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 Synod Standing Committee

The role of the Synod Standing Committee, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, is to ensure that the work of the Synod and the oversight that the Synod offers with regard to the Church's worship, witness and service continues between ordinary meetings of the Synod itself. It consists of 12 members elected at the Synod meeting. Ex-officio members of the committee are the Moderator, Ex-Moderator, the General Secretary, and two representatives of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). There are also non-voting attendees who resource the committee. The Synod Standing Committee meets between eight and twelve times a year.



Anna Harrison

Anna has a deep love of Jesus and lives this call as an elder, and youth leader in her congregation. More broadly she has been involved in university discipleship, Schoolies summer project and the NextGen committee. Anna has her honours in anthropology and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in theology at Pilgrim. She has had the opportunity to work at UnitingWorld, and for the Presbytery Transition Team. Anna is continuing her term on the Synod Standing Committee.


Carlynne Nunn

Carlynne is a member of Brunswick Uniting Church, where she worked as a community and outreach worker. She also worked for Lentara UnitingCare as a community worker and has completed a media and communications degree at Melbourne University. Since candidating for ministry Carlynne has served on the CTM board and begun work in a new and renewing ministries role at the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches. She has grown ever more fascinated by and passionate about the work of our church as part of God's mission.


Helen Collins

Helen is a retired secondary teacher with extensive administrative experience. She is a continuing Synod Standing Committee member and has been chair of Presbytery of NEV for four years. She is member of St Stephens’s church council, where she was secretary for many years. Helen was on the board of UnitingCare Wodonga for three years and is a volunteer with Uniting Vic.Tas


Jen Shields

Jen is special education teacher in Shepparton, and elder in her local UCA congregation, where she runs the youth group. She has served on church council for three years and was on the Assembly's NYARC committee for five years and has experience in four synods of the church. She is passionate about serving the UCA and inclusivity of all in the life of the church.


Jessica Hateley-Browne

Jessica is an elder of Cafechurch Faith Community and a member of the Church of All Nations. She has experience as a board member of a non-profit and has previously served on the parish council of a large and complex Anglican church. Jessica is eager to serve the Church by contributing to Synod Standing Committee according to her gifts and graces, and would relish the opportunity to grow in the role.


John Diprose

John W P Diprose OAM, has extensive experience in church and community governance at a local church council, presbytery and synod level, having been on Synod Standing Committee since 2014. He has been a member and chair of boards in education (preschool to post-secondary level), health (public hospital and aged care) industries.
John has used these experiences to take the Church into the community as a leader of mission programs in the Hamilton and surrounding communities.
With a family farming enterprise of grain, sheep and forestry, John brings a rural and business perspective to Standing Committee.


Lindsay Oates

Lindsay has a strong background in aged and community care in rural, remote, regional and metropolitan settings as a CEO and consultant. He is a member of The Institute of Community Directors and has worked as senior banker with Commonwealth Bank. Lindsay has served on synod and presbytery standing committees. He is also president of the Victorian Men's Shed Association and secretary of the Mirboo North Community Shed Co-operative Ltd. Lindsay is a member of the state government Department of Health and Human Services Advisory.


Ron Gowland

Ron Gowland is retired after spending over 40 years as a senior financial executive in industry. He has been on Synod Standing Committee for three years and Synod Finance Committee for two and a half years. Ron was a parish council chair for 10 year as well as being Presbytery of Gippsland treasurer for 13 years. He has been Lake Tyers Camp Park board chair for 19 years and on the Latrobe Community Health Audit Committee for four years. He is the former chair of the Gippsland Water and Latrobe City Audit Committees. He holds FCPA and CPA Public Practice Certificates. Ron aims to finalise the governance improvements and financial sustainability commenced three years ago.


Rev Robin Yang

Robin Yang B. App Sc, B.Th is a minister at Endeavour Hills Uniting Church. He is currently working towards a master of divinity. Robin is involved in his community as a volunteer in Kid's Hope and teaches computer at the Neighbourhood Centre. Robin serves on the Synod Sexual Misconduct Committee, Moderator's Nominating Committee and Placements Committee. He has worked in the Bureau of Meteorology and National Parks. Robin brings with him a keen capacity for discernment.


Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker

Robyn is an ordained minister of the word in the UCA. She has served as a congregational minister in Wangaratta, and undertaken school chaplaincy, and youth and children's ministry. Currently a lecturer at Trinity College, Robyn teaches biblical texts and interpretation. She is passionate about fostering a church community that is theologically educated, missional, and has clear priorities for the future along with the strategies to support them.


Rev Sani Vaeluaga

Sani is an inspirational leader, a man of faith who leads with humility. His ministry experience has given him a broad awareness of the challenges being faced by the Church and of the importance of building relationships between the various facets of the life of the Church. He has developed a capacity to lead in ecumenical and intercultural communities, with abilities to facilitate, advocate, consult, heal and challenge as appropriate. Sani brings to any leadership role the understanding and experience of a person living in a community and context shaped by the love of God and a culture not his own. He has a good understanding of UCA ethos and polity; knowledge of the Church’s admin and finance; and heart for good governance and responsible stewardship.


Rev Stan Clarke

Stan came from a management role in industry. He has since served 30 years in congregational ministry in rural Victoria, Tasmania and metropolitan Melbourne. Stan has served many years on pastoral relations committees, sometimes as chairperson. He was a member of Placements Committee for many years as a presbytery rep and later as synod appointment. Stan chaired Placements Committee for four years. Stan was member of the UnitingCare Network Project Control Group. Stan continues on as member Synod Standing Committee and is committed to encouraging congregations to become oriented to mission.



Ministry and Mission Committee

  • Rev Graeme Harrison (Chairperson)
  • Rev Alexandra Sangster
  • Matthew Julius
  • Rev Dr Sunny Chen
  • Rev Rose Broadstock
  • Rev Fa'amata'u Leota
  • Lindsay Oates (SSC Representative)
  • Helen Collins (SSC Representative)
  • Carlynne Nunn (SSC Representative)
  • Anna Harrison (SSC Representative)
  • Rev Dr Mark Lawrence (General Secretary, Ex-Officio)


​Property and Operations Committee

  • Rev Stan Clarke (SSC Representative & Chairperson)
  • Roland Wierenga
  • Ken Tabart
  • David Rowe
  • Robert Turner
  • Helen Geard
  • John Diprose (SSC Representative)
  • Ron Gowland (SSC Representative)
  • Rev Dr Mark Lawrence (General Secretary, Ex-Officio)
  • Jim Milne (Synod Property Officer, Ex-Officio)