Faculty

Our expert faculty are made up of Christian leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and educators from across Australia.

Dr. Tim Foster

BA , BTh(Hons), M. Management, DMin

Director Ridley Leadership Academy

Teaching areas:
Theology of Leadership, Change Management

Prof. Sen Sendjaya

PhD, MBA, BBA

Professor of Leadership, Swinburne Business School

Teaching areas:
Servant Leadership

Yvette McDonald

MBA, MComm, BEc, GAICD

Director at Elixan Consulting

Teaching areas:
Human Resource Management; Change Leadership

Dr Grant Bickerton

BA (Hons), MPsych (Couns), PhD, MAPS

Well-being Training and Development, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia

Teaching areas:
Resilience, Leader Well-being, Conflict Management

Dr. Tim Foster

BA , BTh(Hons), M. Management, DMin

Director Ridley Leadership Academy

Tim has been in Christian ministry since 1986, leading in a wide range of ministries and contexts.

After completing an Arts degree he served as a Youth Minister in multicultural Earlwood. He studied at Moore Theological College (1990-93), before being ordained and working in monocultural Gymea in Sydney’s south.

While at Gymea Tim began his Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Seminary, focussing on mission and church in the post-Christendom context. He also developed the People of God evangelism resource. Tim then headed up the Training Division at Anglican Youthworks where he founded Youthworks College.

In 2002 he returned to parish ministry as Vicar of All Souls’ Leichhardt. He has also completed a Master of Management in non-profit management  in 2005. Tim has served as Vice Principal at Ridley since 2009.

He is married to Alison, and they have three adult children (Caitlyn, Harry and Lucy) and a grandchild (Alfie). He became a Christian in 1985 while at Sydney University.

Teaching Areas
Theology of Leadership, Change Management, Experiential Leadership Development

Prof. Sen Sendjaya

PhD, MBA, BBA

Professor of Leadership, Swinburne Business School

Sen Sendjaya, Professor of Leadership at Swinburne Business School, pioneered research into Servant Leadership in Australia and internationally. With over 60 publications, a dozen academic awards and a significant international profile, Sen has brought considerable rigour to the study of Christian leadership. Sen trains many top leaders from companies, governments, universities, schools, and churches in Australia, America, China and Indonesia. The quality of its teaching has received many awards, most recently the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Best Educator Award 2017. His most recent book, Leadership Reformed. Why Leaders Need the Gospel to Change the World presents the gospel as a sensemaking tool to critically examine five areas of personal leadership effectiveness, namely desire, identity, dignity, motive, and ambition. Sen serves as an elder and preaching pastor for the Indonesian congregation at Scots’ Presbyterian Church, Melbourne.

Yvette McDonald

MBA, MComm, BEc, GAICD

Director at Elixan Consulting

Yvette McDonald runs her own human resources consultancy, Elixan, providing practical strategy advice and interventions to engage employees, grow organisations and enhance customer satisfaction. Her previous roles include HR Director with Ferrero and National HR Manager with Coca-Cola Amatil. Yvette’s degrees include an MBA from the Australia Graduate School of Management and a Master of Commerce from UNSW. She attends Christ Church Inner West in Sydney, is a Synod representative and Non-Executive Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). She is increasingly focused on applying her HR experience to developing leadership in Christian organizations.

Dr Grant Bickerton

BA (Hons), MPsych (Couns), PhD, MAPS

Well-being Training and Development, Campus Crusade for Christ Australia

Grant is a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience in Christian ministry with Power to Change (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) in Australia and overseas.  Grant is currently applying findings from his research at the University of Western Sydney investigating the organizational, psychological, and spiritual variables that promote work engagement and personal well-being among Australian Christian workers.  He is a registered member of the Psychology Board of Australia, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the Christianity and Psychology Interest group of the APS.  Psychological areas of specialty include burnout and well-being at work, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug dependence and abuse, behavioural “addictions” (such as pornography and gambling), and the interface of psychology and religion.  His research has been published in a variety of peer reviewed psychological journals spanning organisational psychology and the psychology of religion and spirituality.