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Our Board


Chair of the Board Dr Sue King is a Social Worker and former Discipline Head, Social Work and Human Services at the University of South Australia. She has been President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, SA Branch and Board member of a number of government and not-for-profit organisations. Sue joined the Uniting Communities’ Board in 2014 and has a strong interest in contributing to developing innovations in service delivery in the current social policy context.


Cathie Brown joined the Board in 2011. Starting her professional life in journalism, she has gained extensive management and leadership experience throughout her career, with proven ability to support organisations’ success through effective strategic planning, prioritisation and project management. She brings to the Board expertise in marketing and media management, as well as networks across government, universities and the business community. Cathie is passionate about bringing lasting, positive change to the lives of those most disadvantaged in our community.


John Byrne joined the Board in 2012. After starting his career in physiotherapy, he has gained diverse general management experience in the corporate sector in financial services, telecommunications and allied health. John has over 20 years’ experience in starting and running businesses, and currently runs a small farming operation with a focus on sustainability. With a commercial lens and a keen interest in finance and property, John is also a member of Uniting Communities’ Redevelopment Steering Committee.


Currently employed with the Uniting Church as General Manager, Resources, Astrid Kuivasaari joined the Board in 2016. Having worked in not-for-profit organisations for 12 years, she has a keen interest in the sector and, in particular, community services and health. Astrid is the former director of the Uniting Church SA Resources Board, and currently serves on various other not-for-profit boards and committees.


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