Our Staff

Meet the Team

The Australian Christian Lobby’s head office is located in Canberra, with staff on the ground around the country. We employ individuals from diverse professional backgrounds who fellowship at local churches of various denominations.

Lyle Shelton
Managing Director

Lyle is a journalist by profession. He worked in rural journalism as a roving reporter for Queensland Country Life before serving as the Melbourne-based Group Commodities Editor for Rural Press Limited, with articles syndicated to the stable’s rural weeklies, including The Land newspaper.

In 1997 he became youth pastor at Toowoomba City Church before being elected to Toowoomba City Council in 2000. He was re-elected to Council in 2004 and unsuccessfully contested the 2006 Queensland state election.

After a short stint as a political adviser, Lyle was appointed in 2007 as Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby, based in Canberra. He served in this role for six years before being appointed Managing Director in May 2013.

Martyn Iles
Chief of Staff

Prior to ACL, Martyn has managed his own successful technology business, co-managed a multimedia company, edited a magazine, worked in a top-tier law firm, and been deeply engaged in social work as a youth pastor.

He has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and is currently studying his Master of Laws at the Australian National University.

David Hutt
Director of Communications and Strategy

David has worked for a number of senior Australian politicians including leaders of the Opposition at both the state and federal level and a federal cabinet minister.

David has extensive political campaign experience having worked on a number of local, state and national campaigns. Prior to his life as a political staffer, David worked as a professional musician.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Western Sydney and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies in International Relations at Macquarie University.

Dan Flynn
VIC State Director

Dan practiced as a barrister from 1989 to 2006 before becoming a solicitor with the Victorian Government.

From 2008 until joining ACL in 2012, Dan managed a team of government prosecutors conducting environmental cases in Victorian courts.

Wendy Francis
QLD State Director

Wendy’s past management roles include at the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University and also at Queensland Baptists. For eight years she produced Brisbane’s televised Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols.

Prior to joining ACL, Wendy ran as the lead Queensland senate candidate for Family First at the 2010 Federal Election.

Wendy is married to Peter Francis who is Vice Principal of Malyon College, Brisbane, where he also serves as Director of Field Education and lecturer. Peter and Wendy have served in pastoral ministry for over 23 years, more recently at the City Tabernacle Baptist Church in Brisbane.

Mark Makowiecki
NSW State Director

Dahlia Messiha
Western Australia Director

Dahlia is the Australian Christian Lobby’s Western Australia Director.

A Coptic Orthodox Christian with a background in immigration and refugee law, Dahlia is passionate about raising awareness about the persecution of Christians around the world, particularly in the Middle East.

Mark Brown
Tasmanian Director

Mark moved to Tasmania from New Zealand in 1993 to study theology. He also holds scientific qualifications.

Other than a few years in pastoral ministry the majority of Mark’s work has been in pharmaceutical-related industries.

Yvonne Pratt
Northern Territory Representative

Andrew Hinge
Media Officer

Before joining ACL, Andrew was a graphic designer specialising in media, marketing and brand positioning. He has worked for design studios Fresh Creative, Kandream Digital, Webster Advertising and within the ACT Government and ANU (Australian Phenomics Facility).

He has an Advanced Diploma in Arts (Graphic Arts).

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