The parish council comprises of 7 members of St. Margaret’s congregation and the vicar .

The Council members for 2021-2022 are:

John Humann

John Humann has been a parishioner at St Margaret’s since 2004, when he and his wife, Jan Kerr, moved to Eltham. He has served on Parish Council since 2009, and is currently chair of the Parish Council Finance Committee.

John is a Research Funding Coordinator at Swinburne University, and previously worked in Information Technology, in Business Development and before that as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE.

His interests include choir and band at St Margarets, history, music, art, ecology, travel, as well as outdoor pursuits such as cycling, ocean swims, bodysurfing, bushwalking and cross country skiing.

Mandy Stevens

Mandy began worshipping at St Margaret’s in 2003 when she moved into the local area as a young mum and needed to find a peaceful place of spirituality. Mandy is married with two children who are now teenagers and works as a school chaplain at a state primary school.  Over the years Mandy has become more connected to the life of St Margaret’s and is on a number of rosters to contribute to the running of this lovely church.

Recently she has taken on a temporary role as Children and Family Engagement Worker at St Margaret’s and has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in shaping the future of children’s ministry here. As a new member of Parish Council, Mandy is looking forward to working with a team to think creatively about new ways forward for the parish. Mandy is particularly interested in the ministry of women using different forms of contemplative and reflective spiritual practices. 

Harry Watson

Harry and Adrienne joined the Parish after the Rev Ian Brown gave them a reference to help them adopting a five year old girl.  Since then he has served in many activity areas including pastoral care, grounds and building maintenance & project managing developments. He has been a warden, parish secretary, on several committees including property, finance, children’s ministry, incumbency and pastoral care. 

He has authored or edited/coedited church publications such as New ERA News and The Parish Matters and the Parish Profile prepared by the committee. He currently is secretary of Pastoral Care.

He has worked all his life here as a staff member of the University of Melbourne and still teaches on Energy Efficiency Technology.  

Beyond love of family and gardening he still has a passion for fast cars.

 

Rob Mackenzie

Growing up in South Africa, Rob was involved in Church life as an Anglican from a very young age and was involved in numerous activities at St. Martins in the Veld.

Rob & Linda arrived in Australia in 2008 and when they moved to Montmorency in 2017, they came across St. Margarets where they were made to feel very welcome and have made some wonderful friends.  

Having spent most of his working life in the Automotive Industry, Rob has, over the last 10 years, transitioned into coaching and consultancy for clients across industries such as Automotive, Events Management, Logistics, Cyber security and Telematics.

While Covid initially put a stop to any work within St. Margaret’s, the initiative to conduct services over the internet became an opportunity for Rob to make a contribution to the Church and he can be seen operating the audio-visual system on most Sundays. Other areas of involvement include the occasional greeting, banking of the offertory and the Men’s breakfast.

With a background in management across a range of industries and countries, Rob will be able to use his experience to support the work of the Parish Council and other Church activities.

 David Tuke

I have lived in Eltham for 25 years with my family – my wife Mitzi and our three children, Emily, Lachlan and Natalie. Up until recently the Catholic Church played a large part in my life (sometimes at more times than others). We are now attending St Margaret’s and finding a more inclusive, forward looking and democratic experience of our collective faith, while carrying forward its traditional expression.

I am a director of a superannuation software development company and I have a number of interests, among them being woodwork and building, Roman and Medieval history, philosophy and Internet web design.