Management & Governance

Our Fusion teams are made up of unpaid and paid staff, team members and volunteers who all work side by side to see communities transformed across the nation.

They are Fusion’s strength. Faithfulness, willingness, generosity and commitment characterize Fusion’s people. In challenging environments and situations, our team members will keep on caring for those they minister to, offering practical support, encouragement and opportunity.

The administration of the organisation is managed by the Executive Team under the direction of the Executive Team Leader.

Fusion Australia Ltd is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of Trustees elected by the team members at the Fusion Annual Conference, and some externally appointed Trustees.

The administration of the organisation is managed by the Executive Team under the direction of the Executive Team Leader.

Organisational Structure

Geoff Manton CEO

Geoff Manton – CEO

Geoff Manton joined Fusion Australia as CEO in August 2021, bringing with him a depth of knowledge and a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector, where he has been working and advocating for social change for more than thirty years.

Prior to joining Fusion, Geoff was with Concern Australia, a Christian organisation that works with young people at risk, aiming to create opportunities for them to enjoy full and meaningful lives. He has also worked as CEO of Northern Support Services in Victoria and held senior roles in organisations serving the deaf community.

Andrew Braun – Deputy Chair

Andrew Braun joined the Fusion movement in the early 1980s and after studying Fusion’s Associate Diploma of Youth and Community Work course at Kilmany Park in 1986, he took up a student placement in Perth. There he led the youth work team in school seminars and lunchtime programs before moving to Geraldton to lead the work, which included the oversight of Cameliers Guesthouse.

Based in Perth since 1992, Andrew has worked alongside heads of churches and other church leaders there to facilitate a broad range of initiatives under the Awakening banner including the Easter March in Perth for over 20 years. He has extensive experience working with church leaders and pastors and a strong history of working alongside a range of government and secular agencies and organisations. Andrew is the State Director of Fusion’s work in Western Australia and is the Chairman of Church Council at his local Baptist Church.

Anton Benc

Anton is an experienced consultant who is passionate about guiding and helping people to work better together. Anton uses his discerning collaborative work style, with excellent communication and facilitation skills, to bring about organizational and personal transformation; focused on achieving business excellence. Anton has extensive experience in developing and implementing change management and customer centric strategies in a range of organisations, private, not for profit, Churches and the public sector. This experience is further supported by developing and implementing change management programs and quality frameworks. Today Anton works also as a gardener, designing and implementing a range of landscaping projects. He is an active member/advisor and former parish councillor of St Marks Anglican Church, Emerald and the former Chair of ECHO [Emerald Centre for Hope and Outreach].

David Ireson

Dave Ireson has served with Fusion in various roles in Australia and around the world for nearly fifty years. This includes being in leadership teams in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. He has been involved in establishing centres, representing Fusion and serving on National and State boards including the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition (AYPAC), the Youth Coalition of the ACT, the Youth Network of Tasmania and the National Youth Coalition for Housing. He has served as Treasurer, Chairperson and various other roles within these boards.

Dave has been an active part of Fusion’s training teams within Australia and has more recently been equipping West Africans with youth and community work skills. Since 2007, Dave and his wife Jo have spent time in Africa. An elected member of the Fusion International Leadership Team, Dave is on the Executives of Fusion Nigeria and Fusion Ghana, a part of the Poatina Village Leadership team, and the Fusion Australia appointed Treasurer of the Poatina Village Body Corporate.

Jesse O’Neil

Born to parents who were active members of Fusion, Jesse O’Neil grew up around Fusion activities including, Easter marches, conferences and community teas. After completing his studies in pharmacy, including an honours project on ‘Solid Lipid Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Autoimmune Disease’, Jesse began working as a youth worker with Fusion while completing a pharmacist internship.

After spending time in Poatina to complete his studies in Youth and Community Work, Jesse and wife Marie moved to the Sunshine Coast to coordinate Fusion’s work there, a position he has now held for 13 years. In that time, the work and team have grown to include an array of youth programs, a busy community centre, three Op Shops and a large team of volunteers. In addition to his role as Team Leader, Jesse manages national responsibilities, including training and IT.

Richard Palmer – Board Chair

Richard brings more than 25 years of experience in managing and leading service organisations. He has also delivered significant organisational, service and governance change programs across Higher Education and TAFE. Prior to moving into the education sector, Richard was a Fusion staff worker participating in front-line youth work, completing his time managing Fusion Publications. He has held executive management roles at two major universities and completed his Monash University engagement as Interim CIO. Richard is a Director of the Digital Leadership Institute and ContextOne, previously served on the Board of VERNet and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dorothy Knox Fusion Trustee

Dorothy Knox

Dorothy (Dot) Knox began volunteering with Fusion Melbourne in the 1970s, while studying at Monash University. She joined Fusion as a staff member in 1981, completing Fusion’s Associate Diploma of Youth and Community Work. Since then, Dot has worked with Fusion in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales in  youth accommodation programs, training, networking, management and leadership.

Dot retired in 2020, after 12 years in the role as Manager of Youth Services with Fusion Western Sydney. Her working life has been amongst disadvantaged communities, beginning in disability services, followed by teaching with the Victorian Education Department, before she joined Fusion as a youthworker.

Dot’s first qualification was a Degree in Sociology and she maintains an awareness and interest in the broader contexts of family, community and society and their impact on the lives of individuals. She is interested in change processes at both an individual and organisational level.

Robert Greig

After beginning his career as a secondary school maths teacher, Robert Greig spent five years as Scripture Union WA’s Camping Coordinator, before training as a lawyer. In addition to law, he has held senior management positions in industry and now leads a legal practice specialising in safety and employment law.

Rob chaired Scripture Union’s WA Board and was a member of their Australian Council for six years, concluding in those roles in 2015. Rob is a member of Bentley Baptist Church.

Judy Tweeddale Fusion Trustee

Judy Tweeddale

Judy Tweeddale has a long connection with Fusion as a volunteer and staff member. She was part of the Awakening movement and Easter Marches, Fusion Blue Mountains and then in western Sydney, has been part of Industry Mentoring Camps, community events, youth holiday programs and work with families.

In her more than 16 years on the team at Fusion Western Sydney, Judy’s various roles have given her a broad experience of Fusion’s work, including, casework, government funding, grants and sponsorship, networking, compliance and policy support, management of staff and volunteers, fundraising, marketing, communication, event management, business planning and oversight of social enterprises. She is currently the Team Leader of the Fusion Western Sydney centre, managing an active process of mission, community building and collaboration with businesses, media, community organisations, agencies, local Councils and churches.

Her years with the Autistic Association of NSW, Juvenile Justice (Youth Justice Conference Convenor) and active roles in other ministries with Scripture Union Beach Missions, Prison Fellowship and outreach programmes at her local church, demonstrate her heart for the vulnerable and desire to get alongside and support others.

Caitlin Swanton

A volunteer/staff member with Fusion since 2016, Caitlin has been with the organisation for more than ten years. She is currently the Centre Manager for Fusion Mornington Peninsula and is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major) at Deakin University.

Prior to joining Fusion, Caitlin worked in a variety of businesses, from volunteer management and promotional advertising to online retail operations, all while raising a family of four girls.
Those who work with Caitlin appreciate her ability and experience in administration, finance, marketing and networking. Caitlin is a pro-active person and brings a fresh outlook in her desire to help create the kind of world that Jesus would want for those society has marginalised.

We are, at our heart, a group of passionate people who care about seeing real change in the world.

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