UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross has been announced as a recipient of The University of Queensland’s Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Awards.
Anne has been the CEO of UnitingCare Queensland since November 2003.
UnitingCare Queensland provides health and community services to thousands of people every day of the year through its service groups – UnitingCare Community, UnitingCare Health, Blue Care and more recently ARRCS (Australian Regional and Remote Community Services).
Anne said she was honoured to be a recipient of the award.
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to raise the profile of UnitingCare Queensland and the work we do, and to raise the profile of vulnerable people in our community,” she said.
“As a proud graduate of the School of Social Work and Human Services at The University of Queensland, I sincerely thank the School for their nomination.”
Anne said she was optimistic about the future of health, aged care and community services and the positive role UnitingCare Queensland plays in people’s lives.
“In the spirit of the award, I would like to acknowledge the work of UnitingCare Queensland’s more than 15,000 staff and 9,000 volunteers, who work tirelessly to provide person-centred care and services that enable people to have the best lives possible, whatever their circumstances.”
Anne has 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.
She has recently been a member of the Queensland Government Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce led by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.
Anne was 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.
The Alumni Excellence Award winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee led by UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj.
Professor Høj said the winners were proven leaders who had taken on major challenges and responsibilities and created positive change.
“The impact UQ has in communities around the world is not limited to cutting-edge research, but encompasses the actions and accomplishments of our 236,000 alumni,” he said.
The recipients will be celebrated at UQ’s annual Courting the Greats ceremony on 19 October.