In 2017, UnitingCare Bendigo will be unified with twenty UnitingCare agencies across Victoria and Tasmania and Wesley Mission Victoria, merging from a network of sister agencies to form a single agency called Uniting. It is a significant and positive step forward to give greater support to our clients and strengthen our presence in local communities. The single agency enables us to create a more effective way of operating, with best opportunity to grow our work with disadvantaged and marginalised communities. The merging will allow us to pool our expertise, create a stronger governance structure and respond to a rapidly changing environment.
Without doubt, our local presence is important and our services will continue to be as active as ever, supporting the local Bendigo community. Our focus will never change, ensuring that our clients and all the other people we support continue to get the high quality, professional services they need and deserve.
CEO & Board
The Uniting Board of Directors hold a broad range of skills and experience within the community services, government and corporate sectors. They live or have worked in metropolitan and regional areas across Victoria, Tasmania and Australia. Many have held past positions within UnitingCare or Wesley Mission Victoria. Board Chair Bronwyn Pike and all Board members are committed to the Uniting Church’s values and ethos and the provision of first class community services.
Paul Linossier, previously the CEO of Wesley Mission Victoria, is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Mr Linossier has more than three decades experience in leading organisational change and systems reform while maintaining a strong commitment to marginalised and vulnerable people. “The founding agencies of Uniting have a rich history of care, support and community partnerships.” Mr Linossier said. “Together we can do more. We will have a stronger advocacy voice and we will have access to broader resources and skills to meet clients’ needs. This change provides the best opportunity for us to continue our important work in the community for many years to come.”