About

Fr James founded Chaplains Without Borders in 2004 to initiate new ventures into corporate and community organisations, and CWB grew to be Australia’s largest chaplaincy service within 2 years. He went on to be appointed as the world’s first chaplain to the casino industry in 2006 (Crown Enterprises Australia).

Why a Chaplain?

Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of having a chaplain on staff morale, increased staff retention rates, and enhanced feelings of job satisfaction in the workplace.

“I can’t believe how things have changed around here since you’ve been involved in our business.”

“Chaplains Without Borders have made a big impact. Morale is up. People are changing, and are more motivated. We’ve even had people turning up early just to talk to you!”

Valuing the People in Your Organisation

In building individual and organisational effectiveness, we need to be able to focus on the needs of the people around us and give them the tools to help themselves.

Progressive and productive organisations value the people they work with by providing support for the whole person – including their emotional and spiritual needs. This works for everyone’s benefit.

Support Services

Chaplains Without Borders work with a range of organisations from corporations, such as banks or central offices, to semi-corporate organisations, like shopping centres or football clubs. We provide:

• Employee assistance and counselling services

• Training and wellbeing seminars

• Conflict management and mediation

• Leadership and Management Development

• Trauma and Serious Incident Management

Father James Grant

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The founder of Chaplains Without Borders is Fr James Grant. Father James has over thirty years experience in the field of pastoral care, and is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative priests. Born 1957 in Adelaide, South Australia, James is a Catholic Priest who converted from the Anglican Church.

Early Life

Schooled in Essendon, Victoria, Fr James joined the Commonwealth Police in 1977 with initial posting in Canberra. He has qualified as a martial arts instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and scuba diving.

Theological Training and Anglican Priesthood

Fr James undertook theological studies at Melbourne University, graduating in 1984. Appointed to the UK as an associate priest, He became one of London’s first white vicars to minister to the expanding West Indian community James initiated his first interfaith gatherings in west London following the Brixton riots, after which he was appointed a short term placement to Berlin (west Germany) in 1988 and Budapest in 1989

Fr James returned to Australia in 1989 where he was Senior Chaplain at Geelong Grammar School for seven years, followed by two at St Michaels grammar and 6 years at The Peninsula school He was noted for his pastoral care with a focus on martial arts, football and cricket as methods for building confidence in students

In 2004 he was appointed a parish priest at St Stephens Richmond , then in 2005 Melbourne’s first team vicar for the new parish of Jika Jika in Melbourne’s north with responsibility for a large Sudanese refugee community.

As Parish priest for the Preston area, he was a strong advocate for the Nuba people, of Sudan, who are experiencing genocide.

Catholic Conversion

As a leading traditionalist within the Australian church, Fr James supported the development to the Anglican Ordinariate in Australia and served on the national committee as secretary 2010-2011.

James was received into the Catholic Church and ordained as a Catholic Priest in September 2012 as a foundational priest for the Australian Ordinariate. In 2012 he was appointed National director for Ordinariate schools and to the Ordinariate governing council.

James has continued to develop missions including the Father James Grant Foundation which works with disadvantaged youth to develop and find work placements.

He is the first Chaplain appointed to an A-League soccer club in Australia at the largest Australian club, Melbourne Victory.

The Board

Kim Beazley, Patron

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Kim Beazley was one of Australia’s most successful and popular politicians. He has Masters degrees in Arts and Philosophy, and is a former lecturer in social and political theory at Murdoch University. In 1980 he wasd elected to the Federal seat of Swan (metropolitan Perth), moving to the seat of Brand in 1996. He rose quickly through the ranks of the Australian Labor Party to become deputy Prime Minister in June 1995, and held the position of Opposition leader throughout most of the Howard years. He has recently been appointed as the Australian Ambassador to the United States.

John Thompson

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John Thompson was promoted to the role of Senior Manager of Road Safety and Marketing at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in 2009. Prior to this he held the role of Senior Manager – Marketing at TAC for five years. In 2009 he was awarded the Australian Marketing Institute’s Marketer of the Year and AdNews named him as one of the Top Marketers in Australia recognising his achievements in the field of marketing. Prior to his time with the TAC John was Marketing Director of property development company VicUrban for just under five years and prior to that he held roles in marketing and public relations consulting and the retail energy sector. He has a love of English sports cars, the fine game of Cricket, and splits his football passions between the Essendon Football Club and Melbourne Victory.

