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Gender Equity

The Gender Equity Plan was first presented to The Salvation Army’s International Management Council in London, by Commissioner Tracey Tidd in April 2017.

The Gender Equity Plan seeks to “address systematic gender inequality, including that faced by women officers” through the appointment of a National Gender Equity Advocate, and a Gender Equity committee.

The goal of this work is to establish a culture of equity in which biblical teaching and Salvation Army theology of women in leadership informs our practice.

Colonel Julie Campbell has previously been appointed National Gender Equity Advocate, and a gender equity committee has been assembled which incorporates key Army leaders and external members.

Committee Members:

  • Colonel Julie Campbell (Deputy Chair) – National Gender Equity Advocate
  • Lt. Colonel Kelvin Merrett – National Secretary for Personnel
  • Lt. Colonel Donna Evans – National Head of Officer Personnel
  • Major Gregory Morgan – Head of College
  • Captain Anne Jeffrey – National Assistant Cabinet Secretary for Women’s Ministries
  • Captain Steven Smith – National Head of Mission Resources
  • Amanda Merrett – Assistant to the Social Justice Secretary at The Salvation Army
  • Karen Jones (Chair) – Experienced consultant with a background in operating model design and implementation
  • Alex Heath – Head of Economic Analysis Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Daniel Leighton – General Manager, Local Area Coordination, at Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Rauf Soulio – District Judge at Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Major Leanne Ruthven - Assistant Divisional Commander, Victoria

To shape and guide the initiatives that will be rolled out across TSA in Australia, the committee members met on 9 February, 2018 to scope and prioritise identified gender equity initiatives. To help guide the decision making process, a survey was sent out to all female officers to elicit their views and feedback.

The Committee will meet every 4-6 weeks, with an expected 8 meetings per year.

The Salvation Army acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.