Program Update – Monday 22 October

In this Update

    • 100 Days of Prayer & Devotion – New resources available
    • National Area Officer Gathering
    • Approved Authorities Matrix update
    • HoD profiles: Lt Col Simone Robertson, Penny Lovett and Ian Shinkfield 

 And more!

National Area Officer Gathering      

2018 and 2019 Area Officers are pictured with National and Divisional Leaders and the LMD Support Team

Area Officers from every division in Australia, including those taking up their appointments in January 2019, are spending Monday 22 October and Tuesday 23 October together, at the Geelong Conference Centre. This is the first time that the 41 Area Officers from the 27 areas across Australia have come together.

The time will be spent focussing on what it means to collaborate across mission expressions to enhance holistic and integrated mission. Area Officers will share ideas and experiences, discuss the implementation of the national strategy and plan for the year ahead.

New Area Officers arrived a day early, on Sunday 20 October for a time of orientation, an overview of their role and responsibilities and information about resources and support.

National Local Mission Delivery Coordinator, Rod Yule said:

“This is a significant time for the new Australia Territory as key leaders meet to strategically enhance holistic mission through the collaboration of our different mission expressions. We are praying that God uses this time to unite us in our common mission and vision ‘to transform Australia one life at a time, with the love of Jesus’.”

Approved Authorities Matrix Pilot  

The Approved Authorities Matrix (AAM) is currently being updated and enhanced.

More than 300 recommendations were received as part of the AAM pilot and the Approved Authorities Project Team would like to thank everyone who contributed their feedback.

The team has commenced consultation sessions with selected representatives across the organisation to discuss feedback so that the updated AAM is best fit for purpose.

Until the updated version of the Approved Authorities Matrix is released, please continue to use the current pilot version.

100 Days of Prayer & Devotion – New resources available     

100 Days of Prayer & Devotion continues, with Salvos around the country engaging in daily reflection and prayer.

To download resources for days 26-50 please head to:

The materials can also be accessed via Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, simply ‘like’ to see the daily posts.

Don’t Stop the Music takes on Canberra 

The Salvation Army recently went to Parliament House in Canberra with our key partners to discuss the positive impact that the Just Brass program has had on participants.

An audience of music educators, change-makers and politicians enjoyed a screening of the first episode of Don’t Stop the Music, a documentary about our Just Brass program.

The screening was followed by an expert panel discussion with Dr Anita Collins (multi award-winning educator, researcher and writer), Celia Tait (Producer Don’t Stop the Music), Rhonda Davidson-Irwin (CEO of Music Australia) and Dr Bradley Merrick (immediate Past President, Australian Society for Music Educators). The discussion was moderated by Russell Torrance, host of ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast program.

In related news, Lee Musumeci, principal of Challis Primary School, reported a significant improvement in NAPLAN scores amongst students, with indigenous students achieving scores above average for the first time ever! Ms Musumeci credits this improvement to the introduction of Just Brass and other music programs in the school.

Don’t Stop the Music screens on 11 November 2018 at 7.40pm on ABC TV.

HoD Profile: Ian Shinkfield

Introducing Ian Shinkfield, National Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

You have just been appointed as the National Chief Financial Officer (CFO) after being the interim CFO for a few months. What does this mean to you?
I’m incredibly proud and it’s a great thrill to be appointed as the CFO for The Salvation Army in Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to provide stability and direction for the finance team. There’s been a lot of change over the journey, so in the current environment having stable leadership is a key factor to progressing the department design and keeping the momentum going. 

What is your first memory of The Salvation Army?
My first memory of the Salvos is a magical one. As a young child I vividly remember running out of my house in Adelaide to see The Salvation Army band playing Christmas Carols. They would go through the streets, knocking on doors to spread the good cheer and collect donations.

What is your history before coming to The Salvation Army?
I have a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Deakin University and I’m a Fellow of Australian Certified Practicing Accountants. I worked at NAB for five years, where I met my lovely wife Catriona.

After NAB, I moved to BP where I worked for 32 years. This included a number of roles in three different locations: Melbourne for 15 years, Fiji for three years and the past 14 years based in Perth, where my last role was as CFO of the Exploration and Production Segment in Australia.

Fiji was a fascinating experience and was a posting that really opened my eyes to new challenges on a business, cultural, religious and personal level.

