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ChildSafe Team

Neil Milton

Business Development Leader
Neil has worked as a pastor of churches for 15 years, World Vision Australia and been on many fundraising boards. Neil is passionate about helping churches, businesses and other organisations to keep children safe. He is married with three beautiful children.


Elliott Lauder 

National Relationship Manager
Elliott combines over 25 years of sales, marketing and process management in the main from an industrial background welded with a passion for social justice and desire to see safety standards in the community sector improved. In his spare time he is President of a Melbourne sports club, encouraging children’s participation in outdoor activities.


Johannes Knijnenburg 

Northern Relationship Manager
Joh is a passionate Team Builder and Teacher with many years of pastoral ministry and a long history developing youth, children and young adult programs, leading churches and adventure and outdoor education programs. He has been in senior leadership roles with many organisations including Bible Society Australia, Exiles Australia, Wesley Mission, as well as a number of churches across QLD. He is a Communicator, Musician, Comedian and Motivator and enjoys riding his motorcycle, singing and performing concerts. Joh is passionate about bringing a positive message of hope, grace and inspiration, helping people to discover the adventure’ that this life has for them.

“I believe I am called to encourage, teach and equip people. My heart is to invest into our children and our families, to ensure we create a generation who know they are safe to have a purpose and positive place in this world. I want Australia to be ChildSafe.”


John Paterson

Online Manager
John began his career backwards gaining 20 years of computing experience before formalising it with a Bachelor of Science in IT and Psychology in the mid 90’s, John then dabbled in a range of career choices before beginning with ChildSafe in 2010


Tess Oliver

Finance & Administration Officer
Tess has had 25 years’ experience in bookkeeping, the most recent of which consisted of 10 years as a Finance Officer at Churches of Christ Victoria. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Degree. Tess also works part-time as a paid writer, writing articles for websites and other publications.



ChildSafe Directors

Jeffrey Mason

Jeff has been Chair of ChildSafe since April 2011. His leadership skills were developed over 33 years of service to education in the ACT including 10 years as Principal of Narrabundah College and five years as Director of School Programs. Jeff’s experience with NFP organisations comes from roles as Director SUACT and Safety Management Officer for SU Australia. Jeff is a problem solver, an expert in educational measurement and is experienced in accreditation processes.


Paul Holdway

Deputy Chair
Paul brings his 20+ years experience as a lawyer acting for victims of child abuse to ChildSafe’s aim of protecting children.


Ruth Pinkerton

Ruth is CEO of SU Tasmania. Ruth has been a teacher, outdoor instructor and carer for special needs youth. Her education includes a Masters in Business Administration and post graduate qualifications in Teaching and Conflict Management. She has been involved with SU since her school days and professionally for 17 years.


Dan Potter

Daniel Potter is the Head of Services and Product and e3Learning, based in Adelaide, South Australia. Daniel’s experience in software and multimedia development led him to a career in e-learning where his role has been instrumental in the product development strategy for the business. Daniel also serves on the Leadership team at the Hills Christian Family Centre, an organisations who have adopted and implemented the ChildSafe system and practices.


Trevor Capps

Trevor brings 30 years experience of serving in the not for profit sector with experience in program design, leadership and fundraising. He has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Planning and is currently studying a Masters in Science with a focus on Marketing. A recipient of the ‘extra mile award’ from IHC New Zealand for his work with flour fortification to reduce neural tube defects, Trevor is currently an executive member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and serving as Chair of the ACT Chapter.