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, Chair of the Governance and Remuneration Committee

Nigel Alexander joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in May 2017 and was appointed Chair in July 2018. Nigel is a Chartered Accountant and Corporate Agribusiness specialist. He is a Director and former Chief Executive of the North Australian Pastoral Company, Chairman of RACQ Insurance, President of the Australian Automobile Association and a World Council Member (and Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Region) of the Paris based Federation Internationale De L’Automobile (FIA).

 

He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

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Rev. David Baker

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

Reverend David Baker has held the positions of Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia and has been an ex-officio Board Member since October 2014. Before this role, David served as a Minister in a variety of roles, including in regional oversight of the Church’s worship, witness and service. He brings a long involvement in the Church’s community service work.

David is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Theology from Brisbane College of Theology and a Diploma in Business Management from Queensland Agricultural College. David completed his theology training and was ordained in 1991.

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Maree Blake

Chair of the Financial Sustainability Committee, Member of the Governance and Remuneration Committee, Member of the Child and Family Services Committee

Maree Blake joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in April 2013 and holds the position of Chair of the Financial Sustainability Committee. Following a career in the accounting sector, Maree held the positions of Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Maree is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and of CPA Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Business degree and post-graduate Management qualification.

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Brian Gillespie

Member of the Aged Care and Disability Services Committee, Member of the Financial Sustainability Committee

Brian Gillespie joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in April 2018. His experience spans across commercial, operational and consulting positions within a broad range of sectors, including ports, mining, rail, logistics, oil and gas. Brian is a former Deals and Consulting Partner with Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers and has previously served on the boards of 1-Stop and AWH.

Brian holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons) and has completed the Senior Executive Program from the Columbia Business School. Brian is also a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the United Kingdom.

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Cheryl Herbert

Member of the Health Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Cheryl Herbert joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in April 2018 and has extensive experience in executive management including CEO, Chair and Non-Executive Director positions across the health sector, including Healthy Communities, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Lives Lived Well, Spiritus and Peachtree Perinatal Wellness lnc.

Cheryl has qualifications in nursing and midwifery and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Nursing Australia, Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and an adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland.

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Rev. Heather den Houting

General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Member of the Qld Synod Standing Committee, (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 has served across a range of Church Boards and commissions within the Uniting Church at national, state and local levels. 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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Andrew McBryde

Chair of the Aged Care and Disability Services Committee, Member of the Financial Sustainability Committee, Member of the Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Board

Andrew McBryde joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in 2013 and Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Board (ARRCS) in 2014 and previously held the role of Chair of Wesley Mission Brisbane. 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 Centenary and Districts Chamber of Commerce, the Lighting Council of Australia and an Honorary Member and Past President of the Jindalee Rotary Club.

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Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM

Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM

Chair of the Child and Family Services Committee, Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in 2013. He is the former Director of the Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies (QUT) and currently sits on the Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit 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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Chris Townend

Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Member of the Health Committee

Chris Townend joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in April 2013. He is a chartered accountant and experienced financial director. He currently serves on the Thomson Adsett, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Brisbane South PHN Boards and 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

Chair of the Health Committee, Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Andrea Staines joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Board in April 2016. Andrea is a fulltime non-executive Director with over ten years’ experience. Andrea sits on a wide range of Boards, including social enterprise Goodstart Early Learning. She previously held the position of CEO and co-launched Qantas subsidiary Australian Airlines (mark II), making her the first female CEO 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 Committee Member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).

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