Union Council

The governing council of our BUV is called BUV Union Council.

Members of Union Council are elected by the Members of Assembly of the Baptist Union, and normally serve a 3 year term.

The Council is comprised of six elected independent, non-executive Council members as well as the Director of Ministries, Honorary Legal Advisor and Union Secretary. The Council members have a broad range of business, institutional and governance experience. They apply judgement and accountability standards to ensure that our work results in the greatest possible impact on constituent churches that we serve.

The Council expects the organisation as a whole, every member, partner and employee, to conduct themselves with the highest ethical standards.

The Council has adopted a formal Council Charter and a set of Council Policies which detail the Council’s role, powers, duties and functions. In addition to the matters required by law, the Council is responsible for:

  • Setting the strategic direction for the organisation, assessing progress towards strategic objectives and approving policies to work towards those objectives;
  • Recommending the appointment of the Director of Ministries to the Assembly;
  • Approving the remuneration and tracking performance of the Director of Ministries;
  • Approving the annual budget;
  • Considering and approving strategies and policies to ensure appropriate risk management;
  • Monitoring and receiving advice on areas of operational opportunities and financial risk;
  • Ensuring compliance with laws and policies; and
  • Appointing sub-committees to assist in effective governance.

The Director of Ministries is responsible for operational management, with all powers, discretions and delegations authorised, from time to time, by the Council. The Council is responsible for regularly reviewing and ensuring that all necessary and appropriate delegations are in place to enable the Director of Ministries and Leadership Team to meet this responsibility.


Union Council members:


Jo Bradshaw has been a member of Union Council since October 2012 and is the current longest serving member. She is the current Chair and has served in this role since 2015.
She also chairs the Nominations Committee and Council Development Committee.
Jo is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development, performance management, talent management, organisational culture and climate, skills training and managing both learning and development and generalist HR functions.
Jo serves on the Boards of Carey Baptist Grammar School and Surrey Hills Baptist Early Learning Centre. She provides consulting support to both Baptist Agencies and Baptist churches. She has participated in the selection panels for the Principal appointments at Kilvington, Carey and Whitley. Jo has been actively involved in Baptist churches her whole life, coming from a rich heritage of Baptist families. She is the granddaughter of Baptist Minister the late Rev Arnold Moore and the daughter of the late Boyne Alley a previous long serving Chair of BUV Executive Council. She is married to Rev Derek Bradshaw, who established the social enterprise church Now and Not Yet in Warrandyte where they both currently serve. They have been married 27 years and have four children.


Director of Mission & Ministries of the Baptist Union of Victoria
Senior Pastor at Essendon Baptist Church, Senior Associate Pastor at NewHope Baptist Church, Interim Pastor at Berwick Baptist Church
Member of Essendon Baptist Church
Council member since March 2012
Special responsibilities: Member of Advisory Board, Member of Pastoral Leadership Selection Committee, Chair of Professional Standards Group.

BA (Hons), LLB, B.Theol – Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of
Victoria & the High Court of Australia

Paul is a Lawyer with almost 30 years’ experience. He has been a Principal of Lewis Holdway Lawyers in Melbourne since 1999. He is a lifelong Baptist with time at North Carlton, Heathmont, Brunswick & South Yarra before the last 5 years at Sanctuary in Warrnambool. Paul has a Theology Degree from Whitley College with majors in Systematic Theology and Pastoral Care. His main legal work is in resolving disputes and institutional abuse cases. In 2010 he received the Law Institute of Victoria President’s Award for Access to Justice.


Head of Finance & Administration and Secretary of the Baptist Union of Victoria.
Over 19 years in corporate business management with focus across strategic, operations, administration and finance functions.
Six years’ experience in Executive Leadership in Not-For-Profit sector with special focus in combining operational strategy, governance and administrative management expertise.
Former Head of Operations – Crossway LifeCare Ltd. (until Jan.2017)
Former Ex-officio member – Crossway LifeCare Finance Committee (until Jan. 2017)
Former Assistant General Manager / Corporate Secretary – TSI Contracts Inc. (until 2008)
Member and BUV delegate – Crossway Baptist Church
Member- Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
Council member since February 2017


Fiona has been a member of Union Council since 2015 and is a member of the Constitutional Review Committee. Fiona is currently the Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church and previously held roles as CEO of Crossway Lifecare and Director of Strategic Relationships at Empart Australia. She also plays an active role in the Crossway Alpha team and was previously the Chaplain for the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Team. Fiona trained as an accountant with Ernst and Young in London. She is a qualified adult educator and has also held roles as an event and customer services manager and as a Youth Pastor.


Daryl Kilker Senior Pastor, at Frankston Forest Baptist Church since 2021 after serving at Pakenham Baptist Church as the Senior Pastor from 2008-2021. Prison Fellowship, 1980-1991. Attended Ouachita Baptist University, USA. Pastoring various Baptist churches since 1982. Led short mission trips to Mexico and Philippians. Partnered in three church plants. Member of various committees: local government, school and small college boards. Eternal Gold 2000 Olympic Outreach Committee. Special responsibilities: member of Audit and Risk Committee. Darryl has served on Union Council since 2014.


Over twenty-five years experience in the banking industry.
Current Member of Syndal Baptist Church since 2004, including a 6 year appointment on Council as Treasurer.
Previous member of Frankston Forest Baptist Church and Sale Baptist Church. Previous Treasurer at Frankston Forest Baptist Church. Served on Audit and Risk of the BUV 2011 to June 2016. Completed an Executive MBA. Employed with National Australia Bank for 25+ years.

Cert. Bus (RMIT), Grad Dip of Management (USQ), MAICD, FAIML

Mick joined the BUV council in 2016. He has over 40 years of business and management experience. For 18 years, until the end of 2015, Mick was regional CEO (Australasia and North Asia) of Agility Logistics, a global top 10 logistics company. Mick now spends his time as an Advisory Board Member and Director of a number of private companies involved in industries including Transport and Logistics, Business Investment and Technology. He also serves as Vice Chair (Chair Elect) of CBM Australia, and Non Executive Director of Baptist World Aid (previous Chair from 2011 to 2016). Mick was previously a Director and Vice Chair of Business for Millennium Development from 2010 to 2015, and Chair of Eastern College Australia (Formerly Tabor Victoria) from 2009 to 2014. Mick is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Mick and his wife Annette worship at Syndal Baptist Melbourne.


David has been involved in church ministry since 2000 and is currently the Senior Pastor at Dandenong Baptist Church. Prior to this, David previously worked as the Youth and Young Adults pastor at Waverley Baptist Church. He was ordained in 2013 with his Diploma in Ministry (Ridley College), Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theological Studies at Whitley College. David later received his Doctorate of Philosophy from IICM in Florida, USA (2015).
Born in India, David migrated to Australia on a student visa. He discerned God calling him to ministry and changed career to follow God’s calling. He has experienced first-hand the challenges of migration, and finding his place within an Australian Church. This leads him to empathise with new migrants and to understand the complexities within a multicultural church.
He is passionate about serving in diverse communities and bringing cultures together as a united and vibrant body of Christ that seeks to serve others. David finds great joy in teaching, counselling and seeing people grow in their relationships with God and each other. This love of teaching sees him currently investing in future pastors as an ordination candidate supervisor and also as part of the ordination discernment group committee
David is married to Ihara and they have three children. 

No fees are paid for serving as a Council member.