Paul Linossier.jpg​​​New Uniting Church agency announces inaugural CEO

Experienced public sector and community services professional Paul Linossier has been appointed as
the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the new Uniting Church community services organisation.

The new organisat​ion will be formed from the merger of 20 UnitingCare agencies and Wesley
Mission Victoria (WMV). It will be one of the largest community service providers operating in
Victoria and Tasmania.
The network of UnitingCare agencies and WMV operate across metropolitan, regional and remote
parts of Victoria and Tasmania offering a broad range of services and advocacy to support thousands
of vulnerable people.

With a combined annual budget of about $237 million, over 3,500 staff and 4000 volunteers, the
services of the new organisation will include emergency relief, financial counselling, housing and
homelessness services, employment services, early childhood services, child, youth and family
services, disability services, mental health services, non-residential aged care and alcohol and other
drugs services and Lifeline.

Mr Linossier, currently the CEO of WMV, has more than three decades experience in leading
organisational change and systems reform while maintaining a strong commitment to marginalised
and vulnerable people.

Inaugural Board Chair Bronwyn Pike said she was delighted that Mr Linossier had agreed to lead the
new organisation given his broad experience.

“Paul is highly regarded in the public and community services sectors with a significant background
in Uniting Church and other community service agencies, as well as experience in state
government,” she said.

“He will bring to the organisation important skills in the areas of strategic planning and
organisational review, which will be important as we seek to establish the new organisation.”

Mr Linossier said he was both humbled and excited by the challenge of leading the new agency.

“UnitingCare agencies have a long history of supporting vulnerable Victorians and Tasmanians,” he

“As one unified agency and ministry of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania this vital
support will now be expanded and strengthened. I am proud to be working together with our agency
leaders, dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners to continue to serve and advocate
alongside those most in need.”

Mr Linossier begins in the position on Monday 22nd August, 2016.​