Can you tell us about your family?
I’ve been married to Catriona for 32 years and I have two children, Claire and Andrew. Claire has lived in Melbourne for the past few years completing her Commerce degree at Melbourne University, and Catriona and Andrew will be returning soon to Melbourne, which I’m very much looking forward to.

I hear you’re a sports fan
I am! I enjoy a host of different sports and have re-joined the Caulfield Cricket Club in the Victorian Sub-district where I’m a life member. I am looking forward to playing and assisting to develop our younger players which I find very rewarding.

I also love barracking for the Adelaide Crows in the AFL.

What do you do to relax?
I enjoy watching sport, fishing, golf, reading, gardening; all things that let you tune out and switch off for a bit. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Honest, caring, hard-working.

Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos at this time?
We are in for a long journey and the amount of change is really unprecedented for us. Resilience will be key and we need to remember the reasons we’re making this change, maintain an aligned vision, build stronger partnerships, increase innovation and provide better stewardship. All this work is being done to make us more efficient and effective to better support mission delivery.

HoD Profile: Lt Col Simone Robertson  

Introducing Lt Colonel Simone Robertson, National Head of Salvation Army International Development (SAID) 

Can you tell us about your history in the Army?
I was introduced to The Salvation Army through a girl who attended Sunday School with me at Manly in Sydney. At 18 I went to The Salvation Army School for Officer Training. Our session name is Joyful Evangelists which is something I try to live out daily. I met Laurie there and immediately fell in love with him.

What are you passionate about?
I have a personal mission statement – ‘Inspire, Invest, Inform’. It’s something I try to factor into everything I do. Investing time, energy and resources in people is an integral part of who I am.

Inspiring others and being inspired about what they are interested in is incredibly important to me. I’m passionate about encouraging other people’s passions!

You are the National Head of SAID. What does this mean?
Salvation Army International Development (SAID) has two main ways of operating, Community Development and Mission Support.

Community Development Projects is where we invest in the lives of people by working with local corps and communities to support sustainable development. We empower people to develop new and valuable skills to have an ongoing livelihood and help the community to grow. This is mainly in three zones: Africa, South Asia and South Pacific and East Asia.

Mission Support Projects is our evangelical arm which works with local corps in implementing territories to enable them to continue in their mission of sharing the love of Jesus, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice. We work with five Partners in Mission Territories; Hong Kong/Macau, India North, PNG, Rwanda/Burundi and Tanzania.

What do you do to relax?
Spend time with Laurie. I really love to hang out with him, chatting and relaxing.

Family is important to me, I’m really proud of them and all they’ve achieved; my kids have both grown up to be wonderful, passionate and creative people who care about others.

Do you have a favourite movie?
I couldn’t pick just one! I love romance movies – they have a wonderful structure. They begin with a ‘once-upon-a-time’, then journey through joy, crisis and the tension in the middle, and then they have the ‘they lived happily ever after’ at the end. I really connect with that, it connects so closely with our lives with God. In the beginning God created…then life happens…then He has provided a way for us to ‘live happily ever after’ through Jesus.

Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos at this time?
The part of the national vision that SAID really connects with is that we’re working ‘alongside others’, and I’d invite all of The Salvation Army to join in as we come alongside others with the love of Jesus.

HoD Profile: Penny Lovett

Introducing Penny Lovett, National Chief Human Resources Officer.

You are the National Chief Human Resources Officer. What does this mean?
My role is responsible for leading the Human Resource function for The Salvation Army. This includes HR Business Partnering, Workplace Health and Safety, Remuneration and Benefits, Organisational Development, HR Services and Volunteer Resources.

What were you doing before you took on this role?
I have over 20 years’ experience working in Human Resource roles and have worked in HR Director roles across health, insurance, aged care and manufacturing sectors for more than 15 years.

What do you like about working for The Salvation Army?
The mission, vision and values of The Salvation Army certainly speak to me. I love being part of delivering on the Army’s mission.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Hard working, reliable, loyal (I think that is 4 words).

What do you do for fun?
When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children and I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 What’s your idea of a relaxing day off?
A sleep in, long lunch with good friends and family, and a walk in a national park.

What excites you about the future of The Salvation Army in Australia?
The potential to realise the vision of the Army – to transform Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus. I think that’s hugely exciting.

Still Others update     

General’s Message

General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle would like to personally invite you to Still Others this November. Tickets are available from and booking is essential for most events.


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