Palms Australia is a unique independent and democratic organisation, open to the direction of its members. The board has seven directors elected by the membership. It is an agency whose legal structure is voluntary, not-for-profit and non-government.
Palms Australia maintains around 300 members from diverse backgrounds. If you would like to become a member of Palms Australia or to find out more, please visit our Membership page.
Palms Australia currently has five staff members in our Sydney office supported by a number of volunteers in our office, in-country and interstate.
Country Program Coordinator
Events & Executive Support
Communications & IT
Prof Marea Nicholson
Associate Vice Chancellor, Australian Catholic University
Dip Teach; Grad Dip Ed St; BA; M Ed; PhD
Finance Manager, CFO Strategic
CPA; BCom; BIT
Palms Australia volunteer, Timor-Leste 2010-12
Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen
Bishop, Parramatta Diocese 2016 – Present
Dr Antony Faa
Senior Medical Officer, Warwick Hospital
Palms Australia volunteer, PNG 2002-04
Palms Australia volunteer, PNG 2010-12
Digital Strategist Lead at Caritas Australia
BSc; Grad Dip Ed; Grad Cert RE; M Int Soc Dev (Dev)
Palms Australia volunteer, Bougainville 2003-04
NSW Regional Coordinator, Save the Children Australia
BA; Grad Cert Hum Serv; Grad Dip Coms; Dip Ed
Palms Australia is proud to have the following patrons of our organisation.
H.E. Dr Jose Ramos Horta
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Past President and Prime Minister Timor-Leste
Deacon Gary Stone
Australian Defence Force Chaplain
Founding member Friends and Partners with East Timor
The role of patron includes, but is not limited to:
- Enhancing the status of Palms Australia by their willingness to be publically associated with the objectives and activities.
- Providing advice and counsel on general directions or specific activities of Palms Australia.
- Attending public events of Palms Australia as VIPs and from time to time, participate in significant events.
- Attending fundraising events or support fundraising activities.
Members may nominate further individuals, whom they believe would assist promote the vision and mission of Palms Australia.