Reverend Dr Lucy Morris
Reverend Dr Lucy Morris has an impressive portfolio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, a Master of Philosophy, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Leadership, Spirituality, Ethics and Values in Non-Government Organisations) under her belt and she was previously a journalist, Public Relations professional and manager of a drugs and alcohol service in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. In Australia, she moved into the not-for-profit, community benefit sector – working with Anglicare, Mercycare, Community Vision and Baptistcare.
S he wears many hats. Other than being a passionate advocate, she is also a wife to David, mother of two grown sons, an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, and adjunct professor at Notre Dame University in Fremantle.
Behind the impressive portfolio, however, is a woman who enjoys the simple things in life. She lists talking to God, reading, writing and is a published author, sitting on the beach, going out for quiet meals, going for walks with David, visiting wineries in Dunsborough where she lives and watching films like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Russell Crowe’s action films on DVDs as her hobbies.
Her choice in books is telling. Her favourite authors include Indian author Arundhati Roy, advocate of human rights and writer of political commentary and Hannah Arrendt, a Jewish philosopher who escaped the Holocaust, ended up in America and died 1985. The first Czech president Vaclav Havel, also a playwright and author, who wrote ‘Disturbing The Peace’ provides the basis of one of her personal philosophies. On a less serious side, Lucy finds escapism in science fiction and detective novels.
Lucy is a woman with strong beliefs stemming from her Christian faith. She is an ardent advocate of women and children’s rights and in changing the current world view on capitalism and consumerism. Her belief is that changing the way we educate and treat people, particularly women will change our economy.
Part of her beliefs stem from what she experienced in her previous careers. During her stint as a PR professional, she realised she had no desire to work in a commercial world where profit is the main driver. As manager of a drugs and alcohol team in the National Health Service, she worked in the poverty-stricken part of the UK’s northwest and was confronted with issues of extreme poverty, domestic violence and family breakdowns. This experience highlighted the need for robust human rights and social justice and changed her into an advocate.
On her most recent role, Lucy served as a CEO of Baptistcare for almost eight years because she wanted to work in an organisation where the values were overtly Christian-based. During her time there, she developed a strong sense of the journey Baptistcare was on and she views her contribution as simply one of the chapters in the Baptistcare book. She helped Baptistcare to grow in response to need, to develop more strategic partnerships and embracing a customer-directed care within communities, and the future viability of the community sector as the broader agenda.
In serving as CEO, Lucy oversaw the doubling of the organisation’s revenue from $50 million to more than $110 million and becoming a leading voice of advocacy and mission in Australia today.