Our Board of Governance

Board of Governance

On October 3 2016, governance of UnitingCare lifeAssist was formally handed over to the Board of Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania).

In the coming months, 21 current UnitingCare agencies in Victoria and Tasmania along with Wesley Mission Victoria will come together to form Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania).

The Board of Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) includes:

Bronwyn Pike (Chair)

Bronwyn is a Principal Consultant with BizConsult, where she provides strategic planning, executive mentoring and NGO support. She is also currently working with UnitingCare NSW/ACT, the NSW/ACT Uniting Church Synod and the AFL Industry Education Committee. Bronwyn is a current Board member and Chair of Western Health and Renewal SA, president of the Australian College of Educators, Chair of the advisory committee for the RMIT Centre for Urban Research and a Board member of UnitingCare NSW/ACT, as well as a former Board member of Wesley Mission Victoria.

Prior to these roles, Bronwyn was the State member for Melbourne and Victorian Minister for Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health, Education, Skills and Workforce Participation. Her 13-year parliamentary career included 11 as a Minister. Before entering parliament in 1999, Bronwyn was the Director of Uniting Church welfare programs in Victoria, which provided children, youth, family and aged care services as well as social justice advocacy.

Board Members

  • Mark Heintz is a former Board member and Chair of Lentara UnitingCare
  • Phillip Morris was a Board member of UnitingCare Tasmania and a member of the UnitingCare Network Project Control Group 
  • Robyn Batten is the Executive Director of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services and Blue Care Queensland. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Uniting Aged Care (Vic/Tas). 
  • Allan Thompson is a current Board member and Chair of Uniting AgeWell (Synod of Vic/Tas). Allan was also an inaugural Board member and Chair of Connections UnitingCare, an inaugural Board member and Chair of UnitingCare Tasmania and a Board member and Chair of Wimmera Community Care (now Wimmera UnitingCare).
  • Sue Norman was the Chair and a Board Member of Wesley Mission Victoria and has had a long association with the Uniting Church in several capacities. She is an experienced company director, with a proven track record in applying sound business and governance principles to not for profit organisations.
  • Peter Prasser is a senior banking executive with the National Australia Bank and is currently its General Manager-Group Balance Sheet and Liquidity Management. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Peter has more than 15 years’ experience in reporting to Boards, Executive Management Committees and Regulators on business strategies. Peter was the Chair and a Board member of the Prahran Mission and a member of the Council of Elders at the Toorak Uniting Church.
  • Heather Watson is a partner in national law firm McCullough Robertson. Heather is a former Chair and Board member of UnitingCare Queensland. She currently Chairs and is a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd, a Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd and a Board Member of Uniting (Synod of NSW/ACT), for whom she chairs the Governance, Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Linda McCrorey is the Principal Consultant with Enhancing Quality Services Consulting and the current Chair and a board member of UnitingCare Gippsland. She has lived and worked primarily in regional Victoria. Her work experience is in the health and community services sector, in the areas of community health, disability, case management, women’s health, aged care,  sexual assault services, Aboriginal services and alcohol and drug services. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), Graduate Certificate in Quality Improvement for Primary Health Care, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma of Professional Counselling. 
  • Paul Linossier (Chief Executive Officer) is an experienced public sector and community services professional. Mr Linossier, previously the CEO of WMV, has more than three decades experience in leading organisational change and systems reform while maintaining a strong commitment to marginalised and vulnerable people.