Bill Horman

Bill had a long and distinguished police, law enforcement and emergency services career – including serving periods as Deputy Commissioner (Operations) with Victoria Police and as the Commissioner of Vanuatu Police and Commissioner of Tasmania Police. He was the General Manager, Community Affairs at Crown Casino until 2010. Bill currently works as an consultant to the hotels and licensed club industry.

Mark Lawrence

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For the last ten years the Chief Financial Officer the Royal Freemasons a leading aged care organisation with numerous facilities in metropolitan and country Victoria. Prior to that nine years with AMCOR one of Australia’s largest manufacturing companies. Work there encompassed greenfields sites, forestry and corporate roles finishing as the Commercial Manager for the Recycling Division.

Over 20 years experience in finance with a previous background in purchasing and warehousing. In private life has held various committee positions including President of the Broadford Secondary School Council and an active member of the Victorian Breeders and Studmasters Association of Victoria. For some years an active journalist in the field of harness racing culminating in wining an award for the Best Article of the Year.

John Roskam

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John Roskam has been the Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs since 2004. Before joining the IPA he taught political theory at the University of Melbourne. He was previously the Executive Director of The Menzies Research Centre in Canberra, has been a senior adviser and chief of staff to federal and state education minister, and was the manager of government and corporate affairs for a global mining company.

His publications include Australia’s Education Choices (with Professor Brian Caldwell), ‘Terrorism and Poverty’ in Blaming Ourselves, ‘Liberalism and Social Welfare’ in Liberalism and the Australian Federation, and ‘The Liberal Party and the Great Split’ in The Split Fifty Years Later.

His fortnightly column appears in The Australian Financial Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Australian Journal of Public Administration, and Connor Court Publishing, and the Advisory Board of The Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia in Victoria, and is an Honorary Fellow of Campion College.

Lorraine Borg

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Lorraine is an independent advisor specialising in the structuring and reviewing of insurance programs for PPPs, infrastructure projects, energy companies, corporate entities and SME’s. In addition, Lorraine is able to design and place insurance programs and coverage in the local and international market, manuscript wordings, draft, review and negotiate insurance contractual provisions including the indemnity provisions, audit existing insurance programs and assist in the management of claims.

Lorraine has and continues to advise Project Companies, Financiers, Government departments, corporate entities both private and public and SME businesses.

Andrew Buxton

Andrew Buxton has a civil engineering degree from the University of Melbourne. Andrew began his career in the quarry and asphalt industry as co-Managing Director of the Associated Quarries and Asphalts Group between 1974 and 1988. Andrew diversified into property development and co-founded MAB Corporation (MAB) with his brother Michael in 1995. He is currently Managing Director of MAB Corporation and has over 20 years experience in the property industry. With $2 billion in projects completed or commenced, MAB generates approximately $250 million in annual sales, has net assets approaching $200 million and currently employs over 100 people.

Richard Alston

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Richard is a former Liberal member of the Australian Senate, 1986 to 2004, representing the state of Victoria. He was Minister for Communications and the Arts 1996-97, Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts 1997-98 and Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 1998-2003. He was also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate 1996-2003. From February 2005 to February 2008, Alston was Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London.

Bishop Peter Elliot

Peter is an Australian Catholic Bishop, the Titular Bishop of Manaccenser and Auxiliary Bishop in the Southern Region of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He is the General Editor of the Archdiocesan Religious Education Texts, “To Know, Worship and Love”, as well as being the author of books and articles in the fields of Theology, Church History, Catechetics, Liturgy, Marriage and the Family, Apologetics and Demography.

Phil Walker

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As Chief Executive Officer of AssetCo Management Pty Ltd, Phillip Walker is responsible for the management of a range of infrastructure assets held by Industry Funds Management. These assets currently include the Southern Cross Station complex in Victoria and the Joint Operations Command HQ in the ACT. Phillip was recruited from Connex where he was the company’s Projects Manager and responsible for all major projects. Prior to this he worked in Saudi Arabia on the privatisation of a combined water, waste water and electricity utility – the first privatisation in the Middle East.

Throughout the 1990s, Phillip held senior management roles within the energy, logistics, and science and technology sectors after spending 19 years with the Victorian State Electricity Commission. Phillip holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Professional Accounting and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.