The Rev. Canon Alan Nichols AM is an Anglican minister and author. After serving the Church in Sydney as parish priest and media spokesman, he was CEO of a family welfare agency in Melbourne, and Archdeacon of Melbourne. He then served for seven years in refugee work, first in Thailand with Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific, and then with World Vision Australia. He was present in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and is a Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Gahini, in Rwanda.
Author of more than 20 books and monographs, mostly in the areas of refugee studies, Christian approaches to public policy, Christian ethics and biography. The most significant are Reluctant Conscience (Dove, Blackburn) 1984; Refugee Dilemmas: Reviewing the Comprehensive Plan of Action for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers, with Paul White (LawAsia, Manila) 1993; Life & Death Decisions: Teach Yourself Ethics (Acorn, Melbourne) 1997; Rescued by Angels, with Alexis Bilindabagabo (Acorn, Melbourne) 2001; On the Path to Mutual Respect (Victorian Council of Churches) 2007; Escape from West Papua (Acorn, Melbourne) 2007.
In 2006 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to refugees and for contribution to social policy in Australia through dialogue between Church and Government.
He is currently Coordinator, Multicultural Ministry, for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.