We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter when disaster strikes.
Our board and executive team share our determination and have all pledged to help make this happen.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, AFC (Retd.)
Upon accepting the role of patron in March 2015, Sir Angus said,
“I am delighted to accept the offer to become Patron of ShelterBox Australia. Over the years I have been involved in many disaster and humanitarian relief operations. I am acutely aware of the need for the provision of shelter to those in need and ShelterBox brings life saving aid, hope and dignity to families made homeless by disasters worldwide, responding to earthquakes, fires, floods, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, typhoons and areas of conflict.
I look forward to working with the people of ShelterBox on current and future disasters.”
Board of Directors
I have over 40 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, having worked both as a volunteer, professional administrator and trainer in organisations as diverse as humanitarian service, hockey, youth leadership, training and life-saving. I am a Rotarian and have served as District 9710 Governor.
Currently, I am involved with the National Youth Science Forum, training and advising Rotaractors and The Rotary Foundation. I am a Director of the National Science Summer School; Chair, Rotary International Zone 8 District Rotaract Representative Training; Rotarian Advisor to Rotaract Australia; and District Rotary Foundation Centurion Chair. I have previously been a Company Secretary.
I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia and am a Justice of the Peace. I hold the Service Cross of the Royal Life Saving Society (Commonwealth), am a Companion of the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia) and a Fellow of the Australian Council for the Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety (Western Australia).
I hold an Advanced Diploma of Personnel & Operations Management, a Diploma of Administrative Studies and a Diploma of Government (Management).
I was elected as a Director of ShelterBox Australia in 2014 and became its Chairman on 1 July 2015. I chair the Governance Committee and am a member of the Overseas Aid Committee. As well as living the Rotary credo of Service Above Self, I strongly believe no family in the world should be without the basic dignity afforded by shelter and warmth.
I have recently transitioned into retirement after a successful career with government and private organisations developing, maintaining, and enhancing organisational capabilities, and business resilience. My strengths include strategic planning, operational design, capability development, and change management; with underlying strengths in program and project management, and as a consultant in my latter career I program managed many strategic and organisational reform and transformation projects for a diverse range of clients, both within Australia and internationally.
Prior to consulting, I had a successful career within the public sector with many years at senior executive level within the national security and law enforcement community.
I have always had a passion for community service, and throughout my career I have frequently engaged with and assisted the community in a variety of volunteer roles, and through ongoing involvement with community service groups and Not for Profit organisations.
As a Rotarian for the past 12 years I have served in many roles including Assistant District Governor and participated in many community projects both locally and internationally, and I have been actively involved with ShelterBox since 2008 as a fundraiser and an Ambassador.
I was elected a Director of ShelterBox Australia in early 2018 and sit on the Operations Committee and Finance and Risk Committee. I believe that shelter is a basic human right and am passionate about helping to ensure families impacted by disasters are able to start to rebuild their lives with the dignity of shelter and protection from the elements.
I hold a Master of Justice and a Bachelor of Justice Studies and during my professional career received recognition as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers.
I am a former Chief Operating Officer for Brindabella Christian College and previously CEO of surf brand, Ocean and Earth. I have held the position of Company Secretary for a listed public company as well as many accounting roles at a senior level with more recent roles in General Management.
I am also Managing Director of management consulting company Utopia Consulting Pty Ltd.
I have been a Rotarian for 18 years and was District Governor in 2008 – 2009. I have had particular interest in Rotary youth programs, re-establishing Interact Clubs in the District. For the last three years I have been District 9710 Treasurer.
I was elected to the Board of Shelter Box in July 2016 and Chair the Finance and Audit Committee. I am passionate about Shelter Box as it is a way of giving practical help to people when they are most vulnerable and is a way of reaching out and showing that the world cares about their plight.
I have over 40 years experience in the meat and livestock industry, building and construction, funds management and Magazine industries with a strong financial analytical focus to allow a clear strategic integration of innovated thoughts.
I am a member of the Australian Institute of Management and have a certificate of Commerce and Accounting Procedures.
I was elected to the board in 2012 and currently I am the Company Secretary. I sit on the Shelterbox Australia Overseas Aid Funds Committee & Governance Committee. My focus is helping communities locally and overseas to have every opportunity following disaster to recover with dignity and hope of a better life.
I have 20 years experience spanning the financial services, IT and not-for-profit sectors, with a proven track record in program management, operations, strategy, marketing, product, brand and program management.
I am a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Class 1) from the University of Sydney.
I was elected in 2014 and sit on the Governance, Fundraising and Operations (Chair) Committees.
