Grant Committee

Members as at 2 February 2017

Angela Goodwin
Share Director

Josh Woollett

Josh is a New Zealand trained and qualified Social Worker and has worked in a number of jurisdictions; New Zealand, England, Queensland and Victoria, in the fields of Youth Justice, Child Protection and mental health, specifically Maori mental health. Josh held a Senior Practitioner role (North West office) in the Department of Human Services before becoming a trainer practitioner in the Department’s Professional Development unit (Child Protection and Youth Justice). He was then appointed the Safe Church Educator for the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. Josh has served on two other relevant Boards- one as a Governance Board Member for a Maori and Pacific Island Social Service and another as a Board Member/ Stake Holder Representative to the New Zealand Diaspora Charitable Funds Board of the New Zealand High Commission (London).

Sarah Thompson

Sarah is a Marketing, Communications and Fundraising Principal Consultant with T-Group Services. Sarah worked in the advertising and business-to-business marketing and sales industries for many years before making the move to the not-for-profit space. Sarah has extensive experience in grants administration from proposal through to acquittal stage. She is familiar with grant processes from a wide variety of organisations including: private enterprise, government as well as Private Ancillary Funds and Trusts. She has successfully secured grant funding and provided strategic funding advice for organisations across a range of not-for-profit sectors including: health, disability, the arts and social services.

Pamela Grant

Pam is a member of the Uniting Church and is actively involved with the North Ringwood congregation (NRUC) in Melbourne. Prior to her retirement in 2010 Pam worked with the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Commission for Mission as Executive Assistant; through this role she provided support to the Executive Director and the Commission Board. Other roles Pam had in the UCA involved work with the Uniting Church Schools, through the Synod and also the Assembly. Since her retirement Pam has undertaken several projects for Share and is a Share Rep at NRUC.

Helen Geard

Helen is a member of the Claremont Uniting Church, part of the Derwent Cluster based in the northern suburbs of Hobart. She is Secretary of the Church Council and has been a member of a number of task groups. Helen works part time as a Natural Resource Management Facilitator / Project Officer with the Southern Midlands Council (central Tasmania) working with landholders and the wider community to achieve positive environmental outcomes. She has extensive experience writing grant applications for environmental and community projects. She has also spent time assessing Landcare grant applications for the Australian Government.

Reverend Tony Duncan

Tony obtained his Social Work degree from Sydney University in 1970 and worked for 20 years with the NSW Department of Community Welfare working mainly in the areas of child protection and juvenile justice. The last 9 years with the Department were spent as manager of the Albury office. He was actively involved in a number of community groups including the principle youth service in the city, and was the founding chairperson of St David’s Care a parenting organisation that eventually became part of UnitingCare. After training for the Uniting Church ministry in the early 90’s, Tony worked as the Dean of Students at the Theological College for a year before taking up parishes in Ballarat, Werribee, and a final placement at Pilgrim UC in Launceston before retiring to Berwick in mid 2014. In each of his parishes Tony was heavily involved with the UnitingCare agencies being a Board member of Outreach Ballarat, Werribee Support and Housing, and UnitingCare Tasmania. Currently Tony is involved with UnitingCare Connections and a church outreach program in the South Casey region.

Clare McGinness
General Manager, Programs and Services, Uniting