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 New Directions Community Church Finance Board 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 Manager Wastewater and Environment for TasWater. He also serves in a number of other volunteer roles including chair of the National Committee of Engineering Technologists for Engineers Australia.

Narelle Howell: Director

Narelle is an Advanced Skills Teacher at TasTAFE in Health, Aged and Disability. She has worked with TasTAFE for the past 7 years and is a registered nurse with a background in Endoscopy and Intensive Care. Narelle served as Vice President on the board of South Esk Swimming Club for 18 months. Narelle is passionate about education and is always seeking opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

Paul Arnold: Director


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 Hope Partner at Door of Hope Christian Church. 

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. 

Katrina Fisher: Chief Finance Officer

Katrina has extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant working in public practice for 18 years and. Over the past five years, she has gained experience in financial, HR and IT management of Community Sector organisations. Katrina also brings to the team extensive knowledge in IT network systems and management.

Bernadette Jones: Human Resources Manager

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 - Client Services 

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.

Greg Howell: Operations Manager - Recycling & Logistics

Greg has a vast background in the retail, transport and waste management sectors. He is involved in ministries with the Door of Hope Christian Church, serving as a member on the business board for six years.  He is a Justice of the peace and has qualifications in transport/logistics and waste management. Before joining City Mission as Manager Warehouse and Logistics he was the state manager for Transpacific Industries Waste Management group for 11 years. His experience in this area has been of great value to City Mission in its setting up and operation of e Waste Tasmania, a social enterprise conducted by the City Mission.

Tony Demeijer: Operations Manager - Retail 

Tony has 2 decades of experience in General Management in the small to medium-sized enterprise area. He has managed and represented Tasmanian and Australia-wide companies to national retail chains like Woolworths, Coles and to small retail outlets. He began his working like on the retail shop floor and has broadened his experience to include international purchasing and importation, logistics, transport of dry and refridgerated goods. Before joining Launceston City Mission Tony was the Executive Pastor of Freelife Church in Launceston who have over 250 volunteers. He is on the Board of Freelife Church and was a former member of the Launceston City Mission Board of Directors. He is completing his Diploma of Counselling in 2016 and is an Ordained Minister with Australian Christian Churches


Latest News

  • Closure Times

    Closure Times

    15 December 2017

    A range of our client services will be closed over Christmas and New Year. This break allows our staff and volunteers a moment to ...

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  • Everyone needs a little joy at times

    Everyone needs a little joy at times

    5 December 2017

    Last year, a local family who would not have normally required assistance found themselves coming to us just before Christmas.

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  • Increased Pressure at Christmas: Client Story

    Increased Pressure at Christmas: Client Story

    17 November 2017

    Gina came to City Mission in despair.

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