Our Board of Directors


Fr Peter Smith

Peter Smith has been a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney since 1985. After leaving school he studied Economics before training to be a priest. Since ordination he has served in various parishes in the Archdiocese and is currently the Parish Priest of St Columba’s Leichhardt North.

Peter has lectured in ethics and served on various ethics committees including Sydney University, the NSW Cancer Council and the Board of The Sisters of Charity Health Services Auburn. He has always been active in social justice issues and more recently in the promotion of the Sydney Alliance. Fr Peter holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.


Deborah_Burt_80x120.jpgDeborah Burt

Deborah's involvement in the Sydney Alliance has been as a Friend of Sydney Alliance for the past two years, focused on fund raising.  She recently joined the Board of the Sydney Alliance as a non-Executive Director.  Prior to this Deborah has had an extensive career in the corporate sector as a Human Resources Director, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Executive of a human resource consulting company.  Her experience has covered start ups, successful Australian companies and large multi nationals across the IT, financial services and professional services sectors.  She currently works as a freelance consultant specialising in coaching; workshop design and facilitation; and mediation. 


Reece_Proudfoot_80x120.jpgReece Proudfoot

Reece Proudfoot is Manager of Community Organising at WWF Australia and Chair of the Sydney Committee for the People’s Climate Movement. Reece holds the position of Secretary as well as Director within the Sydney Alliance.  Reece holds a Masters Degree in International Development (UNSW), and first began working on climate change during the two years he spent working in community development in the Kingdom of Tonga. Since joining WWF in 2012, he has worked in climate change advocacy, campaigning and organising and brought countless new audiences and communities together around the issue. He is an alumnus of the Centre for Australian Progress fellowship program, and is passionate about exploring the ways relational organising, behavioural economics and digital mobilisation can work together to broaden and strengthen participation in democracy.


Kelly_Williams4.jpgKelly Williams

Kelly is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Cancer Council NSW.  Kelly has held a range of roles across NSW with the Cancer Council with responsibility for supportive care for cancer patients, health promotion, and leading the Cancer Council’s work in reducing harm from tobacco.  Most of Kelly’s time has been spent in the Policy and Advocacy Team which connects community members to each other and to politicians to change how governments deal with cancer.

Kelly has a Bachelor of Health Promotion and Health Service Management from the University of Western Sydney and has completed the Centre for Australian Progress Communications fellowship.  Kelly’s passion is supporting people to participate in decisions that affect them.  Kelly hlds the position of Acting Treasurer as well as Director within the Sydney Alliance.



Mark Lennon

Mark is a Director of First State Super, First State Super Financial Services Pty Ltd, Sydney Financial Forum and McKell Institute. He previously was a member of the WorkCover NSW Board. Mark is a former Secretary of Unions NSW, from October 2008 until January 2016, having served as Assistant Secretary since June 2001. During his tenure as Secretary he steered Unions NSW as a founding partner organisation of the Sydney Alliance. More recently, Mark is a Director of icare (Insurance & Care NSW), a public financial enterprise that delivers insurance and care services to the people of NSW.


ritamartin_-_80x120.jpgRita Martin

Rita is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in Intensive Care, Aged Care and Nursing management. She has nursed and lived in Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Holland and USA before settling in Sydney. She is the Government and Community Relations organiser for the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association. The Association represents the interests of nurses and midwives employed in NSW in the public, private, aged care and disability sectors. It has over 63,000 members and is the NSW Branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). It is committed to working to promote a world class, well funded, integrated health system. Rita has completed 6 day Advanced training with Sydney Alliance and its sister organisation, London Citizens, and is an Alumnus of the Centre for Australian Progress fellowship program.


Kent_Crawford80x120.jpgKent Crawford

Rev. Kent Crawford is the Executive Minister for Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT. Kent also serves on the Board of the Wayside Chapel and the School Council of MLC Sydney. Trained in Psychology and Theology, Kent is passionate about developing healthy, thriving and inclusive communities.