‘Off the Cuff’ with ACL Managing Director, Lyle Shelton


CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — A journalist by profession, Lyle Shelton initially worked in rural journalism as a roving reporter in Queensland and then Victoria. In 2000, Lyle was elected to Toowoomba City Council. He was re-elected in 2004 and unsuccessfully contested the 2006 Queensland state election. After a short stint as a political adviser in federal politics, 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. He chatted to JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … red wine

My first job was … shovelling chook manure

My most annoying habits are … singing in the presence of others

A clear childhood memory is … sitting on my dad’s lap while attempting to steer the tractor

What makes me nervous is … speaking to people who do not agree with my values

The best advice my parents gave me was … it doesn’t matter how poor you are, you can always keep your shoes polished

If I weren’t Managing Director of ACL I’d be … a journalist

I’m most thankful for … my wife Wendy

My favourite meal is … Thai cashew chicken with coconut rice

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … cucumber

A song that resonates is … ‘Working Class Man’ by Jimmy Barnes

A book I love is … The Great War by Les Carlyon

If I were a dog, I’d be a … Staffy / Kelpie cross

My ‘happy place’ is … my BBQ area

My most embarrassing memory is … spilling red wine on the white shirt of the president of the Downs Club

My hidden skill is … composing Tweets

It’s a bit corny, but I love … my RM boots

I’m most at peace when … I’m jogging by the lake

The country I’d love to visit … Belgium

Favourite quote … “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

Martin Luther King Jnr

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‘Off the Cuff’ with Wendy Francis

Wendy Francis

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — Wendy Francis has many strings to her bow. She is Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby and is the ACL spokesperson for the rights of children and women. She is also a tireless campaigner against sexual exploitation. Professional experience includes managerial positions at Griffith University and Queensland Baptists. She was also Executive Producer of the Lord Mayor’s Carols in Brisbane for eight years. In addition, Wendy is a Director and Board Member of Samaritan’s Purse Australia and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a board member of Queensland Family Council, the Queensland Alliance for Kids and the Australian Marriage Forum. Wendy regularly travels to countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Cambodia to oversee projects which seek to rescue women and children from sex slavery and to work on literacy projects amongst rural women. Her husband, Peter Francis, is Vice-Principal of Malyon College in Brisbane. They have been married for 36 years, have three married children and ten grandchildren. She chatted to JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … I’m actually really good at keeping secrets!

My first job was … working as a manager’s assistant in the National Bank of Australasia – now NAB – I was a good typist, so had to help out the real estate next door when they needed contracts typed up!

My most annoying habits are … not putting things back in the same place, or not putting them away at all!

A clear childhood memory is … hiding coins in a hole in an old neighbourhood fence with my best friend. There was a little shop at the end of our street and my mum would send us down to buy milk or bread and she would say we could keep the change. So we would hide it there and wait until we had enough to buy some lollies together.

What makes me nervous is … snakes! I hate them – can’t even look at them in a book or on the TV screen.

The best advice my parents gave me was … to seek after the truth and be a teller of truth.

If I weren’t Qld Director of ACL I’d be … a top lawyer – even a judge! And I would be a good one!

I’m most thankful for … my family – my parents, my husband, my children and my grandchildren.

My favourite meal is … grilled salmon with sweet potato mash and garden salad.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … taking any tablets – I’m sure it’s psychological, but I just can’t swallow pills very easily – I gag!

A book I love is … Riven Fetters by Sallie Lee Bell. I first read it when I was a very young girl and it had a big impact on me then – I still love it.

A song that resonates is …I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack – And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance … I hope you dance!

My ‘happy place’ is … anywhere family is, but my favourite places with family are either home, or the beach.

My most embarrassing memory is … buying a Mark Holden single (back in the days), and being asked by Mark Holden himself (who happened to be in the shop) whether I wanted it signed, but not recognising him … He did end up signing it when he explained who he was.

My hidden skill is … that I make an amazing lemon meringue pie.

If I were a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever – a bit clumsy, but very loyal, and would never hurt anyone intentionally

It’s a bit corny, but I love … Sandra Bullock’s humour – she would be on my list of who I’d love to have for dinner.

I’m most at peace when … I’m with my husband at the end of a day and we get time to just talk.

The country I’d love to visit is … Antarctica

Favourite quote … “Nah” – this was Rosa Parks‘ response to the police officer who demanded she move from her seat on the bus because she was coloured and a white man wanted to sit where she was sitting. I love it – No! we will not bend to injustice.

Rosa Parks

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