Resources Board

Managing the resources of the Uniting Church involves preserving the generous legacies gifted to the Church by past leaders whilst providing sufficient and sustainable resourcing to current ministries.The Resources Board members have expertise in investment, finance, property, law, corporate governance, as well as Uniting Church ethos and polity and mission. The Board is well supported by a number of subcommittees.

Resources Board Mandate

The Resources Board’s overall mandate is:

“To serve the Church by maximising financial and property resources available to the Presbytery and Synod for mission, and to assist the Presbytery and Synod in allocating such resources efficiently in accordance with the mission priorities of the Church whilst managing the risk associated with these decisions.”

Responsibilities of the Resources Board

The Resources Board is responsible to the Presbytery and Synod for:

  1. identifying, incorporating and managing all Presbytery and Synod property and finance resources within one Governance and management structure;
  2. providing accurate and timely accounting and related support services to Presbytery and Synod reporting bodies for which the Presbytery and Synod has a stewardship responsibility;
  3. developing appropriate policy for adoption by the Presbytery and Synod/Standing Committee for all Presbytery and Synod finance, property, accounting and related matters, and ensuring implementation of such approved policy;
  4. providing accounting, financial and property services to Uniting Church members and congregations as it deems appropriate, or as directed by the Presbytery and Synod;
  5. maintaining appropriate links with Presbytery and Synod related bodies in ensuring resources of these bodies are managed effectively and made available appropriately for the mission of the Church;
  6. undertaking other responsibilities as the Presbytery and Synod or its Standing Committee shall determine.

Resources Board Membership

Current Membership of the Resources Board




Rev Rob Stoner


Mission Resourcing, Uniting Church Ethos & Polity

Acting General Secretary

General Secretary
Secretary of Synod (Ex-officio)

Uniting Church Ethos & Polity

Bronte WIlson

Moderator (Ex-officio)

Mission Resourcing, Uniting Church Ethos & Polity, Financial Management, Property

Peter Battersby

Executive Officer, Resources

Property Officer (Ex-officio)

Financial Management, Human Resources, Corporate Governance, Uniting Church Ethos & Polity

Rev Philip Gardner

Executive Officer, Pastoral Relations and Mission Planning (Ex-officio)

Mission Planning, Uniting Church Ethos & Polity

Michael McClaren

Non Executive Member

Mission Planning, Uniting Church Ethos & Polity

Dr Alice McCleary

Non Executive Member

Financial Management, Corporate Governance

Steve Roder

Non Executive Member

Law, Corporate Governance, Property, Financial Management

Rev Robyn Caldicott 

Non Executive Member

Uniting Church Ethos and Polity, Finance, Mission

Mark Elford 

Non Executive Member

Mission Resourcing, Uniting Church Ethos and Polity, Small Business Management (resigned December 2019)


Resourcing Officer (non-voting)

General Manager, Resources - Sue Raw

Manager Investment Services - Paul Barnett

Secretary (non-voting) - Leah Hopton

The eight members of the Property Trust are ex-officio members of the Resources Board. Property Trust members are indicated in the table above with an asterisk*.

Resources Board Meetings 2022

Meeting dates for 2022 are:

Thursday 17 February

Thursday 17 March

Thursday 19 May

Thursday 28 July

Thursday 22 September

Thursday 17 November

Resources Board Annual Report and Budget

Each year the Resources Board presents a report to the Annual Meeting of Presbytery and Synod. Find the report below:

Resources Board 2021 Report and Budget Addendum

Resources Board: Sub-Committees

Uniting Church Investment Committee
Risk Management Committee
Property Committee
Ethical Investment Working Group
Uniting Venues SA Committee
Uniting Church SA Fundraising Sub-Committee
Synergy Committee