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Mr Peter Fitzpatrick AM

Commenced January 2016
Chairperson

Peter Fitzpatrick AM is widely respected and recognised for the outstanding contributions made during his professional life at the helm of two peak bodies as the Chief Executive Officer for the legal profession and the motor industry. Prior to this Peter had a distinguished twenty year military career, including service with the elite Special Air Service (SASR) Regiment as an Australian Army Officer, taking early retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997 he was a strategic adviser to the then Prime Minister, John Howard.

For the past five years Peter was a coach and mentor of a group of 18 high performing CEOs committed to leading profitable and effective companies. He is currently a director on eight boards and is chair of five. The boards are a mix of for profit and not for profit organisations.

He has also recently finished a four year term as the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention. He is the Chair of two national boards including the Bravery Trust which provides support and financial assistance to veterans from the Afghanistan and Gulf Wars and the widows and children of deceased veterans. He is an adviser and Patron to a number of Veterans and mental health organisations and provides training for the Indigenous community.

He also chairs a Headspace Consortium of 10 agencies providing clinical support for young people at risk. Peter facilitates four modules on the Company Directors’ Course, for local government and for not for profit and registered organisations on Governance, Board Performance Finance, Strategy, Risk and Leadership. He is a graduate of the Company Directors Course and has an advanced diploma in Company Directorship having completed the Mastery of the Boardroom qualification.

He was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 1984 and was a state finalist for Australian of the Year in 2008-09.



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Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans

Commenced October 2006
Deputy Chairperson

Glenda Campbell-Evans is a member of academic staff at Edith Cowan University (ECU) with teaching and administrative responsibilities at post graduate level including supervision of a number of MEd and PhD research students. She is Associate Dean, Research, School of Education.

Current and recent research activity includes projects exploring school-level governance, motivation of members of voluntary boards, educational leadership, and delivery models of social services.

Glenda has previously led a university-wide project to embed a new curriculum framework into undergraduate courses at ECU, and held the position of Director, Transnational Quality, Associate Dean International, Head of School of Education, and Associate Dean, Faculty of Education.

Glenda began her professional life as a special education teacher and primary school administrator in Canada before moving to Perth and to the university sector. Glenda served as both deputy chair and a member of the Council of Christ Church Grammar School for twenty years, has held various executive roles in professional associations, including President, and National Board member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL).

Glenda is a Fellow of ACEL. She has served on a number of state advisory committees and sits on the WASO Patrons and Friends committee. Glenda is Deputy Chair of the UCW Board and Chair of the Governance Committee.



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Mr Michael Brady

Commenced August 2011

Michael Brady graduated from Murdoch University completing a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Laws, after which, he was admitted as a lawyer to both the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. Michael also holds a postgraduate qualification in Applied Finance, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia as well as numerous other professional organisations.

Michael is currently employed as General Counsel and Company Secretary of an ASX listed, diversified minerals exploration company.

Previous to this role Michael was a senior lawyer at a national top tier law firm, where he practiced principally in commercial and corporate law with a focus on corporate transactions relating to the energy and resources industry. During his career, Michael has acted on a number of complex transactions which have provided him with a broad understanding of the commercial issues faced by organisations, including those in the not-for-profit sector.

Michael hopes that the knowledge he has gained through his qualifications coupled with his commercial experience can provide valuable expertise to the UnitingCare West Board.



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Dr Ron Chalmers

Commenced 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.

Until recently, 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 on 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 the past four years Dr Chalmers has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Western Australian Centre for Social Impact and for seven years he has been a member of the Premier’s Community Sector Partnership Forum. He has provided leadership for the expansion and development of mission focused, not-for-profit service provider organisations in WA.
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.



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Ms Lisa Fini

Commenced June 2015

Lisa Fini started her first business at the age of twenty one and has owned and managed several Perth-based businesses. Lisa brings extensive experience to the UnitingCare West 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 twenty-five 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) as well as a Graduate Diploma in Property from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Edith Cowan University.



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Dr Chris Ford

Commenced September 2008

Chris Ford is an engineer, lecturer and course co-ordinator at Curtin University. He is also is a member of the Duncraig Uniting Church and has previously served on the congregation’s Council. Chris is an active member of the Rotary Club of Western Endeavour, and has previously served as President in 2008/09, Club Service director and Community Service director.

Chris brings to the Board of UCW a keen interest in areas such as community service and social justice, working with young people, and examining the impact of energy efficiency on the organisation itself and its service users. He has skills and experience in strategic planning and management, policy development, and in gaining and organising knowledge to better inform decision making. Currently, Chris is a member of the Strategic Property and Asset Committee.



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Mr Chris Hunt

Commenced September 2013

Chris Hunt is the Chief Financial Officer for Scott Park Group Pty Ltd, a leading residential home builder in Western Australia. 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 has approximately 25 years’ worth of experience primarily in the resources sector 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 also recently held the role for four years of Chairperson on the Board for Excelsior Primary School, an Independent Public School.

As well as being a member of the UCW Board, Chris is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Board Committee.



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Mrs Deborah Marshall

Commenced September 2013

Deborah Marshall migrated to Australia in 1988 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK. After eight years in public practice she had time out to raise her family and at that time decided to establish her own small tax practice, which she has recently closed and returned to work for a boutique practice in West Perth.

The Marshall family joined Floreat Uniting Church in 1996 and in the time since, Deborah has been the congregation treasurer, and active in the establishment of the “Creative Living Centre” (“CLC”) which runs outreach programmes, mainly with an Indigenous community in the Kimberley and students at the Ottow Giessler University in West Papua.

Deborah joined the board of UnitingCare Crossroads as the treasurer. With the transition of the Crossroads Services to UnitingCare West, the opportunity to continue an involvement in the wider service and mission of the Church via the UCW Board was offered and happily accepted.

A strong commitment to a community based on equality of opportunity is a driving force behind Deborah’s involvement in various local groups and she brings that to her role as a UCW Board member.



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Mr Mark Webb

Commenced June 2015

Mark Webb studied at the University of Western Australian and Cambridge University in the UK. He has a background in research, farming and management. In July 2017, he was appointed interim Director General of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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