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Heather Watson, Chair

Heather is a Partner with McCullough Robertson, Lawyers and leads the firm’s Social Infrastructure group, a part of its corporate practice.  She has broad experience across the non-profit sector, having acted for and been a member of many community and charitable organisations. Her particular industry expertise includes aged care, health and community services, affordable housing and indigenous communities.

Heather recently completed a maximum term of nine years as a board member of UnitingCare Queensland (including the last seven years as its Chair) and currently holds the following additional directorships: Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd (Chair); Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (a subsidiary of UnitingCare Qld and operating aged care, health and community services in the Northern Territory); National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd; and McCullough Robertson Foundation Ltd.

Gillian Coutts, Deputy Chair

Gillian is an accomplished change and business management professional. Gillian started her career with Shell Australia Limited and moved on to executive leadership roles in Sales and Operations at David Jones and Pacific Brands.  She now consults in change management and leadership development.

Gillian is also partner in The Potential Project Australia, which has a vision for bringing mindfulness based contemplative practices to organisational life in order to improve employee wellbeing, capacity and wisdom, and to create a more sustainable world.

Gillian is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and her community work includes supporting women post-breast cancer, following her own treatment and recovery. Gillian lives in Sydney with her husband, 5-year old son, and 15- and 19-year old stepsons.

Oliver Greeves, Deputy Chair

Oliver is a Board Director with over 30 years’ experience with boards in Asia, Australia and the United States. He has served as an independent non-executive director on six boards of directors, executive director on 11 boards, and as an independent trustee of three church councils.

Oliver was a board member of The Korea Society, a large and strategically important membership organisation based in New York, and was also a founding board member of Sydney-based CPX (Centre for Public Christianity), a membership organisation focusing on issues of public interest. He served as founding Chairman of MetLife India, a joint venture between MetLife and several large Indian companies.

Oliver is a banker with over 30 years’ senior experience with J.P. Morgan Chase and with MetLife Inc., serving as Regional Director Asia-Pacific with both companies. He lived for several years in Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. He is also very familiar with the United States having lived for twenty years in New York City.

Since leaving the financial industry 10 years ago, Oliver has worked with several US assisted living companies considering opportunities in Australia and Asia. He has consulted with groups in Hong Kong about the development of models of aged care for Hong Kong and China and has experience in Australia in development and operations in retirement villages. More recently, he has been consulting in aged care and community care in the area of leadership development.

Oliver is a partner in Pharos, a Sydney-based leadership company. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol in the UK.

Dr Andrew John Young

Andrew has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Social Impact since early 2012.  He is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of social impact across the social purpose, government and corporate sectors. He brings a systems approach and believes that the keys to improving social impact include an outcomes focus, evidence and measurement, collaboration and leadership development.

After completing a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 1995, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant with Andersen Consulting, providing strategy, business and marketing advice to large Australian and global companies. Seeking to use his skills for social outcomes, he took up a role as head of marketing for The Smith Family in 2000.

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of youth cancer charity CanTeen in 2004, winning Equity Trustees’ Not-for-Profit CEO First Year Achiever Award in 2005.

Anne Carroll

Anne is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience as a senior manager in private hospitals. She holds a postgraduate degree in Public Health with a major in Health Services Management. Anne has chaired the University of Technology Academic Advisory Committees for the Enrolled Nurses/Graduate Entry Accelerated Course (2010), Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Curriculum Review (2009), and Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Review (2009). She is a member of the College of Nursing. Anne is also on the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of Family Drug Support. Anne has been on Uniting (formerly UnitingCare) Boards since 2009.

Bronwyn Pike

Bronwyn spent her early years in South Australia and Malaysia and studied Humanities and Education at Adelaide University. Following an early career as a Secondary School Teacher in Adelaide and Darwin she worked in the Human Services Sector and was Director of Justice and Social Responsibility for the Victorian Uniting Church. She had responsibility for a broad range of health and welfare services delivered by over 100 UnitingCare agencies and policy development, education and advocacy.

In 1999 Bronwyn was elected to the Victorian Parliament as the member for Melbourne and as a Minister in the Victorian Government.  As the longest serving female minister in Victoria’s history she held portfolios of Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health and Education.

In 2012 Bronwyn was appointed as chair of the South Australian Urban Renewal Authority, chair of the Centre for Urban Research Advisory Committee and recently chair of Western Health and a board director for Uniting NSW/ACT. Bronwyn is also the president elect for the Australian College of Educators. She has a strong interest and expertise in public policy and works as a consultant to improve the quality and strategic focus of service delivery. Her extensive experience with Government, non-Government, business and academic sectors across a range of policy areas provides a strong foundation for her work. Bronwyn is currently working with Telstra Health as part of the senior leadership team developing the new EHealth business for Australia’s largest telecommunications company.

Bronwyn lives in North Melbourne, Victoria.

Jane Fry

Rev Jane Fry is the Acting General Secretary in the Uniting Church of Australia Synod of New South Wales and the ACT and has more than 20 years’ experience in pastoral ministry and church leadership. She is a pastoral supervisor, an experienced mentor and a mediator and conflict coach. Jane has had considerable experience in ministry and leading the church in times of change, including helping the UCA Sydney North Presbytery understand the necessities and challenges of transitional ministry.

Jane Thornton

Jane is the Chairperson of the War Memorial Hospital Board and the Uniting Financial Performance, Risk and Audit Committee.

Jane graduated as a Master of Business Administration and has 30 years’ experience in a range of senior executive roles with global IT companies and S&P/ ASX50 Australian corporations, primarily driving change with a focus on market analysis and strategy development, business growth with accountability for overall profit, management consulting, software development, major systems integration projects, and strategic sourcing.

Robyn Brown

Robyn is the Chairperson of the Uniting Council Sydney North and was previously a Board Member of Uniting Mission and Education. She was also previously the Chairperson of that Board’s Finance and Risk Committee.

Robyn commenced her career with Arthur Andersen in business and IT consulting after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Queensland University. Over more than 25 years she developed skills in business process change, integrating state of the art IT systems and improving workforce performance to deliver business goals for a wide range of clients. She was a foundation partner in the development of Accenture’s global change management practice in the 1990s. Following this, Robyn had 10 years’ experience in Senior Executive Search, assisting her clients to develop strongly performing executive teams.

Robyn brings deep skills in program and project management, risk management, project governance, organisational change management and team leadership. She is also an active contributor to the community, having been involved in a number of initiatives, including building programs in Asia with Habitat for Humanity. Robyn has also participated in strengthening community initiatives through her local Uniting Church community. Robyn is married with 2 adult children.