The Hillsong Board

The Hillsong Board

Hillsong Australia Board

Brian Houston
Chairperson
Board Member since 1988
Brian is a credentialed minister of religion. Together with his wife Bobbie, he is the founding Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church Australia and Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Churches across the world
 
George Aghajanian
Company Secretary
Board Member since 1996
George is the General Manager of Hillsong Church and is responsible for corporate governance, legal, financial stewardship, human resources and church facilities development. He possesses a wealth of senior management experience working with both Australian and international organisations prior to joining the staff at Hillsong, and brings a strong balance of faith and practical business application to his role.
 
Nabi Saleh
Board Member since 1990
Nabi is the former Executive Chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees worldwide and Executive Chairman of Praise International USA which operates It’s A Grind coffee houses. He offers strong business acumen gained from a number of business interests and sits on several boards for large, non-profit organisations.
 
Don Cooper-Williams
Board Member since 1993
Don is the founder of AltoPoint consulting. With over 40 years of experience in executive management in the IT industry, Don offers a wealth of experience in business leadership, church leadership, corporate governance and growth strategy to corporations. 
 
Leigh Howard-Smith
Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee – Chairperson
Board Member since 1993
Leigh is a Director/Owner of Freight Specialists, a national logistics and transport business. He is a long-standing board member of Hillsong Church and brings experience in managing business growth, corporate governance as well as risk and compliance management.
 
Grant Thomson
Board Member since 2008
Grant is the Global Marketing Director for Hillsong. Along with a brilliant international team he is responsible for the communication and reach of the brands that operate in the commercial sphere and emanate from Hillsong. Grant holds masters degrees and certificates in management, marketing and theology from several Universities including Harvard, Deakin, Alphacrucis and Western Sydney.
 
Joel A’Bell
Board Member since 2007
Joel is a credentialed Minister of Religion. Together with his wife Julia, Joel is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Church Australia, and is an innovative thinker, leader and communicator. He is also on the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) national Executive Board. 
 
Dane Gambrill
IT Steering Committee – Chairperson
Board Member since 2009
Dane is employed by IBM and is responsible for the Enterprise and Media Video division in Asia Pacific, also serving as a member of IBM’s Global Media and Entertainment leadership team. He is a trusted advisor regarding business transformation in the Digital era for the Media & Entertainment Industry.
 
Phillip Denton
Board Member since 2010
Phillip is an Executive Director of Hillscorp, a property development company. In his past 27 years in the industry he offers business acumen and facilities development expertise to the Board.
 
Melinda Dwight
Board Member since 2016
Melinda is the National Director of Alpha Australia, Previous Chair of The William Wilberforce Foundation and the Previous Chair of Harvest Bible College. Melinda has been an ordained minister with the ACC for 25 years and previously served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church for 15 years, as well as serving on the Victorian ACC State Executive and was previously on the board of ACCI and Youth Alive Victoria.
 
Peter Toganivalu
Board Member since 2017
Peter and his wife Laura are Global Pastors of Hillsong Young & Free. They’re passionate about seeing a ‘young and free’ movement rise up across the earth, finding joy, their God-given identity and calling in knowing Jesus Christ. Peter is a visionary, dynamic communicator, and a creative leader. Peter & Laura have two beautiful kids, Willow and Jack.