Board Members

Uniting VIC.TAS Board

Bronwyn Pike (Chair)

Bronwyn Pike is a Principal Consultant with BizConsult, where she provides strategic planning, executive mentoring and NGO support.

She is also currently working with Uniting in NSW and the ACT, the NSW/ACT Uniting Church Synod and the AFL Industry Education Committee.

Bronwyn is a current Board member and Chair of Western Health and Renewal SA, president of the Australian College of Educators, Chair of the advisory committee for the RMIT Centre for Urban Research and a Board member of Uniting in NSW and the ACT, as well as a former Board member of Wesley Mission Victoria.

Prior to these roles, Bronwyn was the State member for Melbourne and Victorian Minister for Housing, Aged Care, Community Services, Health, Education, Skills and Workforce Participation. Her 13-year parliamentary career included 11 as a Minister.

Before entering parliament in 1999, Bronwyn was the Director of Uniting Church welfare programs in Victoria, which provided children, youth, family and aged care services as well as social justice advocacy.

Robyn Batten

Throughout the past nine years Robyn has held leadership positions in some of the UCA’s largest community and aged care agencies. These include the Executive Director of Uniting Aged Care (Vic/Tas), and simultaneously the Executive Director of Blue Care and the Executive Director of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) in Queensland.

Prior to her work with UCA services, Ms Batten held CEO and executive positions in health and local government in Victoria and South Australia.  Many of those roles involved leading major organisational change. Ms Batten commenced her career as a registered nurse and holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in social work and a Masters of Business Administration. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Currently a Director of Aged and Community Services Australia, the national peak aged and community care organisation, Ms Batten has been a Director of Barwon Water and Good Shepherds Youth & Family Services as well as a number of other not-for-profits.

Mark Heintz

Mark is Chief Executive Officer of Otway Pork, a fully owned subsidiary of privately-owned Australian agri-food company The Pastoral Pork Group. He is Vice President of Cycling Victoria and also a former chair and a Board member of Lentara UnitingCare. Formerly a crisis intervention counsellor, Mr Heintz has extensive leadership experience in large-scale business turnaround, change management, strategic planning and dealing with conflict.

Mark is a past participant of the Williamson Community Leadership program and was awarded the St James Ethics Centre Fairfax Fellowship and an Asialink Business Leaders Scholarship. He has also lectured at Leadership Victoria’s Leadership Master Classes and Emerging Leaders Program.

Linda McCrorey

Linda is the Principal Consultant with Enhancing Quality Services Consulting and previously a chair and a Board member of UnitingCare Gippsland. She has lived and worked primarily in regional Victoria. Her work experience is in the health and community services sector, in the areas of community health, disability, case management, women’s health, aged care,  sexual assault services, Aboriginal services and alcohol and drug services.

Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), Graduate Certificate in Quality Improvement for Primary Health Care, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Diploma of Professional Counselling. Linda is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently preparing to undertake the formal assessment to become a Graduate of AICD.

Phil Morris

Phil is a former deputy chair and Board member of UnitingCare Tasmania. He was an inaugural Board member following the merger of several Uniting Church agencies in Tasmania some years ago.  He worked in the health and community health services sector for over 35 years.

Prior to retiring in 2014 Mr Morris, who has degrees in social work and public policy, was senior executive manager of eight rural hospitals as well as a number of community health centres and services across Northern Tasmania.  Phil is also a Board member of Headspace, a youth mental health service in Launceston, a member of the Pilgrim Uniting Church Council and the Presbytery of Tasmania Standing Committee. He also wears an apron each Monday volunteering in Maggies Cafe, an outreach of Pilgrim.

Sue Norman

Sue was formerly a chair and a Board member of Wesley Mission Victoria and has had a long association with the Uniting Church in several capacities. She is an experienced company director, with a proven track record in applying sound business and governance principles to not-for-profit organisations.

An accountant by profession, Sue is a former Executive Director of UCA Funds Management and is credited with transforming the organisation to a professional funds management operation, by employing specialist staff, introducing contemporary business practices and systems, and establishing transparent reporting.

Sue is also a past member of the Board of Trustees and Director of Benefund Limited (the Uniting Church in Australia Beneficiary Fund) and the University of Divinity (formerly Melbourne College of Divinity) Council.

Peter Prasser

Peter is General Manager-Group Balance Sheet and Liquidity Management with the National Australia Bank. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Peter has more than 15 years’ experience reporting to Boards, Executive Management Committees and Regulators on business strategies, funding, risk management issues/policies and financial performance in an environment of sound corporate governance.

He has a strong focus on ensuring businesses understand the dimensions of governance and risk within their operations. Peter was a former chair and a Board member of the Prahran Mission and is a member of the Council of Elders at the Toorak Uniting Church.

Allan Thompson

Rev Allan Thompson, now semi-retired, previously ministered in rural and suburban congregations. He was a presbytery minister and associate general secretary of the Synod, with special responsibility for the UCA in Tasmania.

In recent years he had a national role oversighting the UCA’s response to and engagement with the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Allan was the Chair and Executive Director of Wimmera UnitingCare. He was the inaugural Board Chair of UnitingCare Connections and UnitingCare Tasmania.

He has also served on hospital and Uniting Church school Boards, and, for six years, was a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council.

Mr Thompson is the Chair of Uniting AgeWell (Vic/Tas) and believes it is vital that the Uniting AgeWell Board and the new UnitingCare Board work closely together, particularly in the provision of services to older people.

Heather Watson

A partner in national law firm McCullough Robertson, Heather is a former chair and Board member of UnitingCare Queensland and chaired the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and Governance Committee periodically during her term.

Heather currently chairs and is a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance Ltd and is a Director of the National Affordable Housing Consortium Ltd. She is also a Board member of Uniting ​in NSW and the ACT and chairs the Governance, Audit and Risk Committee. Heather has had a lifelong involvement with the Uniting Church and was a founding Director of BoardConnect, a not-for-profit specifically focused on improving the governance capacity of non-profit boards.​