Our Executive Team

Leadership for a full life


UnitingCare’s executive team know our organisation – and the people we serve – through and through, while also bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. Together they work to ensure that people in our communities can live life in all its fullness. 

craig barke

Craig Barke

CEO of UnitingCare Queensland

Craig was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in 2017. He is a Certified Practising Accountant with an MBA and has extensive experience in financial management roles. Prior to his role as CEO of UCQ, Craig was the CEO of Scenic Rim Regional Council and was former member of the Queensland Urban Utilities Establishment Committee. Craig held a position on the UCQ Board from 2011 and the position of Chair from 2014 until 2017.

Craig is passionate about improving the lives of disadvantaged youth and children in the community and is actively involved in the foster care system as well as being an active member of the Uniting Church.

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nina du thaler

Nina Du Thaler

Group Executive, Digital & Transactional Services

Nina joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in 2016. She has previously held executive management roles across a range of organisations, including Queensland Urban Utilities, Allconnex Water, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland Department of Emergency Services, Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Police Service. She is also a non-executive director on the Industry Advisory Board for the School of ICT, Griffith University.

In 2016 Nina won ‘CIO of the Year Utilities/Media’ at the iTnews Benchmark Awards.

Nina holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Information Technology (Artificial Intelligence).She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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Michael Krieg, Group Executive, Hospitals, UnitingCare Queensland

Michael Krieg

Group Executive, Hospitals

Michael was appointed Group Executive of UnitingCare Hospitals in May 2019, following two years as General Manager of UnitingCare’s Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

A registered nurse by background, Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector, commencing his career in hospital nursing where he worked across numerous practice areas for 10 years.

In 1999 Michael commenced his executive career and has since held senior leadership roles in both public and private hospitals across Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Michael’s executive-level experience includes serving as CEO of Knox Private Hospital, Mildura Base Hospital, St John of God Ballarat Hospital and at the state-level as CEO of Calvary Health Care Tasmania.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and has completed a number of courses in leadership and management.

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brent mccracken

Brent McCracken

Group Executive, Family & Disability Services

Brent joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in July 2016. He has vast experience in the community services sector in a variety of roles including as a case worker, client services manager, teacher, funder, contract manager, operational manager and senior leader in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Prior to joining UCQ, Brent was the Regional Executive Director, North Coast with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Adult Education and an Executive Masters of Public Administration.

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sue mckean

Sue McKean

Group Executive, Governance

Sue joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Executive Leadership Team in 2013, following her appointment as the Director, Risk and Quality for UnitingCare Health. Sue has a diverse range of management experience in the health and community services sector, with a strong focus on company governance and policy development.

Sue is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Applied Governance and her qualifications include a Masters in Health Science (Risk Management), a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, Graduate Diploma in OHS and a Certificate in Governance Practice. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certified member of the Governance Institute Australia.

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bruce moore

Rev Bruce Moore

Director of Mission

Bruce joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in August 2016. He has experience in ministry and mission roles and experience in senior management positions within government, private business and the not-for-profit sectors and as a senior consultant in leadership, team performance and cultural change. Prior to joining UCQ, Bruce was managing therapeutic residential care and foster care programs. He has been involved in child protection reforms in Queensland and is a founding member of the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Theology, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the International Association of Teamwork Facilitators.

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Christian Patten, Group Executive, Corporate Development, UnitingCare Queensland

Christian Patten

Group Executive, Corporate Development

Christian joined UnitingCare in 2016 as Head of Strategic Development, and was appointed Group Executive, Corporate Development in 2019. Prior to joining UnitingCare, Christian held roles of increasing responsibility in strategy, transformation, business development and general management across both the public and private sectors including with Westpac, Brisbane City Council, Suncorp, Queensland Health, Ernst & Young, and Capricorn Society. Christian holds a Bachelor of Economics and an MBA from the University of Queensland.

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george sutherland

George Sutherland

Group Executive, People and Culture

George joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in January 2017 and was appointed Group Executive People and Culture in January 2018. Prior to joining UCQ, George held various senior human resources and business leadership roles across multiple industries in large organisations nationally and internationally, including Rio Tinto.

George holds an MBA from Bond University.

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cathy thomas

Cathy Thomas

Group Executive, Aged Care and Community Services

Cathy joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Executive Leadership Team in 2016, after four years as Director of Services South East, Blue Care. Cathy has worked across many Queensland Health clinical areas and has vast experience in Blue Care through working in clinical, human resources, key management and leadership roles.

Cathy has a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma of Business Management and a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and also completed a Leadership Program at Harvard University.

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