The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee

National President: Sally Longley

Sally Longley is a Spiritual Director, Supervisor and Retreat Leader based at the Canisius Centre for Ignatian Spirituality, Sydney. She is currently completing her D Min in Spiritual Direction. She has built the Chartres Labyrinth and ‘wild’ classic labyrinth among the trees at Canisius.  She is also involved in a formation program for prospective spiritual directors, the Listen into Life program at Kincumber. Prior to this, Sally lectured at Rhodes University South Africa and the Australian Catholic University. Sally has published a booklet and DVD: “Christian Meditation: 5 Ways to Pray”; and the book “Walking the Labyrinth as the Beloved in John’s Gospel”. (website:


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National Secretary: Liz Anne Smith

Liz Anne Smith is a spiritual director and supervisor and runs her practise from her home office in Canberra. Her formation was at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago.  She completed a Master of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University. Liz Anne is involved in two formation programs for spiritual directors;  Soul Journey Companions program which runs in Canberra and Listen into Life program at Kincumber.  She enjoys companioning people from various Christian denominations and none. She leads several spiritual sharing groups in her home, some for meditation and some for spiritual nourishment and community. She guides retreats for these groups as well.  Liz Anne is a member and the secretary of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.  In her spare time Liz Anne enjoys learning Spanish and hopes to travel to Spain sometime.


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National Treasurer: Liz Palmer

After becoming involved with the Spiritual Direction community through the ANSD, Liz did her formation with the Listen into Life program at Kincumber. She has also completed the  “Art of Supervision” training with Lucy Abbott Tucker and an intensive course in Supervision of Spiritual Directors with Sr Mary Flynn in 2018. She is also involved in a formation program for prospective spiritual directors, the Listen into Life program at Kincumber. She has been a practising spiritual director and retreat leader since 2004. She is passionate about the process of journeying with people as they discover God at work in their lives.  In 2002 and 2006 she undertook the 800km pilgrimage across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostella with her husband. They are planning to walk to there again in 2019, this time along the Portuguese route from Lisbon. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. She has been involved in organising three of the ANSD annual conferences since the late 1990s. As treasurer she seeks to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation and the conferences and also to encourage an increase in the membership and profile of the ANSD.


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Statutory Secretary: Adrian Jones

Adrian Jones is a qualified accountant and has been involved with ANSD for many years.

Regional Representative for South Australia/ Northern Territory : Di Shearer

Di Shearer is a spiritual director in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsular with two decades of experience.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry (ACD, 2014) and an MA (Theology) Spirituality and Pastoral Care (ACU, 2008).  She worked in theological education with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Malaysia during the 1970s. She  taught and researched in areas relating to intercultural personhood from 1982-2004, completing a Ph D (Griffith, 2004) in this field.  Di’s affiliation and ministry are interdenominational and interfaith. Her passion is for the unitive wisdom which ancient and contemporary mystical traditions bring to us.


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Regional Representative for Brisbane & Queensland : Denise Brosnan

Denise Brosnan is a Sister of Saint Joseph with qualifications in Spiritual Direction, Theology, Counselling and Education. Denise is a Teacher and Supervisor with the St Francis Spiritual Direction Formation Programme sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane.


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Regional Representative for Northern Rivers : Robyn Fitzgerald

Robyn is a spiritual director, retreat giver and giver of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in private practice living in the northern rivers of NSW.  She offers regular meditation and enjoys nurturing contemplative life through conversation and silence.  Prior to working in spiritual direction she worked as a researcher in children’s rights and well being, with a special interest in exploring conversation in family law settings.  She is married to Mike and they have three adult children Em, Cait and Paddy.


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Regional Representative for Canberra and  Region : Alice-Anne Macnaught

Alice-Anne retired early from a career in community development and research, advocacy and public health to study theology at the Australian Catholic University, where she majored in the spiritual direction stream led by Kerrie Hide. As Convenor for the ACT and Region, Alice-Anne enjoys arranging regular workshops for ANSD members and others interested in particular topics. She also convenes quarterly Quiet Days to reach a wider audience through the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. She is married to Tim with three surviving adult children and seven grandchildren, living in Canberra and Auckland.


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Regional Representative for Sydney: Liz Lee

Liz Lee, until recently, held a privileged role of Pastoral Care Officer at a men’s homeless hostel in Sydney.  Previously, she was Chaplain in a remand jail.   Liz has been a scientist, museum curator, community development worker and teacher.  Liz completed the Listen into Life spiritual direction training program in 2016 and is drawn to spiritual direction in the margins.   Liz is currently on  sabbatical in the USA and UK,  exploring this further.


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Regional Representative for Tasmania: Denise Stephenson

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Regional Representative for Western Australia: Beth Roberton

Former Director of Dayspring, Beth’s current role is as Co-ordinator of Dayspring’s spiritual direction professional training programBeth was a high school teacher for many years, both in Australia and overseas, prior to working in ministry. She combined her science teaching and love of theology from an early age and spent many years engaged firstly in evangelical and then contemplative approaches to faith. She and her husband now run a retreat in the Perth Hills focused on offering quiet space for deepening spiritual life.  Beth has qualifications in teaching, theology and ministry training. Her doctoral work focused on the benefit of spiritual direction to women who have come from conservative religious contexts.  She was a member of the Inaugural Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction until 2010.


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Regional Representative for Melbourne Region: Pamela Richardson

 Pamela recently completed a part time, 4 year, life giving spiritual direction course with the Living Well Centre in Victoria. She  believes that the connections ANSD has and intends to develop will contribute to the continuation of soul nurturing people in Australia and beyond our shores. She is delighted and humbled to be a part of it!


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ANSD Australian Network For Spiritual Direction

ANSD Australian Network For Spiritual Direction