07 Nov HoD Profile: Major Brad Halse
Introducing Major Brad Halse, National Head of Government Relations.
You are the National Head of Government Relations. What does this mean?
This role involves engaging with various people in politics, who are mostly people outside of The Salvation Army. A key activity in this role involves building working relationships with politicians; especially those who hold relevant portfolios that engage with The Salvation Army’s expressions. I help to provide pathways between the people involved in government and our people on the ground. We work in areas as diverse as homelessness, domestic violence, aged care, Doorways… the list is long.
What were you doing before you took on this role?
I was the Territorial Government Relations Director in Australia for some years. I then moved to International Headquarters in London where I was Communications Secretary. For a short time following my return to Australia I assisted Lieutenant-Colonel Neil Venables as Assistant National Communications Secretary before being appointed in this role. I have been lucky to work in roles that involve connecting with a wide range of people who represent diverse political and business backgrounds.
Describe your ideal day off
Ideally it would include some reading and some reflection. Perhaps some origami, or yoga…I’m a big fan.
I enjoy time with family and good friends – maybe I’d watch a good film, or some football.
Gospel and blues music in a small venue would be an alright way to finish off the day.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on at the moment?
Not sure that I would say exciting, but I have recently had the opportunity to meet with various Federal Ministers regarding our social services and other related matters. The core of what I do is relationship building, ensuring that the people I interact with know who The Salvation Army serves, and what we try to do.
Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time?
I’d encourage all Salvos to swim against the current. We should all strive to be people of integrity, particularly in a world that is becoming very superficial and self-centred. We need to be genuine in our interactions with the people we serve. Enough of the sermon, I’ll end the rant here!