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New board appointments at Ridley include prominent economist

Image: (L to R) Ian Harper, Sandy Jones, Claire Rogers (Chair) and Stephen Hale (Deputy Chair).

News | Joshua Maule

Anglican theological college, Ridley Melbourne, has announced Ian Harper and Sandy Jones as its newest board members.

Harper, who won the Australian Christian book of the year award last year for Economics For Life, is one of Australia’s most prominent economists and describes Ridley as “one of Australia’s great evangelical Anglican theological colleges”. He spoke recently at the Sydney Prayer Breakfast about how his faith in Christ shaped his work as the former head of the Howard Government’s Fair Pay Commission.

“I’ve got a particular interest in marketplace ministry,” he said, “and the college has initiated a new institute for marketplace ministry, and they’re in the process of appointing someone to actually run that.

“It also happens to be an area that the incoming principal of Ridley Melbourne [Brian Rosner] is very interested in. So I’m looking forward to being able to help the college extend its influence into the marketplace more broadly and to equip Christians to work in the world,” Harper said.

Ridley suggested Harper is “one of those relatively rare academics who can communicate extremely well with both the business community and the academic community”.

Sandy Jones was also appointed to the board. A graduate of Ridley she serves as a leadership consultant for the Anglican dioceses of Melbourne and Canberra/Goulburn, non-governmental organisations, not-for profit Christian organisations and a range of churches across Australia as the Managing Director of Leading ConneXions.

Brian Rosner will begin as principal of Ridley in July, in time for second semester.

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