Our Executive

Bronwyn Pike, CEO

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.

Catherine Easton, Executive General Manager, Performance and Integration

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.

Rev John Clarke, Director of Mission

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.

Silvia Alberti, Executive General Manager, Operations

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.

Heidi Dixon, General Manager, Housing & Property (parental leave cover)

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.

Amy Padgham, General Manager, Quality & Compliance 

​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
 

Antonia Mochan, General Manager Community & External Relations

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.