Our People


Fighting for freedom together.

Board Members

Destiny Rescue’s Board Members provide advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and public relations.

LACHLAN ANDERSON

Chairman

Lachlan is currently a partner at his Financial Planning firm in Melbourne and holds a degree in Finance as well as other specialist industry accreditations.

Lachlan has a passion for helping people, whether it is in his everyday life and work or the work at Destiny Rescue.

He has been in the financial services industry since 2010 and involved with Destiny Rescue since 2015. This experience and expertise provides valuable insights and input to our vision and strategies that will help us achieve our goals.

After visiting some of Destiny Rescue’s projects in 2015, Lachlan strongly believes in the positive difference we are making in the lives of those who perhaps need it the most!

 

MELINDA BRYANT

Melinda Bryant is an experienced commercial lawyer, non-executive director and pastor. She enjoys solving complex problems and creating the infrastructure to help people achieve their dreams. Melinda became passionate about the developing world after a life-changing trip to Cambodia in 2009 and has remained committed to utilising her skillset to effect meaningful change wherever possible.

LYDIA HARB

Lydia has many years of experience across CEO and senior leadership positions in top tier professional services, tech start up and NFP, for purpose organisations in both Australia and Asia. She has a reputation as a strategic leader, change agent, collaborator and coach, turning organisations around to deliver innovative and effective outcomes. Throughout her career, her passion and focus has been to see people and organisations flourish. She sees contributing to the work of Destiny Rescue as an extension of this and is a firm believer in advocating for the voiceless.

JOSHUA EVANS

Joshua Evans is finance head, energy and resources at Sodexo Asia-Pacific. He has served on a number of boards, usually as a company secretary. He enjoys helping teams and mentoring people. 

Joshua has a strong background in helping executive teams turn around companies. Starting out in the manufacturing industry, he moved to the services industry, where his path crossed with Fiona Berkin at Morris Corporation where they were members of its executive team. Fiona’s excitement for her new role and Destiny Rescue’s cause was infectious and Joshua readily accepted the offer to join our board. The diversity of his experience and track record in helping teams succeed will no doubt be valuable in fulfilling our vision and ambitious goals.

CHRIS LAWLEY

Chris was connected with Destiny Rescue for years as a donor and passionate supporter before accepting our invitation to join the board in September 2019. He has held senior sales executive positions for over a decade, initially as vice president of sales at ANZ and then, from 2017, vice president of sales at Diligent Corporation in Asia-Pacific.

JAMES CONDON

James Condon has served with The Salvation Army for over 50 years in 3 countries – Australia, United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea. He has a heart and passion for those who suffer abuse, neglect and poverty. He has been a member of Rotary International for 49 years. He is excited to be a Board Member of Destiny Rescue and looks forward to making a contribution in seeing children across the world rescued from the sex industry and for them to find freedom and a new way of life.

Our Team

We are united in our fight to help end child trafficking and exploitation!

PAUL MERGARD

Chief Executive Officer

Paul has a Graduate Diploma in International Development and spent many years in the developing world, working with people who lived in extreme poverty or had been sold into slavery.

For two decades, Paul has fought for the rights of children trapped in the most horrific situations, both in Australia and overseas. Trained as an accountant with KPMG, he has also worked in leadership roles with two of Australia’s largest charities, The Salvation Army and Compassion. Paul contributed to overall strategies that helped raise funds, create awareness around their work and improve the lives of the people they supported. During this time, Paul saw first-hand the catastrophic impact that human trafficking had on the lives of children. He also witnessed the exhilaration and sheer relief of victims when freed.

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VENECIA PILLAY

Financial Controller

Venecia is an experienced Finance Manager with a demonstrated history of working various industries. Skilled in Income Tax, Financial Accounting, Consolidation, External Audit, and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Strong finance professional with a CA (SA) and CIMA qualification focused in Accounting and Finance.

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GEOFF HARRISON

Executive Manager Marketing

Geoff has 20 years of experience in managing and improving not-for-profit organisations including five years of consulting with more than 75 charities. He specialises in marketing and fundraising for international aid organisations dealing with assisting children.

Geoff is now part of the Destiny Rescue team and is passionate about rescuing children who are in sexually abusive situations. This passion came after traveling throughout Africa, India, Indonesia and the Philippines where he experienced first-hand the hardship of the poor and broken. Geoff has a master’s degree in business administration and a certificate IV in training and assessment.

Geoff is married to Shannon and they have two teenage kids who love life and are embedded in their local church.

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GREG BRADLEY

Executive Partnerships Manager

Greg has dedicated his career to working with organisations focused on helping children and communities flourish.

His experience includes twelve years with World Vision Australia and seven years in the tertiary education sector. Greg has travelled extensively in Africa and Asia, providing contextual awareness of the complexities of international development.

Since commencing at Destiny Rescue, Greg has visited projects in several countries and observed rescue operations with agents to help free sexually exploited children.

As Executive Partnership Manager, Greg oversees Destiny Rescue’s engagement and partnership activities nationally, seeking to build key relationships to raise awareness and funds to rescue children. 

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations and has undertaken postgraduate business studies.

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