Dawson Petie joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board of Directors in 2007 and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2014. In late 2017 Dawson was appointed as Chair of the Board.
Dawson is a member of the UnitingCare Queensland Quality and Governance Committees, as well as the Health Strategy Working Party. He has served on a number of other Board committees.
Dawson holds other Board positions and is a past Board member of Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Queensland Rail, Sunsuper and UC Super.
Dawson is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and an Affiliate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Dawson has a strong commitment to community organisations and the non-profit sector and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for distinguished service to the community.
David was inducted as Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia in October 2014.
He experienced the church’s ministry in the community from a young age through the Methodist tradition.
David worked as a valuer in rural and regional Queensland before completing theological training and ordination in 1991. He served in rural Queensland, and in a successful church planting venture in Karana Downs, before serving as a Presbytery Minister.
David holds a Diploma in Business Management from Queensland Agricultural College, a Bachelor of Theology from Brisbane College of Theology, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anne Cross has been the CEO of UnitingCare Queensland since November 2003. She is also Chair of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS Ltd), UnitingCare Queensland’s aged care and community services in the Northern Territory.
Anne came to the role having held senior positions in government and non-government organisations across a broad range of rehabilitation, disability, aged care and community services. She has served on various government bodies including the Child Protection Council and the Smart State Council.
Anne has recently been a member of the Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce led by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
Anne is the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the national Government and Community category winner.
She has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in social work. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. In 2008, Anne was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Services at the University of Queensland.
Susan Forrester joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April, 2015. Susan is an experienced, professional Chair and Company Director with an exceptional blend of commercial management and legal experience, complemented by extensive board and consulting experience across listed, public and private companies. Drawing on more than 25 years commercial experience in executive management roles, Susan brings a focus on strategy and corporate governance.
In addition to her commitment with UnitingCare Queensland, Susan chairs two national small-to-medium enterprises and serves as a non-executive director on an ASX200 company and a federal e-health agency. She also serves on two Queensland Government Audit Committees.
Andrew McBryde joined the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Governance Committee. He has wide experience in a variety of roles with Church Councils and governance bodies, including as Chair of the Finance Investment and Property Board of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church since 2007.
Andrew has also served as a member of the Parish Council and Finance Committee at the Albert Street Uniting Church for many years prior to taking on the role of inaugural Chair of the Board of Wesley Mission Brisbane. He was appointed as a Director of the Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Board in 2014 and has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors, Endeavour Foundation (1993-2003), and as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit committees.
He operates a group of importing, wholesaling and retail businesses in south east Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Centenary and Districts Chamber of Commerce, an Honorary Member and Past President of the Jindalee Rotary Club and a member the Lighting Council of Australia.
Professor McGregor-Lowndes, a lawyer with extensive experience in the charity and non-profit sector, was appointed to the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2013 and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is the Director of The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies in the Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology and is a legal consultant to McCullough Robertson.
During the past ten years he has also undertaken consultancy work for the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Treasury and all state and territory Treasury Departments, the Productivity Commission, Queensland Department of Fair Trading and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Myles is a member of the Uniting Church and has at various times been a Church elder, Church Council Secretary or Chair, Presbytery member, member of Synod, Synod Standing Committee, Assembly, Assembly Standing Committee and Assembly and Synod legal reference committees. Myles is also a member of the Synod Governance Nomination and Remuneration Committee (GNRC).
Chris Townend was appointed to the Board in 2013 and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is a chartered accountant currently working in his own practice focussing on governance and strategic financial management.
With extensive experience in a wide range of government, non-profit and private sector organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Chris has been the CFO in organisations across a range of sectors including health, higher education and non-profit. He was appointed to the Trinity Health Board in 2013 and currently holds board appointments with entities operating in construction and a charitable foundation.
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Chris is also a graduate member of the Institute of Directors and has an MBA.
Maree Blake joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2013 and is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Maree was previously a member of the Board's Governance Committee. Other positions she currently holds include directorships with Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children and Holy Cross Laundry, and independent chair/member roles on audit and risk committees for Queensland Police Credit Union and Toowoomba City Council.
Previously she was an independent member on the audit and risk committee of Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation and RSPCA Australia's Governance Committee. She is Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA)) and assists the Governance Institute in writing material and presenting governance training for the non-profit sector. Maree's most recent executive role was Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, prior to which she had a lengthy career in the accounting sector. Maree is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of CSA and a Fellow of CPA Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree and post-graduate Management qualifications.
Reverend Heather den Houting was appointed as the General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod on 1 June 2016. Heather has held a variety of positions within the church including Director of Mission at Blue Care, as a congregational minister, and as Social Responsibility Advocate and International Mission Consultant. She has served across a range of church boards and commissions within the Uniting Church at national, state and local levels. Prior to her work in the church Heather was a lawyer with experience in government, community legal service and in private practice.
She has degrees in Economics, Law and Theology and post graduate qualifications in Management. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Heather is the mother of three young adults and is passionate about the church’s work in community.
Andrea Staines joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April, 2016. Andrea Staines is a professional Non-Executive Director, currently on the boards of QIC, Goodstart Early Learning and listed company, SeaLink Travel Group. She was formerly on the Boards of ASX 30 listed company, Aurizon, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Gladstone Ports Corporation, North Queensland Airports, Allconnex Water and listed company, Early Learning Services (now G8).
Andrea is on the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation board, the Transport for NSW Advisory Board, and several Chief Executive Women (CEW) Committees. She was formerly a governance advisor to Binna Burra Mt Lodge and on the Brisbane Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation board.
Andrea is a former CEO of Australian Airlines (mark II), a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, which she co-launched. This makes her one of few female airline CEOs globally, past or present. During this time, she was also a member of the Qantas Group Executive Committee. Prior to this, Andrea was the first female General Manager of Pricing & Inventory at Qantas. Before joining Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial and strategy roles with American Airlines.
Andrea has an MBA (Distinction) focusing on finance and strategy from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland. Andrea is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Member of Chief Executive Women (CEW). She is the mother of two teenagers whom she raised single-handedly during her eight years at Qantas and Australian Airlines.
Nigel Alexander joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in May 2017.
After starting his career in a chartered accounting firm, Mr Alexander spent over a decade in various corporate finance roles for both Australian and international banks.
In 1996, he was appointed CEO of The North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Limited (NAPCO); a large scale beef cattle producer, running approximately 200,000 cattle on 14 cattle stations across Northern Australia. Following the acquisition of NAPCO by the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) in 2016 Mr Alexander resigned as CEO but has continued to serve as a Director on the NAPCO Board.
Since 2000 Mr Alexander has served as a Director of The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) and is its current President and Chairman.
Mr Alexander is also President of the Australian Automobile Association and a World Council Member (and Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Region) of the Paris-based Federation Internationale De L'Automobile (FIA) whose primary mission is to reduce the world's 1.25 million annual road toll.
He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Married with three adult children, Mr Alexander lives in Brisbane and enjoys spending as much time as possible back on the family farm.