Our Directors and Team
John Collins - B.Comm
ChairpersonJohn has extensive experience in Credit and Risk Management from a banking career spanning over 40 years both in Australia and internationally. He was responsible for the design and implementation of the credit risk management framework and strategy for a number of financial institutions. He is also familiar with risks arising from the treasury operations of a banking institution.
Prior to becoming Bank of New Zealand Australia’s Chief Manager – Credit in 1990, John held a number of senior positions internationally including Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Citibank NA. In 1996, he joined Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, the Australian Government’s export credit agency, as Chief Credit Officer, a position he held until late 2009.
DirectorRev. Jane Fry commenced as General Secretary of the Synod of NSW and the ACT on 1 September 2017. This followed five years as Associate Secretary of the Synod. Jane was ordained as a Minister of the Word on 28 November 1995 and since then has worked in a number of ministry settings, including congregational ministry, police chaplaincy and presbytery leadership. Her ministry experience has given her a very broad perspective on the opportunities and realities facing the Uniting Church today.
Jane believes that the vision and call of the Uniting Church presented in the Basis of Union remains as compelling and current as when it was first presented to the church. The particular challenge of telling and living the story of God’s reconciling love within and beyond our gathered communities is an essential witness in a divided and dividing world. Forming disciples with a passionate imagination, creativity and commitment to changing the world in God’s image is core business for the church in these times.
DirectorCraig has over 35 years’ experience in banking, finance and insurance through leadership roles with major financial institutions in Sydney, London, Tokyo and Singapore. He has held CEO and General Management responsibilities covering property & infrastructure lending, credit portfolio management, and providing risk investment solutions for fund managers and insurers. Significant experience on related credit committees, and as responsible manager for AFSL licensees.
Craig is a full time non-executive director which current roles include Chairman of BlueCHP Limited (specialist developer of affordable housing), non-executive director of Home4Life Ltd (specialist developer of disability housing under the NDIS) and Independent Chairman of Brightlight Impact Investments (an investment management firm founded by Christian Super). Prior roles include non-executive director with the Future Business Council, and L. J. Hooker International Ltd.
DirectorJason has over 30 years involvement in internal audit and technology governance across wide number of sectors including finance, technology and transportation sectors. He has held senior roles in organisations such as Westpac, Allianz, National Rail Corporation, Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton. His consulting practice covers areas such as corporate and technology governance, strategic procurement and probity, internal and technology audit in both the public and private sector. Jason facilitates courses for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and other programs internationally. He is a Director of Celtaxsys Aus Pty Ltd, N8 Medical Australia Pty Ltd, a Councillor of the Medical Council of NSW (and a member of the Conduct and Governance subcommittees).
He is the Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees for Wyong Shire Council and Cessnock City Council and an Independent Member of the Woollahra Municipal Council. Jason is a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Certified Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Certified in Risk Management Assurance (IIA), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (ISACA), Certified Fraud Examiner, Senior Member and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society and a Justice of the Peace in NSW.
DirectorClare has a diverse background in management consulting and the financial services industry holding roles which span sales, investment management, strategy, planning, program management and M&A functions. Most recently, Clare has led a range of regulatory and growth transformation programs for clients in the banking industry. In addition to guiding organisations through change and transformation, Clare brings prior board experience across several sectors including the mutual sector, having previously served on the Police Bank board, and recently being appointed to the Board of Qudos Bank in 2020. She also serves as a member of their Risk Committee.
Dr Paul Mazzola
DirectorDr Paul Mazzola is a lecturer in banking and finance in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Wollongong and Sydney Business School. Before he joined the University, Paul had a career in corporate and investment banking spanning over 20 years at the senior executive level, covering the Australian, European and Asian Pacific markets. He has also consulted domestic and international organisations on strategy and organisational restructuring.
Paul has presented at domestic and international conferences and seminars, and has received numerous teaching awards including the prestigious Lecturer of the Year Award. Paul has published numerous academic journal articles, co-authored four books covering topics such as financial institutions, financial markets and corporate finance and is a regular contributor to the Australian and international media as an expert on banking and finance. His other directorships include the Armidale Diocesan Investment Group where he is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and is on the Advisory Board of John Wiley and Sons. In addition, Paul has been a past State Chairman of the Turnaround Management Association of Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow CPA and Fellow of FINSIA.
