Rev Allan Thompson
Rev Allan Thompson, now semi-retired, previously ministered in rural and suburban congregations. In addition, he has been Moderator, a presbytery minister and associate general secretary of the Synod, with special responsibility for the Uniting Church in Tasmania. In recent years, Allan had a national role overseeing the Uniting Church’s response to and engagement with the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Allan was the Chair and later Executive Director of Wimmera UnitingCare. He was the inaugural Chair of Connections UnitingCare and UnitingCare Tasmania. He has also served on hospital and Uniting Church school boards, and for six years was a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council.
Allan was a member of the Board of Uniting AgeWell (Vic/Tas) for nine years, the last three of which he served as Chair.
Throughout the past nine years Robyn has held leadership positions in some of the Uniting Church’s largest community and aged care agencies. These include her roles as Executive Director of Uniting Aged Care (Vic/Tas), Executive Director of Blue Care and Executive Director of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) in Queensland.
Prior to her work with Uniting Church services, Robyn held CEO and executive positions in health and local government in Victoria and South Australia. Many of those roles involved leading major organisational change.
Robyn commenced her career as a registered nurse and holds both Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Social Work and a Masters of Business Administration. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Robyn is currently the Co-founder and Executive Chair of Leap In! Australia, a non-executive Director of the Australian Psychological Society, a non-executive Director of East Melbourne Primary Health Network and a Director of Western Health.
Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Hazeldene’s Chickens, a fully owned subsidiary of privately owned Australian agri-food company Hazeldene Chick Farm Group. He is a former vice president of Cycling Victoria and also a former Chair and Board member of Lentara Uniting Care.
Formerly a crisis intervention counsellor, Mark has extensive leadership experience in large scale business turnaround, change management, strategic planning and dealing with conflict.
Mark was a recipient of the Williamson Community Leadership program and was awarded the St James Ethics Centre Fairfax Fellowship and the University of Melbourne Asia-Link Business Leaders Scholarship.
Mark is Chair of the Board subcommittee for Finance, Investment and Property and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Linda is the Principal Consultant with Enhancing Quality Services Consulting and was previously a Chair and a Board member of UnitingCare Gippsland. Linda is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Linda lives in regional Victoria and primarily works with the not for profit health and community services sector. Linda works with organisations who have a focus in the areas of community health, disability, women’s health, aged care, sexual assault services, Aboriginal services and alcohol and drug services.
For nearly 20 years Linda has worked as an accreditation assessor and is committed to assisting organisations continually improve and ensure that the services they provide are accessible, safe, strive for best practice and that all services meet the needs of our diverse community.
Peter is General Manager Group Balance Sheet and Liquidity Management with the National Australia Bank.
Peter has more than 20 years’ experience reporting to boards, executive management committees and regulators on business strategies, funding, risk management issues and policies, and financial performance in an environment of sound corporate governance. He has a strong focus on ensuring businesses understand the dimensions of governance and risk within their operations.
Peter was a former Chair and a Board member of Prahran Mission and is a former member of the Council of Elders at the Toorak Uniting Church. He is passionate about ensuring that those in need of help have a voice and are heard.
Heather is an experienced legal and governance consultant with specialist Charity Law expertise and broad commercial and governance experience across the charitable and government sectors.
Having retired as a partner with a national corporate law firm in 2017, she continues to provide consulting services to support relevant sector clients.
Her industry expertise covers aged care, health and community services, affordable housing and Indigenous communities. She has considerable experience in structuring and strategic advice to philanthropic entities.
After more than 30 years in legal practice, Heather has now transitioned to full time company director across sectors that provide for the wellbeing of individuals and communities through social and community infrastructure.
Her current board directorships include:
Uniting in NSW.ACT – Chair; Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Ltd (a subsidiary of UnitingCare Qld) – Director; Queensland Rail – Director; Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service – Board Member; National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd – Director and Chair, Governance and Remuneration Committee; Epic Good Foundation – Chair
Other advisory roles include:
Queensland Family and Child Commission – Advisory Council Member; Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission – Advisory Board Member; Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd –Chair of Community Services Reform Council
Heather is currently Chair of Uniting’s Governance and Key Relationships Committee, having had a lifelong involvement with the Uniting Church in various governance roles as a layperson within local, Presbytery, Synod and Assembly contexts.
Luke has experience working across government and not for profit organisations in housing, homeless and disability policy and service delivery. Most recently he was CEO of the Summer Foundation, an organisation that aims to reduce the number of young people living in nursing homes across Australia.
Luke was intimately involved in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme’s design and housing policy in his roles as a Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to working on the NDIS, Luke worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy and Delivery Division, providing strategic advice on complex public policy challenges, including homelessness and renewable energy.
Luke’s disability sector experiences include three years working in residential disability services, including government and non-government run supported accommodation.
Luke completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy focusing on affordable housing and social finance, where he also earned a Master of Public Administration.
Grant Mitchell is a social anthropologist with 18 years’ experience as Director and Manager of community organisations, including at the Australian Red Cross and the International Detention Coalition, working with communities on a range of community and welfare issues across more than 50 countries.
Grant has extensive Board experience, including on the Refugee Council of Australia and he currently sits on the Dialogue on Forced Migration, which includes Australian and regional governments.
Grant has a strong commitment and connection to the work of the Uniting Church and Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania in its work to further social justice and community care for all in the community, including as Manager for 7 years at Uniting Care (Hotham Mission’s Asylum Seeker Project), winning the Australian Human Rights Award in developing community support and housing programs for asylum seeker children and families in detention.
John Preston is currently a Director and Chair of Uniting Housing Australia Ltd., a registered housing provider, providing social and community housing in Victoria.
He is a foundation member and Director of the Australian Charity, Kondanani Zambia Inc, which provides education and support to children who are disabled, orphaned and Vulnerable in Zambia. John was a former Director of the Asian Development Foundation and the Australian Human Rights Foundation.
John has held seven executive positions with the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania for over thirty years. The positions held included Synod Administration, Resource allocation and Fundraising, Executive Director Resources Commission, Associate Synod Secretary, and before retiring was Director of Property and Insurance Services, Synod Property Officer and Secretary of the Property Trusts of Victoria and Tasmania. Also, he was a member of the UCA Assembly Finance Committee for twenty-five years. A former member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Management and has a Graduate Diploma of Organisation Behaviour.
Bronwyn Pike is the CEO of Uniting Vic.Tas and has extensive experience across the public, private and community services sectors.
Bronwyn was the Victorian State Member of Parliament for Melbourne from 1999 to 2012. Her 13-year parliamentary career included 11 years as a Minister for Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health, Education and Skills.
Before entering parliament in 1999, she was the Director of Justice and Social Responsibility in the Synod of Victoria, which provided children, youth, family and aged care services as well as social justice advocacy.
Bronwyn has considerable governance experience at national and state level. She has chaired the Boards of Western Heath, the South Australian Urban Renewal Authority (Renewal SA) and UnitingCare Australia and has been a Board member of Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Leap In! and Uniting NSW.ACT.
Bronwyn is a lifelong member of the Uniting Church in Australia.