Chief Executive


Simon Schrapel AM, BA Social Work, Grad Dip Management, MPolAdmin

Simon is the Chief Executive of Uniting Communities. Originally trained in Social Work, Simon has spent more than 30 years in social services practice, management and policy development and advocacy in both the Government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.

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Uniting Communities’ Board


Dr Sue King PhD, MPolAdmin, BSocAdmin, BA

Sue is the Chair of the Board of Uniting Communities, and joined the Board in 2014. Until recently, she was the Discipline Head, Social Work and Human Services at the University of South Australia. In addition to her roles at the University, she has been President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, SA Branch and a member of a number of other Boards, including currently an aged care facility, Summerhill Inc., and in the past Relationships Australia (SA),  the South Australian Housing Trust and the Children’s Services Consultative Committee.

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Cathie Brown BA, MBA, GAICD

Cathie 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.

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Astrid Kuivasaari MBA, BEc, FCA, GAICD

Astrid joined the Board of Uniting Communities in 2016, and is currently employed with the Uniting Church of South Australia as General Manager (Resources).

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John Byrne

John 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.

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Mike Flynn

Mike joined the Board of Uniting Communities in 2016. He is currently working as a business consultant in the energy and resources sector, and was on the Board of the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy from 2011 to 2017.

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Dr Jörg Strobel, MD, FRANZCP, FGLF

Jörg joined the Board of Uniting Communities in 2017 and is currently working as a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Country Health SA LHN Mental Health Services.

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Deborah Miller, FAICD, MBA

Deborah joined the Board in 2018. She has enjoyed a 30-year executive career, holding a number of senior financial controller and company secretarial roles, with experience as chair of a finance subcommittee and, for over five years, as a partner at a mid-sized accounting firm.

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Dr David Caudrey PSM

Commencing with the Board in 2019, David brings extensive experience in the disability sector to Uniting Communities. Throughout his career in the State public service, he developed and implemented disability services, and oversaw significant reform to the way people with disabilities and their families are supported in South Australia.

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