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.

Our Board

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

Chairperson

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 for the Governing Council of South Metropolitan TAFE, Chair of MNG Survey, a member of the CPA Australia WA Divisional Council, a member of the Curtin University School of Accounting 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.

Mark Webb

Board Member

Mark Webb - Board Member since June 2015

Mark Webb has a background in research, farming and management. He studied at the University of Western Australian and Cambridge University in the UK.

In July 2017, Mark was appointed Director General of the Western Australian Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and holds concurrent appointments as the CEO of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, the Rottnest Island Authority, and the Zoological Parks Authority.

Mark sits on several national and international committees and Boards. Mark attends Riverview Church and has a long-term interest in social justice.

Alison McCubbin

Board Member

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Amanda Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Hunt - Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years’ experience in the Community Sector, Amanda has proven her expertise in building capacity through leading innovative, sustainable services and demonstrated strong advocacy for the rights of vulnerable members of our society.

Amanda has contributed to strategic planning as a member of State and Federal committees and Boards; currently as Board member of UnitingCare Australia, the Western Australian Council of Social Services, Community Employers WA, and the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Certificate in Business, Masters of Leadership and Management and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a leader serving in the community sector, Amanda has a strong passion and sense of vision for achieving a quality of life for each individual; as well as a valued place in community for individuals and families who are marginalised or experiencing disadvantage.

Our Leadership

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Amanda Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda Hunt - Chief Executive Officer

With over 20 years’ experience in the Community Sector, Amanda has proven her expertise in building capacity through leading innovative, sustainable services and demonstrated strong advocacy for the rights of vulnerable members of our society.

Amanda has contributed to strategic planning as a member of State and Federal committees and Boards; currently as Board member of UnitingCare Australia, the Western Australian Council of Social Services, Community Employers WA, and the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Board.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Certificate in Business, Masters of Leadership and Management and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a leader serving in the community sector, Amanda has a strong passion and sense of vision for achieving a quality of life for each individual; as well as a valued place in community for individuals and families who are marginalised or experiencing disadvantage.

Michael Chester

Head of Service Operations

Michael Chester - Head of Service Operations

I smile to myself when I recall the matching powder blue safari suits that my mother dressed my younger brother and I in as we criss-crossed North America during the 70s!

Growing up in a military family, relocations around Canada and the US a number of times in my early years before we eventually settled in Northern Ontario were punctuated by regular trips to Vancouver to visit my Scottish grandparents with their thick accents and Old World ways.

It was my Grade 12 school year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Esperance, however, that was life defining for me. Following another year in WA in my twenties on a working holiday visa, I immigrated to Perth permanently in 1994.

Aspects of life in Perth that drew me here in the first instance still appeal to me: an outdoor lifestyle driven by our incredible climate, beautiful beaches and wide open spaces; and fine food, coffee, wine and festivals that enhance the opportunities to connect with friends.

Moving to Australia enabled me to redefine my career trajectory and after spending more than a decade in management consulting, I had an epiphany that led me to the disability services sector. I’m extremely excited to be part of the Uniting WA team now, focussed on delivering contemporary, individualised approaches to support people to belong and thrive in their community.

I’m grateful that the opportunities I’ve had and the decisions I’ve made in my life have led me to where I am today. Knowing that the contributions I make to my community – whichever community that may be at the time – are making a difference in someone’s life provides me with an inherent sense of fulfilment that is far more rewarding than the tangible things in life.

Andrew Williams

Head of Support Services

Andrew Williams - Head of Support Services

Working across a wide variety of industries and sectors, I have developed a passion for bringing people together to grow their skills, create innovative solutions and make commercially sound, but values-based decisions.

I also know my way around a side of beef (and a bit more), having spent the 3 years prior to joining Uniting WA as Chief Executive at the Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, and 10 years as a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australian (who run the Perth Royal Show, among other things).

The early part of my career was spent in systems management, with later roles focusing on financial analysis, strategy and business improvement.

On a personal front, I emigrated with my parents from the UK as a child and I’m married with 3 adult daughters.

I took up commuting to work by bike about 8 years ago and that snowballed to a love of bikes (I have 4), cycling culture and racing.  I now train most days, race regularly and have somehow managed to get to two amateur world championships. 

In-between crunching numbers and peddling furiously, you can sometimes find me ‘attempting’ to learn the guitar. Fair to say, I’m more of a numbers guy!

Jen Park

Head of People Services

Jen Park - Head of People Services

Lauren Major

Head of Philanthropy and Business Development

Lauren Major - Head of Philanthropy and Business Development

Lauren has over 15 years’ experience in generating income, developing strategic plans, establishing and growing relationships and managing multiple projects simultaneously.  

Lauren’s background is in business cooperatives and executive retail management, and she spent 5 years working in philanthropy development before joining Uniting.