Leadership Conversation - Episode 204 with Rev'd Dr Lynn Arnold
Name: Rev'd Dr. Lynn Arnold
Current title: Reader in Public Theology and Church History
Current organisation: SBC college Australia
Dr. Lynn Arnold AO was formerly a Member of the SA State Parliament, Cabinet Minister, and Premier. Subsequently, he has been Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare SA, after eleven years with World Vision International. In this role, Lynn is responsible for overseeing South Australia’s largest non-government agency promoting ‘justice, respect, and fullness of life for all. Anglicare SA has over 1500 staff and 1000 volunteers with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and works in the areas of aged care, families, vulnerable people and communities, housing, and economic participation. Now an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church, Dr. Arnold ministers out of St Peter’s Cathedral, with a special focus on ministry to the city of Adelaide and on encouraging dialogue on public issues from Christian perspectives.
Lynn is the National Co-Chair for Anti-Poverty Week, a member of Anglicare Australia Council, Chair Trustees, Don Dunstan Foundation and one of three South Australian Reconciliation Ambassadors. Lynn holds a Ph.D., as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Adelaide. He also holds a diploma in Senior Company Administration from the Escuela Superior de la Alta Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) in Barcelona, Spain. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Australia through the South Australian Parliament as Premier, and internationally through development and humanitarian aid assistance. In 2001 he received the Centenary Medal for his services to the Australian community.
Prior to his appointment at Anglicare SA, Lynn served as Senior Director (Board Development & Peer Review) for World Vision International. In that capacity, he was responsible for assisting fifty-four World Vision boards and advisory councils around the world. Prior to assuming that role in October 2006, Dr. Lynn Arnold had been World Vision’s Regional Vice-President for Asia and the Pacific since 2003. In that role, he oversaw the implementation of more than 1,500 projects aimed at providing health care, education, clean water, food, shelter, and technical expertise to millions of people in Asia; this involved an annual budget of about $US250m in addition to the expenditure of the Asian Tsunami Relief program which also came under his responsibility (this latter program involving a total expenditure of over $US350m over the life of the program).
Before taking on this role, Dr. Lynn Arnold had served for six and a half years as Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia. Under his leadership, World Vision Australia increased revenues by 126 percent and reduced operating cost ratios by fifty percent. During this time he also served on a number of professional boards including the Australian Foreign Minister’s Aid Advisory Council, and the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (now ACFID).
Before joining World Vision in 1997, Lynn Arnold served for 2½ years as an executive consultant with a large Spanish media company, helping to direct investment growth. Between 1979 and 1994 he served as a member of the South Australian Parliament including over 11 years in Cabinet. His service in government included ten years serving in a wide range of senior ministries (including Education, State Development, and Agriculture), he also served as Premier from 1992-1993.
Lynn Arnold is married to Elaine and they have five children, including two sets of twins, and two grandchildren.
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