Board Members

Cameron Burgess

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

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

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 Treasurer 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.

 Anthony Ware

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

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.


Natashia Allitt - Board Member

Natashia has over 20 years experience in government and community development, with previous experience including time in AusAID/DFAT, and working on the ground in Russia in the area of HIV.  With previous roles in international development, Natashia brings a wealth of experience of developing nations.  She visited Graceworks projects in 2016 in a former job and is looking forward to using her experience to further develop Graceworks and contribute to the amazing work the organisation is doing in Myanmar.

 Zoe Solomon

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.