Commission Members

The Queensland Synod appoints a chairperson and six other members to the Synod Schools Commission. In addition, the General Secretary is an ex-officio member of the Commission. Current members are:


Noela Lister

Mrs Noela Lister (Chair)

Noela is recently retired.  She was a primary and secondary teacher from 1996 until 2012 which included 10 years’ service at a non-denominational Christian School.  Prior to that Noela was an industrial chemist. Noela is currently the chairperson of the Mudgeeraba Council of Elders and was chairperson of the Mudgeeraba Church Council from 2010 to 2012.  She was also a member of the Lifeline Cairns Board from 1999 to 2003 and fulfilled the role of chairperson from 2002 to 2003.  During her teaching career Noela was one of a team of Pastoral Advisors who led Mission teams, ran lunchtime Bible clubs and chapel services.


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Mr Neil Ballment

Neil is a Uniting Church layman who worships at the Broadwater Road church. Neil is married with two sons and five grandchildren. He is currently working as a Legal Counsel with CSIRO on the Legal Governance Team and has wide experience in Commercial Law and has developed expertise in organisational legislative compliance and policy development with a specialisation in Workplace Health and Safety law and Workers Compensation law.

Neil’s UCA involvement ranges from being a member of Broadwater Road Church Council through his membership of the Presbytery of South Moreton, through to his membership of various UC Synod committees including the Synod Schools Commission and the current Synod Standing Committee.

Being married to a Catholic, Neil has developed a particular interest in ecumenical matters and both his wife Shelagh and he worship in both the Catholic and Uniting Churches each weekend. Neil also serves as one of the Uniting Church’s representatives on Queensland Churches Together which brings together the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Uniting Churches together with the Salvation Army, Society of Friends and various Eastern Orthodox Churches for dialogue and action.

Neil has served for a considerable period on the College Council of Calvary Christian College in various capacities firstly as a Community Representative and lately as a South Moreton Presbytery appointee. He has had the experience of developing a Christian College from the ground up and has been part of the process of developing a mature strategic planning and governance culture and practice.

Neil has previous external board experience as the Chair of the Logan & Beaudesert District Health Council, and as a Board member of Relationships Australia (Qld). He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.