Patrons & Advisors

Patrons

Michael KirbyThe Hon. Michael Kirby, AC CMG
Michael Kirby‚Äôs distinguished legal career culminated in his appointment to the High Court of Australia. Upon his retirement in 2009, he was Australia’s longest serving judge. As well as his position as Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney from 1984-93, Justice Kirby was a UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia 1993-96, and President of the International Commission of Jurists from 1995-98. He currently continues to serve on multiple UN reference groups. He has been awarded twenty honorary doctorates, and makes appearances at many local and international conferences.

Michael Kirby is a practicing member of the Anglican Church in Sydney.

Dorothy McRae-McMahonReverend Dorothy McRae-McMahon
Reverend McRae-McMahon worked in international aid and community development for the NSW Ecumenical Council, as Minister with the Pitt Street Uniting Church in the City of Sydney. She was also the National Director for Mission for the Uniting Church.

Over the years she has participated in many movements for social and political change. She was awarded the Australian Government Peace Award in 1986, and the Australian Human Rights Medal in 1988.

In retirement, among other things, she works voluntarily for the South Sydney Parish of the Uniting Church.

Advisors

  • Anthony Venn-BrownAnthony Venn-Brown is the co-founder of freedom2b. During his six year leadership of freedom2b, his vision and entrepreneurship helped establish the organization as we know it today. A former Pentecostal preacher, Anthony’s story ‘A Life of Unlearning’ has reached far and wide to bring people to a better understanding on issues surrounding faith and sexuality. Anthony stepped down from his leadership role in 2011 but continues to follow his passion of improving understanding between churches and LGBTI people. Through his organisation, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, he provides training, resources, church consultancy and one on one coaching. Anthony remains an important member of the freedom2b family.
  • Paul MartinPaul Martin is the Principal Psychologist for the Centre for Human Potential, a well-being and coaching organisation that also trains other psychologists in specialised counselling. Paul brings a great deal of insight as a former charismatic Baptist and a former leader of Exodus (an ex-gay/reparative therapy ministry) in Melbourne. He makes regular authoring and media appearances and is a one of the leading voices for LGBTI rights in Australia, and lectures for the University of Queensland School of Medicine on mental health issues surrounding HIV. He currently lives in Brisbane with his partner Enzo, and helped launch freedom2b’s Brisbane chapter in 2011.
  • Rowland CroucherRev. Dr. Rowland Croucher is freedom2b’s chaplain. As a pastor, counsellor and author, Rowland has ministered in Australia and overseas. Rowland currently heads up John Mark Ministries, which aims to help pastors, former pastors, other church leaders and their spouses who find themselves offering support regularly, but without a place to go to get support for themselves. Rowland lives in Melbourne with his wife Janice.