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Our Organisation

Mercy Ships Australia is a charity registered in Australia with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and governed by the Australian Board, who are responsible to 114 Australian members. Mercy Ships Australia, based in Caloundra, Queensland, is part of a global network of offices whose mission is to undertake volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and procurement of materials and services and promote the important work of Mercy Ships.


The object of Mercy Ships Australia is to provide relief of sickness and the promotion of health of the poor and disadvantaged in those countries the Minister for Foreign Affairs has declared to be developing countries by raising funds from the public in Australia and applying those funds towards:

a. the purchase of medical, optical and dental supplies to be dispensed from:
i. a ship(s) which acts as a floating hospital; and
ii. a floating hospital and/or its associated land-based project(s);
b. the cost of forwarding to a ship(s) and/or its associated land-based project(s) medical, optical and dental goods in kind;
c. the provision of medical staff to work on the ship(s) and in the developing countries;
d. the acquisition of ship(s);
e. the provision of staff to operate the ship(s);
f. the provision of volunteers to educate and work with indigenous people in developing countries on matters relating to health and sanitation; and
g. the provision of an office(s) in Australia to co-ordinate fund raising programs and the activities of the ship(s).

In furtherance of these purposes, Mercy Ships Australia will work in partnership with indigenous organisations which are effective in conducting their activities in countries declared by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to be developing countries.

Our Board

Our Board of Directors consists of dedicated elected members who govern Mercy Ships Australia and Mercy Ships Australia Relief Fund. The majority of our Board Members are Non-Executive Directors.

Alan Burrell BSc, MBA
Managing Director, Mercy Ships Australia

Richard Wankmuller BSCE, MSCE
Chairman, Mercy Ships Australia
Non-Executive Director
CEO, Inland Rail

Karen Binns RN BNursing
Deputy Chair, Mercy Ships Australia
Non-Executive Director

John Wagner FFin
Non-Executive Director
Regional Manager, Commonwealth Bank (retired)

Ernst Scholtz MA (Clin Psych), MBL
Non-Executive Director
Human Resources Consultant

Chris Thomas BCom, DipGrad, MBus
Non-Executive Director
Senior Manager/Chapter Lead, Westpac

Kerry Peterson
Vice President of Advancement, Mercy Ships USA

Our Patron

Margo Hartley OAM

Our Australian Co-Founder

Lynn Ross

Our Advisory Council

Anthea Iva
Founder and Director, Redstone

Chris Thomas
Senior Manager/Chapter Lead, Westpac

Ron Jackson
Human Resources Consultant

Karen Binns
Registered Nurse

Paul Pemberton
Founder, Mitey Ventures

Our Staff

Our experienced staff and volunteers are always here to help you if you would like more information on donating, volunteering or helping us in some way to make a difference to the forgotten poor.

Alan Burrell
Managing Director
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Melissa Mason
National Office & Volunteer Relations
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Michael Conn
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Sue Moore
Community Fundraising
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Rick Menzies

Pat Casey
Donor Relations
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Toni Keighley
Donor Services
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Sue O’Donnell
Donor Services
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Margaret Stillaway
Donor Services
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