Skills & Experience

Barcelona (Elenie Poulos)

I have over 15 years’ experience in policy and advocacy, government relations, media and public speaking. As the long-time national director of the Uniting Church in Australia’s justice policy and advocacy unit, I gained a deep understanding of values-based organisations and have significant experience working with complex national and international member-based organisations and diverse civil society coalitions.

I have extensive experience in board and committee work, including two terms as chair of an international aid organisation, founding chair of a national ecumenical advocacy organisation and board member on Australia’s peak social services body. I am currently a non-executive director of one of Australia’s largest community services agencies and of a start-up national project working to develop a wellbeing index for Australia. I am skilled in the areas of organisational culture, governance, public policy, social and environmental responsibility, strategy development and implementation, stakeholder relations, and risk and compliance.

Current Roles

Non-Executive Director, Uniting NSW & ACT (since July 2019)

Non-Executive Director, Uniting War Memorial Hospital Board (since November 2018)

Non-Executive Director, Australian National Development Index (ANDI) Board (since 2013)

Member, Greenpeace Australia Pacific General Assembly (since June 2018)

Selected Past Roles

National Director, UnitingJustice Australia, Uniting Church in Australia (2002-2017)

Member, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches (2006-2018)

Non-Executive Director, Australia Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Board (2015-2017)

Member & Chairperson, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce Board (2012-2017)

Member & Chairperson, Act for Peace Board (2009-2016)

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 1986

Master of Arts, University of Sydney, 1994

Bachelor of Theology, United Theological College, 1996

Doctor of Philosophy (candidate), Department of Modern History, Politics & International Relations, Macquarie University

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