Our Board

Chair
Bronwyn Pike 

Bronwyn is the Chair of Western Heath and the South Australian Urban Renewal Authority (Renewal SA), and a board member of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration. She is the Chair of Uniting Care Australia and serves on the board of Uniting NSW.ACT. Bronwyn is also president of the Australian College of Educators.

As a consultant, Bronwyn provides strategic planning advice, executive mentoring, and support to nongovernment organisations.

Prior to these roles, Bronwyn was the State member for Melbourne and Victorian Minister for Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health, Education and Skills. Her 13-year parliamentary career included 11 years as a minister.

Before entering parliament in 1999, she was the director of justice and social responsibility in the Synod of Victoria.

Bronwyn is a lifelong member of the Uniting Church.

Robyn Batten

Robyn has held leadership positions in some Uniting Church’s largest community and aged care agencies. These include 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 this, Robyn held CEO and executive positions inhealth and local government in Victoria and South Australia. Many of those roles involved leading major organisational change. Robyn is the Executive Chair of Leap in! a joint venture between UnitingCare Queensland and Uniting NSW.ACT. Robyn is also the Vice Chairman of MIM China Pte Ltd and a Strategic
Stakeholder in Borderless Healthcare Worldcare Inc.

Mark Heintz

Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Otway Pork, a fully owned subsidiary of privately owned Australian agri-food company The Pastoral Pork Group. He is a former vice president of Cycling Victoria and also a former Chair and Board member of Lentara UnitingCare.

Formerly a crisis intervention counsellor, Mark has extensive leadership experience in largescale business turnaround, change management, strategic planning and dealing with conflict.

Mark is a past participant of the Williamson Community Leadership program and was awarded the St James Ethics Centre Fairfax Fellowship
and an Asialink Business Leaders Scholarship.

Linda McCrorey

Linda is the Principal Consultant with Enhancing Quality Services Consulting and a former Chair and a Board member of UnitingCare Gippsland.

Linda has lived and worked primarily in regional Victoria. Her work experience is in the areas of community health, disability, case management, women’s health, aged care, sexual assault services, Aboriginal services, and alcohol and drug services.

Linda has worked as an assessor for accreditation agencies for 15 years. She is a QIP (Quality Improvement Performance) Assessment Manager and has previously worked as an Aged Care Quality Assessor.

Peter Prasser

Peter is General ManagerGroup Balance Sheet and Liquidity Management with the National Australia Bank.

Peter has more than 15 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 member of the Council of Elders at the Toorak Uniting Church.

Rev Allan Thompson

Rev Allan Thompson, now semi-retired, previously ministered in rural and suburban congregations. He was a presbytery minister and associate general secretary of the Synod, with special responsibility for the Uniting Church in Tasmania.

Allan was the Chair and Executive Director of Wimmera UnitingCare. He was the inaugural Chair of Connections UnitingCare and UnitingCare Tasmania.

Allan is the Chair of Uniting AgeWell (Vic/Tas) and believes it is vital that the Uniting AgeWell Board and the new Uniting Board work closely together, particularly in the provision of services to older people.

Heather Watson

Heather is a former partner in national law firm McCullough Robertson, and a former Chair and Board member of UnitingCare Queensland.

Heather currently chairs and is a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance and is a Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium. She is Chair of Uniting NSW.ACT.

Heather has had a lifelong involvement with the Uniting Church and was a founding Director of BoardConnect, a not-for-profit specifically focused on improving the governance capacity of non-profit boards.

Luke Bo’sher

Luke has experience working across government and not for profit organisations in housing, homeless and disability policy and service delivery. 

Luke is currently the 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 has recently 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

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 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and 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 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

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.