Board & Staff

Our Board of Directors consists of dedicated elected members who govern Mercy Ships Australia and the Mercy Ships Australia Relief Fund. The majority of our Board Members are Non-Executive Directors.

Alan Burrell BSC, MBA
Managing Director, Mercy Ships Australia

Richard Wankmuller BSCE, MSCE
Chairman, Mercy Ships Australia
Non-Executive Director

Karen Binns RN
Deputy Chair, Mercy Ships Australia
Non-Executive Director

Ernst Scholtz MA Clinical Psychology, MBL
Human Resources Consultant
Non-Executive Director

Chris Thomas BCom, DipGrad, MBus
Head of Customer Value Streams, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Non-Executive Director

Patrons and Ambassadors

Margo Hartley OAM
Our Patron

Lynn Ross
Our Australian Co Founder

Grace Mathew
Our Ambassador

Our Advisory Council

Anthea Iva
Founder and Director, Redstone

Chris Thomas
Head of Customer Value Streams, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Ron Jackson
Human Resources Consultant

Peter Howard
Director, Accord Consulting Group – Australia

Alan Atwell
International Development Consultant 

Natalie Herenda
Senior Creative & Implementation Executive, SBS

Trevor Larkins
Director, Sunny Advertising Group

Our Staff

Our experienced staff and volunteers are always here to help you if you would like more information on donating, volunteering or helping us in some way to make a difference to the forgotten poor.

Back L-R: Pat, Alan, Sue M, Michael
Front L-R: Rick, Sue O, Toni, Margaret, Melissa

Not pictured: Andrew, Daniel, Nathalia

Our promise to you


Without your loyal support, we couldn’t do the vital work we do. That’s why we promise to uphold the highest ethical standards. Mercy Ships Australia is committed to keeping the people we work with all over the world safe. Right now we’re working harder than ever to ensure this. To find out more about our policies, please see below.