Board Members

Ben Muller

Ben Muller - Chairman

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.

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 Institute of Managers and Leaders 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.

 Cameron Burgess

Cameron Burgess - Board Member 

Cameron has 15 years’ experience working in Management and Community Development roles in the non-profit sector. Part of this time was spent working in South East Asia, including project management in Myanmar. Cameron has a Degree in Social Work with Honours, as well as having studied business. Cameron is a former Chairman of the GWM Board. 

 Natashia Allitt

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.  Additionally, Natashia is experienced in consultancy work for small firms, NGO's and the government. Natashia has a BEc from Anu, Graduate Diploma in International and Community Development from Deakin University, and a Diploma in Theology.

 Claire Henning

Claire Henning - Secretary to the Board

Claire joined GWM in September 2018., and resides in Adelaide with her husband and 3 children. Claire has had an extensive administrative career having worked in the United Kingdom and South Africa with internationally based companies in the Finance, Insurance and Legal sectors.

 Dr Anthony Ware

Dr Anthony Ware - Consultant

Dr Anthony Ware is Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development at Deakin University. He is author or co-author of 25 peer-reviewed academic papers, and author/editor of 4 books - including 'Myanmar's Rohingya Conflict', published by Oxford Uni Press and Hurst in 2018. Anthony does extensive research into development in conflict affected situations, and everyday peace formation, particularly in Myanmar. He has extensive research experience, including around conflict zones and actors in Myanmar. Now resident in Melbourne and travelling regularly to Myanmar, he lived in the region almost a decade and has significant key informant networks. He is a strategic advisor to GraceWorks Myanmar, and contributes strongly to the training and leadership of GraceWorks Myanmar's Community Development Education program.


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