Damien Arnold appointed as General Manager of Stirling Theological College

The Board and Interim Principal, Graham Joseph Hill, congratulate Damien Arnold on his appointment to the role of General Manager of Stirling Theological College.

In the role of General Manager, Damien Arnold will provide strategic direction and leadership for the delivery of high-quality management, operational, and client services that facilitate a positive outcome for students, staff, and other stakeholders. The role will plan and lead College operations. This senior leadership position will work collaboratively with the Principal and key staff to achieve best practice in administrative, operational, and strategic development, and will ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness. Reporting to the Principal, this diverse role will be a member of the Principal’s Senior Leadership Team.

A passionate executive leader with over seventeen years’ experience in the Not-For-Profit sector, Damien Arnold has extensive experience in organisational transformation, financial reporting and management, corporate governance, and operational leadership. Damien is a qualified CPA, and graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in Arts and a postgraduate degree in Accounting.

Damien Arnold brings extensive experience to his role as General Manager. Since April 2018, Damien has served the University of Divinity as Chief Financial Officer. In that role, Damien led the financial processes of the University, including its financial strategy and funding. Prior to his appointment at the University of Divinity, Damien served as the CEO of Melbourne Vicentre, one of the largest swimming clubs in Australia and one of nine high performance swimming centres. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of cohealth, one of the largest community health organizations in Australia, servicing a broad area of high-growth communities across Melbourne’s northern, western, and inner suburbs. Prior to that, Damien was the General Manager of Uniting Care, Lentara.

While Damien’s move represents a shift within the University from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor to one of the Colleges of the University, he will continue to use his gifts for the sake of the growth and vitality of both Stirling Theological College and the whole University.

On the announcement of Damien Arnold’s appointment, Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity, and Lynette Leach, Chair of the Stirling College Board, have these words to say:

Damien Arnold has served as Chief Financial Officer of the University of Divinity for two years. During this time, he has brought a wealth of expertise to the University, improving its financial management, building strategic collaboration, and, reflecting his passion for fitness, promoting health and well-being of staff in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. I am delighted that he will continue to contribute to the University’s growth and development through his vital new role at Stirling.”

Professor Peter Sherlock

The Board is enthusiastic about the appointment of Damien Arnold as General Manager and expresses appreciation to the University of Divinity Office of the Vice-Chancellor for the helpful support that has been given in sharing Damien’s time and expertise with Stirling Theological College this year. The Board is strongly committed to Stirling’s continued involvement in the University of Divinity and looks forward to mutual cooperation for the benefit of the University, Stirling Theological College, and the wider Church. We are grateful for the fruitful and positive relationship that the College has with the University, and the advice and assistance provided by Professor Peter Sherlock.”

Lynette Leach

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