I am passionate about people all around the globe having dignity through shelter.
John Lawrence OAM
I chaired ShelterBox Australia in 2012 and currently serve as a Director.
I attended Associate training in HQ Cornwall then immediately assisted in delivering help to victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake in 2011. I began my professional life as a civil engineer and have since made a mid-career change to the computer industry. My engineering experiences encompass major developments in Australia’s Northern Territory, Canberra, and the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, PNG.
I am a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2007 for community service through Rotary and the Anglican Church.
In 2011, I was invested as a Knight of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, an honour bestowed on individuals in recognition of their works of Christian charity.
I hold a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I live in Adelaide SA. I started out as a watchmaker and then sold life insurance and other financial products till 2000. From then until retirement I was a company director in a training organisation. I was a senior referee in both the NBL and WNBL in the founding days of those basketball leagues.
From 1985 I directed my energies towards wheelchair basketball, which lead to an international career of 25 years in the technical and administrational area. I was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Basketball Australia inducted me into their Hall of Fame in 2010 and, in 2011 the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation awarded me the IWBF “Gold Medal Triad Award” for administration services.
As a Rotarian I was involved with three major humanitarian projects, two in Cambodia and one in Cebu, in the Philippines. I became involved with ShelterBox fundraising projects from 2008 and joined the board in 2014.
I am a content strategist with over 20 years’ experience in content creation and marketing across TV, web video, online, social media and print.
I am currently the Director and co-founder of General Strike, a Melbourne-based creative studio. Previously I worked for global brands including Lonely Planet where I was Head of Television with responsibility for their television and online video strategy. I am a creative with acute business management skills and hold an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
I have a strong interest in travel and culture and this is what brought me to ShelterBox. I appreciate the organisation’s no-nonsense, grass roots, action-orientated approach of getting help to those who need it in times of crisis. I joined the Board of ShelterBox Australia in 2017 and I am currently the Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.
I am a Civil Engineer, retired, however I have kept an active role within the engineering field. I was a Director of Engineering for some 27 years before taking up a Consultant role. I was also the NSW State President of the Engineering Association IPWEA and a member of the National Board as well during this time.
I joined Shelterbox in 2009 as a Shelterbox Response Team member and since that time have participated in 9 overseas deployments and trainings in various parts of the world as a team member and team lead. I joined the ShelterBox Australia Team in 2017 and took on the role as Operations Director. I have found my time with Shelterbox as an SRT and Board a very satisfying experience.
I have been involved with Rotary since 1995 as a club member and president. I have served as District Governor (2014/15), Assistant Governor, and other positions on the District team, especially in the International Portfolio involved with overseas aid projects. To date I have lead 16 projects teams since 1998 to Papua New Guinea and East Timor building infrastructure at Hospitals and schools and improving peoples lives.
I am passionate about ShelterBox and its ability to respond to disasters assisting displaced people when they need it most.
I am a professional photographer by trade, with over 25 years experience working in the UK and Australia.
I have been involved with ShelterBox since 2006 and have deployed 22 times as a Response Team Member and Team Lead, most recently to Bangladesh. I joined the board of ShelterBox Australia in 2011 as Communications Officer, was made General Manager in 2014 and CEO in 2016. I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the organisation with a focus on fundraising, communications, IT, recruitment, and procurement. I rely on a small dedicated part-time staff of three, the support of the board and the dedication of our fantastic volunteers.
I am a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and sit on the Fundraising and Operations Committees. As an employee, I sit on the board in an ex-officio basis. I am the International Director of the Rotary Club of Alstonville, NSW.
ShelterBox has been a passion for the past eleven years and will continue to be so as long as there are people in need of help.
Volunteer Program Manager
I have worked for over 20 years across non-government and government organisations, with 10 years experience in management and project administration. I have managed small and large teams of staff and volunteers working in projects here in Australia, England, Canada, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
I relish the opportunity to work with an organisation like ShelterBox to make a real difference to lives of people affected by disaster. With strong connections to many developing countries I am committed to supporting our volunteer team here in Australia. Our volunteers have a critical role in promoting ShelterBox and raising funds that I know has a lasting and positive effect in the lives of families who have lost everything.
Annual report 2018
Every year your amazing support helps us provide emergency shelter and aid to disaster-striken families around the world.
In 2017/18, your support allowed us reach families affected by conflict in Syria, floods in Bangladesh, disastrous weather in the Caribbean Islands, and floods and landslides in Kenya.
Thanks to you, we were also able to provide essential aid items to Rohingya families who currently reside in Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.
Learn more about our impact during 2017/18 by reading our Annual Report.