TEAR Board

Board Members are elected, by rotation and for 4-year terms, at the Annual General Meeting of TEAR Australia. The Board meets five times per year. The Board adheres to various governance standards, such as those recommended by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Responsibilities of the Board of TEAR Australia include:

  • input into and final approval of the vision, mission, purposes and strategic direction of TEAR;
  • oversight of TEAR, including its control and accountability systems;
  • reviewing and approving systems of risk management and internal compliance and control, codes of conduct and legal compliance;
  • monitoring senior management’s performance and implementation strategy;
  • ensuring appropriate resources are available to TEAR;
  • applying and monitoring the progress of major capital expenditure and capital management; and
  • approving and monitoring financial and other reporting. 

Joanna Betteridge


Appointed:  2010 (Consultative Member in 2009)

Responsibilities: Board Chair; Governance Committee Member

Joanna Betteridge, Principal of Betteridge Legal Consulting, is a lawyer practising in employment and safety law.  She has significant board governance experience in a range of sectors including health, welfare, broadcasting and not-for-profit. Joanna is also a Senior Fellow and Lecturer for Monash University in its Law Faculty post graduate program. 

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Peter Noble

BA LLB (UQ), MIntl &  Community Dev (DU)

Appointed: November 2014

Responsibilities: Board Deputy Chair; Membership Committee Chair, Assurance Committee Member

Peter is the Executive Director, Services and Innovation, at Victoria Legal Aid (Bendigo). VLA is a government-funded agency, established to provide free legal information for all Victorians and to ensure that people who cannot afford to pay for a private lawyer can get help with their legal problems. Peter studied politics and law at the University of Queensland and practiced at the Brisbane firm Delaney & Delaney Solicitors before moving to Victoria, where he worked for 3 years at the Fitzroy Legal Service. In 2005 he relocated to Bendigo, establishing the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre as its foundation coordinator and principal lawyer. In 2008 he was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria Community Lawyer of the Year Award and received a Clayton Utz Fellowship in 2012 to study Medical-Legal Partnerships in the United States.

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Barbara Deutschmann

BA, DipEd, MTh

Appointed: November 2016

Responsibilities: Governance Committee Member

Number of meetings attended:

Barbara has a background as a teacher in Australia and a health program trainer in India. She formerly worked with TEAR Australia, coordinating the fieldworker program and later the Indigenous support program. She enjoys reading in the area of public theology with a special interest in the issues relating to reconciliation and gender equality and helped to found the Melbourne chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. She is currently doing a PhD looking at gender relationships in the book of Genesis. She worships with the Anglican parish of St Mark’s in Spotswood.

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Brett Gresham 

B.Eng (Civ), M.Lit. Dev Stud.

Appointed:  2010

Responsibilities: Program Committee Chair

Brett currently manages The Australian Volunteers for International Development program (funded by DFAT) as well as being owner and director of a small business. A civil engineer, he has extensive experience working internationally in development and project management. Brett and his wife Ruth worked in Afghanistan with one of TEAR’s partners (1993-1997).

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Matthew Maury (National Director)

BA (Hons), MBA (Dev Studies), GAICD

Appointed:  2009

Responsibilities: Board Secretary; Governance Committee Member; Assurance Committee Member; Membership Committee Member

Matthew is TEAR Australia’s National Director.  For more than 25 years he has worked in a variety of positions with Christian development agencies, ranging from grassroots community development to senior management.  His experience involves work with poor and marginalised communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Matthew is a member of the ACFID Board, the Campaign for Australian Aid Board, and is the Chair of the Micah Global Board.

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Barry Morris

Dip Tech (Comm); FCA

Appointed: April 2016

Responsibilities: Assurance Committee Chair

Barry is the Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary of Bible Society Australia having joined them in 2010.  Previous to his role at Bible Society, Barry was the CFO of a publicly listed property company, the Director of Finance & Administration at The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and State Manager of well-known large international/national law firms.  Barry has diverse industry experience which includes manufacturing, hospitality, property, professional services and not-for-profit sectors.  As a Chartered Accountant, he began his career in external audit with one of the Big4 accounting firms. In 1998, Barry became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Peter Snowsill

BE (Hons), MAICD

Appointed: Nov 2015

Responsibilities: Membership Committee Member; Program Committee Member

Peter is a Chemical Engineer with governance, management and project expertise in industrial water treatment and international aid.  He is a director and co-owner of a water treatment chemical manufacturing and distribution business, and is currently engaged in commercial and community renewable energy projects.   He has lived and worked in Australia, Asia and North America.

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Joanna Watts

BA (Hons), PG Cert (Higher Education Administration)

Appointed: Nov 2015

Responsibilities: Governance Committee Chair

Joanna is Associate Director of Services and Support in the Alumni and Advancement Office at La Trobe University and is the Chair of the University’s Fair Trade Steering Committee.  She has worked in higher education for 23 years both in the UK and Australia and her current focus is supporting the development of fundraising and alumni engagement programs for La Trobe. She been involved with TEAR since 2005, through the Diamond Valley TEAR group.  She has been the convenor of this group since 2009.

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Lauren Bonnet


Appointed: November 2015

Responsibilities: Associate Board Member; Program Committee Member

Lauren has completed a Bachelor of Development Studies at the University of Adelaide, and is currently studying a Masters in Social Work. She has been a part of the South Australian TEAR community for a number of years, and participated in InDEEP in 2014. She is working as the Young Adults Consultant SA/NT for Global Interaction, and as a Community Development Officer in her community amongst diverse groups.  

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Departed during FY 2016-17:

Mikaela Belling


Appointed: February 2015

Last meeting: March 2017

Responsibilities: Associate Board Member; Governance Committee Member; Program Committee Member

Mikaela recently completed a Masters of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales. She is now working as a Case Manager at Navitas English to assist newly arrived refugees settling on the NSW South Coast. She began her connection with TEAR in 2013 through an internship at the Sydney office and has since been involved in the TEAR community in Sydney. 

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Jane Furniss

BA, LLB (Hons), M. Int Devt

Appointed: November 2013

Last meeting: November 2016

Responsibilities: Program Committee Member

Jane has a background in international law, development and governance. She started her career in corporate law for a major Australian law firm and has worked as a lawyer in Australia and Asia for over ten years. Jane has worked closely with several of TEAR’s partner agencies through her previous roles as International Director of the Micah Network, a director of Micah Challenge International and a director of United Mission to Nepal. Jane currently works as a lawyer on international development projects and in a family business focusing on education.  

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