Following our 1 May 2017 announcement where we outlined our new Leadership structure, we are now excited to announce a number of additional appointments including National Cabinet members that will take effect in the coming weeks.

The Australia One Program is a journey of 1+1= New, and so the appointment of the additional national positions is the natural next step as we move forward in our transformation to a single, National Territory.

Appointments to the National Cabinet

Effective 1 August 2017:

  • National Assistant Chief Secretary – Lt. Colonel Winsome Merrett
  • National Secretary for Mission (Program) – Major Lyn Edge (with promotion to Lt. Colonel)
  • National Secretary for Personnel – Lt. Colonel Kelvin Merrett
  • National Gender Equity Advocate – Col. Julie Campbell (additional appointment)
  • National Secretary for Communications – Major Neil Venables (with promotion to Lt.-Colonel)

Additional National Appointments

Effective 1 July 2017:

  • Director SAID (National Salvation Army International Development) Lt. Colonel Simone Roberston

Effective 1 August 2017:

  • National Secretary for Government Relations – Lt. Colonel Laurie Robertson
  • National Director for Multi-Cultural Ministries – Lt. Colonel Xuyen (Samuel) Pho
  • Director of the School for Christian Studies (National College) – Major Terry Grey (with promotion to Lt. Colonel)

Territorial Appointments

Effective 1 August 2017:


  • Victoria State Commander – Lt. Col. Bruce Stevens
  • Victoria Director of Women’s Ministries – Lt. Col. Debra Stevens.

The Victoria State Commander will work with the existing Victoria Divisional Commanders as we move forward with the transition planning and phased implementation of the operating model outlined in the 9 June 2017 Australia One Update.

Effective 1 January 2018, the Victoria State Commander and Victoria Director of Women’s Ministries will transition to Victoria Divisional Commander and Victoria Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries roles.

Western Australia Division:

  • Divisional Commander – Lt. Col. Chris Reid
  • Divisional Mission Resources Secretary & Divisional Spiritual Life Secretary – Major Stuart Reid

Pastoral Care Department (AUS):

  • Pastoral Care Officer – Major Lisa Venables (with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel)


What does the National Cabinet look like?


The National Cabinet will comprise the National Commander, National President for Women’s Ministries and current National Cabinet Secretaries positions. During the transition period for Australia One, the territorial leaders (Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary of Women’s Ministries) for both territories will serve as members of the National Cabinet.

What does this mean for existing Territorial positions?


In line with the leadership transition approach communicated as part of the 1 May and 29 May updates, from 1 August 2017 the Territorial Chief Secretaries in Charge will have a change of title to Territorial Chief Secretary, supporting the National Chief Secretary to ensure national alignment of TSA priorities.

Moving forward, in the coming months the Territorial Secretaries for Program and for Business Administration (AUS and AUE) will be replaced by the National Cabinet Secretaries. The role of Territorial Secretary for Personnel in each territory will continue for 12 months, supporting the National Secretary for Personnel. These appointments are:

  • Territorial Secretary for Personnel AUE – Lt. Col. Cheralynne Pethybridge (additional appointment)
  • Territorial Secretary for Personnel AUS – Col. Karyn Rigley (additional appointment)

How will things change now that we have a National Cabinet?


As outlined in the 1 May 2017 announcement, and as we implement the changes to our National Cabinet and leadership structure, we will continue to move from ‘business as usual’ to a ‘business in transition’ operation mode. During this time of transition there will be minimal changes in day-to-day operations initially, with some reporting line changes into the National Cabinet Secretary positions.

A National Territory will not simply be a merger of the two existing territories, but a chance to leverage the best of both territories and create something new. With additional National Cabinet positions in place, we can continue to progress the decision making required as we design and implement a National Operating Model.

Keeping Informed


You can keep up to date with the latest Australia One news and information by visiting the Australia One website (, or in your monthly edition of OTHERS magazine ( online or in printed copy).

You can also contact us directly through the Australia One email inbox: (AUS) (AUE)

  • Pam Stamos
    Posted at 11:50h, 19 June Reply

    As I have said before be very careful how you impact on the individual, because the individual to our Heavenly Father is far, far more important then any organisation including the Salvation Army. People are being hurt, not listened to, their work is not being valued, some are feeling bullied, Be very careful as our Lord will not continue to bless that which does not honour Him. The process is as important as the outcome.
    Also, if we want Australia to continue to have a numerically strong Salvation Army presence and even more so in the future, is reducing Australia to one territory the way to go.
    Please see the below quote about Salvation Army Organisational Structure
    “The next level in The Salvation Army hierarchy is the Territory and usually corresponds to a country, however, many countries with a numerically strong Salvation Army presence may be divided into a number of territories (U.S.A., Australia, India).”
    Which is a quote from the website below
    Bless you
    From Pam

  • Gordon Jones
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 June Reply

    Thanks for these updates. As things are starting to change shape, is there a chance of producing an ‘org chart’ which can be added to and circulated as we journey through this change.

    • The A1 Team
      Posted at 14:20h, 26 June Reply

      Hi Gordon,

      Thank you for your question.

      We are in the process of finalising an org chart that will reflect our organisational structure with the latest changes. We’ll be making this available for circulation as soon as we can, to be published in upcoming Program Updates on the Australia One website.

      The A1 Team.

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