PENNY MULVEY- DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA SERVICES
Prior to coming to this position in 2010, Penny was director of Positive Media, a boutique media consultancy which offered media training and support, with a particular focus on reputation risk management, to churches, not for profits and other predominantly Christian organisations. Penny formerly worked as a journalist in radio and television and is deputy chair of Christian Media and Arts Australia. Penny has authored a book, Reputation really matters, how to guard your corporate image (Monterey Press, 2008) Email Penny.
DEB BENNETT, CROSSLIGHT MANAGING EDITOR
Deb Bennett is managing editor of monthly publication Crosslight and Crosslight Online, a news site updated daily. With more than 20 years of experience working as a corporate freelance writer and editor, ghost writer and communicator in the not-for-profit sector, Deb has worked for the UCA for many years. She is able to offer advice on all things to do with church communications. Professional editing and proofing of written material ensures your message is well-written and relevant, attracting and engaging as wide an audience as possible. Email Deb.
ROS MARSDEN, SENIOR MEDIA OFFICER
Ros Marsden has wide experience as a business communicator and media expert across online and print news publishing, live television production and the not-for-profit sector. She was Communications Manager for Fairfax’s Australian Community Media, a division of over 160 mastheads across regional, agricultural, the Canberra Times and Sydney suburbs. Ros also worked in advertising management at Fairfax, including The Age, where she encouraged effective word use to improve commercial outcomes. In her spare time she tries not to use her mobile phone on trains or in restaurants, a desire that prompted her to write F Bombs! The Handy Manners Guide to Make Your Life Easier (Wilkinson Publishing). Email Ros.
MIRNA LEONITA, GRAPHIC ARTIST
Graphic artist Mirna Leonita has been working for the Communications and Media Services unit since 2009. Her responsibilities include designing publications, brochures, stationary, posters, postcards and calendars for units in the synod. She also designs Crosslight, the monthly Victorian and Tasmania synod newspaper. With an Advanced Diploma of Fashion from the Melbourne School of Fashion and a Master of Visual Communication from RMIT, Mirna is available to assist with a diverse range of design requests. Email Mirna.
GARTH JONES, DESIGN & PRINT SERVICES
Garth is a multi-discipline creative with ten years’ experience in design and illustration for motion,print, and interactive. With Honours in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of South Australia (SASA), Garth has produced work for clients ranging from lawyers and government departments through music festivals, commercial television, comics publishers and fashion labels. Well versed in Creative Suite &andFinal Cut Studio, with extensive experience in interface design for the web and mobile, Garth has also developed exceptional client management and liaison skills through his freelance & business experience.
Garth has also taught secondary and tertiary design practice, worked as a mentor to young creatives, directed film clips for international broadcast, exhibited artwork in various local galleries, and regularly writes on pop culture for various websites and magazines. Email Garth.
TIM LAM, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Tim has worked with the synod’s Communications and Media Services team since 2015. He manages the synod’s social media accounts and writes for Crosslight. Tim has experience in social media strategy, community management, crowdfunding and content creation for a range of non-profit organisations, including international development agencies, human rights publications and international student magazines. With a Bachelor of Media and Communications and a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, Tim has produced social media toolkits for a variety of clients in the education sector. He also coordinated a social media internship program for university students and graduates. Email Tim.
DAVID SOUTHWELL, MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
David Southwell is a communications specialist with over 15 years of experience working for some of Australia’s biggest media brands and outlets. His career spans reporting for local papers in Sydney, writing and editing for wire service AAP, writing and editing News Corporation’s flagship website news.com.au and sub-editing commuter newspaper mX. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in numerous publications including The Australian, The Age and the Walkley Magazine. Coming from a farming family of traditionally staunch and stern Methodists David grew up attending the Uniting Church and still dreams of Harvest Festival tables laden with country cooking. Email David.
NIGEL TAPP, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Based in Tasmania, Nigel has worked in the media communications industry – across the not-for-profit, government and corporate spheres - for almost 35 years covering writing, media management, crisis communications and strategic planning.
An award winning journalist, Nigel is a former Bureau Chief and Chief-of-Staff for daily newspapers as well as the practice manager of one of Tasmania’s largest public relations agencies.
Nigel has also advised a Federal Minister and State Opposition.
Since joining the Synod’s Communications and Media Services team in 2012, Nigel has provided communications advice on a broad range of church projects including Uniting our future, the Asset Strategy Program and the UnitingCare Network Project. This advice has related to both external and internal stakeholders.
Nigel is also the Secretary of the Presbytery of Tasmania. Email Nigel.
LYNDA NEL, PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Having rushed into a secretarial course as a ‘fall-back’ qualification, it was the foundation of a career that allowed me to work for the most interesting people around the world - property managers, university professors, an archaeological site manager, a headmaster, an airport authority manager, consultants, and church teams; in South Africa, America, H.K. of Jordan to the United Kingdom, and now Australia. I have attended to everything from the stationary order to travel arrangements, minute taking to corporate events, from tender applications to correspondence. I now enjoy the diverse responsibilities of assisting the Synod CoMS team with administrative, and co-ordinate the advertising for Crosslight. Email Lynda.