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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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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tracy dare

Tracy Dare

Group Executive, Commercial Services

Tracy joined the UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) Executive Leadership Team in 2016 after two years as the Chief Commercial Officer for Blue Care. Prior to joining Blue Care, Tracy held the position of Chief Executive Officer of a multi-state law firm. She has extensive executive management experience across a range of roles and industry sectors, including business development, asset management, property investment, development and facilities management, and retirement living.

Tracy is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business with Distinction and a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting with Distinction. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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nina du thaler

Nina Du Thaler

Group Executive, Digital and Technology

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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peter gunn

Peter Gunn

Chief Financial Officer

Peter joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) as Chief Finance Officer in July 2014. Prior to his appointment, he held a number of senior executive roles in the finance and commercial sectors and has broad experience in corporate and operational roles across a number of service areas such as finance/accounting, cash/treasury, legal/commercial, corporate and project funding, procurement, IT and governance.

Peter is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants with CPA Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Applied Finance.

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brent mccracken

Brent McCracken

Group Executive, Child and Family 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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richard lizzio

Richard Lizzio

Group Executive, UnitingCare Health

Richard joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in July 2018. He has an extensive commercial background across acute healthcare, aged care, independent living and financial services.

Prior to joining UCQ, Richard held the position of QLD/NT/WA State Manager for Healthscope. Richard has strong hospital management experience and has held a number of hospital General Management positions for Ramsay Healthcare, including CEO of Greenslopes Private Hospital.

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tracey mcfarland

Tracey McFarland

Group Executive, Customer Services

Tracey joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in July 2016 following an extensive career in both the private and not-for-profit environment. She has experience across diverse areas that include marketing, commercial strategy, sales and operations and customer services in a wide range of senior management positions with leading Australian organisations such as Telstra, Qantas, Suncorp and QSuper.

Tracey has a Bachelor of Business – Marketing from Queensland University of Technology.

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sue mckean

Sue McKean

Director, Governance and Policy

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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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, Blue Care South East Queensland

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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alan wilson

Alan Wilson

Group Executive, Blue Care Regional and Remote Service

Alan joined UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in April 2017. He has a background in primary, community, secondary and tertiary health services from the health care sectors of Australia, New Zealand and Samoa. Prior to moving to Australia, Alan was CEO of Alliance Health Plus, a New Zealand based organisation focused on the delivery of primary care services for Pacific and high need populations.

Alan holds a Bachelor and Masters qualification in both management (Strategic Management, Accounting and Finance) and Nursing.

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