Community Pastor, Stairway Church
David McHugh works with churches and organisations to collectively shape and influence movements that create positive change. Currently David leads the justice expression of Stairway Church, along with his wife Christy. As a speaker, preacher and teacher his desire is to inspire people to live for the benefit of others. David's career started in Management Consulting for a global engineering firm, and he has since worked for, and along side, numerous not for profit and church based organisations both within Australia and overseas. His focus on strategy and communication brings a unique approach into the church and not for profit sector.
David holds a Bachelor of Business from Australian Catholic University and is completing a Master of Arts in Innovation and Leadership through Kilns College.
Corporate Lawyer, Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG)
Sarah is an in house corporate lawyer at Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) specialising in cross functional legal advice to key business partners. She has years of experience in Australian insurance law both from a private practice and in house perspective. Sarah’s current legal practice varies on a daily basis however it shares the same purpose of providing legal, compliance and ethical advice to IAG. She is also involved in the strategic processes of the business and is currently focused on legal technology solutions to improve efficiencies and streamline in house processes. Aside from her corporate work, Sarah is serving as a Board Director at Petersham Assembly of God (PAOG) and also shares the role of Missions Director with her husband at PAOG. She is actively involved in local and overseas social justice projects in a legal and non legal capacity, including a two year volunteer engagement at Salvos Legal in Sydney. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Law combined with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting) and is currently studying a Masters of Legal Business at College of Law.
Glen holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University and a Masters Degree in Property and Construction from the University of Melbourne.
Vice President, ZOE and ZOE International Foundation, Thailand
Les is the Vice President of Operations for ZOE worldwide. Les is also the director of the ZOE business school and micro-enterprise program. He oversees humanitarian projects to feed the poor and helps develop self-sustaining projects in lower economic communities to help combat one of the major reasons for human trafficking – poverty. He mentors ZOE’s Thai male staff and is in charge of developing self-sustaining agricultural and husbandry projects at ZOE.
Les has over 17 years of senior management experience in various financial institutions in Hawaii and California. He previously served as the President of the Hawaii Credit Union Marketers’ Association and now serves as the Vice President of ZOE and is on the ZOE Board of Directors.
Senior Minister, Jesus Live Church
Ian Cowie is a Christian Minister with 35 years experience as a senior leader. Ian brings over 30 years experience of supporting both church and non-governement works in Thailand with an emphasis on encouragement and empowerment of local leaders. He is married to Linda and together they are parents to 6 adult children and grandparents to 8 children.
CEO, ZOE Foundation Australia. Strategic Management Team, ZOE Thailand.
David is the Manager of Child Protection and Communications at ZOE in Thailand. David is passionate about the rescue and long-term wellbeing of children. In 2010, David and his wife Andrea and their three children moved to Thailand to be field workers with ZOE International Foundation, Thailand on a volunteer basis.
David works to ensure that all children are protected, as he trains staff, volunteers and the ZOE children about safety and protection. David also assists with communications between the ZOE volunteers and supporters. David also oversees the implementation of projects and programs funded by ZOE Foundation Australia.
Prior to joining ZOE, David was in business in Australia for 16 years, using his position to practically and financially support Australian children, through specialised children’s camps (2000) and work as a foster carer (2004).
David graduated with a Commerce degree with majors in Management and Marketing at Deakin University.