At Uniting, we’re for people. We build relationships and create connections. And we partner deeply with our First Peoples to build a strong future together.
We’re proud to walk alongside the people we support, and each other.
Uniting has a committed team of more than 300 employees and hundreds of volunteers who provide support to thousands of West Australians every year.
The Uniting WA Board oversees our direction and governance.
The Uniting Board is appointed by the Uniting Church WA Synod.
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Erica Haddon FCPA FAICD
Erica Haddon FCPA FAICD - Chairperson since October 2019
Erica is an experienced Chair, non-executive director, and executive. In addition to Chair of Uniting WA Erica is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Governing Council of South Metropolitan TAFE, Chair of MNG Survey,Chair of Ausvet, a member of the CPA Australia WA Divisional Council, a member of the Curtin University School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Advisory Board, and Founder and Director of Navigating Innovation, her own advisory business.
Throughout her career Erica has honed skills in finance, risk, innovation, transformational change (with a member focus) and the connection of profit and purpose. Erica has worked for RAC WA, Wesfarmers Energy (Wesfarmers Limited) and Argyle Diamonds (Rio Tinto Limited).
Erica has been a Certified Practising Accountant for over 20 years, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and is a Fellow of both Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia.
Alison McCubbin - Board Member since December 2017
Alison is a member of the Uniting Church in Australia. Originally from New South Wales, she has been in Western Australia for over 12 years initially working in the office of the Ombudsman Western Australia, and currently in the Office of the Information Commissioner.
Alison has undertaken leadership roles in her congregation serving as the Secretary and as Chair of the Church Council of the Uniting Church in the City. She is currently a member of the Synod and Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Western Australia and the Synod Standing Committee. She also a member of Board of the “Creative Living Centre” (the CLC), a community focused organisation, which is part of All Saints Floreat Uniting Church. The CLC is the home of the Boab Network, which works with the Aboriginal peoples of the West Kimberley and especially Mowanjum; and the Black Pearl Network, which provides an Australian-Papuan Cultural Exchange program for Papuan tertiary students and also assists health, clean water and English projects in cooperation with GKI church in Papua.
Alison grew up in the Church initially in the Methodist Church and then in the Uniting Church of Australia. She embraces the commitment of the Uniting Church to social justice, to wholeness of life for all people, to standing alongside people who are on the fringe of society and to advocating for positive social change.
Alison graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. She also holds degrees in Music following studies in the United States. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David Kyle - Board Member since October 2019
David Kyle is the Director of Admissions, Engagement and Communication at Scotch College, a leading Uniting Church School in Western Australia. He has taught in schools in Australia and the United States, primarily in the areas of the humanities, service learning and character education and was previously the Director of Scotch’s Service and Citizenship Program.
David is passionate about education and knows how important it is in alleviating poverty and building a more equitable world. He is particularly enthusiastic about service learning and character education and knows that by providing opportunities for young people, we are shaping our future leaders’ awareness and understanding.
David is an active member of North Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club and a former Secretary of the Christ Church Grammar School Old Boy’s Association.
Prior to joining Scotch, David taught at Friends Seminary, the oldest co-educational school in New York City, and St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. He has a Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of Western Australia and also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education from UWA. He has also completed a Graduate Certificate in International Relations from Curtin University, and a National Excellence in School Leadership course at the Australian School of Applied Management.
Chris Hunt - Board Member since September 2013
Chris is a Finance Executive with extensive experience (25+ years) in the mining, power generation and residential home building industries, with both large and small companies at the local and international level.
Chris’s skills and experience relate to accounting, finance, taxation, commercial, risk management, compliance and internal controls. Chris’s risk management and internal controls skills were developed through his time at Cliffs Natural Resources, an SEC registrant, with significant Sarbanes Oxley ongoing requirements.
Chris has a Bachelor of Accounting (minor Law) from Curtin University, is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment through the Financial Services Institute of Australia. In addition he has completed the Company Directors’ Course through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chris also held the role of Chairperson on the Board for Excelsior Primary School for four years, an Independent Public School. As well as being a member of the Uniting WA Board, Chris is the Chair of the Finance, Property and Audit Board Committee.
Lisa Fini - Board Member since June 2015
Lisa Fini started her first business at the age of 21 and has owned and managed several Perth-based businesses. Lisa brings extensive experience to the Uniting WA Board in all aspects of business management including human resources, marketing, financial control, reporting and analysis, budgeting and planning.
Lisa has held board and volunteer positions for 25 years in the not-for-profit and educational sectors. She was treasurer of the Mark Howlett Foundation when it received the 1996 Premier’s Award for ‘Most Innovative Sponsorship for the Arts’. Lisa is a Foundation Member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, member of the Curtin Alumni and Perth College Old Girls Association.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), a Graduate Diploma in Property from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Edith Cowan University, and she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ron Chalmers - Board Member since September 2017
Dr Ron Chalmers has devoted his 40 years of public service to the cause of social justice – in the fields of education and disability services. In his academic roles and public sector leadership roles, he has advanced the cause of people with disability in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of WA.
