Our Team


Our task at City Mission is to transform the personal stories of those without income and assets, the addicted, depressed, lonely and discouraged, into stories of true hope, progress and a future as they develop the resilience to re-engage and overcome social disadvantage.

Tim Holder: Director and Board Chairman

Tim Holder has worked for 30 years in the media industry in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Tim has been for the past 8 years the Executive General Manager of Tasmanian Broadcaster whom operate 10 commercial radio stations across the state. Tim sits on several other boards including NRM North, NRM State Council and is a foundation Director of Tourism Northern Tasmania. Tim also co-owns Abes Audio, a leading Australian audio production company.

Jo-Anne Fearman: Director and Deputy Chair

Dr Jo-Anne Fearman has a PhD in Marine Ecology (Aquaculture) and is co-founder and business manager of boat building business, Van Diemen Luxury Craft. She also sits on the board of Studentworks and is a participant of the Emerging Community Leaders Program. Jo has had various leadership roles, including pastoral care and fundraising at her local church.

Michael Harvey: Director and Treasurer

Michael Harvey FCPA, operates his own accounting practice MDH Accounting Pty Ltd. He has over 20 years experience in the accounting profession, ranging from small business to community organisations. Michael currently sits on a range of community boards including Bible Society Australia and Riverside Soccer Club.

George Elkhair: Director and Secretary

George Elkhair holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has over 30 years of commerce and business experience in Victoria and Tasmania. He has acquired a varied level of experience and exposure in business and property management in Australia and Overseas. George currently sits on several boards of private companies and has previously served on the boards and sub committees of community based organisations. He has served as Church Treasurer, Secretary and Deacon.

Royce Aldred: Director

Royce is currently employed as the Leader Sewerage System Performance for TasWater. He also serves in a number of other volunteer roles including on the Management Committee for NRM North.

Paul Arnold: Director

Paul Arnold B.Ec; FCPA has over 35 years experience in public and private entreprise.
He spent 11 years as General Manager of the Burnie City Council, acquiring significant experience in transformation of the city of Burnie, during this time.
Paul serves on a number of Boards including Tasplan, Tas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Circular Head Christian School. Paul has had various leadership roles in Smithton churches, and currently serves on the leadership team at Dreambuilders church, Smithton.

Kristie Misdom: Director

Kristie currently lives and works at Worldview Centre for Intercultural Studies as the Coordinator for Promotions and Marketing, as well as working part-time as an RN with Calvary Care Tasmania. She currently sits on the Eldership Board of Door of Hope Christian Church where she has been attending for the last 20 years. She has experience in health training, project and event management, not-for-profit board positions and church ministry leadership.


Leadership Team

City Mission is focused on being a leader in delivering core services and support to those most vulnerable in our local community.

Stephen Brown: Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has tertiary qualifications in accounting and business management and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Stephen’s career experience has demonstrated his ability to understand business operations and financial management, and develop and manage the implementation of excellent strategic outcomes for both for profit and not for profit organisations. Stephen is a leader at Redemption Hills Church in Launceston.

John Clements: Business and Strategy Manager

John brings an extensive knowledge and experience in accounting and finance leadership to the team. He has worked in chartered accountancy, manufacturing industry, higher education and charity sectors throughout his career. John has tertiary qualifications in accounting and business and is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John’s breadth of commercial and business experience makes him well placed to advise and support the Board and Leadership Team in setting and implementing the strategic direction and projects of the City Mission.

Peter Freak: General Manager Social Enterprise

Peter has a diverse range of experience in not for profit operations, banking, finance and governance. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and undertakes several governance roles within the Anglican Church and NFP sector. Peter brings a wide exposure to retail, wholesale, manufacturing and service businesses over 3 States, to support the leadership team in this new role. Married with two girls, he enjoys golf and bush walking.

Bernadette Jones: Manager People and Culture

Bernadette moved to Launceston from Perth, Western Australia in May 2014 to take up the position of HR Manager. She has a background in Human Resource Management, Training, and Ministry. She has served on various Boards in WA and currently attends Barney's Anglican Church in Newnham.

Ray Green: Operations Manager Community Programs

Ray has a Diploma in Community Service Coordination and has had extensive experience in Youth and Outreach work. His 12 years’ experience working in housing services within the City Mission serves him well in his current position. Ray and his wife coordinate a missions training course called “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” on a state and national level.

Rafael Demarchi: Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Rafael has an extensive and diverse range of experience in the advertising, corporate and not for profit sectors with a career spanning over 20 years. He has Master and Bachelor degrees in marketing, advertising, publicity, digital design and communication. He is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and brings expert strategic intelligence, creative know-how and positive stakeholder management to support the leadership team. He has served in various church leadership roles and currently attends Redemption Hills Church in Launceston.


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