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

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.

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Mark Heintz

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.

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Linda McCorey

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.

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Peter Prasser

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.

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Heather Watson

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 context.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.