Working together to benefit all

 

UnitingCare’s board members bring together an array of skills and vast experience in financial services, government, business, governance, not-for-profits, law and leadership. They share a passion for community and making lives better, grounded in the values of the Uniting Church.

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Nigel Alexander

Chair of the Board and the Governance, People and Culture Committee

Nigel Alexander joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in May 2017 and was appointed Chair in July 2018. Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Agribusiness specialist. He is also a Director of The North Australian Pastoral Company and Chair of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Foundation, Prime Super and Allianz Partners Australia. He is a former President of the RACQ and was a World Council member of the Paris-based Federation Internationale De L’Automobile (FIA).


He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the University of Southern Queensland, a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Justine Cain

Member of the Governance, People and Culture Committee, Member of the Quality and Care Governance Committee

Justine Cain joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in January 2020. She has held senior executive and Board roles with listed, privately owned and not-for-profit organisations in the health, human services and general insurance sectors and she currently Chairs the Starlight Foundation’s Queensland Advisory Board. Justine’s expertise spans transformational leadership roles, strategy development and execution, customer-centric leadership, large-scale operational delivery and complex stakeholder management. Justine has a strong understanding of the broad health, human services and aged care sectors and is committed to achieving equity in access to health services, population health improvement and judicious use of funding. Justine holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the Australian National University.

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Rev. Andrew Gunton

Chair Qld Synod Standing Committee, (Ex-Officio Member)

Reverend Andrew Gunton was inducted as the Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod in October 2020 and joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board at that time.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Botany) from the University of Queensland. He also holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Brisbane College of Theology, being ordained a Minister of the Word in 2002. He has served many congregations across Queensland including Rockhampton, Arana Hills, Moreton Rivers and Oxley-Darra and had a period acting as the Associate General Secretary for the Queensland Synod.

Andrew has been a member of the Queensland Community Alliance Board and Chair for Barnabas Council Durack, a home for people with disabilities. Andrew is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Cheryl Herbert

Chair of the Quality and Care Governance Committee, Director Australian Regional and Remote Community Services

Cheryl Herbert joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2018 and was appointed a Director of the Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) Board in February 2020. Cheryl has extensive experience in executive management including Chief Executive Officer, Chair and Non-Executive Director positions across the health sector including the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and Lives Lived Well.

Cheryl has qualifications in nursing and midwifery and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Nursing Australia and Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

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Rev. Heather den Houting

Ex-Officio Member

Reverend Heather den Houting was appointed as the General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod in June 2016. Heather serves across a range of Church Boards and commissions within the Uniting Church at national, state and local levels and is also a member of the Frontier Services Board. Heather has a background in law including government, community and private practice. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds degrees in Economics, Law and Theology, and post-graduate qualifications in Management.

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Jacqueline Kelly

Jacqueline Kelly

Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Member of the Quality and Care Governance Committee

Jacqueline Kelly has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across a range of industries, including health, professional services and aged care. She held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Lutheran Services in Queensland for 15 years. Jacqueline’s community services experience spans aged care, retirement living, youth and family, domestic violence, mental health, disability allied health services and arts and creative life. Jacqueline is also a serving member of the Prime Super Board, and a former member of the Queensland State Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Jacqueline holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, and has completed strategy and governance programs with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and at Harvard Business School.

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Andrew McBryde

Member of the Finance and Investment Committee

Andrew McBryde joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2013. He has held many roles on boards including the Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) Board, as Chair of Wesley Mission Brisbane and as a Director with Oriel Lighting Australia.

Andrew proudly supports the development of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) and owns and operates a group of commercial businesses in South East Queensland. Andrew is currently a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Lighting Council of Australia and an Honorary Member and Past President of the Jindalee Rotary Club.

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Prof. Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM

Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Member of the Quality and Care Governance Committee

Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2013. He is the former Director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies (QUT) and currently sits on the Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit Committee, International Centre for Not-For-Profit Law and the Law Council of Australia – Charities and Not-For-Profits Committee. He has served from time to time at all levels of the Church from parish to assembly. He is an honorary member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and Philanthropy Australia and founding member of the ATO Charities Consultative Committee and the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Advisory Board.

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Alison Quinn

Alison Quinn

Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Alison is a professional non-executive director with more than 25 years’ experience as a CEO and senior executive in the property development, aged care, and seniors sectors.

Through her roles with public, private and government organisations, Alison has developed valuable operational and commercial expertise in the areas of property investment, funding, infrastructure and development. Uniquely, Alison has significant expertise on the impacts and challenges of Australia's ageing population and has been at the forefront of thought leadership regarding meeting the housing, care and other service needs of the baby boomer generation.

Alison brings to the board a depth of experience in developing strategies that drive sustainable growth, a strong customer perspective and a passion and understanding of how property as an enable can deliver both financial and holistic outcomes.

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Chris Townend

Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Member of the Finance and Investment Committee, Member of the Governance, People and Culture Committee

Chris Townend joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant in practice and experienced non-executive director. Chris enjoyed a successful career as a Chief Financial Officer in health and education in New Zealand and Australia. He currently chairs the ThomsonAdsett board and serves on Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Australian National Polytechnic boards. Chris also volunteers his time on the Uniting Church’s Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance Committee of the Presentation of Sisters in Queensland. Chris has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Andrea Staines OAM

Member of the Governance, People and Culture Committee, Member of the Finance and Investment Committee

Andrea Staines joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2016. Andrea is a full time non-executive Director with over ten years’ experience. Andrea is currently a director of SeaLink Travel Group, Freightways, Acumentis and the Deputy Chair of Australia Post. She previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer and co-launched Qantas subsidiary Australian Airlines (mark II), making her the first female Chief Executive Officer of an Australian jet airline. She has also held financial and strategy roles with American Airlines.

Andrea has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of Chief Executive Women.

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