Craig Barke was appointed Chief Executive Officer of UnitingCare Queensland (UCQ) in December 2017. Craig held a UCQ Board position from 2011 and was Chair of the UCQ Board from 2014 to 2017.
Prior to commencing as Chief Executive Officer with UCQ, Craig held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Scenic Rim Regional Council and is also a former member of the Queensland Urban Utilities Establishment Committee.
Tracey McFarland joined UnitingCare Queensland in July 2016. Over the last 25 years, Tracey has held a number of senior roles in Marketing, Customer Service, Sales, Operations and Strategy in the not-for-profit and private sectors in well-known Australian organisations including QSuper, Suncorp, Telstra and Qantas.
Tracey has extensive experience in designing, positioning and delivering customer-centric services and engagement strategies based on customer insights. Tracey is qualified with a QUT Bachelor of Business - Marketing.
Sue commenced as the Director of Group Governance for UnitingCare Queensland in October 2013. Prior to her appointment she had been the Director, Risk and Quality for UnitingCare Health for 11 years and has more than 18 years experience in risk, quality and safety management systems.
Sue’s qualifications include a Masters Health Science (Risk Management), a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, Graduate Diploma in OHS and a Certificate in Governance Practice. She is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at the Queensland University of Technology. Sue is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certificated member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Peter commenced as the Group CFO for UnitingCare Queensland in July 2014. Prior to his appointment, he held a number of Senior Executive Finance and Commercial Roles with a broad corporate and operating site background which has included significant experience in finance/accounting, cash/treasury, legal/commercial, corporate and project funding, procurement, IT and governance. Peter is an FCPA with CPA Australia and holds both a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Applied Finance.
Cathy joined the UnitingCare Queensland executive leadership team in 2016, after four years as Director Services South East, Blue Care.
Cathy has worked across many Queensland Health clinical areas and has vast experience in Blue Care through working in clinical, HR and key management and leadership roles.
In her time at Blue Care, Cathy also led an organisation culture change project to implement Blue Care’s service model, Blue Care Tailor Made based on the FISH! philosophy.
Cathy’s experience across the health sector and within Blue Care enables her to lead teams to deliver integrated innovative care and services in a way which will strategically position UnitingCare Queensland for the future.
Cathy has a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma of Business Management and a Bachelor of Health Science. In 2011, she completed a Leadership Program at Harvard University.
George joined UnitingCare Queensland in January 2017 on a consulting basis, before accepting an opportunity to join as a full time employee in July. He commenced as Acting Group Executive, People and Culture in January 2018.
With 30 years’ experience, George has a strong commercial focus and extensive experience in organisational transformation and change, productivity improvement, project management, risk management, and leading large, diverse teams of HR professionals across remote locations, both globally and regionally. George prides himself on working collaboratively to drive business performance through effective organisational strategies and systems, and capable leadership. George’s most recent corporate roles were with Rio Tinto as HR Director and General Manager.
George holds an MBA from Bond University.
Brent joined UnitingCare Queensland in July 2016.
He has over 30 years’ experience working in the community services sector in a variety of roles including as a case worker, client services manager, teacher, funder and contract manager, operational manager and senior leader in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Brent was the Regional Executive Director, North Coast with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, responsible for leading the delivery of child and family, disability, community recovery, domestic and family violence and community services and initiatives in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.
Brent has a keen interest in building strong evidence based-practice, enhancing cultural understanding, supporting communities to respond to local need, strengthening collaboration across the community services sector, and finding innovative ways to address social issues.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Grad Diploma of Adult Education and an Executive Master of Public Administration. He is an active member of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government Alumni.
Gareth Jones joined UnitingCare Queensland in May 2017, and commenced as Acting Group Executive UnitingCare Health in January 2018. Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Gareth worked for The Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary Hospitals) as National Manager - Funder Relations.
An accountant by background, Gareth has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership positions across the private sector, including within not-for-profit and faith-based organisations. With a strong background in health finance, Gareth has worked extensively in the private hospital sector and has significant experience in aged and community care, private health insurance, digital health and health services.
Gareth holds tertiary qualifications in accounting, a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) and post-graduate qualifications in finance and strategy.
Bruce joined UnitingCare Queensland in August 2016. He brings a rich experience in ministry and mission roles within the Uniting Church and other Christian organisations.
Bruce draws from a diverse background in senior management positions within government, private business and the not-for-profit sectors and is well-recognised for his expertise in transformational and cultural change.
Prior to joining UnitingCare Queensland, Bruce was managing therapeutic residential care and foster care programs. He has been involved in child protection reforms in Queensland and is a founding member of the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Theology, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of International Association of Teamwork Facilitators. Bruce is extremely passionate about leading social change in community where every person has the right to feel safe and have a future filled with hope.
Nina has previously held senior management roles within Queensland Urban Utilities, Allconnex Water, Gold Coast City Council, Queensland Department of Emergency Services, Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Police Service. Nina is also on the Dial Before You Dig Board and the Industry Advisory Board for Griffith University’s School of ICT.
As Chief Information Officer of Queensland Urban Utilities, Nina was responsible for managing all aspects of the organisation's information, communication and technology environment. As part of this she established a five-year strategic ICT vision and roadmap which enabled the business to grow and transform.
In 2016, Nina won CIO of the Year Utilities and Media at the itNews Benchmark Awards for developing ‘Q-Hubs’– a single holistic visualisation and set of tools to manage the water authority’s expansive operations in real-time. This project was internationally recognised with a Special Achievement in Geographic Information System award.
Alan joined UnitingCare Queensland as Group Executive Regional and Remote Services in April 2017.
Alan possesses a wealth of knowledge in community, secondary and tertiary health services garnered through his extensive career in the health care sectors of Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.
Prior to moving to Australia, Alan was CEO of Alliance Health Plus, a New Zealand based organisation focussed on the delivery of primary health care services for Pacific and high need populations.
He has extensive experience working in regional areas of Australia, predominately in the Northern Territory; specifically for the Department of Health and Families, where he was Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Acute Care and then held the position of acting Chief Executive prior to his departure.
While leading the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, Alan was responsible for health reform restructuring, working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Alan is also active in the South Pacific region, as a consultant and advisor to the National Health Service of Samoa.
Prior to holding management roles, Alan was a practicing Registered General and Obstetrics Nurse and holds both bachelor and post-graduate level qualifications in management, strategy, accounting and finance.