Board of Directors

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David Skeat

Tasmania


David has a background in teaching with specialization in Early Childhood. He has also worked in the area of appropriate technologies and is a qualified Emergency Medical Technician.

He has served on the Boards of World Relief Australia, Mercy Ships Australia, YWAM Medical Ships and Travel With A Cause.

Currently David serves in the eldership of Youth With a Mission Australia.

He has also served as the National Director of Australian Mercy from 1998 – September 2021.

David is married to Marie and lives in Burnie Tasmania.


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Kent Truehl

South Australia


Kent has trained hundreds of people in dozens of countries on four continents, He draws on years of experience in community development in particular his work the Amazon region of South America.

He is a seasoned lecturer and is interactive and dynamic illustrating content with interesting stories and life experiences.

Kent assumes The National Directors role of Australian Mercy in September 2021.

Kent is married to Josephine and resides in Adelaide


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Kevin Clark

Australian Capital Territory


Kevin originally hails from Perth and was formerly in the RAAF. He now has a background in accounting and a keen interest in alternative technologies.

He currently works as the accounts manager for Youth With a Mission Canberra and also manages Australian Mercy’s accounting system.

He is married to Dianne, and together they have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Dianne Clark

Dianne Clark

Australian Capital Territory


Dianne is the Operations Director of YWAM Canberra.

She has a strong interest in staff development and in reaching out to the poor and needy.

She is married to Kevin and lives in Canberra.


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Bruce Skinner

New South Wales


Bruce is the Co-Director of YWAM Wollongong.

Having been a Structural Engineer for sixteen years in heavy industry, Bruce draws on his experience in the marketplace, combined with more than twenty years in church leadership,

Bruce is married to Kristin and lives in Wollongong.


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Nicholas Mathews

Victoria


Nik has a background in charity work. He has previously worked for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Mercy Ministries International based in Bangkok and also spent 8 years working for Mercy Ships
International, based in Africa and Europe.

Nik currently resides in Melbourne and works with YWAM where he is involved in training and taking groups of young people on field trips through the Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Australia.

Nik is married to Sarah and has 2 growing boys.

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Jen Keatch

Northern Territory


Jen is the Director of Youth With A Mission Darwin, as well as leading Australian Mercy’s work in Darwin since 2003.

Jen has a background in teaching and working with children with disabilities and also has also been employed by the Anglican Church as a community worker specializing in delivery of programs for disadvantaged children and families.

Jen has studied and worked in Community Development, and has a particular interest in Relief & Development projects across SE Asia.


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Chris Harrison

South Australia


Formerly the Director of Youth With A Mission Darwin. He currently works with the Australian Mercy national office

He was formerly Chairman of the Evangelical Alliance in Darwin.
He is a senior fire fighter with local volunteer fire service. Chris serves as a Justice of the Peace in South Australia.

He is married to Gina, has two children and lives in the Adelaide Hills.


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Kris Thomson

New South Wales


Kris currently works in IT and has a background in mechanics.

He has worked in the volunteer sector since 1985. He also lived and worked in Indonesia doing business and community development activities.

Currently residing in The Netherlands, Kris is married to Gerda and is part owner of KJHosting a web design and hosting company.