Our team come from different walks of life, with one thing in common: a passion to see children lifted out of poverty in Jesus’ name.

We have over 150 committed team members and many more volunteers who offer their time, energy and skills to help fulfill our mission.

Our team come from different walks of life, with one thing in common: a passion to see children lifted out of poverty in Jesus’ name.

We have over 150 committed team members and many more volunteers who offer their time, energy and skills to help fulfill our mission.

Jobs at Compassion include frontline positions that lead our engagement with churches, donors and supporters, plus a range of professional and support positions in areas such as customer service, marketing, finance, IT and HR.

Compassion Australia is managed by our CEO, Clare Steele, with the help of the executive directors.

Compassion Australia is based in Newcastle, NSW, and has regional offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Clare Steele

Clare Steele - CEO

Clare is an experienced executive leader with a strong record in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Following a successful business career, she worked for more than a decade in Christian ministry, focusing on strategic leadership that enabled churches to better serve their communities.

Clare sensed God’s call to move into international development to serve children and churches all around the world—and in 2019 she was appointed Compassion Australia’s Chief Executive Officer.

Ben Dodd

Ben Dodd - Executive Director of Finance (Chief Financial Officer)

Ben has a background in economics and banking. After joining Compassion Australia in 2009, he became Chief Financial Officer in 2015 and is now responsible for enhancing Compassion Australia’s financial position and overseeing the ministry’s technology team.

Janine Daly

Janine Daly - Executive Director of Supporter Engagement

Janine joined Compassion in 2009 and was made NSW State Manager in 2011. Promoted to Executive Director of Supporter Engagement in 2014, Janine leads the Supporter Engagement section in engaging, delighting and supporting sponsors through their experience with Compassion.

Deb Adams

Deb Adams - Executive Director of Ministry Services

Deb joined Compassion in 2006, became Human Resources Director in early 2007 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. Deb oversees Ministry Services, which includes People and Culture, Field Experience, Legal and Sector Compliance, Strategy and Innovation, Risk Management, and Special Projects.

Adam Holland

Adam Holland - Executive Director of Ministry Relationships

Adam has managed teams in local church, academic and local government contexts. He joined Compassion as Executive Director of Ministry Relationships and leads the team that engages directly with churches, Compassion Advocates, donors and supporters to see children lifted out of poverty.


The Board

Compassion Australia is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The board comprises six members, each with unique skills and experience, united for the purpose of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Compassion Australia is a company limited by guarantee, with a Constitution that defines the organisation’s purpose, objectives and powers, and how income is to be applied.

It is the role of the Board of Directors to ensure we operate in accordance with the principles and commitments stated in our Constitution.

Compassion Australia is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The board comprises six members, each with unique skills and experience, united for the purpose of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Compassion Australia is a company limited by guarantee, with a Constitution that defines the organisation’s purpose, objectives and powers, and how income is to be applied.

It is the role of the Board of Directors to ensure we operate in accordance with the principles and commitments stated in our Constitution.

Isaac Moody

Isaac Moody - Chair of the Board

Member of the Executive and Governance Committee
Board member since 2008

Isaac has a group of businesses in hospitality, agriculture and property, which enables him to volunteer for ministries like Compassion, maintain strong community involvement in the Toowoomba region and serve as a “tentmaker” pastor in his local church.

Isaac is married to Mel and together they lead a busy yet fulfilling life with six young children.

Dr John Bond

Dr John Bond - Vice Chair of the Board

Member of the Executive and Governance Committee
Member of the Ministry Relationships and Supporter Engagement Committee
Board member since 2002

John is a Minister of Religion with international ministry experience. He currently serves as the Minister-at-Large for Lifestreams Christian Church, Director of Lifestreams Global Family and the Asia South East Pacific World Zone leader of Dynamic Church Planting International. He is the Founding Director of Sonlife Ministries Inc.

Sam Valich

Sam Valich

Member of the Ministry Relationships and Supporter Engagement Committee
Board member since 2015

Sam Valich has over 20 years’ not-for-profit and commercial experience in brand development research and communications. Her consultancy, The Values Driven Co., focuses on the development of identity, purpose and culture. She developed a proprietary tool called Monostory and has a successful track record in creative and strategic advisory in Australia, the UK and the USA. 

Mike Jeffs

Mike Jeffs

Member of the Finance, Technology and Ministry Services Committee
Member of the Board of Directors of Compassion International
Board member since 1995

Mike has extensive business knowledge, with 40-plus years’ experience in management and director roles. He is the Founder and Director of Network Communications Pty Ltd, Founder and CEO of Australian Christian Channel Pty Ltd, and Director of Southern Cross Institute Pty Ltd.

Mark McCrindle

Mark McCrindle

Member of the Ministry Relationships and Supporter Engagement Committee
Board member since 2015

Mark is a demographer, social researcher and founding principal of McCrindle Research. Along with his team of data analysts, he works to identify emerging trends and research insights that can inform strategy and effective engagement. Mark is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to some of Australia’s leading organisations.

Mabel Chua

Mabel Chua - Board Secretary

Secretary of the Board; Member of the Ministry Services and Finance Committee
Board member since 2012

Mabel holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and finance. Prior to becoming the Managing Director of M 6:8 Legal in Perth, Mabel was a partner at a multi-disciplinary boutique legal practice. Mabel has served in various leadership capacities in her local church and in the Christian community.

Kent Medwin

Kent Medwin

Member of the CEO and Governance Committee, Member of the Ministry Services Committee,
Board member since 2010

Kent has been in business for over 20 years and is the Managing Director of Rock Property Australia, Campus Pastor Hillsong Tasmania, and a Director of St Michael’s Collegiate School. Kent is passionate about seeing change, growth, and empowering others to impact their sphere. Kent resides in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife and three children.