Program Update – Monday 11 September


Key Points:

  • VicOne – the consolidation of the three existing Victorian Divisions is under way
  • We introduce our newly appointed National Heads of Department


VicOne Update

As announced in May this year, an important part of our journey towards becoming a united Australia Territory involves the consolidation of the three existing Divisions within Victoria (Western Victoria, Central Victoria and Eastern Victoria) to a single Victoria Division. In line with this strategy, we’ve called this project “VicOne”, and from 10 January 2018, under the leadership of Lt Cols Bruce and Debra Stevens the Victoria Division will be segmented into six new areas: South West, South East, North West, North East, Metro West and Metro East focussing on delivering holistic ministry outcomes.

On Thursday 7 September 2017, the appointment of six new Area Officer teams was announced and these teams will have significant leadership responsibilities in the new Victoria Divisional structure. The new Area Officers will be:

  • Majors Bev and Paul Beeson, South West
  • Majors Andrew and Kelly Walker, North West
  • Majors Christine and Michael Wright, Metro West
  • Majors Bram and Jean Cassidy, Metro East
  • Lt Cols Ian and Viv Callander, North East
  • Majors Gary and Julie Grant, South East.

State Social Command Victoria will continue ‘business as usual’ under the leadership of Majors Mike and Annette Coleman, reporting to the Victoria State Commander, Lt Cols Bruce Stevens. The current command will transition into the new Divisional structure progressively throughout 2018, with the consolidation to be completed by 1 January 2019.

The Victoria Divisional Headquarters will be based temporarily at 347-349 Mitcham Road, Mitcham from 10 January 2018, until a future permanent site is identified. More information about the VicOne project can be found on the Australia One website at

Introducing Our New National Heads of Department

Last week we shared a significant milestone, one of many to come, with the announcement of newly appointed National Heads of Department for Finance, Human Resources, Property, Community Engagement, Social Mission and Mission Resources.

As announced last week, whilst the Chief Property Officer has been appointed, for purposes of confidentiality with their current employer, the details are unable to be released at this time but will be provided in due course.


Chief Financial Officer – Mr Wayne Treeby

Mr Wayne Treeby has been appointed as The Salvation Army Australia Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all aspects of the finance function and financial strategy, reporting to the National Secretary for Business Administration, Lt Col Stuart Evans.

Wayne has many years of experience in senior financial and operations leadership positions at KPMG Australia (Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer), Telstra (various strategic, commercial and leadership roles with a financial focus) and most recently as Chief Financial Officer of Latitude Financial Services. At KPMG, Wayne successfully led the transformation of the firm’s operating model, including the restructuring of all key business divisions resulting in significant savings, driving the firm’s strategy refresh, which included a stronger focus on growth and investments.

As a graduate of the Melbourne Business School, Harvard and Monash Universities, Wayne is honoured and excited to join an organisation with such an incredible history and reputation. Wayne will sit in this newly created National Head of Department role to lead all financial activities to support achieving strategic and operational objectives as well as provide leadership around financial stewardship and innovation. Wayne will commence in the role Monday 2 October 2017, based at National Headquarters in Melbourne. We warmly welcome Wayne to the Army!

Chief Human Resources Officer – Ms Penny Lovett

Ms Penny Lovett will commence as The Salvation Army Australia Chief Human Resources Officer from Monday 23 October 2017, based at National Headquarters in Melbourne. Penny will report directly to the National Secretary for Personnel, Lt Col Kelvin Merrett.

Penny is a passionate leader of the employee and ‘customer’ experience and brings a strong focus on creating a place where people love to work, after leading award-winning human resources teams throughout Australasia, including 10 years at Bupa Australia and New Zealand. She is a Fellow and Certified Practitioner of the Human Resources Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Penny holds an MBA and for the last eight years has sat on the Board of Employment Focus, a community based not-for-profit organisation delivering a range of services to alleviate disadvantage and enrich the lives of individuals and local communities.

Like other new Heads of Departments, Penny is appointed into a newly created role in the National structure and is excited to honour and capture the rich history of innovation at the Army to lead our people to have greater impact in our mission throughout the nation.

Penny is married to Stephen and has two children. As a Christian, she is also involved in the activities of her local Church. Please welcome Penny to the Army!

Head of Community Engagement – Captain Stuart Glover

Stuart is a disciple of Jesus and is passionate about understanding what contemporary discipleship looks like as lived out in community. He sees the Australia One Program as an opportunity to assist all expressions of mission within TSA to experience this in their setting.  Like a true disciple, he loves food—especially when sharing it with others. Stuart loves the story of freedom found in our scriptures and has dedicated his life to telling this story. He has been a Corps Officer and Hub leader and is currently the Divisional Social Liaison Officer for Qld. He holds degrees in Engineering, Administration and Theology. Stuart will commence his new appointment from January 2018.


Head of Social Mission – Major Jenny Begent

Jenny has worked her entire officership in Social Services. Much of that time has been in women’s services and she is a strong advocate against the tragedy of Family Violence and the missed opportunities for women to succeed. She also has a passion for what Corps and Social Services can achieve together, and believes that the Australia One Program gives us a great opportunity to re-imagine The Salvation Army for the future. Jenny has served in many different states across Australia and is currently a Social Programme Secretary in the State Social Command Victoria (SSCV). Jenny will commence her new appointment from January 2018.

Head of Mission Resources – Captain Steven Smith

Steven has been in the Salvos since the age of 12 and an officer for 10 years. He’s served in a range of roles including corps officer, HQ team leader, strategy project support, change management and more recently as director of the AUE Strategic Change Unit. He’s passionate about organisational development, team formation and discovering new ways to do things. His hobbies include scuba diving, personal coaching and Lego construction. Steven will commence his new appointment from January 2018.

Keeping Informed

You can keep up to date with the latest Australia One news and information by visiting the Australia One website (, or in your monthly edition of OTHERS magazine ( online or in printed copy).

You can also contact us directly through the Australia One email inbox: (AUS) (AUE)


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