Meet our team
Peter Worland, Executive Director
Peter joined Uniting in 2012 and has led the organisation through a significant period of change, including the establishment of one unified Board. Peter has brought the varied services of Uniting together into a single cohesive organisation, with one Executive team and a clear strategic direction. Over the past 12 months the change program has gathered pace as Uniting adapts to the rapidly changing regulatory and competitive environment.
Under Peter’s leadership, Uniting launched a revitalised brand to showcase the breadth and depth of its services and advocacy. This included the first ever large-scale public campaign for Uniting to ensure information about its services continues to reach the people who need it most.
Peter has also fostered engagement with the wider Uniting Church and communities, refreshing its intent and Christian mission to serve the vulnerable.
Before joining Uniting, Peter worked with Melbourne University on a series of projects including assisting former Australian of the Year, Professor Pat McGorry, to plan a new National Centre for Youth Mental Health. He has also worked as adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health and the Victorian Premier, where he was instrumental in creating the world’s first health promotion foundation, Vic Health, and in separating Intellectual Disability from Psychiatric Services.
As Director of Care Services at Wesley Mission Melbourne, Peter pioneered Wolf Wolfensberger's training and evaluation method that gave staff new skills and tools to better work with clients – often the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society. The practice was introduced across all the Mission’s children, aged and disability services.
Peter is a member of the Uniting Church and commissioned Lay Preacher.
Chris Grover, Chief Financial Officer
Chris was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in May 2014, having joined Uniting in February 2003 and holding senior finance roles in the organisation. Chris represents Uniting on the Board of War Memorial Hospital and is a representative and advocate for UnitingCare Australia in many different types of aged care forums organised by the Government and Department of Health.
Prior to joining Uniting, Chris has held senior finance and corporate governance roles in public and private companies across a diverse range of industries, including health information, internet services, manufacturing and chartered accounting.
Bob Mulcahy, Director Resilient Families
Bob Mulcahy 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, Director Resilient Communities
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 People and Systems
Jill was appointed to the role of Director People and Systems in June 2016 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.
Sandra Black, Chief Customer Officer
Sandra was appointed as Chief Customer Officer in June 2016. Sandra is responsible for strategic oversight and planning in the areas of customer, marketing, digital, media, brand and fundraising for Uniting.
She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, and has also worked in agency and corporate roles on significant brands in the banking and financial services industries. She has also tutored and lectured at Sydney University and Western Sydney University in media, fundraising and public relations.
Saviour Buhagiar, Director Residential Aged and Health Care
Saviour Buhagiar was appointed as Director Residential Aged 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
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. He 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.