Board of Directors
Alan Larsen was born in Whakatane, New Zealand. Alan’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Forestry Science, Diploma of Business Studies papers in Accounting, investments and marketing, and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. His professional life started in forestry consultancy, a role that led him to participate in and lead projects in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, USA and the Pacific Islands, working with international government and private sector investment clients. In 2000 he migrated to Australia with his family, to build a career in financial planning in Rockhampton. He is currently managing director of a practice in Gladstone. Since 2009, Alan has been a member of the Central Queensland Anglican Diocese finance and property committee. Alan currently chairs Anglicare’s Finance and Audit Committee. He enjoys family, gardening, walking, movies and reading. He has a strong passion for spiritual development, environmental and social justice issues.
Steven Deaves is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Steven’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, and he is a Justice of the Peace. Steven worked as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court Queensland for eighteen years, and is a member of the Bar Association of Queensland.
Alison Moss has had a successful and extensive career in the aged care industry. She has been Chief Executive Officer for Benevolent Aged Care since 2003, and has led the organisation through major change management and capital redevelopment projects. Alison has an Advanced Diploma of Management, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course, and holds a Fellowship with the Australian Institute of Management. Alison’s previous roles include positions in quality management and nursing. Alison has been active in the aged care sector and has held previous committee positions in both the CQ Regional Leading Aged Services Australia group and the Benevolent Aged Care Board.
Tom Henderson-Brooks began his career as a secondary school maths teacher. From a young age he had a passion for exploring faith and the big questions of life. After studying theology, Tom became and Anglican Minister and has been dedicated to his role for 27 years. He has worked in Kings Cross, Bondi and South Turramurra. In 1996, he supported the establishment of Rough Edges – a drop-in-centre in the Cross, as well as a Legal Counselling and Referral Centre. Tom was an Anglicare Regional Manager for the Eastern Suburbs and Inner City Sydney for eight years. After moving to Rockhampton in 2016, he is currently the Senior Minister at All Saints North Rockhampton and the Archdeacon for Mission and Training.
Melanie Emery is an Indigenous woman with a strong passion for social justice and equality. She has broad experience in the community services sector and is dedicated to improving complex social issues and life outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families. Melanie is currently employed with Relationships Australia and prior to this spent seven years overseeing various CentacareCQ and Family Relationship Centre offices across the region. Melanie holds various volunteer positions which include community leaderships board member of Every Child CQ, FAST delegate, local champion and advisory group member for Strengthening our Place, annual committee member for the Rockhampton NAIDOC week celebrations, and newly appointed board member for the Umbrella Network.
Clyde Wode commenced work with Queensland Rail in 1959 where his career spanned 47 years. Clyde was a bridge carpenter for 17 years before designing courses and training other carpenters. Over the next 12 years, Clyde worked as the officer in charge of maintenance training for Queensland Rail. After retirement he continued working part time as a training consultant. Clyde joined Careforce in 1992 and was appointed as a Director when Careforce became Anglicare Central Queensland. Clyde has offered support of his wife during her 30 years of fundraising and volunteering for Anglicare Central Queensland.
Stephen Nicholls has led a career in general management roles including CBA Head Office, Lend Lease, trust houses throughout London and Westpac Queensland and PNG State Offices. His work involved functional roles in accounting, human resources, sales management and change management. Stephen was co-leader of a project team with Andersen Consulting to re-engineer new business processes nationally for a Westpac subsidiary. Stephen led the integration project of Bank of Melbourne into Westpac Queensland before nationalisation of the Westpac PNG Branch Network. Following roles as president of TSS Swimming Club and Westpac business banking Gold Coast, Stephen was invited to join All Saints Anglican School’s board in 1989, where he was and remains chair of the Finance, Audit, Governance and Risk Management committee. He was also entered as a graduate member of the AICD in 2016.
Bronwyn Dendle is a Social Worker with 20 years of front-line experience supporting rural communities in Central Queensland. She is currently the Senior Social Worker for the Banana Health Services as part of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service and has previously held Senior positions in the Mental Health and Disability Services Departments. Bronwyn has also worked extensively in the non-government sector specialising in trauma response and Child and Family therapy and support. Bronwyn successfully completed her studies at the University of Queensland, receiving a Bachelor of Social Work with Class 1 Honours and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Economics. Bronwyn has a strong social justice framework, and is passionate about advocating for the needs of rural communities.
Bishop David Robson
The Rt. Rev’d David Robinson is the twelfth Bishop of Rockhampton. He was consecrated on 2 September 2014, the feast of the New Guinea Martyrs, in St Paul’s Cathedral, Rockhampton. Ordained in 1994, he has served in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in a variety of settings including as assistant minister at St John’s Reid (1994-1996), and then as rector in the country town of Gundagai (1995-2000) and suburban settings of Kooringal (2000-2007) and Curtin (2009-2011). He was Ministry Formation Coordinator and lecturer at St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra, immediately prior to his move to Rockhampton. An interest in cross-cultural work saw David work with Aboriginal students in Darwin during the mid-1980s and overseas in Bangladesh with ABM (1987-1988) and at the Grace International School in Dhaka (2007-2009). He has extensive pastoral experience in country ministry and also a deep interest in church growth, education and leadership formation. He is married to Jan and has two adult children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys walking, photography and travel.