John Anderson

John began his political career in 1989 and served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the rural-based National Party of Australia from July 1999 to July 2005. John is a well-known politician of deep Christian conviction and is regarded by his political peers as a man with deep integrity and a person of steadfast character. John retired from mainstream political life in 2005 and alongside his wife Julia now continues farming and grazing on their property in North Western NSW. John recently received the Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to rural and regional development, to leadership in international agricultural research and food security, to social commentary, and through contributions to not- for-profit organisations. He is strongly committed to Christian mission and has served Local Leaders International as a Board Member (2010-2019), Board Chair (2012-2019) and as Patron since 2019.


The Local Leaders Board is made up of eight highly capable Christians who are passionate about the ministry. We are privileged to have these leaders serving the kingdom as they contribute their godly wisdom and expertise in various ways.

The Board meets four times a year alternating between Sydney and Melbourne.

David Brown

Local Leaders Chairman
B.A. (Psych), Grad Dip Employee Relations, M.A. Human Resources/Coaching

David has worked in the Human Resources space for 30 years in both the corporate sector, locally and overseas, and more recently in an advisory capacity. He is currently a partner in the Human Capital Consulting practice for Deloitte. David is based in Sydney.


BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Div, PhD

Dr Errey works in the Statistical Consulting Centre at Melbourne University assisting university and corporate researchers with their data analysis. Her theological studies were at Ridley College, Melbourne. In 2017 Sandy began working part-time for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. She brings experience of education and student pastoral work to her position at Local Leaders International.

Nicola Gibbs

BSc, M Theol. Stud

Nicola is the Managing Director of a for-purpose consultancy, Pluri Group. She has previously held Chief of Staff and external relations roles across multiple industries, most recently promoting Asia-Australia relations. Passionate about culturally resonant education, Nicola is inspired by Local Leaders’ long-term vision to see indigenous leaders raised up. A firm believer in ‘learning for life’, she has a Master of Theological Studies through the Bible College of South Australia.

Alan Hall

BSc. B.E. (Elect. Hons I), ThC

Alan is a consultant with Accenture and has specialised in the design and delivery of large scale IT systems for over 25 years. Based in Sydney, Alan is married to Rebecca and has four children. With an interest in Biblical theology, Alan is also a graduate of Moore Theological College.

Stephen Kerr

LLB, B Comm

Stephen is the Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council, a not-for-profit organisation seeking to build faith and trust in Christian churches, charities and other organisations. The Council publicly accredits organisations that are meeting standards of good governance, accountability and transparency. Stephen is also a solicitor and is a Consultant with HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Stephen is married to Kate with three adult children and is based in Melbourne.



Based in Sydney, Frederick has extensive experience in tax and superannuation. He was the chair of the BOC Superannuation Fund until it merged with another fund. Frederick is passionate about good governance, strategic leadership and risk management. He has enjoyed serving for many years as a church elder and on the missions committee for his church. He and his wife are long term supporters of Local Leaders and they have 3 children.


BA, BTh, DipEd, MEd, ThM, EdD

Perry is Researcher in Residence at Morling College, Sydney. Prior to moving to Australia Perry and his family served in the Middle East from 1990-2019, the final decade of which was as Professor of Education at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Perry has extensive experience working and consulting in theological education, cross cultural teaching, intercultural leadership, curriculum development, and research methodology. He has published multiple books and articles examining these themes.

Andy Simpkin

Andy has a diverse business and training background. He spent 8 years in the British army in Europe and Nigeria, followed by 18 years at Unilever working mainly in Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia and finally Australia. For the last 22 years he has run his own businesses and been involved with Belaroma, Seven Miles Coffee, Cafe2U and BrewHub. Andy is an active member of Disaster Relief Australia and his local church. He is based in Sydney and married to Fiona with two adult children.