From 2007 to 2017 Dr Chalmers was the Director General of the Western Australian Disability Services Commission, the State Government agency with responsibility for policy, programs and services for people with disabilities. For the past 26 years, his career has been focused on social policy reform, particularly in the development of disability support systems.
Ron has a background in teaching and educational administration and has held a variety of leadership posts in disability services during the past two decades. For four years, Dr Chalmers was a member of the Advisory Board of the Western Australian Centre for Social Impact and for seven years he was a member of the Premier’s Community Sector Partnership Forum.
In the latter part of his public service career, Ron has provided leadership for the expansion and development of mission focused, not-for-profit service provider organisations in WA. He continues to have a strong interest in building the capacity of the not-for-profit sector as a means of providing quality services for vulnerable people in the Western Australian community.
Ron is a non-executive director with Lifestyle Solutions, a national public company that supports people with disability, young people at risk and provides other services to advance social and public welfare.
Ron holds a Masters degree in educational leadership and a PhD enquiring into the inclusion of children with severe and profound disabilities into mainstream schooling. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Executive Fellow of the Australia New Zealand School of Government.
Jane Barker - Board Member since August 2019
Jane Barker is an experienced community sector board member and CEO, with a strong background in community engagement. As an accomplished senior executive through a successful career in professional services, Jane brings strategic and commercial skills balanced with a passion for inclusion and social justice.
Jane has a qualification in Applied Science, Psychology and Business Administration. At KPMG, she holds both a national role as Chief Operating Officer for Risk Strategy & Technology products and a global Operations Executive role for the Governance, Risk & Compliance Services line, bringing strategic, risk, technology and innovation experience to the Board.
In her former role as CEO of Kids Are Kids!, a not-for-profit provider of therapy services to children with disability or developmental delay, Jane led the organisation during a time of significant sector reform through effective change management, strategic planning, sound financial management and strong stakeholder relationships.
Jane was formerly the Chair of Burrendah Independent Public Primary School, a large independent and culturally diverse public school for nearly 700 students, which has a strong focus on community and belonging.
Alison Xamon - Board Member
Alison Xamon is a lawyer who has practised in industrial and equal opportunity law and then in the area of mental health law and with refugee clients. She is a former State member of Parliament who was the Parliamentary Leader of the Greens. Alison has a comprehensive background working in the area of mental health and suicide prevention. She also worked for a decade in the union movement and prior to that worked in the area of community development and with children at risk as a qualified playleader.
Alison has demonstrated her commitment to social justice and advocating for positive social change through extensive activism since she was a teenager. Alison has been involved with Friends of East Timor, Deaths in Custody committee, CSNF, Rainforest Action Group, Greenpeace, Peace House, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, People for Nuclear Disarmament, as well as animal welfare, education and feminist campaigns. Alison is currently on the Board of CARAD (Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees).
Alison is a lifelong member of the Uniting Church, and is Chair of the Presbytery of the Uniting Church in WA, as well as Secretary of the Church Council of Uniting Church in the City (UCIC). Alison founded and runs the monthly evening service at UCIC called Social Justice Church. She is also a member of the Synod Standing Committee and the SSC legal subcommittee.
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Co-Chief Executive Officer
Jen Park - Co-Chief Executive Officer
With more than 30 years’ experience in human resource management and 15 years in executive roles, Jen Park is a highly experienced and passionate professional with a proven track record of leading teams to deliver contemporary HR and culture practices across diverse and complex organisations in the financial services, local government and community services sectors.
Jen is also an accredited Change Management practitioner and member of the Australian Human Resources Institute of Australia, where she has participated in a mentoring scheme to promote the development of HR practitioners across Australia.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Michael Chester - Co-Chief Executive Officer
Michael Chester initially joined Uniting to bring focus to the transition of disability and mental health services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). His role then expanded to provide leadership across all operational teams, to facilitate the delivery of person-centred community services that maximise the resources of Uniting in order to meet strategic objectives and achieve its purpose of providing best practice support to the most vulnerable members of the community.
A Master of Business Administration and Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, Michael takes a relationship-focused approach to business development, stakeholder engagement and client retention. This approach, together with his strong business management skills and Board experience in the not-for-profit sector, sees Michael deliver innovative solutions that successfully position Uniting as an effective service provider, an advocate for the people it supports and trusted community partner.
Chief Administrative Officer
Sue Thomas - Chief Administrative Officer
Sue has been with Uniting WA for over eight years providing high level secretariat and administrative support and advice to the Uniting WA Board and Executive in the areas of governance, compliance, reporting and responding to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. Sue’s background is in mining, small business and church leadership.
Chief Financial Officer
Justin Bunter - Chief Financial Officer
Justin Bunter is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior operational and financial positions for more than 30 years.
Justin has worked across a number of industry sectors in both Australia and the UK. In addition, Justin has worked within the not-for-profit sector with executive roles in aged care, community development, disability and environmental organisations.
With a focus on overseeing corporate functions including finance, IT, HR, assets and risk management, Justin’s experience includes supporting mergers and acquisitions and restructures designed to modernise organisations and build alternative revenue streams.
Justin has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma of Business and has held several Board positions.