Meet the team



National Director - Rev. John Cox

Being born in Mt Isa in North West Queensland, John grew up in Brisbane, completing a teaching degree following school. Following his teaching career, John volunteered with the Uniting Church across 2 years before candidating for ministry in 1993.

After completing a BTh, John served as a congregational minister for 10 years before serving in the Queensland Synod office in a variety of roles for a further 8 years. During this period in the Qld Synod office, John was responsible for the Queensland Synod response to the Royal Commission, chairing, for a time, its Synod Task group.

John was appointed to the Executive Officer role of the Uniting Church’s Royal Commission National Task Group in 2016 where he has sought to resource the Church to not only engage with the Royal Commission, but to implement learnings from the Commission’s work. John is currently Director of the Uniting Church National Safe Church Unit, leading the process of application of the Royal Commission’s recommendations across the breadth of the Church.

John completed a Grad Cert Business, majoring in Philanthropic and Not for Profit studies and serves as President and Chair of the board for Jabiru Community Youth and Children’s Services and Chair of Community Learning Limited which runs Jabiru Community College, a special assistance school.

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National Policy Advisor – Nina MacKenzie

Nina’s work in the NSCU is focused on collaborating with people across the life of the Church to develop tools and resources that will help to deliver the Church’s commitment to be a safe place for everyone. Nina is originally from the UK and started her working life as an engineer helping businesses improve their products and processes before joining the UK diplomatic service.

She represented the British Government overseas in several different countries, including in Australia. In 2011 Nina moved to Canberra and began working at UnitingCare Australia where she developed whole-of network advocacy and analysis on issues related to services sustainability.

Nina’s next role was with UnitingCare Queensland as the Strategic Policy Manager, where she led a multidisciplinary team responsible for the delivery of strategy, business development and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally and linguistically diverse organisations. Prior to joining the NSCU Nina was the Principal Policy Advisor at the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

Nina has a BA (Hons) in industrial design and engineering, a postgraduate in business administration and is currently undertaking a post graduate in executive leadership.

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