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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.


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.

Jessica Harris
Member Services Coordinator

Jessica Harris joined the Baptist Care Australia team in August 2018. With a passion for event management and building strong relationships, Jess brings excitement and enthusiasm to the Member Services role.

Jess holds a double degree in International Relations and Public Relations and has a particular interest in social justice and creating a community that is inclusive of all people. Passionate about music, reading and making people laugh, Jess is delighted to be a part of the Baptist Care Australia team!


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
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      
Mike Furner
Aged Care - Retirement Living   

Geoff Wraight

Rob Ellis
Community Services 

Amanda Rogers
Human Resources

Steve Munro

Daniel Pettman

Louise Bolt

Stephen Hogan

Property Strategy

Nicole Donohoo

Jodie Rutherford
Asset Management