Roberts has over 30 year’s legal experience in private practice, educational and corporate settings.  Apart from his work with The Salvation Army Housing, he has worked on a number of community boards including aged care, health, disability, education and public services.

 

Board Treasurer: Mark Gray
Mark Gray has 15 years plus experience in business and tax advisory area of public practice. Mark is also a Financial Planner with 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry providing advice and wealth accumulation solutions to a varying group of business and individual clients.  

Mark also served as a director on a group of companies in the NT with a combined turnover of $30mill for 8 years. This provided a wealth of experience in all aspects of business development and planning.   Mark is also a key leader in The Salvation Army church in the City of Adelaide and has held this leadership position for 13 years.   

Board Director: Prof Roz Hansen
Professor Roz Hansen has more than 30 years’ experience as an urban and regional planner working in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.  Roz has worked on a wide range of planning and development sector projects including residential, commercial, community and mixed use development projects; strategic plans, structure plans and policy formulation; and planning permit applications for small, medium and large scale developments. In addition to project managing multi-disciplinary teams Roz has undertaken community engagement and participation in the preparation of municipal and regional strategies.

She is currently chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the State Government’s ‘Plan Melbourne Refresh’ project and recently appointed as a board member of the newly formed Geelong Authority.

 

Board Director: Andrew Craib

Andrew is currently the Acting Territorial Social Programme Secretary for Australia Southern Territory. In this role one major focus is the operational compliance and governance for social programmes with a strong emphasis on contract management.

He has experience gained from over 34 years as an officer in social program, corps (church) operations within community centres which included emergency relief, industrial chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy and supported accommodation services. In addition to this he spent 10 years within The Salvation Army’s Communication and Fundraising Department.

Apart from ongoing personal development through conferences, workshops and sector specific forums he has completed a Cert IV in Front Line Management, Grad Cert in Management, Grad Dip in Theology and is currently undertaking a Dip in Business (Governance).

Robert Pradolin

Robert is an engineer by background and has been active in the property industry for over 30 years most recently as General Manager of Frasers Property Australia (formally Australand).

Over his career, Robert has always had a keen interest in the development of all housing types and in particular, a focus on housing affordability. His experience extends from the development of land subdivisions through to medium density housing and apartments.

Over his time with the company, Robert steered it into the social and affordable housing space with the redevelopment of two significant Victorian government housing estates.

Robert believes that “housing for all – rich and poor” is not only a fundamental human need but it is also in the long-term interest of the economy as it will reduce social service costs consequently he believes that social and affordable Housing is economic Infrastructure.

He is currently on the Board of the Property Industry Foundation, the Summer Housing Foundation and the HIA in Victoria and is a past Board member of the Property Council of Australia, Residential Development Council, UDIA, Livable Housing Australia and the Heritage Council of Victoria. .

Col. Graeme Rigley

Roles

Graeme and his wife Karyn entered The Salvation Army Training College in 1986 from the Norwood Corps in South Australia, and were commissioned as Salvation Army Officers in 1988 and in the first years of officership they served as corps officers and also as officers on the Training College staff. In addition, they have had a number of appointments at both Divisional and Territorial level.

2008 Divisional Leaders of the Northern Victoria Division.

2009 Graeme received an additional International Headquarters appointment, addressing primary health and medical issues in different countries throughout the South Pacific and East Asia Zone.

2010 Divisional Leaders of the Melbourne Central Division, with Graeme also chairing the Victoria State Council and representing The Salvation Army at Victorian Heads of Churches meetings.

In 2013 Graeme was appointed as the Secretary for Programme, responsible for the oversight of corps and social programmes within the Territory.

On 1 August 2015 he was appointed by the General of The Salvation Army as Chief Secretary of the Australia Southern Territory.

Qualifications

Registered medical practitioner

Diploma in Theology

Brief summary of experience

Since entering The Salvation Army Training College as a registered medical practitioner Graeme and his wife Karyn have served in partnership as corps officers, officers on the Training College staff and a number of officer appointments at both Divisional and Territorial level. 

Board Experience

10 years as Chairman of the Australia Southern Territory Moral and Social Issues Council.

2010 - 2013 as Chairman of Victoria State Council (working coordinating group for the 4 TSA Victoria Divisions)

2013 - current day as Trustee of The Salvation Army (states and territories of Australia Southern Territory) Property Trust