Board Members

Cameron Burgess - Chairman

Cameron Burgess holds a degree in Social Work with Honours, as well as having studied business. He has 15 years’ experience working in Management and Community Development roles in the Not for Profit Sector. Part of this time was spent working in South East Asia, including project management in Myanmar. Cameron has been a presenter with the GWM community development education team in Myanmar.

Peter Simmons - Founder & CEO

Peter Simmons is the CEO of GWM which he founded in March 2004. He is an Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has served on the board of Teen Challenge Victoria and as Chairman of Youth for Christ Victoria. He has an extensive business background and is former winner of the Collie Trust Foundation scholarship. He has a Masters in International and Community Development.

Des Collinson - Treasurer

Des Collinson is the Treasurer of Graceworks Myanmar. He is founding partner of a chartered accountancy business in Adelaide and has been in practice for 40 years. As Chairman he oversees the corporate governance of GWM and the implementation of its vision. He is a director of Australia Medic Alert Foundation and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Dr.Anthony Ware- Board Member

Dr.Anthony Ware is a Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University, and Acting Director of the Australian Myanmar Institute. He is a recognized authority on development in Myanmar and has written about the political transition & resolving Myanmar's longstanding armed & communal conflicts. His book "Context Sensitive Development:How International NGO's Operate in Myanmar" probes how NGO's have found effectiveness working in Myanmar and offers a strong blueprint for GWM's strategic direction. 


Ben Muller - Board Member

Ben holds a Degree in Civil Engineering & an MBA from Deakin. His 17 year career has been in Project, Operations & Senior Management roles in the Construction & Construction Materials Supply sector and he is currently a Senior Project manager in the Water Industry, delivering both domestic & international contracts. Ben also serves as the chair of his local school & has travelled to, and been involved in, work in Myanmar on behalf of his local church.


 Dr. Michelle Sanders-Board Member

Dr. Michelle Sanders has a professional doctorate & is also currently doing a Ph.D. She is the CEO & founder of Art and Soul , a course to teach people who suffer from anxiety & depression to paint, and has recently written a book titled "Art and Soul-Generating conversations with the community through the medium of Art". Michelle is currently Head of Visual Arts & Head of Community Development at Eastern College in Victoria. In 2010 she founded an alternative -style church called 'Kaleidoscope', it's focus being on the arts & social justice. She is also an ordained Minister.


 Zoe Solomon - Secretary to the Board

Zoe has completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with Distinction. She was awarded the J.C.Paul Duerdoth Memorial Award for her efforts & diligence in Disability Studies. Zoe has over 4 years experience working with refugees & migrants and assisting them in their transition into Australian life. Zoe has worked for GWM since 2014 and is currently completing a Masters of International & Community Development.