Board of Directors

“To see the momentum in financial support for Sanctuary starting to snowball is a very exciting thing, and to see the joy on the faces of the refugees, who are now filled with a hope for a safe and productive future after being assisted by Sanctuary, is a clear indication of the desperate need there is for Sanctuary’s work to expand to new levels in order to assist more suffering people”.

Glenn Pearce, Treasurer

Peter Hallam, Sanctuary Australia Foundation CEO
Peter Hallam, CEO, Sanctuary Co-Founder

Peter Hallam, CEO and Founder of Sanctuary has worked with refugees for over 23 years, starting his work in Canada where he gained his training and experience in refugee settlement. Peter brings a managerial background to Sanctuary and has owned and run three successful businesses in Alberta, Canada with a large team of employees.

Mark Hallam, Sanctuary Australia Foundation SecretaryMark Hallam, Secretary

Mark Hallam has been the Secretary of Sanctuary Australia Foundation since 2006. He holds a BA of Arts in Multimedia and has worked previously in information technology and as a teacher in Japan. He grew up watching his parents humanitarian work and has developed great compassion and empathy for the suffering of humanitarian entrants. He enjoys playing guitar and building websites in his spare time.

Glenn  Pearce, Sanctuary Treasurer
Glenn Pearce, Treasurer

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting, an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, is a member of the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) in Australia, and is a partner in a local Accounting firm in Coffs Harbour. He is married with children, and is actively involved in other charity projects based in India and Indonesia.

Glenn became involved with the Sanctuary Australia Foundation after learning of the unselfish hard work the Foundation members do to share the freedom and abundance we enjoy in our community with people from other cultures around the world who are suffering terribly.

Sue Hallam, Co-Founder and Board Member
Sue Hallam, Board Member, Sanctuary Co-Founder

She studied at the London College of Fashion, before she and Peter emigrated to Canada.There she worked as a sportswear designer,and started her own design/dressmaking business.

Sue has always been involved in social justice issues, did Leadership Training studies and worked with refugees from Central America. After emigrating to Australia in 1987, Sue and Peter started Sanctuary,and
remain strongly committed to helping refugees, sharing their wisdom, and involving the wider community in this important work.

Michele Matthews-Potter
Michele Matthews-Potter, Board Member

Australian born, Michele has spent most of her working life based in the UK with 2 overseas contracts with aid organisations through the British Government. She has Worked in Vanuatu for 5 years as an Administration Officer which included training locals. In Uganda, she worked for 7 years as a Systems and Computing Manager. She has also worked as a volunteer in Sri Lanka since the tsunami in 2005. She has been involved with sustainable work with womens groups amongst many other aspects of aid work in a developing country – self funded. She has a Community Development Certificate and has spent most of her adult life traveling and living in other countries.

Richard Jordan, SAF Board Member
Richard Jordan, Board Member

Richard had an 18-year career in teaching and education administration in Ghana, Kenya and Papua New Guinea before ‘dropping out’ to pursue his love of birds, principally as an operator of birding tours in Australia and Southern Africa. He lives in ‘retirement’ in Bellingen, although he often heads into Australia’s deserts to organise volunteers for bird surveys for conservation organisation Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Lani Carmody
Lani Carmody, Board Member

Lani has been motivated to take a more proactive role in supporting others to take advantage of their opportunities by observing the conditions in which many of the world’s people live overseas. She has volunteered in Thailand working with the victims of the HIV AIDS virus & in Papua New Guinea focusing on ophthalmology. She holds qualifications in Training & Small Business Management & is a Justice of the Peace.

Rob Brangwin
Rob Brangwin, Board Member

Rob Brangwin was born in England, has spent much of his life in New Zealand but now calls Coffs Harbour home. He has filled a variety of roles over the years; as a community educator, an ambulance officer and hotel manager. However more recently he decided to focus is efforts toward attaining a Bachellor Degree in Social Work, something that he hopes to put to use with refugee groups in the Coffs Harbour community. Rob has had extensive involvement organising fundraising events here and in New Zealand. When not on his mountain bike Rob can often be found on his longboard enjoying the waves of Sawtell beach.

Karen Brangwin
Karen Brangwin, Board Member

Karen has spent most of her life traveling and living around the world whilst working within the hotel industry. Most recently Karen calls Coffs Harbour home and lives in Toormina with her husband Rob. Karen has been involved in ongoing work with charities and has managed behind the scenes for many of Rob’s fundraising events.