DirectorSharon has in excess of 20 years’ experience in senior and executive roles within the Property Industry. She has acquired this experience from the private and public sectors of the market and has worked for Lendlease, Westfield, Property NSW and the University of Sydney.
Sharon is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Licenced Real Estate Agent with experience in strategic asset management and funds management. She has worked in commercial, retail and industrial property portfolios. A comprehensive understanding of the financial, legal and political landscape effecting property and asset portfolios.
DirectorDavid has over 30 years experience in banking, financial markets and funds management gained in international investment banks and as a General Manager within Group Treasury for Australia’s largest retail bank. David has provided advice to ASX100 companies on hedging, liquidity and other financial market exposure and facilitates training sessions for banking and risk simulations for large institutions. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has over 10 years’ experience in governance roles including as Chair of Arden Anglican School, Deputy Chair of the GAB (an endowment fund) and as a non-executive director of The Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation.
DirectorSuzanne Stanton joined the Uniting Financial Service Board in 2016. In addition to her board responsibilities Suzanne is a Minister of the Word in the Uniting Church. She was ordained in 2014 and following her ordination she has served in ministry placements in the Sydney Presbytery, St John’s Wahroonga and the NSW ACT Synod. Prior to ordination Suzanne worked in the fields of banking, accounting, finance and compliance in both the private and public sector. She has held roles at Macquarie Bank, the Insurance and Superannuation Commission and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
Executive DirectorNeil has recently rejoined UFS as Executive Director previously being in the role from 2012 to beginning of 2015. Neil has over 25 years’ experience in local and international financial markets and has filled Executive, Board and Advisory roles within the not for profit sector over many years.
Head of Strategy, Project and OperationsJohn has over 25 years of Investment Banking, Funds Management and Management Consulting experience and is responsible for supporting the Executive Director with strategy, new initiatives and operational activities. His most recent role has been Head of Investment Management for ACS Financial (the financial arm of Australian Christian Churches) where he was responsible for the treasury function of Australian Christian Churches’ balance sheet and CEO of Australian Christian Superannuation. John is passionate about serving the church with a deep interest in ethical investment and the financing of social justice programs.
Matthew Moore (B.Ec M.Comm)
Head of Ethical Investments – Treasury and InvestmentsMatthew has been a key member of the UFS investments team for 16 years, during which time he has been closely involved in directly implementing the Church’s Ethical Investment Policy. He was a Director of the industry representative organisation Responsible Investments Association of Australia (RIAA) from 2008 to 2013 and his current role titled Head of Ethical Investments, reflects Matthew’s passion for the Church’s commitment to ethical investment. In this role he oversees both the direct investments of the UFS balance sheet as well as managing relationships with the external managers that we use.
Chief Financial OfficerIan is responsible for ensuring the financial security of Uniting Financial Services, handling all financial matters and helping to drive the overall management and strategy. Core elements include providing commercially focused recommendations, business and performance advice to key stakeholders in addition to responsibility for the day to day management of financial and associated operational activities. Prior to joining Uniting Financial Services in 2017, Ian had over 20 years’ experience in the funds management and financial services industry. Ian has held senior finance roles including positions with Magellan Financial Group, BT Investment Management (now Pendal), Treasury Group (now Pacific Current) and MLC.
Head of Partner Solutions and SupportLinda took over leadership of the team in June 2018, after acting in the role for the previous 6 months. She has been with UFS since August 2006, working in partnership with various church entities in a number of different roles. This has meant she has gained a good understanding of the Uniting Church structure as well as the opportunities and difficulties faced by church organisations in achieving their financial goals. Linda enjoys building relationships and uses her expertise to assist in not just providing solutions, but also to identify potential issues in relation to the investment and lending strategies of our church partners. Prior to joining us, Linda had extensive experience in the Banking and Finance sector, including 30 years with the Commonwealth Bank in various roles.