Skip to main content

MEET THE STAFF

Global Leadership Network Australia

Karen Wilson

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/New Zealand, 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. An ordained minister, 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

Executive Director

Phil Thomson serves as our Executive Director for GLNAus/NZ and is the Director of Strategic Marketing Internationally. Phil is passionate about growing the GLS to activate leadership globally. He has an MBA and a Master of Arts (Christian Leadership) along with experience in both the business sector and faith community.

Phil is an accredited pastor, a qualified Leadership Coach, and certified as a founding partner with the John Maxwell Team. In addition to his work with GLNAus/NZ, he enjoys serving in an itinerant ministry alongside his wife Bel Thomson. Phil & Bel have two young children Michael and Abigail, with whom Phil enthusiastically shares his love of the Liverpool Football Club.

Michelle Kahondo

Executive Assistant to CEO

Michelle serves as the Executive Assistant to Global Leadership Network Australia/New Zealand 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.

Bronwyn Nance

National Administrator and Event Coordinator

Bronwyn has served as the GLNAus/NZ 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 catchups with friends.

Nadine Hardy

Finance Manager

Nadine serves GLNAus/NZ as the Finance Manager. 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 brings to this role 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 love to explore the beautiful Australian coastline in their caravan.

Fiona Cochrane

Next Gen Engagement Officer – Australia

Fiona leads all things Next Gen in Australia/New Zealand. She is also the Regional Lead for GLS Next Gen globally. 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!

Nick Foord

National Producer

A Host Site Producer for GLS in Geelong for many years, Nick is now the National Producer for GLNAus/NZ. He is a long-standing accredited pastor at Kardinia Church and his 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. Nick is married to Jen and loves his sport, sharing his love for the Boston Celtics with anyone he can and of course the hometown football club Geelong Cats!

Kellie Parsons

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 GLNAus/NZ to see transformation in people’s lives. She also assists numerous countries in global marketing and design. Kellie has 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.

Lisa Gageler

Digital Design Specialist

Lisa serves in digital design for the GLN internationally. 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 GLN. 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!

Margaret Spicer

NZ Leadership Consultant

Margaret has education and pastoral qualifications and has held positions as a Senior Pastor, CEO of Willow Creek Association NZ and Generational Ministries Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne and Executive Pastor at Gracecity Church in Auckland. She 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. Margaret is married to Brian and is always ready for a coffee and a chat.

Kev Sheehan

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.