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Hon Rev Dr Lynn Arnold AO FAICD

In 2017, Lynn Arnold was appointed UNAA Ambassador for the promotion of Sustainable Development Goals. A long time member of the UNAA [SA}, he has been State President in South Australia from 1975-78 and one of the national vice-presidents during that time.

On December 6th 2014, Lynn was ordained a Minister in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide. A year earlier, he had been ordained a Deacon. At that time, it was announced that he would undertake a part-time role, based at St Peter’s Cathedral, with responsibility for ‘Faith in the Public Square’ a role that will involve him in facilitating discussion within the diocese and the wider community on issues of social importance. Upon his ordination as a Minister, he continues in this public affairs role. He is convenor of the Church in Society Ministry Unit in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide; and also a member of the Public Affairs Commssion of the Anglican Church of Australia (having been its convenor until a few months ago). 

Immediately prior to embarking on the road to ordination, Lynn was Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare SA from 2008 to mid-2012. In this role, Lynn was responsible for overseeing South Australia’s largest non-government agency promoting ‘justice, respect and fullness of life for all’. Anglicare SA has over 1500 staff and 1000 volunteers with an annual budget of approximately $100 million and works in the areas of aged care, families, vulnerable people and communities, housing and economic participation.  

Lynn holds a PhD (in Sociolinguistics), as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Adelaide.  He also holds a diploma in Senior Company Administration from the Escuela Superior de la Alta Dirección de Empresas (ESADE) in Barcelona, Spain.  In 2013 he completed a Graduate Diploma of Theology at St Barnabas Theological College, through Charles Sturt University, South Australia.

In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Australia through the South Australian Parliament as Premier, and internationally through development and humanitarian aid assistance. In 2001 he received the Centenary Medal for his services to the Australian community.

Lynn served as Senior Director (Board Development & Peer Review) for World Vision International where he was responsible for assisting 54 World Vision boards and advisory councils around the world. Prior to assuming that role in October 2006, Dr Lynn Arnold had been World Vision International’s Regional Vice- President for Asia/Pacific since 2003. In that role, he oversighted an annual budget in excess of $US 250m which involved more than 1,500 projects aimed at providing health care, education, clean water, food, shelter and technical expertise to millions of people in Asia. In addition the expenditure of the Asian Tsunami Relief program came under his responsibility (this latter program involving a total expenditure of over $US350m over its life).

Dr Lynn Arnold was Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia from 1997-2003 during which time revenues increased by 126 per cent and operating cost ratios were cut by a third. During this time he also served on a number of professional boards including the Australian Foreign Minister’s Aid Advisory Council, and the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (now ACFID).

Before joining World Vision in 1997, Lynn Arnold served for 2½ years as an executive consultant with a large Spanish media company, helping to direct investment growth.  Between 1979 and 1994 he served as a member of the South Australian Parliament including over 11 years in Cabinet.  His service in government included ten years serving in a wide range of senior ministries (including Education, State Development and Agriculture), he also served as Premier in 1992-1993. 

Lynn Arnold is married to Elaine and they have five children, including two sets of twins, and five grandchildren.