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.
Co-founder, Seed Melbourne
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, an investor - to this ask. He also has extensive experience and expertise in the area of business model development.
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.
Purpose Discovery Team Leader
Neri is the Purpose Discovery Team Leader for Seed, a business owner, spiritual mentor and speaker. With a background in marketing, Neri has spent the last three years playing in the online retail space where she has developed a passion for the digital space and the incredible way it influences our society. Previously a participant in the Seed Pilot Incubator Program, Neri is a passionate entrepreneur with a desire to help Christians find their purpose and to live that out for the glory of God.
Coaches & Facilitators
Coach & Facilitator
Mark is a leading thinker and practitioner in product design and innovation. He is a lead consultant in Seed’s accelerator program and involved in developing Seed’s work with start-ups. Alongside his work with Seed he also acts as the digital strategy consultant to a number of large organisations in Australia, the UK and the US spanning Media, Film, Telecommunications and Finance. He is also on the advisory board for a global start-up accelerator and mentors other start-ups.
Coach & Facilitator
Suzanne is trained in Psychology, with a post-graduate focus on Organisational Psychology. She worked for many years in both Learning and Development and Organisational Development in a major investment bank in both South Africa and Australia. She has a particular interest in crafting and facilitating personal development learning experiences.
Coach & Facilitator
Allie is married to John and together they are raising three girls. Allie is working alongside John as facilitator of our purpose discovery course. She has degrees in both teaching and commerce/accounting. Allie has previously worked as a Children’s Pastor, Project Leader at the University of British Columbia and Change Manager at Westpac.
Coach & Facilitator
Nerida has been passionate about integrating her work with her faith and helping others do the same since she was a junior lawyer in a large law firm. She loves seeing people connect their everyday lives and work into the story of what God is doing in the world, and who he has created them to be. Nerida started out as a lawyer in finance and mergers and acquisitions, and then moved into parish ministry after completing a Masters of Divinity at Regent College Vancouver.
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.
Anthony is married to Karen and has two children Jake and Bethany. He became a Christian around the age of 18, and has been involved in full time ministry for 21 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 adult education tertiary and community based.
Andrew is a commercial lawyer and ideas man. He has broad experience in commercial contracting (including technology contracts, software agreements and large outsourcing arrangements) and property law (including the financing and development of large scale real estate and infrastructure projects). He is currently a strategy advisor at King & Wood Mallesons (a top 30 global law firm) - working with the firm's Executive Team to put the firm's strategy into action.