Leaders at the Brotherhood 
A timeline

Gerard Kennedy Tucker 1933–54

Founded the Brotherhood as a religious order.
Pioneered social welfare activities to address poverty.

Geoffrey Tremayne Sambell 1954–69

Established the donated goods division. Anglican priest; later Archbishop of Perth.

A biography of Sambell, written by Michael Challen, is available for purchase. To order your copy email info(at)bsl.org.au

David Scott 1969–1980

Nephew of Father Tucker.
Took a lead in establishing Community Aid Abroad.

Peter Hollingworth 1980–90

Anglican priest; later became Archbishop of Brisbane, then Governor-General of Australia.
Led the campaign 'Promise the children against child poverty'.

Bill Ford (acting Executive Director 1990)

Previously Director of Income and Business Development, oversaw Diamond Jubilee Year.

Michael Challen 1991–99

Anglican bishop, strong advocate of social justice for all Australians.
Supported close links between Brotherhood research and services.

Nicolas Frances 1999–2003

Anglican priest, born in the United Kingdom, had set up income-generating activities with disadvantaged people.
Fostered the concept of social enterprise.

John Wilson (acting Executive Director) 2003–04

Board member, oversaw transition period.

Tony Nicholson 2004–2017

Brought strong background in services and policy development with people at risk of homelessness.

Conny Lenneberg 2018–

Came to the Brotherhood with 25 years’ experience in the development and social justice sector.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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