Our Board

Our Board of Directors bring considerable and varied experience to the organisation. Together they provide stewardship and strategic direction, governing the organisation on behalf of members. The Board has up to nine Directors at any one time.

Eight directors are nominated and elected by Unison’s members, with one Director able to be appointed by the Board. This allows the Board to recruit specialist expertise when required.

Ian McHutchison OAM

Appointed director November 2015, Chair

B. Juris. LLB

Ian has a legal background and is a member of the advisory committee of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) and a Board member of the Eva Tilley Memorial Home and MECWA. In 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the community.

Jane Hunt

Appointed director November 2014, Deputy Chair

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts (Hons), Master of Business (Leadership)

Jane has held executive positions in a number of not-for-profit organisations with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship, strategic planning and governance.

Lou Panaccio

Appointed director April 2013

Bachelor of Economics, Chartered Accountant, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Lou is a chartered accountant with strong management experience in business and healthcare services. Currently he serves as executive chairman of Health Networks Australia Investments Pty Ltd, non-executive chairman of Genera Biosystems Limited, non-executive director of Sonic Healthcare Limited and non-executive chairman of Avita Medical Limited.

Yvonne Turner

Appointed director December 2014

Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Marketing, Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors

Yvonne has extensive experience across various commercial industries and the not-for-profit sector as both an executive and non-executive director. Her executive roles have incorporated business management, strategic planning, marketing and new business development.

Caz Healy

Appointed director November 2015

Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors Melbourne), Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Latrobe University), Master of Arts - Health Studies (Latrobe University), Graduate Diploma of Education (Australian Catholic University), Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne University), Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Caz is highly respected for her years of experience, expertise and commitment to the Health and Community Services sector.   Currently the Executive Director of Advocacy and Strategy at cohealth, Caz has held various GM roles in the community sector and led Doutta Galla Community Health as CEO for close to 9 years.

Barry Shepherd

Appointed director May 2016

Licensed Real Estate Agent, Project Marketing - American Home Builders Association, Lecturer Melbourne University

Barry has been in the property industry for more than 40 years and ran his own property business prior to becoming a Director of Becton (retired 2010). Barry was previously Chairman of the Melbourne City Council Inner City Residential Committee, a member of the Moomba board for six years and a member of the Department of Infrastructure’s Industry Advisory Panel. Barry is a life member of Apex Australia and has been a Director of the Beck Property Group since 2010.

Michelle Crawford

Appointed director October 2017

Masters in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Bachelor of Business, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently serves as a Director on the Boards of First Nations Foundation.

As CEO of Concern Australia, Michelle oversees the organisation’s work with vulnerable children and young people focusing on education, housing, homelessness and youth justice. With 25 years of experience in the community sector, she is driven by a desire for a fairer society, and has overseen programs in the areas of microfinance, financial inclusion, employment, education, and training.

Her background includes oversight of partnerships with corporates, government, donors and various community organisations domestically and internationally.  She is passionate about practical and innovative responses that are developed and delivered by community, for community. 


Daniel Carter

Appointed director December 2018

Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration

Daniel has a background in IT and management consulting. He is passionate about the not for profit space and moved from consulting into a permanent role in the sector at Villa Maria Catholic Homes, as the current Manager, Business Development, Strategy and Innovation. Daniel is a member of the Australian Catholic Housing Alliance and Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Daniel brings a strong commitment to the vision and mission of Unison and to the growth of the housing sector. He offers to the Board of Unison contemporary strategic planning and IT skills tailored to the social services sector. Daniel has supported Unison’s current ICT Systems Project for the past 12 months and will ensure good governance through the implementation stages of the Project.