UnitingCare Kippax is governed by a Board.

Clare Camilleri

Joining the board in 2020, Clare has extensive experience in operation and policy development.

Previously nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Canberra/Goulburn for her service to St. Vincent de Paul Night Patrol. Clare has worked as a senior manager in prisons leading transition for  rehabilitation and reintegration.

Shara Ranasinghe

I’m currently a Lecturer at the University of Canberra in Communication and Media (Faculty of Arts and Design). I have two leadership roles as the Program Core Coordinator and the Work Integrated Learning Program Lead. I have been an academic for ten years (closing to 11 early 2022). Before becoming an academic, I worked in the Marketing and Communication industry in South Asia, based in Sri Lanka. My expertise is in Marketing, Branding, Advertising, PR, and Events. I managed multiple multinational and local brands (30+ brands) and developed several campaigns to connect with their respective markets. I’m an early researcher and my area of research is in the Cancer Communication space. Currently, I’m exploring the patient-centred communication experiences during cancer treatment

Penny Burns

Currently living in Canberra and working as General Manager – Menslink.  I’ve had a diverse career working across both public and private sectors including a love of working with small businesses.  Employed by such companies as Exxon, Sara Lee Household & Body Care, Johnson & Johnson in Australia, and for the past 15 years in Papua New Guinea; Coffey International Development, Golder Associates, ADB, APEC PNG as well as a few PNG privately owned companies.  I also established my own Management Consultancy company and worked in many remote parts of Papua New Guinea with communities.  I’m a passionate hands-on leader who loves a challenge and is focused on contributing positively to the communities I work with offering understanding and respect for culture and diversity.

Annette Jackson

I am currently an Assistant Director at Housing ACT and have over 20 years’ experience working in the public, private and for-purpose sectors. Most recently I worked at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as a Project Officer and, prior to that, as the CIT Community Work Placement Coordinator and Administration Team Leader. I have been connected to UnitingCare Kippax (UCK) for over 10 years and previously worked at UCK in a variety of roles including Kippax Kids Coordinator, Operations Manager and Administration Manager. My career started in private sector finance, as a graduate with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then as an analyst for a couple of small asset consulting firms. I have previously been the Board Chair of a local primary school and a member of the Greenhills Conference Centre Board. I am passionate about relationships and people, and believe that UCK plays an important role in empowering people and facilitating transformation within our community.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew is a consultant with the Social Economy Group. He is a values-driven leader with clients spanning international development, and community and religious  organisations. His key areas of expertise include strategy, governance, government relations and public affairs. Prior to that he worked for World Vision for seven years in various roles, most recently as Director of Strategy.

He is also an active member of the Uniting Church, having served in many leadership roles, including as a member of the Assembly Standing Committee for twelve years.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Laws (International & Human Rights Law), Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and Graduate Diploma of Theology

Simon Ash

Simon had a long and accomplished career in the Australian Public Service prior to his retirement in 2019. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service for more than 20 years.

As a senior economic adviser to two Prime Ministers, he was instrumental in preparing Federal Budget and Commonwealth Financial Statements and has been the Chief Financial Officer of five Commonwealth agencies.

Simon has extensive experience in leading corporate services, introducing innovative information and communications technology solutions, automated purchasing and procurement systems, and assimilating all corporate functions following the merger of two departments.

He was a key participant in the Australian Government’s movement to accrual budgeting in 1999 and the introduction of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. Mr Ash has also provided extensive strategic policy and budgeting advice to the Expenditure Review Committee of Cabinet.

Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australian and holds degrees in Commerce and Economics from the Australian National University.

David Smith

David is currently an Education Advisor for Canberra Institute of Technology, having previously been a Community Services teacher at both CIT and Dubbo TAFE since 2006.

David is passionate about finding ways to help people find ways out of poverty and homelessness. Prior to becoming a TAFE teacher, he had a 20 year career working in Western Sydney with individual young people and their families as well as serving on the board of regional and state peak homelessness bodies.

David has volunteered in various roles at Kippax, including EMFA, Holiday Happenings and Christmas drives, and has supervised several student placement groups.

David holds a Masters in Social Policy, Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youthwork), with various other qualifications (Community Work, Mental Health, Management, Visual Arts)

Trish Hepworth
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