Our Leaders

Our multicultural team share a common passion to reach out to the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

SIM Australia operations are led by our National Director, Malcolm Watts with the help of the Board and Executive Leadership Team. We have over 20 committed team members and many volunteers who offer their time and talents to help fulfil our mission.


SIM Australia is based in Penshurst, NSW, but is represented by regional staff and volunteers throughout Australia. 

SIM Australia has a voluntary Board of Directors who provide governance according to their experience and skills to ensure we fulfil our mission and act according to our constitution. 

Our Team

Malcolm Watts
National Director
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Malcolm Watts

National Director

Mal’s passion is to see people in God’s service as part of the global mission endeavour to make Christ known to the least reached.  As national director Mal leads the team that helps to make this happen for Aussie Christians.  Mal’s own story shows that when one is available to God, an individual’s skills, talents and training can play a vital role as a disciple maker for Jesus in cross cultural mission.  A combination of education and experience in accounting, missiology and international development have equipped and shaped Mal for the role he has in SIM Australia. He and his wife Jenny, are graduates of MST/BCV and served with SIM in West Africa for 13 years.
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Steve Early
Mobilisation and Training Director
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Steve Early

Mobilisation and Training Director
Steve’s role is to oversee the Regional Ministry Directors, Projects Coordinator, and Church Engagement Coordinator. He also serves as the Training Director for SIM Australia.
Steve and his wife Terry previously served with SIM in Ethiopia between 1987 and 2008.  Prior to that Steve was involved with agricultural development in West Africa. They remain active in cross-cultural ministry.
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Jason Lau
Media & Technology Director
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Jason Lau

Media & Technology Director
Jason Lau provides leadership to our Media Team. The team engages with our SIM mission partners through media & communications, donor relations and fundraising for SIM and SIMaid ministry projects.
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Graham Ellis
Finance & Corporate Services Director
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Graham Ellis

Finance & Corporate Services Director
Graham's role is to oversee SIM Australia's Finance Team. As well as serving our missionaries by handling the finances, Graham's team also handles HR and compliance.
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Doreen Thomas
Personnel Director
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Doreen Thomas

Personnel Director
Doreen is the newly appointed Personnel Director for SIM Australia. As a young Christian, Doreen served in Latin America, Europe and Australasia for six years before attending Bible College in Canada. She returned to Australia to study for a Bachelor of Education and then moved into hospitality after marrying and starting a family. Since then, Doreen has continued to serve on short term mission trips and has led the mission team at her church for many years. Doreen has also completed her counselling certification, specialising in grief and loss. Doreen's passion is counselling and training, believing strongly in the importance of "connection" between those on the field and those at home.
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Our Board

Adrian Price
Board Chair
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Adrian Price

Board Chair
Adrian is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer for the Sinclair Brook Group based in Melbourne. Adrian has over 25 years’ experience in finance, investment and property development.   Adrian was previously CFO of a not-for-profit investment fund, having managed their multimillion dollar investment portfolio of equities, property and property development activities.  Adrian also previously worked as a senior accountant in a public accounting firm, providing audit, taxation, business advisory services to a variety of small to large organisations in the manufacturing, construction, professional services and not-for-profit sectors.

 
Diane Marshall
Deputy Chair
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Diane Marshall

Deputy Chair
Diane has served with SIM since 1986 in South America, Africa, Asia and now Australia. She began in community education and quickly moved into organisational leadership. For 12 years she guided SIM’s global response in HIV & AIDS. Along the way she obtained a Master of Medical Science (Health Social Science) and a PhD (Education) in Workplace Learning. Over the past 10 years she has been in global leadership positions based in Singapore, most recently as the Global Director for Regional Development, responsible for SIM’s 10 regional directors. She returned to Australia in 2020 in time for the first Covid lockdown. Diane is married to Phill and they have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren. She is committed to seeing a new generation nurtured into mission.
Amelia Antognelli
Board Member
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Amelia Antognelli

Board Member
Amelia is an experienced Human Resources Professional with experience spanning the full range of HR activities including culture change, change management, project management, recruitment and selection, outsourcing, management coaching, performance management, employee relations, industrial relations, remuneration and benefit management, employee engagement, organisation development, leadership development and policy development across both the Banking and Finance and Oil and Gas industries.
More recently Amelia has lead the People Stream for Australia’s most successful transition from an oil refinery to the countries largest import terminal over a period of more than 2.5 years. This involved the retention, development, redeployment or retrenchment of nearly 400 employees whilst maintaining morale and a low turnover through the transition.  Her strong customer service ethic, empathetic nature, ability to form strong working relationships and enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude are key components to her success.
 
Ross Hughes
Board Member
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Ross Hughes

Board Member
Ross joined the Board in 2020 and is an experienced Director and Chief Financial Officer in the diverse industries of education, financial services, utilities and aged care. His involvement with SIM stretches over many years including as a short termer in Ethiopia and in leading the West Australian Water Corporation’s project partnership. He attends Mt Pleasant Baptist Church in Perth.
 
Sam Kong
Board Member
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Sam Kong

Board Member
Sam is the managing director and chief financial officer of Pacific Equity Partners.  Prior to joining Pacific Equity Partners in 1998, Sam was a senior accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised clients in the financial services, retail, shipping and manufacturing industries. Sam is a former investment committee member of WorldShare.  Sam received a BEc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. He is a Certified Practising Accountant.

 
Paul Lukins
Board Member
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Paul Lukins

Board Member
Paul has a background in agriculture, having worked with farmers in Central West NSW for much of his life. From 2001-2015, Paul was an SIM missionary in Ethiopia where he and Carol established a food security project with the Ethiopian Government for the benefit of a nomadic people group called the Mursi. They pursued Bible teaching with the local people. Australia is now their base as they care for their parents and assist their children to prepare well for Christian work for wherever God sends them. Paul joined the SIM Australia board in 2016.
Tham Fuan Yee
Board Member
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Tham Fuan Yee

Board Member
Tham Fuan grew up in Malaysia and has been pastoring churches in Malaysia and Australia for more than 20 years. He is currently the Senior Pastor of LifeGate Church of Christ in Glen Waverley, a south-eastern suburb of metropolitan Melbourne. His interest in missions came during his time as a student in a Bible college in the early 90s where he had the opportunity to hear about the many exploits of missionaries from different parts of the world. He spent some time in the mid-90s helping out in mission camps for a missions organisation in Malaysia. The same organisation asked him to join its Board, which he did for a few years before he moved back to Australia.
 
Krisha Adams
Board Member
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Krisha Adams

Board Member

“Krisha has experience both in Human Resources and Missions. Krisha and her family served at Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2003-2005 and 2009-2017), where Krisha spent 7 years as HR Manager (Expatriate Staff) responsible for recruitment and human resource management for missionary teachers from over 10 countries and multiple mission agencies.  Krisha holds a Masters of Human Resource Management. Since her return from the field, she has worked in human resources in the health sector and the Australian Public Service. She is currently responsible for culture and capability strategy for the IT division of a large Australia-wide public sector agency. Krisha has expertise in human resources business partnering, staff engagement, capability development, strategic resourcing, talent development and change management. She is married to Brad and they have 4 children.