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.
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.
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.
Susan Forrester joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2015. She has been a member of the Governance Committee since 2015 and the Quality Committee since 2016.
Susan is the current Chair for National Veterinary Care Ltd and a Director of G8 Education Ltd, Xentith IP Ltd, Over the Wire Ltd and Southbank Corporation. Susan is also the Chair of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Audit Committee. Previously Sue has been a Director of Children’s Health Foundation, Ergon Energy Corporation, Shine Lawyers and Brisbane Festival.
Susan has more than 25 years of experience in executive management and consulting roles, with particular expertise in human resource management, strategy and general management. She holds qualifications in law, arts and business administration. Susan is a Fellow of the Austin Institute of Company Directors.
Andrew McBryde joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2013 and Australian Regional and Remote Community Services in 2014. Andrew has previously been a Board and committee member with Endeavour Foundation (1993-2003), and was the inaugural Chair of the Board of Wesley Mission Brisbane.
He is active within the Uniting Church and has been a member of the Parish Council and Finance Committee at the Albert Street Uniting Church and the past Chair of the Finance Investment and Property Board and Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church.
Andrew is currently a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Centenary and Districts Chamber of Commerce, the Lighting Council of Australia and an Honorary Member and Past President of the Jindalee Rotary Club.
Andrew proudly supports SME development and owns and operates a group of commercial businesses in south-east Queensland.
Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes was appointed to the UnitingCare Queensland Board in 2013 and is a current member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
He has a long association leading and as a teacher and researcher at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies, Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology. Myles is an Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission Advisory Board Member, Director Pemsel Foundation and a Member of the UCA Assembly Legal Reference Committee. As a consultant, he has provided leadership and risk expertise to the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Treasury and 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 qualified lawyer and legal consultant to McCullough Robertson. He has held various Uniting Church positions including Church Elder, Church Council Secretary and Chair, Presbytery member, member of Synod, Synod Standing Committee, Assembly, Assembly Standing Committee and Assembly and Synod legal reference committees and the Synod’s 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 and Chair of the Health Strategy Working Party. Chris has an extensive background in government, non-profit and private sector organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK, including holding Chief Financial Officer positions within health, higher education and the non-profit sectors.
Chris Chairs the board of Thomson Adsett Architects and holds Board appointments with Osler Technology Pty Ltd and Mercy Works Ltd Sydney. Chris also sits in a voluntary capacity on the Finance Committee of the Presentation Sisters.
Chris has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.
Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Maree Blake joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2013 and holds the position of Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Previously, Maree was a member of the Board’s Governance Committee. Maree is an Independent Member of Holy Cross Laundry Risk Committee. She is a past Chair and member of the audit and risk committees for Queensland Police Credit Union (now QBANK), Toowoomba Regional Council and Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation and a past governance committee member for RSPCA Australia.
Maree has also held the position of Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Maree is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and of CPA Australia and 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 in June 2016. Heather has served across a range of Church Boards and commissions within the Uniting Church at national, State and local levels, including Director of Mission at Blue Care, Social Responsibility Advocate and International Mission Consultant and Congregational Minister.
Heather has a background in law including government, community and private practice. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds degrees in Economics, Law and Theology and post-graduate qualifications in Management.
Heather is the mother of three young adults and is passionate about the Church’s work to help improve the lives of Queenslanders and provide support for the local community.
Andrea Staines joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in April 2016. She currently holds Non-Executive Director positions for Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), SeaLink Travel Group, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Tourism Australia and the National Disability Insurance Agency. She is also a former Board Member with ASX 30 listed company Aurizon, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Gladstone Ports Corporation, North Queensland Airports, Allconnex Water and Goodstart Early Learning and Early Learning Services (now G8).
Andrea previously held the position of CEO and co-launched Qantas subsidiary Australian Airlines (mark II), making her the first female CEO of an Australian jet airline. She has also held financial and strategy roles with American Airlines.
Andrea has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Committee Member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Andrea is the mother of two teenagers whom she raised independently during their formative years while holding senior positions at Qantas and Australian Airlines.
Nigel Alexander joined the UnitingCare Queensland Board in May 2017.
After starting his career in a chartered accounting firm, Nigel 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, Nigel has served as a Director of The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) and is its current President and Chairman. He is also President of the Australian Automobile Association and 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.
Nigel holds a Bachelor or Business (Accountancy) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.