FOUNDER & CEO
John’s passion is helping individuals and organisations to develop and articulate a clear sense of identity and purpose, and to find the places where their own stories fit with God’s story and God’s purposes. Too often people feel like living a life aligned with God’s purposes is too difficult to grasp, so John developed Seed as a vehicle to help give people the agency, support, resources, networks and confidence to create a new chapter to their stories. His hope and prayer is that Seed will help many to step into their God-given purpose, for the sake of the world and the glory of God.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN & LEARNING
Anthony is married to Karen and they are blessed with a beautiful family. A daughter Bethany currently studying at Bible College. Their son Jake is married to Trista and they have a son, Vincent. Anthony became a Christian around the age of 18 and has been involved in full time ministry for 24 years in local church, community based and international ministries. He has been involved in founding new ministries, organisational formation and development, church leadership, project management and program design. During his ministry, he has developed skills in team and organisational leadership, strategic planning, program evaluation, consultation, mediation, governance, international community development, social service provision and tertiary and community based adult education.
Having spent much of her career working in the Corporate space, Edith felt a calling to use the skills she had learned in the Christian Not-For-Profit sector. Her experience working with big organisations and alongside small businesses, has given her great insights in developing processes to help these ministries grow and flourish with minimal resources.
Edith is passionate about sharing her experiences with others to see them thrive and use their own God-given talents for greater kingdom impact.
Naomi is an academic and educator at heart. Holding a PhD in Digital Humanities, she is passionate about developing research-based innovations for learning and training. Naomi is also a mum, a science fiction and fantasy book nerd, and hails from Newcastle. Naomi is a life-long student of the way of Jesus and is excited to bring her passions for both education and spiritual formation to Seed and to ultimately see people walking in their God-given identities.
Erica is passionate about seeing people discover their purpose and passion in God’s story. Erica has spent the past 17+ years in pastoral ministry around Australia, this has included working in social services ministries, leadership development and youth and young adult ministry. Erica also enjoys study, which includes a Masters in Leadership, Grad Dip in Theology and a nearly completed MBA specialising in Design and Innovation. Erica believes that discovery of one’s Kingdom identity, combined with a person’s unique God given purpose, leads to significant disruption of the status quo and Christ’s redemptive change in the world. Erica loves spending time with her family, which includes her husband Peter, four children and a couple of son-in-law’s. She also loves walking and anything that involves the beach.
FINANCE & ACCOUNTS
Purpose and passion are what drives Doreen. Being the bookkeeper for Seed, she believes in honesty, integrity and being meticulous with any presented work opportunities. Other than balancing and maintaining the books, she dreams to utilize her experience in events, administration, accounts and student services management skills in both the Arts and Business industries in the near future.
FOUNDER & CEO
Erik is an experienced change management and business consultant. He started his own business ‘SEE Consulting’ after working for 13 years with ARCADIS, a global engineering and consulting firm. SEE Consulting supports people and organisations with organisational development, such as strategy development, change and transformation management, business modelling and interventions. As a Master in Change and Implementation management, Erik developed a set of skills leading organisations in complex situations of change.
Erik is passionate about making social change and justice visible and practical. He worked as a pro-bono consultant and volunteer for a number of Faith-based and Not-For-Profit organisations, such as International Justice Mission, Tear, Soul Survivor and Refugee Aid.
OUR COACHES & FACILITATORS
COACH & FACILITATOR
Tim is a passionate thinker and an innovative entrepreneur who works tirelessly at integrating his theology with life and work. He brings particular expertise to the task of helping others imagine the ways that theology and faith intersect with their own lives and vocation. He brings a diverse range of experiences as a doctor, a startup entrepreneur and an investor to this task. He also has extensive experience and expertise in the area of business model development.
COACH & FACILITATOR
Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer at Mary Andrews College, and was formerly Mentor Educator with the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia (Victoria), MBA Curriculum Developer with Excelsia College, and Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. She has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.
COACH & FACILITATOR
Nerida is passionate about helping people integrate their faith in Jesus into all of their life – both theologically and practically. She has worked in church ministry and law, and has taught extensively on the theology of work, sabbath and rest, and spiritual disciplines. After returning from studying at Regent College, she worked with a large congregation of Young Adults, as well as ministered across the generations. She currently pastors a small church of three under 6 and serves on the board of Anglican Deaconess Ministries.
CONSULTANT – DESIGN & LEARNING
Mike is an entrepreneurial Change Catalyst who loves to design and deliver integrated facilitation, coaching and consulting solutions that achieve real attitude and behaviour change. Mike and his family have just returned from 15 wonderful years in the Middle East where he has been running a training company. Mike is excited to be working with Seed part time to help people discover their purpose and become redemptive changemakers that create a positive impact in the world.
CONSULTANT – SCHOOLS
Dave is passionate about seeing people formed and transformed to flourish like Christ. He has worked for over twenty years in leading local communities – in churches, church-planting and in schools. He is passionate about innovative design, strategy development and philosophical ideation, believes in the power of coaching and servant leadership. More than anything, he loves to empower others to weave together their ideas into new narratives and initiatives that can be launched to serve others and the world. His latest research is into how educational contexts can be renewed and reformed to promote human flourishing. Dave joined Seed because he believes that now, more than ever, we need a new wave of Jesus-centred, entrepreneurial innovation launched into our world.
Michelle is co-Director of The Future Leader Group – an organisation focused on leadership development, organisational culture and strategy. Michelle has 20 years’ experience as a brand, communications and coaching professional in the not-for-profit, corporate, education and international development sectors. She also serves as a Board Director for Transform Aid International and Common Grace.
Judy joined the Smith Family in October 2014. She leads the development of The Smith Family’s strategy and critical projects, as well as managing its planning frameworks and key organisational processes. Judy has previously held leadership and strategy roles in large corporations, including The GPT Group, Rabobank and Wesfarmers, as well as consulting in strategy to both not-for-profit and commercial organisations. She has a depth of experience in strategy, leadership, governance, corporate affairs, research and mergers and acquisitions, alongside a passion for contributing to positive social change.
YOU WERE DESIGNED FOR MORE. BE A REDEMPTIVE CHANGEMAKER.