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 is the Executive General Manager of Tasmanian Broadcasters who 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, Deputy Chair and Secretary

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.

George Elkhair: Director and Treasurer

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.

Belinda Williams: Director

Belinda is currently employed as Head of School of the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, College of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania. She has been employed in the Higher Education sector for over 20 years and thrives in this continually changing environment. Her research interests are in three main fields being: Public sector reporting including sustainability and integrated reporting; Diversity issues within the workplace and on the corporate board; and Diversity and diversity reporting.

Paul Arnold: Director

Paul Arnold B.Ec; FCPA has over 35 years of experience in public and private enterprise.
He spent 11 years as General Manager of the Burnie City Council, acquiring significant experience in the 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.

Dr Nishanthi Gurusinghe

Nishanthi was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in NZ, she moved to Tasmania in 2014. Nishanthi is a Colorectal and General surgeon at the Launceston General Hospital. She also has a degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Surgical Education. Nishanthi sits on the Board of General Surgeons Australia and is the Tasmanian representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Council. She is sits on the Tasmanian State Surgical Committee and is the Supervisor of Training for General Surgery at the LGH. Nishanthi is Mum to Theo the most important, marvellous, fulfilling and challenging role of her life.


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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