Churches Announce the Appointment of NATSIEC National Director

MEDIA RELEASE                           Immediate Release

19 September 2011

From The National Council of Churches in Australia


The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) and the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) are pleased to announce that Kerry Charlton has been appointed as the NATSIEC National Director.

 Kerry has a background in education and training, her skills and experience have been further developed through employment with TAFE, work with Government departments and the church particularly the Christian Brothers. Kerry is held in high regard as a consultant on Aboriginal issues.

 She is well known for her leadership to the Gathering of the Voices Conference: a National Ecumenical Gathering for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Kerry is keen to continue working cross culturally with indigenous and non indigenous groups.

 “I am thrilled that Kerry is joining the NATSIEC and look forward to her energy and enthusiasm guiding the churches work” said the ReverendTara Curlewis, NCCA General Secretary. “I believe that Kerry will quickly fit into NATSIEC and contribute much to continuing the journey of reconciliation and healing here inAustralia.”

 NATSIEC is the peak Indigenous ecumenical body inAustralia, a commission of the NCCA, which organises the Make Indigenous Poverty History Campaign as well as being an advocate for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The NCCA has a membership of 19 national Churches, including the Anglican, Catholic andUnitingChurches, 7 Eastern and Oriental Churches, and a range ofProtestantChurches, the Salvation Army, and the Quakers.