Chief Executive Officer
Global Leadership Network Australia
Chief Executive Officer
Karen serves as our Chief Executive Officer. She is also the Vice President for International Ministries with the Global Leadership Network overseeing the Asia Pacific region along with global communications and marketing. In her role as the CEO for Global Leadership Network Australia, she works alongside a gifted staff who equip and resource leaders across every state and territory of Australia and New Zealand.
Karen has a strong involvement with the Baptist World Alliance and she is the President for the Baptist World Alliance Women 2020-2025. With Education and theology degrees, Karen has held many leadership roles with organisations and not for profit boards. She is married with adult children and enjoys anything that is adventurous and fun!
Phil Thomson serves as our Executive Director. Phil is passionate about growing the GLS to activate leadership across the nation. He has an MBA and a Masters of Arts (Christian Leadership) along with experience in both the business sector and faith community. Phil is also a qualified Leadership Coach, Trainer and Speaker, certified as a founding partner with the John Maxwell Team. In addition to his work with GLNA, he enjoys serving in an itinerant ministry alongside his wife Bel Thomson (award-winning Christian singer, songwriter and speaker). Phil & Bel have two young children Michael and Abigail, with whom Phil enthusiastically shares his love of the Liverpool Football Club.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Michelle serves as the Executive Assistant to Global Leadership Network Australia CEO, Karen Wilson. Michelle brings experience from medical, marketing and business areas. Bringing a vibrancy of faith, she is passionate about mobilising people and enabling them to find their voice. Michelle is also currently involved in pastoral church ministry where she is also able to use her gifts in administration and communication. Michelle is part of a large family and, coming from Zimbabwe, has have lived in many cities across Australia. She enjoys reading and anything with a view of the ocean.
National Administrator and Event Coordinator
Bronwyn has served as the GLNA Administrator and Event Coordinator since 2016. She has over 20 years of experience in Administration and Event Management within corporate, church and not for profit sectors. Bronwyn is married to Andrew and is mum to 3 teenage boys. She enjoys nothing more than spending time with her family, which usually involves bmx-ing and dirtbikes or having coffee catch-ups with friends.
Nadine serves Global Leadership Network Australia by managing the finances and providing administrative support in the office. With a strong background in finance and administration she brings experience and proficiency to the team. She has served in leadership roles in the church community and has had many years’ experience financially managing a faith-based not-for-profit organisation. Nadine is married to John. They have two children who enjoy going to the beach, and also love to explore the beautiful Australian coastline in their caravan.
Global Next Gen Lead – International & Next Gen Engagement Officer – Australia
Fiona is a qualified Youth Worker with over 20 years of industry experience. Operating across multiple platforms Fiona has run her own business as a Youth Consultant in the North Queensland region and worked in high schools, not-for-profits and community organisations such as the North QLD Cowboys, Department of Education, YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and the local Church. Alongside her husband John, she also serves as Co-Pastors for The Rock Church in Townsville. They have two amazing children, William and Harvey, and enjoy long walks together on the beach and listening to Christmas music all year round!
Next Gen Engagement Officer – Australia
James has experience working with Australia’s largest non-government organisation in World Vision. At World Vision James was the schools & community engagement coordinator equipping students in Australia to raise over 1 million dollars towards some of the world’s biggest issues currently facing humanity including the global water crisis and the global refugee crisis. James is excited to share the Global Leadership summit Next Gen movement with schools from across Australia.
Outside of work James competes as a professional athlete and was the 69th Australian to break the 4 minute mile barrier. James has a passion for leadership development, as he believes his own journey in leadership growth has substantially improved all areas of his life and dramatically improved his performance as a professional athlete.
Nick Foord is a long-standing leader at Kardinia Church. His commitment and extensive skill-set has seen him manage and lead a diversity of roles in Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Communications, Production, Human Resources and Operations. Nick is passionate about equipping leaders and teams to take the overall vision and turn it into a reality. A Host Site Producer for GLS in Geelong for many years, Nick is now the National Producer for Global Leadership Network Australia. Nick is married to Jen and also loves his sport, sharing his love for the Boston Celtics with anyone he can and of course the home town football club Geelong Cats!
Digital Design and Communications Officer
Kellie has over 8 years of professional experience in graphic design, digital marketing and visual communication in both business and the not for profit sectors. She is passionate about her gifts being used here at the Global Leadership Network Australia to see transformation in peoples lives in Australia and globally. Kellie has also served in various local church roles including board membership, service co-ordination and media. When not designing she enjoys coffee with friends, cycling the river paths of Perth, photography and more recently flying drones over the coast.
Digital Design Specialist
Lisa oversees the digital design for the GLNA. A digital marketing expert with years of experience in copywriting, graphic design, photography and communication, she is passionate about reaching and engaging people through the online world and casting vision for action. Her goals are to mobilise people towards their next steps in leadership and increase the brand awareness and reach of the GLNA. In her spare time, you’ll find Lisa travelling the world with her husband Phillip, in the kitchen baking sourdough, or spending quality time with her family and grandchildren – usually involving food!
NZ Leadership Consultant
Margaret has education and pastoral qualifications and has has held past positions as a Senior Pastor, CEO of Willow Creek Association NZ and Generational Ministries Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne. She is currently Executive Pastor at Gracecity Church in Auckland and is known for conference speaking, leadership coaching and strategic team building. Her passion for the local church, NextGen Ministries and families drives her desire to see leaders effectively engage people with Jesus where they live, work, play and worship.
NSW GLS Business Consultant
Kev Sheehan serves as a GLS Business Consultant. After 21 years of local church leadership, Kev now has his own Leadership company. His passion is in seeing people and organisations have a greater revelation of who they are and greater impact in what they do. He has been a significant part of the GLS events in recent years and thrives on seeing people reach their full potential. He has been a trainer and coach with Max Potential, has a Diploma of Theology, has facilitated retreats, and has a music business encouraging artists in their professional career. Kev and his wife Kellie have four great kids and lives on the Central Coast of NSW. Kev is a pioneer by heart, a footy fan, and enjoys walking, boating, and time with family.
WA GLS Business Consultant
As a GLS Business Consultant, Mark brings a passion for growing businesses through biblical principles. He owns an e-commerce brand called Caffé Nuovo, which sells fresh and flavoured coffee beans in the USA and Canada. He brings experience from various industries such as events, audiovisual technology, sales and IT. He is passionate about all things technology and serves in his local church in IT and production teams.