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).
Anna Videira-Johnson, Director Strategy and Finance
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 Resilient 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.
Doug Taylor, Group Executive - Social Impact, Advocacy, and Resilient Communities
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.
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.
Linda Justin, Director Practice and Quality
Linda Justin was appointed Director Practice and Quality in June 2016, having previously led the implementation of the Inspired Care philosophy into practice at Uniting. Linda has held a variety of roles from frontline to senior management in the public, private and not for profit sectors working with leadership teams to improve practice, culture and performance. She has worked with Boards, executives and front-line staff to transform and reconfigure organisations for the future.
Linda has also served on a number of international and national health related committees, including the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, Clinical Council, and lectured at the University of Sydney. In alignment with her personal values, Linda coaches executives pro bono and has previously chaired KPMG’s Sydney Corporate Citizenship Committee.
Rev Rick Morrell, Director Mission
Reverend Rick Morrell hails from Western Australia where he served in ministry with the Uniting Church in Western Australia for 26 years. Rick gave up a career in engineering to answer a call to candidate for the Order of St. Stephen as a youth and community worker in 1981. Since that time, he has mentored and journeyed alongside hundreds of people, young and not so young, as they found their way through faith and life. He also led the Resourcing Local Mission team of the Synod for several years and became the Associate General Secretary of the Synod in 2014. Rick also initiated and co-ordinated a team tasked with developing a new intergenerational ministry strategy known as First Third Ministry for the Uniting Church in Western Australia. He has been involved in many aspects of ministry with the Uniting Church locally and nationally.
In 2015 Rick took up the call to ministry as Director of Mission, Uniting. In this role Rick leads dedicated teams charged with Social Justice, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, and incorporates many aspects of our engagement between the Uniting Church and the community we serve. He also works alongside other members of the Uniting Executive team to support new directions within Uniting and help the values we espouse to be lived out across all levels of the organisation.
Saviour Buhagiar, Director of Residential Aged and Health Care
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.