Our Board

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Rev David Parker

Deep passion for community development and justice and has worked closely with local government, community welfare agencies and organisations throughout his career. As a young person David took time out of his retail career with Coles Myer and became National Youth Secretary of the Australian Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches in Australia) working in youth work, world development and justice issues for 4 years in the early 70’s .  He was ordained as a Minister of the Uniting Church in 1996 and has served in Warracknabeal and Portland (Victoria) prior to being minister at Wesley Uniting Church (2006- 2010) in Hobart.  David has been Chairperson of UnitingCare Tasmania since 2010 and Chairperson of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Property Board and Trusts since 2010.  David retired from active ministry in July 2010.

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Janine Romaszko

Long employment and community history in both education and disability.  Lobbyist for people with disabilities. Active member of the Down Syndrome Association Tasmania for 22 years, including 15 years on the Executive.  Active member of Uniting Church and currently works as Convener of the Intentional Community Committee of the Kingston Uniting Church.



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Rev Tim Matton-Johnson

Rev Tim Matton-Johnson

He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania (1984) Bachelor of Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity (1986) Masters of Theology from Melbourne College of Divinity (1996) and a Graduate Certificate in Commerce from The University of southern Queensland (2003)

He was ordained as a Minister of the Word by the Uniting Church in Australia, December 1985

Tim has served in a variety of placements in both Victoria and Tasmania, rural, regional and urban placements since ordination and is currently in placement with the Bridgewater – Gagebrook Parish Mission in Tasmania.

Tim is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and worked on a part-time basis in the accounting profession for a number of years before returning to full time ministry in 2011.

Tim has had significant experience at various levels within the UCA, Congregational, Presbytery, Synod, Assembly, ecumenically and with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

Tim has been active on the UnitingCare Tasmania Board since its inception and is currently Treasurer.

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Rev Rosalind Terry

Rev Rosalind Terry

Very interested in community development and justice and has visited indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland, and development projects in Thailand, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe to try to understand the issues.  Also been on Governance Committees for a Uniting Church Kindergarten for 8 years, and a UCA Childcare for 6 years.  40 years of pastoral ministry have made me very aware of the particular difficulties of those with mental illness, and ways in which they can be supported to greater independence.



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Cathryn Peppiat

Cathryn Peppiatt is a proud Tasmanian and life-long member of the Uniting Church in Australia.  She grew-up in George Town – the most beautiful place in Tassie – graduated from UTAS with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988, then spent 14 years in South Australia where she completed her Graduate Diploma of Education and taught in schools and kindergartens in country South Australia.  During this time she experienced her greatest achievement – the birth of her two children with husband, Rod.   In 2003 she returned to Tasmania with her family for Rod to commence placement as Minister of the Word at Hobart North Uniting Church.  For the past 9 years, Cathryn has been employed as Resource Worker/Education and Training Coordinator/Child Carer at Clare House Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Hobart.  She is passionate about early intervention to optimise the health and education of ‘at-risk’ young people and believes this has great benefits for families and the wider community.  As ‘the church between Sundays’, UnitingCare lives out the mission of Jesus, offering new life to people who have been marginalised by society, and Cathryn is excited to be a part of this. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family (if they’re ever around!), playing piano, cooking, knitting and getting lost in a good book.


Rod Tabor

Degree in Engineering from the University of Tasmania.  Fellow Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK) and Member Institution of Engineers, Australia.   Extensive experience in operational and technical management both in Australia and overseas.  Currently providing management consulting services to companies in the Hobart area.





Philip Morris

With qualifications in social work and public policy Phil Morris has many years experience in the provision and management of community and health services in not-for-profit, tertiary education and government sectors.  He has recently retired from a senior executive role managing rural hospitals and community health services in Northern Tasmania.  Phil is a member of the Board of Cornerstone that operates youth mental heath and wellbeing services and is also involved on the Pilgrim Uniting Church Council, Launceston.  On Mondays he wears an apron making coffees and food at Maggies Cafe (an outreach of Pilgrim).  He has three children living interstate doing jobs that weren’t invented prior to them leaving school.  With his partner Lyn he endeavours to travel and eat good food with friends as frequently as possible in between visiting two grandchildren.

Gretel Chen

Gretel Chen

Gretel Chen is a legal practitioner, specialising in commercial litigation and workplace relations law.  She holds a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as a Graduate Certificate of Legal Practice.  She has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, having practised in Melbourne and Hobart, in both the private and public sectors. She was a senior lawyer with the Victorian Office of the Australian Securities and Invstments Commission.

For Gretel, membership of the UnitingCare Tasmania Board provides her with an opportunity to make a meaningful and professional contribution towards the community in which she was raised and lives.


Rev brian Cole

Brian grew up in Devonport.  Attending the University of Tasmania he graduated with a Batchelor of Science and Diploma of Education, before becoming a primary school teacher for 16 years.  Having studied to become a Uniting Church Minister, Brian ministered in Victoria for 5½ years before returning to Northern Tasmania 14 years ago to continue this work.  He has been Secretary of Mitchell Presbytery, Secretary Presbytery of Tasmania, Chairperson PRC Presbytery of Tasmania and Chairperson Presbytery of Tasmania.  Brian and Maree are parents to 2 sons, and grandparents of one baby boy.


Dr Bruce Felmingham

Bruce is an economist and experienced researcher, as evidenced by his sixty plus, fully refereed publications in economics, finance and administration journals.

Bruce’s community service, as well as his dedication on the UnitingCare Tasmania Board, includes his time as a Rotarian in the period 1980-, and as a long time member of Crossroads, an organization which provides social interaction between the able-bodied and disabled persons.