Our Board of Governance comprises ten to thirteen persons.
Our Board’s role is to ensure that we:
- Stay focused on our Vision.
- Implement our Strategic Plan.
- Deliver the highest quality services to clients.
- Make sure that we provide a safe and healthy workplace for our staff and volunteers
- Use our resources wisely and cost effectively.
Board of Governance Membership
Chairperson: Robert Renton
Robert joined UnitingCare Werribee Support and Housing in February 2007. He has been a member of Crossroads congregation for the past 24 years, and has held a long association with homeless people’s services. He was a member of Malvern and Caulfield Youth Accommodation Service Board of Management for several years, and he was Chairperson of the Board of Directors of MetroWest Housing Service from its establishment until its merger with Yarra Community Housing. Robert is the Presbytery minister Administration for he Uniting Church’s Presbytery of Port Phillip West.
Treasurer: Kim Deneys
Kim is an accountant and has been practicing in Wyndham since 1978. He joined the Board of UnitingCare Werribee Support & Housing in 2008. Kim has been active in the local community and participates in Rotary, the Wyndham Central College School Council, and has been the President of the local Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of the Wyndham Community Foundation. Kim is also a member of the Crossroads congregation.
Uniting Church Hoppers Crossing Representative: Christine Morris
Christine is Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church’s representative on the Board and joined in late 2011.
Chrstine is a resident of Hoppers Crossing. Christine works as an English as a Second Language Teacher with refugees and migrants at Wyndham Community and Education Centre. Christine is active with TEAR Australia and Amnesty International and frequently lobbies government about issues of social and national justice. Christine believes in sustainable transport, is a member of Western Region Environment Centre and Western Women’s Bicycle User Group and enjoys rogaining and orienteering.
Angela is a social work lecturer at Victoria University. Angela has diverse experience in the community sector as a social work practitioner, senior manager and a cross-sectoral educator (including secondary, higher education and management of Vocational Education programs), with post graduate qualifications in social work, English language and teacher education. Victoria University is committed to excellent, engaged and accessible education in the West of Melbourne and Angela seeks to further that commitment in her work and community interests.
Tonye joined the Board in April 2013. Tonye is a former lawyer with extensive experience in the public sector, including roles at Victoria Legal Aid and the Housing Division of the Department of Human Services. She is currently completing a Masters of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and volunteers as a research officer at Volunteering Victoria. Tonye has lived in the Wyndham area for many years.
Alexandra is a Service Designer who has worked at NAB for the last 13 years. Her experience is across a diverse range of disciplines including projects, brand, strategy and procurement, and more recently customer experience design. Alexandra’s current role is to help people realise the impact they’re having on customers, and then work with them to design better solutions. She is an active member of her local Transitions group as well as the Hobsons Bay Greens, and has been an adolescent foster carer in the past. She loves gardening, bike riding and dogs, and is learning to play the piano.
Mike Lewis joined the Board soon after taking up the ministry placement at Crossroads UC in January 2015. Prior to that, he and his wife Caz, lived in Bendigo for 5 years where he was a Presbytery Minister for a large region stretching from Castlemaine to Mildura.
Mike moved from Primary school teaching into the ministry in the early 90’s and has had a particular connection with the rural church in North east, Northern central and Western Victoria.
He has a passion for strengthening the connection between congregations and agencies as expressions of God’s mission in the local community, and has been on Uniting Care Boards in Bendigo, Horsham and Albury, through his various ministry placements.
Mike and Caz are enjoying being closer to Melbourne where their three adult children and their partners live, and particularly the latest joy in their lives – a grand-daughter.