Uniting Vic.Tas announces leadership changes

July 29, 2019

Statement by Bronwyn Pike, Chair of the Board

Monday 29 July 2019 – I am today announcing a number of leadership changes within Uniting Vic.Tas.

Paul Linossier took on the role of CEO of Uniting in August 2016. At that point, the way through this unprecedented undertaking – bringing together so many entities – was both exciting and challenging. Having successfully navigated those uncertainties and established a strong and stable organisation, Paul has advised the Board that this is the right time for him to step aside and to transition the organisation to a new CEO over the next six months.

The Board is enormously grateful to Paul for the energy, capability and vision he has dedicated to the task of steering Uniting through its early years. His experience of leading community organisations, including a long history with the Uniting Church, has laid a solid foundation that will serve Uniting well in the next phase of its development.

Key to implementing our priorities for the next three years is consolidation of the Executive team to lead the next tranche of Uniting’s future. The appointment of Silvia Alberti to the Executive General Manager, Operations role, effective today, finalises our Executive General Manager appointments. This new role will allow us to further our work on developing a consistent operational approach that prioritises impact for consumers and local communities. We are delighted that Silvia, who has a wonderful breadth of experience in the government and community sectors, has moved into this role.

As an organisation we have successfully merged 25 entities. There have been a number of examples of early success. We have ensured continued service delivery across the two states through this first phase. We have achieved organisation-wide accreditation. New grants and contracts have allowed expanded service delivery. Importantly, we have embedded a strategic vision and direction for Uniting that prioritises the most vulnerable in our community as we look to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

Our executive and wider leadership team are absolutely committed to continuing the provision of responsive, quality services to clients and communities through this transition.

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Media enquires:

Tim Newhouse – E tim.newhouse@vt.uniting.org / M 043 473 9998

About Uniting Vic.Tas

People are important and change is possible. Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania is a community services organisation whose purpose is to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. We’re about building capacity and confidence in children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people newly arrived in Australia. We work with people at risk of or experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, mental illness and problems with alcohol and other drugs, by empowering them with the support they need to succeed. We are active in Melbourne and local communities across Victoria, from Albury-Wodonga in the north, Mallacoota in East Gippsland, the Wimmera region in the west, and across Tasmania.

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