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 Board of Directors

​Our Board of Directors sets a high standard with its strategic direction while maintaining accountability to all stakeholders. 

The structure, composition and diversity of the Board is essential to its effectiveness. With the exception of the Chief Executive Officer, all Board members are independent Non-executive Directors who may not serve for a period greater than 10 consecutive years.

The Board has the ultimate oversight of our sustainability practices, Ethical Investment Policy and reporting. It comprises of four committees: 

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

  • Investment

  • Remuneration and Nomination

  • Due Diligence​

Board news

​We are pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Pearse​ to the board and the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. Fiona has been appointed to replace John Etherington who officially retires in December. ​Ahead of John's retirement, the board appointed David Cousins AM as Chairperson in November to enable a month hand-over period.​

We thank John for his commitment to the board over the last ten years, and for his dedication to not only UCA Funds Management but to the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.


Non-executive Directors​

David Cousins AM

Chairperson, Non-executive Director


Committee memberships

  • Remuneration and Nomination

  • Investment

David is an economist and Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University. He was also recently the Commissioner of the Taxi Industry Inquiry and has served as Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria. He has worked in private consulting as a Director of KPMG Consulting. He is an active member of The Uniting Church in Australia. 

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Commissioner of Taxi Industry Inquiry

  • Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria

  • Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  • Chairman and Member of the Prices Surveillance Authority.

  • Director of KPMG Consulting

Katherine Allchin

Non-executive Director
GAICD, BBus – Marketing

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

Katherine has more than 25 years' experience in the financial services industry, and extensive knowledge in both the retail and institutional funds management space. Her career also includes the building of a number of successful financial services businesses from start-up organisations.

Katherine is the founding shareholder and Executive at Viva Investment Management, a boutique Australian equity and Asian equity funds management business. She is also a non-executive director of Fortius Funds Management Limited.  

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Chair Corporate Governance Committee at BGI

  • Chair Corporate Governance Committee at Vinva

  • Member of BGI Australian Executive Committee

  • Member of BGI Global Client and Product Committee

  • Member of Risk and Compliance Committee at Barclays Global Investors

Jane Bell  

Non-executive Director


Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

  • Investment

​Jane is a banking and finance lawyer with more than 22 years' experience in senior roles in leading law firms, financial services and corporate treasury operations gained living in Australia, UK, Canada and USA.  Since 2002, she has held a number of directorship positions, She is currently a Non-executive Director of Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne Health), non-executive director of Biomedical Research Victoria, independent member of the Audit Committee of The Salvation Army, and Trustee of the RSYLTC Foundation.

Former Director and membership positions:
  • Director of Worksafe Victoria

  • Director of Monash Institute of Medical Research-Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research.

  • Deputy Chairperson and Director of Westernport Water Corporation 

  • Director of Australian Red Cross (Queensland Division) 

  • Director of Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust

  • Director of Victorian Women's Housing Association​

Lindsay Mann

Non-executive Director

Committee memberships:

  • Due Diligence (Chair)

  • Investment

Lindsay is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and brings 40 years financial services experience to the role. He has held a number of senior executive positions in funds management, wealth management and life insurance across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since retiring as Regional Head, Asia, of First State Investments in 2010, he has been a Non-executive Director for a number of investment companies and funds in Asia and Australia. He is currently a non-executive director of WAM Capital Limited and WAM Leaders Limited​. He is a member of the Glen Waverley congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia.​

Terry McCredden 

Non-executive Director

B Com (Honours)

Committee memberships:

  • Investment

Terry is the former CEO of UniSuper and Telstra Super. He is Chairman of Infradebt, an infrastructure debt manager, and is an Independent director of NULIS, a subsidiary company of the National Australia Bank and the Trustee of MLC Super. Terry is also a member of an international advisory board for DC Placement Advisers Ltd based in Munich, Germany and an advisor to the Global Pension Summit. Terry serves on the Finance & Investment committee of the University of Divinity and is Chair of the Leadership Group of Northern Community Church of Christ, his local church.

​Former Director and membership positions:

  • Churches of Christ Financial Services 

  • Churches of Christ Community Care

  • Properties Corporation, Churches  of Christ​

Fiona Pearse

Non-executive Director

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance
  • Due Diligence

Fiona has extensive commercial, financial and tax expertise gained from a broad career spanning almost two decades at ASX-listed, global companies BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.  She has served in a number of non-executive positions, including as non-executive director of City West Water, a $2 billion water utility, and as an Advisory Board member to a fintech in Stone & Chalk, developing leading-edge governance, risk and compliance software for large banks.   She is currently a non-executive director of Scotch College, one of Australia’s leading boys’ schools, and of World Vision Australia, the largest charity in Australia.  She has a  Senior Executive MBA; she is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Non-executive director of City West Water

  • Non-executive director of Presbyterian Ladies' College

  • Non-executive director of Charles Pearson Pty Ltd

David Watson 

Non-executive Director


Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance (Chair)

  • Due Diligence

David has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. David was a Partner at Deloitte for 20 years, specialising in providing assurance, transaction and advisory services to fast growing mid cap ASX companies and large private companies primarily in the manufacturing, retail and services industries. David retired from Deloitte in May 2013 after 33 years​.​

Former Director and membership positions:
  • Audit Partner at Deloitte​

Gayle Wilson 

Non-executive Director

MBus Marketing, Grad Dip Marketing, Dip T 

Committee memberships:

  • Investment Committee (Chair)

  • Remuneration and Nomination​

Gail is a formerly director of Merrill Lynch and Citigroup, the CEO of Berndale Securities Ltd and was the first female CEO of a corporate member of the ASX. Within the NFP sector, Gayle was also a former member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.​

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Director of Merrill Lynch Australia

  • Director of Citigroup Australia

  • Member of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Brotherhood of St Laurence​

Executive Director

Michael Walsh 

​M Com

Committee memberships:

  • Remuneration and Nomination

Michael is the former Risk Manager, Head of Responsible Investment Research and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Hall International Limited. He has over 40 years combined business, academic and financial services experience and possesses more than 15 years in the responsible investment sector as a consultant, publisher, director and senior executive.  He is a Non-executive Director of Smallco Investment Manager Limited.

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of UCA Funds Management.