Board of Directors

Bachelor of Arts
Executive Program [Graduate School of Business, University of Melbourne]
Fellow Governance Institute of Australia
AM – Member of the Order of Australia
Board Chair

Ian Curtis AM

Ex Officio All Committees

With over 35 years’ experience in executive leadership of global humanitarian programs across five continents, Ian Curtis is well placed to grow the impact of International Needs Australia as our Board Chair. His last full time position was as Vice President for Governance and Accountability with World Vision International. He is vastly experienced in issues pertaining to long term development as well as dynamic experiences which include the rescue of Vietnam war-refugees, building schools and clinics in wartime Iraq and directing World Vision International’s response to the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. In 2010, his experience and leadership was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List.

Financial and Business Consultant

Deputy Board Chair

William (Bill) Murcutt

Member of Finance Risk and Audit Committee

Financial management and business performance analysis are expertise which Bill Murcutt has acquired over the past 40 years. Counted amongst his employers are companies including National Australia Bank, Blackburn Accounting Services and J Walter Thompson Advertising Agency. With his wealth of financial experience, Bill Murcutt assists in ensuring the long term sustainability of International Needs Australia by providing input into budgeting, planning and risk procedures and analysis..

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
CPA (Fellow CPA Australia)


Richard Lim B Bus, FCPA

Chair of Finance Risk and Audit Committee

A solid finance and general management background has enabled Richard to be an integral member of the International Needs Australia Board. With experience in senior financial management and operations positions with global leaders across multiple industries and church organisations such as News Limited, Elf Aquitaine, FLIR, Pall, Arrow Electronics and the Baptist Union of Victoria, Richard is perfectly placed to steer International Needs Australia along the path to a secure financial future. Richard is also a member of Rotary Australia and he additionally provides accounting and business advisory services to church organisations and small businesses through his consulting firm, Halo Advantage.

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Economics


Shelley Naylor

Member of Finance Risk and Audit Committee

With Bachelor degrees in Laws and Economics, Shelley has had vast and high profile experience working as Senior Associate in the Government team at Sparke Helmore Lawyers, working as major projects and procurement specialist assisting and advising on commercial contracting, probity and procurement. She has worked for over seven years in a top-tier law firm on large Commonwealth and State Government projects and procurements as well as large financial and banking transactions. Additionally, Shelley has experience working as a policy advisor for several high profile Victorian Members of Parliament. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences)
Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Service Management


Janelle Richards

Janelle is a People and Culture professional with over 30 years experience, in both international and Australian settings as well as humanitarian development and rapid response contexts. She is currently P & C Director in an INGO in Melbourne that works in over 70 countries. Janelle is passionate about creating working environments and cultures that encourage employees to reach their potential and contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s overall goals and mission.

Post Grad Certificate – Applied Science – Innovation and Service Management
Certificate IV – Professional Coaching
International Coach Federation – Accredited ACC
Member – Australian Human Resources Institute CAHRI


Shirley Reeder

Shirley is a high performing Management and Strategic Leadership consultant and coach working both in Australia and internationally. Shirley has considerable experience(over 20 years) in coaching and advising organisations in a variety of leadership and relationship management issues. She works primarily with CEOs, their Boards and Senior teams in the provision and facilitation of strategic advice and coaching through times of change.

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