Craig Barke joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2014 as well as Chair of the Governance Committee. He has previously served on the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Craig is a Certified Practicing Accountant and has an MBA. He has over 20 years of experience in a range of government and corporate financial and management roles. In 2008, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Craig was a member of the Queensland Urban Utilities establishment committee and interim board. Craig has a passion for disadvantaged youth and children in the community and is actively involved in the foster care system. He is an active member of the Uniting Church.
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.
Dawson Petie joined the Board in 2007. He was appointed as Deputy Chair in 2014, is a member of the Board’s Quality and Governance Committees and has previously served on the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
He has held senior executive positions in both commercial and non-profit organisations and is a professional company director, with a background in financial services and workplace relations. Dawson has many years experience as a company director and board chairman. Board positions held include Indue Ltd and Community Services Industry Alliance and he has previously held Board positions on QIC, Queensland Rail, Sunsuper, TUH and UC Super.
Dawson has a strong commitment to community organisations and the non-profit sector, and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was awarded the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to the community. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and an Affiliate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
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.
David Pitman was appointed to the Board in 2011. He is a member of the Board’s Governance Committee. David has previously served two terms on the Board in an ex officio capacity as the Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. David worked as a teacher before studying theology at Parkin-Wesley College in Adelaide. He then spent 13 years in parish appointments, including four years working with the Indian Division of the Methodist Church in Fiji as Superintendent Minister of the Nausori Circuit.
David moved to Queensland in 1983 to become Principal of Alcorn College. When Alcorn was amalgamated with Trinity College in 1986, David became a member of the combined Faculty, teaching worship, preaching, pastoral care and mission. David was inducted as the full-time Moderator of the Queensland Synod in 1996 and completed his term in 1999 when he then served as Superintendent Minister of Wesley Mission Brisbane and Albert Street Uniting Church. He was reappointed as Moderator of the Queensland Synod for a further three year term from 2005 to 2008.
In addition to his membership of the UnitingCare Board, David serves as Convenor of the Uniting Church National Assembly Working Group on Worship and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. David was awarded an AM in the Queen’s Birthday
Honours in June 2013.
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.