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The leadership team for Baptist Care Australia is a combination of staff, the Board and the chairs of the Circles of Excellence.


Ashleigh Ralph, Marcia Balzer, Margaret Wood

Marcia Balzer
Executive Director

Marcia joined Baptist Care Australia in February 2017 having enjoyed a career in communications, advocacy and marketing roles in for-purpose organisations. She has worked for several associations, an international aid organisation, and both state and federal government agencies. Many of her roles have been in complex issues-rich environments working with multiple stakeholders. Most recently, Marcia spent 9 years with the peak professional body for the veterinary profession, the last four of them as the head of public affairs. In that role she established an integrated policy, communication and advocacy program to increase the influence of the profession in both state and federal jurisdictions. She has a music degree and postgraduate qualifications in communication.

Marcia has been a Christian since her teens, and attends Mosaic Baptist Church in Canberra. Her enduring passion for just, equal and fair societies attracted her to the work of Baptist Care Australia. Her other intellectual passions include innovation, philosophy and the role of faith-based organisations in civil society. She is an avid musician, reader and writer, and shares her home with a gentleman cat called Lawrence.

Margaret Wood
Policy and Communications Advisor

Margaret is responsible for the planning and development of Baptist Care Australia’s policy and communications. With a keen interest in news and current events, coupled with professional qualifications in business and law, Margaret is perfectly poised to make sure Baptist Care Australia is kept abreast and ready to advocate on the issues that matter to us and our members.

With a background in policy development, communications and business operations for both not-for-profits and private enterprises, Margaret is interested in the relationship between social policy and government and is passionate about promoting social justice within our communities.

Ashleigh Ralph
Member Services Coordinator

Ashleigh has been our Member Services Coordinator since early 2017. In this role she works with our executive team to organise events and facilitate collaboration and communication between our member organisations. Ashleigh also manages Baptist Care Australia’s corporate partnerships and brings our annual conference to life.

Ashleigh holds a double bachelor’s degree in political science and Asian studies, and is currently completing a masters degree in public relations and the not-for-profit sector. She brings a sunny attitude and creative streak to her work, as well as professional experience in research, teaching, retail management and client relationship management roles.

Outside the office Ashleigh’s interests include watching documentary films and studying French and Chinese. She is passionate about Baptist Care Australia’s commitment to social justice and believes in a future where all Australians enjoy an equal opportunity to reach their potential.


The Directors of Baptist Care Australia Limited are the Chief Executive Officers of the six state Baptist community service agencies.

Mr Graham Dangerfield, Chair
CEO, Baptcare (Victoria and Tasmania)

Mr Ross Low, Deputy Chair
CEO, BaptistCare (NSW and ACT)

Mr Jon Campbell
CEO, Carinity (Queensland)

Mr Russell Bricknell
CEO, Baptistcare (Western Australia)

Mr Graham Brown
CEO, Baptist Care SA

Rev Paul Avery
Acting CEO, Baptist Care NT

Circles of Excellence Chairs

The Baptist Care Australia Circles of Excellence are chaired by senior leaders in their fields who work at the executive level of member organisations. The chairs make a vital contribution to the national work of Baptist Care Australia by leading projects, participating in working groups and providing regular communication and advice on the national work agenda.

The current Chairs of the Circles of Excellence are:

Annette Hili
Aged Care - Home Services

Paull English
Aged Care - Residential      
Emma Joy
Mike Furner
Aged Care - Retirement Living   

Geoff Wraight

Rob Ellis
Community Services 

Amanda Rogers
Human Resources

Steve Munro

Daniel Pettman

Brent Dankesreither

Stephen Hogan

Jodie Rutherford

Nicole Donohoo