How We Make a Difference
We care about people. Fusion began as a group of friends just wanting to make an impact, and even though we’ve grown in size, that core of us hasn’t changed.
We have highly skilled and passionate people who care deeply about Fusion and its mission, and we believe in the simple fact that people people matter.
Our Fusion teams are made up of paid and unpaid staff, team members and volunteers who all work side by side to see communities transformed across the nation. They are Fusion’s strength.
Whether it’s marching through the city in the rain or getting out of bed way too early to volunteer at a Day Trip, our people are committed to making a difference.
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.
Their stories make us who we are
transformed communities where young people thrive.
Fiona GunnionCEO & Executive Team Leader
Rachel HayExecutive Assistant
Trevor HarveyFinance and Audit Committee Chair
Our Board of Trustees
Fusion is an incorporated not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Fusion appoints Trustees to a Board of Directors known as the Board of trustees. The current Board of trustees are;
Geoff Bateman - Chairman
After a period as a police officer, Geoff trained and worked as a lawyer, then adult educator. He and his family spent eight years as Fusion staff workers in Poatina, Tasmania from 1997 to 2004 before answering a call to return to the Northern Territory. There Geoff became involved with NT Christian Schools from 2005 to 2015, first as Principal and then as CEO. More recently he has been lecturing in law at Charles Darwin University. Geoff is active in the ministry of Biblical relationship reconciliation. He has been a director and trainer for PeaceWise Australia since 2009, and undertook an intensive Mediation and Conciliation internship in the USA in 2012. Geoff currently worships at his local Baptist Church. Above all things Geoff loves to help others grow in their understanding of God, his world and their place in it.
It was while at Bible College that God led Rosemary into work with Fusion. Rosemary brings 30 years of experience in the work and story of Fusion, especially from the perspective of small remote centres and pioneering work. She has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in establishing and supporting cross- cultural mission and a commitment to and experience in Fusion’s training. Rosemary’s experience with Fusion has involved event management, participation in festivals, Fusion’s Pilgrimage to Uluru and working with Indigenous young people, training and team leadership, management of government funded programs, policy development, financial and people management. She brings experience in most aspects of Fusion’s process of youth work and programs. Based in Western Australia since starting with Fusion in 1983, Rosemary is currently the Centre Leader in Perth, National Coordinator of Pilgrimage to Uluru and Fusion Australia liaison for Fusion Indonesia.
Dave Ireson has served with Fusion in various roles in Australia and around the world for over forty years. This includes being in leadership in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. He has been involved in establishing, representing Fusion and serving on National and State boards including the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition [AYPAC], the Conference of Australian Youth Organisations, 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 also has extensive experience as a youth and community worker in multiple capacities. Dave and his wife Jo have spent much of the last ten years establishing, overseeing and supporting Fusion’s work in West Africa.
Currently Alison is the Team Leader for Geraldton WA. Her ministry journey started with bible college training in the early 90’s doing a Diploma in Theology [Evangelism] with Church Army, from there her husband and herself worked together as church youth workers and she has journeyed since then through motherhood, business and retail experience, including managing a Christian bookshop. She has now found her place working with Fusion with a particular focus in the mental health sector and housing. She is passionate about people being able to become the best they can be no matter the circumstances and she is especially interested in creating spaces where people can have the freedom to make choices and engage with their own recovery or faith journey.
After five years working in the NSW public service, Edwina moved to Poatina in Tasmania to study youth and community work with Fusion. She then joined the Fusion team in Hobart, working in a range of youth programs, in Christian radio with Ultra016five and with local churches through the Awakening movement. For the last seven years, she has been part of the Fusion team in Western Sydney where she coordinates outreach to isolated parents and families through the Wiggling Wombats program and works with the local Leadership and the National Marketing Teams.
Ben has journeyed with Fusion since he was 15, first as a young person, then a student, a Chaplain, a Youth Worker, a Trainer and has led him from Sydney to Canberra, and then to the Sunshine Coast where he is a part of the local Fusion team. He has recently completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Politics, Development Studies and Sociology, and has begun a Masters of Teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is passionate about young people and their growth, and also is a Worship Leader, Tutor and Trivia Host.
Anton is an experienced consultant, passionate about guiding and helping people to work better together. 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 a current Parish Council member/adviser of St Marks Anglican Church Emerald, ex Chair of ECHO [Emerald Centre for Hope and Outreach]
Steve has served with Fusion in a variety of roles over the last 34 years. These have included being a youth worker, Fusion Team Leader in Bendigo and Burnie, Personal Assistant to the National Director and in media and radio production and presentation. He currently manages the assets and maintenance of Poatina Village, is the co-leader of the Uluru Base Camp team for Fusion’s national Pilgrimage to Uluru and is Chairman of the Poatina Body Corporate.
Richard brings more than 25 years’ 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 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.
The Executive Team Leader (Chief Executive Officer)
is Ms Fiona Gunnion. Fiona has worked with Fusion for 17 years, she has a Bachelor of Social Work from RMIT and specialises in youth crisis accommodation and trauma recovery. The Board of Trustees and Executive Team Leader can be contacted by email at [email protected]Join Us