Commenced October 2019
Erica Haddon CPA FAICD FAIM is a non-executive director as well as the CEO of Navigating Innovation, her own advisory business. In addition to the Chair of UnitingCare West, Erica is a member of the Governing Council of South Metropolitan TAFE and a long-term director of Anglicare WA (resignation effective October 2019).
Throughout her career Erica has honed skills in audit and risk, innovation and culture change, and the connection of profit and purpose. Erica has worked for RAC WA, Wesfarmers Energy (Wesfarmers Limited) and Argyle Diamonds (Rio Tinto Limited).
Erica is a CPA, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Management.
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. In the latter part of his public service career he 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 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.
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), 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.
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.
Appointed December 2017
Alison is a member of the Uniting Church in Australia. Originally from New South Wales, she has spent the last 11 years in Western Australia 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 also a congregational representative to the Synod and Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Western Australia. Her work and involvement in Church bodies has developed her skills in governance.
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. She values seeking reconciliation, justice and peace in our society.
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.
Commenced 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, he 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.
Commenced August 2019
David Kyle is the Director of Service and Citizenship at Scotch College, a leading Uniting Church School in Western Australia. He is responsible for fostering partnerships with community organisations and leading the Service and Citizenship program at the College.
David is passionate about service learning and character education. He has led student tours to India, Nepal, Nicaragua, Cambodia, and Tanzania as well as many in regional Australia and has developed and implemented curriculum and activities that focus on social justice issues and engage youth in shaping the world that ought to be. He believes the greatest impact is achieved when students work directly with experts and partner organisations, and knows that by providing opportunities for young people we are shaping our future leaders’ awareness and understanding.
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 is completing 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. In addition he has 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.