Meet our team
Tracey Burton, Executive Director
Tracey joined Uniting in April 2018, following a 30 year career in health and community services. This includes an early career in the NSW public health sector in the western suburbs of Sydney, including as the Director of Administration at Mt Druitt Hospital which led to an association with the not for profit/Catholic healthcare sector. Attracted by the service and community focus of the not for profit sector, and the ethos of compassionate care in Catholic healthcare, Tracey held the role of Executive Director of the Mater Private Hospital in Brisbane, serving as the first lay leader of the hospital in its, then, 94-year history. After two major capital expansion projects, including a new hospital in the growing outskirts of Brisbane, Tracey and her family returned to Sydney in 2001, where she joined the newly formed St Vincents & Mater Health organisation as GM, Corporate Services, leading an important collaborative journey for four separate health services as they merged to a new enterprise.
Tracey was appointed to St George Private Hospital in 2004, providing an opportunity to lead a service dedicated to her own local community, as she had grown up and now lived in the St George region. Tracey’s most recent role took her to Melbourne, where she lead the team responsible for St John of God Health Care’s ten eastern hospitals which are mostly based in regional/rural settings such as Bendigo and Warrnambool or speciality services of mental health and rehabilitation.
In addition to her executive management roles, Tracey has also served as a Board Director for Aged Care Services, Disability Services in New Zealand and for a Medical Research Foundation. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Administration (UNSW), Masters of Business Administration (AGSM), Graduate AICD and an Executive program at Columbia University (NYC).
Doug Taylor, Deputy Executive Director and Director Mission, Communities and Social Impact
Doug has been appointed to the role of Group Executive - Social Impact, Advocacy, and Resilient Communities, in an interim capacity from 2 April 2018 to 30 June 2018. In this role he reports to the Executive Director and sits on both the Uniting Executive team and also the Synod Leadership team, Doug also attends meetings of the Board of Uniting NSW.ACT.
Doug was appointed to the role of Director Resilient Communities in June 2016. He was previously the Director Strategic Engagement, Uniting. Doug has built a 20 year professional career in the social sector and has an active life in volunteering. These interests are evident in his membership on the Boards of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board and as a proud Trustee of the Steve Lawrence Social Innovation Fund.
Doug is also a Lay Preacher in his local Uniting Church and has completed the Stanford Executive Non Profit Leadership Program, is an alumnus of Sydney Leadership and has sat on the Commonwealth Government’s Volunteer Policy Advisory Committee.
Anna Videira-Johnson, Director Finance and Strategy
Anna joined Uniting in January 2017. She has a background in management consulting, retail banking, media and consumer goods.
Prior to joining Uniting, Anna held a number of roles leading the design and implementation of large business restructuring and efficiency programs for companies such as Pacific Brands, News Corp and Westpac. She also advised government and corporate clients on strategy, business model design and corporate finance.
Anna also has extensive experience leading strategy development as a Manager with McKinsey & Company in Europe and Australia, as a Senior Advisor in Corporate Strategy & Investments for the National Australia Bank, and as a Principal at A.T. Kearney in the Organisation & Transformation practice.
For a number of years Anna has also been a volunteer mentor of young professionals and young people in care.
Bob Mulcahy, Director Children, Youth and Families
Bob was appointed Director Resilient Families in June 2016, and was formerly responsible for Communities Operations at Uniting, which included the portfolios of Early Learning, Disability, Families, Out Of Home Care (OOHC), Newpin and the Uniting Institute of Education (UIE).
Prior to joining Uniting, Bob had significant achievements in growing businesses across not-for-profit, banking, financial services, and insurance sectors in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Jill Reich, Director Customer, People and Systems
Jill was appointed to the role of Director Customer, People and Systems in January 2018 and was previously the Director People Learning and Culture.
Jill is an experienced executive, having worked in both the public and private sectors across a number of industries. Her invaluable experience includes leading transformational change in large, complex organisations, and developing sustainable culture change programs which support and accelerate the implementation of strategic imperatives.
Mary Burke, Director of Governance, Risk and Quality
Mary Burke joined Uniting as Director of Governance, Risk and Quality in March 2019.
Mary was previously Chief Quality and Risk Officer at Estia Health, an ASX listed company with 68 residential aged care facilities around Australia. During Mary’s time at Estia, she was responsible for the development of the company’s risk management framework, the governance structure and a facility level clinical reporting suite to underpin continuous improvement.
Prior to joining Estia in 2016, Mary worked at Allity Aged Care and Bupa, where she managed a range of risk, compliance, and operational responsibilities, including customer experience and a number of service acquisitions. In her time with Bupa Australia and New Zealand, from 2009 to 2014, Mary held a number of roles including Head of Risk, Work Health and Safety, and Compliance - providing enterprise wide oversight of risk management across Bupa’s broad service lines of health insurance, optical, dental, health assessment as well as their large aged care portfolio of then 62 facilities around Australia. Mary has also had experience working with the Department of Health and Ageing as an investigation manager. Mary started her career as a registered nurse, working in the acute and sub-acute health sector, and has since studied towards a law degree and is currently undertaking a post graduate degree course in risk management and corporate governance at The Governance Institute of Australia.
Saviour Buhagiar, Director Ageing
Saviour Buhagiar was appointed as Director Residential and Health Care in June 2016, having joined Uniting in 2013 in the role of Director Residential and Health Care Services.
Saviour previously managed services supporting people with intellectual disability living in both group homes and specialist support services with Family and Community Services, and prior to that he worked in various roles with the Home Care Service of NSW.
Simon Furness, Director Property and Housing
Simon joined Uniting as Director of Property in October 2016. He has a strong track-record in the delivery and life-cycle management of infrastructure and property assets to meet the strategic and operational objectives of a range of blue-chip corporations and government authorities. Most of his career has been in large organisations whose success depended heavily on infrastructure and property assets. He has particularly enjoyed opportunities to transform property portfolios to improve business performance, and provide spaces where people enjoy working, living and visiting.
Simon has spent 12 years in senior line-management roles in market-leading companies including CBRE, Vodafone, Telstra and Spotless, and eight years as a senior executive in government. His early career was as an officer in the Royal Engineers and Royal Australian Engineers. Simon is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an MBA and Honours degree in Civil Engineering.