Management & Governance

Our Fusion teams are made up of unpaid and paid staff, team members and volunteers who all work side by side to see communities transformed across the nation.

They are Fusion’s strength. Faithfulness, willingness, generosity and commitment characterize Fusion’s people. In challenging environments and situations, our team members will keep on caring for those they minister to, offering practical support, encouragement and opportunity.

The administration of the organisation is managed by the Executive Team under the direction of the Executive Team Leader.

Fusion Australia Ltd is governed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of Trustees elected by the team members at the Fusion Annual Conference, and some externally appointed Trustees.

The administration of the organisation is managed by the Executive Team under the direction of the Executive Team Leader.

Organisational Structure

Fiona Gunnion – CEO

After completing a Bachelor of Social Work at RMIT, Fiona began working as a Secondary College School Chaplain with Fusion in Gippsland.

In more recent years, Fiona has coordinated a youth and community centre and managed a youth crisis accommodation service, prior to taking on the CEO role for Fusion nationally. Fiona is the Team Leader for Fusion South East Melbourne, Fusion Victoria State Coordinator and Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Fiona has a keen interest in trauma and in how young people can be supported to overcome the trauma of their past to go on to live fulfilled lives.

Andrew Braun – Deputy Chair

Andrew Braun joined the Fusion movement in the early 1980s and after studying Fusion’s Associate Diploma of Youth and Community Work course at Kilmany Park in 1986, he took up a student placement in Perth. There he led the youth work team in school seminars and lunchtime programs before moving to Geraldton to lead the work, which included the oversight of Cameliers Guesthouse.

Based in Perth since 1992, Andrew has worked alongside heads of churches and other church leaders there to facilitate a broad range of initiatives under the Awakening banner including the Easter March in Perth for over 20 years. He has extensive experience working with church leaders and pastors and a strong history of working alongside a range of government and secular agencies and organisations. Andrew is the State Director of Fusion’s work in Western Australia and is the Chairman of Church Council at his local Baptist Church.

Anton Benc

Anton is an experienced consultant who is passionate about guiding and helping people to work better together. Anton uses his discerning collaborative work style, with excellent communication and facilitation skills, to bring about organizational and personal transformation; focused on achieving business excellence. Anton has extensive experience in developing and implementing change management and customer centric strategies in a range of organisations, private, not for profit, Churches and the public sector. This experience is further supported by developing and implementing change management programs and quality frameworks. Today Anton works also as a gardener, designing and implementing a range of landscaping projects. He is an active member/advisor and former parish councillor of St Marks Anglican Church, Emerald and the former Chair of ECHO [Emerald Centre for Hope and Outreach].

David Ireson

Dave Ireson has served with Fusion in various roles in Australia and around the world for nearly fifty years. This includes being in leadership teams in Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. He has been involved in establishing centres, representing Fusion and serving on National and State boards including the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition (AYPAC), the Youth Coalition of the ACT, the Youth Network of Tasmania and the National Youth Coalition for Housing. He has served as Treasurer, Chairperson and various other roles within these boards.

Dave has been an active part of Fusion’s training teams within Australia and has more recently been equipping West Africans with youth and community work skills. Since 2007, Dave and his wife Jo have spent time in Africa. An elected member of the Fusion International Leadership Team, Dave is on the Executives of Fusion Nigeria and Fusion Ghana, a part of the Poatina Village Leadership team, and the Fusion Australia appointed Treasurer of the Poatina Village Body Corporate.

Jesse O’Neil

Born to parents who were active members of Fusion, Jesse O’Neil grew up around Fusion activities including, Easter marches, conferences and community teas. After completing his studies in pharmacy, including an honours project on ‘Solid Lipid Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Autoimmune Disease’, Jesse began working as a youth worker with Fusion while completing a pharmacist internship.

After spending time in Poatina to complete his studies in Youth and Community Work, Jesse and wife Marie moved to the Sunshine Coast to coordinate Fusion’s work there, a position he has now held for 13 years. In that time, the work and team have grown to include an array of youth programs, a busy community centre, three Op Shops and a large team of volunteers. In addition to his role as Team Leader, Jesse manages national responsibilities, including training and IT.

Richard Palmer – Board Chair

Richard brings more than 25 years of experience in managing and leading service organisations. He has also delivered significant organisational, service and governance change programs across Higher Education and TAFE. Prior to moving into the education sector, Richard was a Fusion staff worker participating in front-line youth work, completing his time managing Fusion Publications. He has held executive management roles at two major universities and completed his Monash University engagement as Interim CIO. Richard is a Director of the Digital Leadership Institute and ContextOne, previously served on the Board of VERNet and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth (Biz) Adams started with Fusion at the Heart FM radio station in Tasmania and in 2004 began study, with a focus on media, through Fusion Training based in Poatina Village.

She has led the Fusion Media team for over ten years and been a member of the National Executive Team since 2010. In 2013, Biz moved to Sydney and was part of a rebranding of Fusion nationally. She has been part of the organising committees for National Conference and Sleep In Your Car and is a regular part of the Pilgrimage to Uluru Basecamp team. She currently balances a National Media and Marketing role with her involvement with national projects and part-time employment with the Fusion Western Sydney Youth team.

Robert Greig

After beginning his career as a secondary school maths teacher, Robert Greig spent five years as Scripture Union WA’s Camping Coordinator, before training as a lawyer. In addition to law, he has held senior management positions in industry and now leads a legal practice specialising in safety and employment law.

Rob chaired Scripture Union’s WA Board and was a member of their Australian Council for six years, concluding in those roles in 2015. Rob is a member of Bentley Baptist Church.

Rubie Ireson

Rubie Ireson grew up in Poatina Village, later moving to Sydney where she was actively involved in Fusion’s work in western Sydney and nationally as a teenager. She spent time volunteering with Fusion in Jamaica after leaving school and then completed a Certificate IV and Diploma in Youth and Community Work (Christian). Based at Hornsby in Sydney’s North, she was responsible for coordinating the youth programs, including the youth café “Jacks”. Moving to western Sydney in 2010 to study a Bachelor of Social Science, Rubie worked with Fusion’s Accommodation Support Service and later as a youth worker with Fusion Western Sydney. Since then, Rubie has worked with Penrith City Council,for BaptistCare -HopeStreet Women’s Services and is now Director of the Hive, United Way Australia in Mt Druitt, in Sydney’s west. Rubie remains involved with Fusion through events, fundraisers and training initiatives.

Caitlin Swanton

A volunteer/staff member with Fusion since 2016, Caitlin has been with the organisation for more than ten years. She is currently the Centre Manager for Fusion Mornington Peninsula and is studying a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology major) at Deakin University.

Prior to joining Fusion, Caitlin worked in a variety of businesses, from volunteer management and promotional advertising to online retail operations, all while raising a family of four girls.
Those who work with Caitlin appreciate her ability and experience in administration, finance, marketing and networking. Caitlin is a pro-active person and brings a fresh outlook in her desire to help create the kind of world that Jesus would want for those society has marginalised.

We are, at our heart, a group of passionate people who care about seeing real change in the world.

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