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Uniting is the new community services organisation to be formed from 21 UnitingCare agencies and Wesley Mission Victoria.

Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited was established and governance for all 22 agencies was unified under a single Board on 3 October 2016.

An experienced, skills based team will lead the design and build of the emerging organisation. The Uniting Board will be chaired by former Victorian Health Minister Bronwyn Pike. Paul Linossier, previously the CEO of Wesley Mission Victoria, is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

Linossier has more than three decades experience in leading organisational change and systems reform.

“The founding agencies to Uniting have a rich history of care, support and community partnerships,” Linossier said.

“Together we can do more. We will have a stronger advocacy voice and we will have access to broader resources and skills to meet clients’ needs. This change provides the best opportunity for us to continue our important work in the community for many years to come.”

The move to the single organisation has just started. The merger is expected to be complete by mid-2017.

“Uniting is all about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice,” Linossier said.

“We are uniting to have greater impact.”

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