Our Leadership.

Our Board.

Chair

Jude Munro


Jude Munro is experienced in guiding large complex organisations both as a non-executive director and CEO. She has been board chair of Australia’s fourth largest water utility, a State Planning Authority, a director of a national aviation business, an airport, a state transit authority, a bus company, a development company, and a director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profits with a $1.3B budget and chair of Australia’s first pride centre. She also provides advice to organisations on strategic planning, governance and leadership.


Jude mentors CEOs and assists organisations in selection and CEO performance reviews. Her last CEO position was as CEO of Brisbane City Council for 10 years. She led the Council with its $2.6 billion annual budget, 9000 employees and planning and delivering infrastructure projects, bus and ferry services, regulatory and other municipal services for 1.2 million people. She served three Lord Mayors in that time. She has been CEO of two capital city Councils – Adelaide and Brisbane, as well as Moreland and St Kilda.


Jude’s experience with the Uniting Church community services includes being a Director of UnitingCare Queensland from 2010 to 2016.

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Robyn Batten

Robyn has held leadership positions in some of the largest community and aged care agencies, including Executive Director of Uniting Aged Care Vic.Tas, Executive Director of Blue Care and Executive Director of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services. Robyn commenced her career as a registered nurse and holds both Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in Social Work and a Masters of Business Administration. Robyn is the co-founder and Executive Chair of Leap In! Australia, a nonexecutive Director of the Australian Psychological Society, a non-executive Director of East Melbourne Primary Health Network and Director of Western Health.

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Mark Heintz

Mark is CEO of Hazeldene’s Chickens, a fully owned subsidiary of Australian agrifood company Hazeldene Chicken Farm Group. He is a former Vice President of Cycling Victoria and Chair and Board member of Lentara UnitingCare. A crisis intervention counsellor, Mark has leadership experience in large-scale change management, strategic planning and conflict resolution. Mark received 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. 

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Linda McCrorey

Linda is Principal Consultant with Enhancing Quality Services Consulting and was a Chair and Board member of UnitingCare Gippsland. Linda is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Linda works within the not for profit health and community services sector, partnering with organisations with a focus in the areas of community health, disability, women’s health, aged care, sexual assault, Aboriginal, and alcohol and drug services. Linda has worked as an accreditation assessor and is committed to assisting organisations ensure the services they provide are accessible, safe, strive for best practice and meet the diverse needs of their community.

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Heather Watson

Heather is a legal and governance consultant with specialist charity law expertise and broad commercial and governance experience across the charitable and government sectors. Current board directorships include: Uniting in NSW.ACT – Chair; Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Ltd – Director; Queensland Rail – Director; Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service – Board Member; National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd – Director; Epic Good Foundation – Chair. Other advisory roles include: Advisory Council – Queensland Family and Child Commission; Advisory Board – Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission; Chair, Reform Council – Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd Heather has had lifelong involvement with the Uniting Church in Presbytery, Synod and Assembly contexts. 

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Grant Mitchell

Grant is a social anthropologist with experience as Director and Manager of community organisations, including at the Australian Red Cross and the International Detention Coalition. He has worked with diverse communities, including people seeking refuge and asylum on a range of community and welfare issues. Grant has Board experience, including on the Refugee Council of Australia. Grant has a strong connection to the work of the Uniting Church and Uniting Vic.Tas. His experience includes Manager at Uniting Care (Hotham Mission’s Asylum Seeker Project), which won the Australian Human Rights Award in developing community support and housing programs for families in detention seeking asylum.

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Bronwyn Pike

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.

Our Executive.

CEO

Bronwyn Pike

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.

Executive General Manager, Performance and Integration

Catherine Easton

As an executive with experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Catherine has an excellent appreciation of end-to-end business operations. She has led diverse functions such as business systems & projects,

people development & training, insights & impact measurement and program delivery at a range of organisations including ANZ, NAB and SuperFriend. Catherine is a member of the Policy & Planning Committee at Arts Project Australia and on the Nominations Committee of Women’s Property Initiative.

Director of Mission

Rev John Clarke

John brings to Uniting Vic.Tas demonstrated church leadership as well as considerable experience in project management, strategic thinking, practical theology and adult education. Prior to joining Uniting Vic.Tas, he was Director of Mission with Uniting AgeWell.

Executive General Manager, Operations

Silvia Alberti

Silvia has over 25 years of experience in health and human services and has held senior executive leadership positions across government and the community sector. Her work has spanned clinical, community

and forensic, research and government roles. Silvia is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable and marginalised people. She is responsible for overseeing and supporting teams in their work to ensure a coordinated operational approach across Uniting’s full range of services.

General Manager, Housing & Property (parental leave cover)

Heidi Dixon

Heidi has extensive experience as a strategic senior executive developing multi-disciplinary teams, delivering city revitalisations, growth area community precincts and affordable housing programs. Prior to working at Uniting,

Heidi ran her own consultancy business and held director and senior roles within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Department of Planning and Community Development, and VicUrban. In her roles she has successfully developed partnerships between government and communities across Victoria to address community needs.

General Manager, Quality & Compliance

Amy Padgham

​Amy has spent the last 20 years working with people experiencing vulnerabilities across the health, disability, aged and community sectors. Before joining Uniting Vic.Tas in 2019, she held senior roles at EACH, the Multiple Sclerosis

Society and Eastern Health. Amy is a Registered Nurse: prior to entering into Quality she was a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Gerontology and lectured at Monash in the Masters of Nursing program. She was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in July 2020, with responsibility for our focus on quality, compliance and risk.

General Manager Community & External Relations

Antonia Mochan

Antonia moved to Australia in 2014 after working for the European Union in Brussels and London in a variety of policy and communication roles. She worked as a freelance communication consultant, with

clients across higher education, not-for-profits and small businesses, before joining Uniting in October 2017. She was appointed to the Executive Leadership Team in July 2020, with responsibility for internal and external communications, advocacy, brand, marketing and fundraising.