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.
Rev. Andrew Gunton
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.
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.
Rev. Heather den Houting
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.
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.
Susan Rix AM
Susan joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2022. Susan is an accomplished business leader with over 40 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and corporate advisor assisting clients in varied aspects of commercial, financial and taxation matters. Susan specialises in corporate governance, family councils, succession planning, taxation structures and restructuring. Susan holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from University of New England, is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow, Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand, an Adjunct Professor, School of Business, QUT, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Susan was also appointed in the General Division in the Order of Australia, for significant service to business and community.
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.