Board of directors

TUH is governed by a board comprising of 10 members.

The board has five committees:

  • Audit Committee

  • Product and Investment Committee

  • Nominations and Remuneration Committee

  • Risk Committee

  • Future Directions Committee

The board and Committees set the strategic direction for the organisation and oversee operational issues as detailed in the Board Governance Charter.

For a copy of our Health Fund Rules please contact us directly on 1300 661 283 or email enquiries@unionhealth.com.au

Portrait of John Battams, member & chair of the Union Health board of directors.

John Battams

Chair

Member - Future Directions Committee
Member - Nominations and Remuneration Committee

  • Bachelor of Economics

  • Diploma of Education

  • Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors

 

John Battams was appointed to the Board as the nominee director of the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) in 2011 and elected by members in 2013. He was appointed as Chair of the Board in November 2015. 

John is currently a director of the Queensland Investment Corporation Ltd (QIC) and also Chair of the QIC Risk Committee. John is president of the Australian Labor Party Queensland Branch and a director of several companies of the Labor Holdings Group. John held the position of general secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union from 1990-2011 and is a former president of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) where he worked with Queensland unions representing workers on industrial, political and social justice issues. John has had extensive directorship experience on a number of boards.

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Terry Burke

Deputy Chair

Chair - Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Member - Product and Investment Committee
Member - Future Directions Committee

  • Bachelor of Education

  • Master of Educational Administration

  • Graduate Diploma in Education

  • Certificate in Finance

  • Certificate in Governance for Not for Profits

  • Graduate - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Terry Burke has been an elected director since 1999. Terry is the general secretary of the Queensland Independent Education Union, a director of NGS Super as well as vice president of the Queensland Council of Unions. 

Terry has an extensive background in organisational development and administration, risk assessment and management, strategic and policy development. In his teaching career he worked in Catholic schools in Toowoomba and Redcliffe and held various administrative positions.

Portrait of Stewart Jones, member of the Union Health board of directors.

Stewart Jones

Member - Product and Investment Committee

  • Bachelor of Business

  • Diploma of Teaching Science

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Studies

  • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Stewart Jones has been an elected director since 2006. 

Stewart has worked as an educator in Queensland schools for over 25 years. He currently holds the position of principal at Chapel Hill State School in Brisbane. Stewart has supported teachers through his work in schools and his activist roles within the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU).

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Charmaine Twomey

Chair - Audit Committee
Member – Risk Committee
Member - Future Directions Committee

  • Bachelor of Commerce

  • Certificate of Superannuation Management

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment

  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Member - Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Member - Fund Executive Association Ltd

  • Member - Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

  • Fellow Member - Financial Services Institute of Australasia

Charmaine Twomey has been an elected director since 2009. 

Charmaine has had over twenty years of senior management experience in providing services to superannuation funds and managed investment schemes in Australia.

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Michael Cottier

Member - Audit Committee
Member – Risk Committee
Member - Nominations and Remuneration Committee

  • Bachelor of Business

  • Master of Taxation

  • Chartered Accountant

  • Fellow - Australian Institute of Company Directors

Michael Cottier has been an elected director since 2015. 

Michael is a company director whose experience includes finance, investment and risk-related positions at several large Queensland companies. He presently sits on the Responsible Superannuation Entity Boards of BT Super, and the Boards of Wilson Asset Management (WAM) Alternative Assets Limited and Metro Arts Limited.

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Peta Irvine

Chair - Product and Investment Committee
Member - Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Member - Future Directions Committee

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management

  • Diploma of Financial Planning

  • Diploma of Neuroscience of Leadership

  • Fellow - Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Fellow - Australian Institute of Management

Peta Irvine has been an elected director since 2016. 

Peta has a wide range of experience across a diverse range of industries and organisations, with a strong focus on member-based organisations. She is the CEO of Local Government Managers Australia, Chair at QLeave and Chair of Resolution Pathways.

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Rebecca Sisson

Member - Product and Investment Committee
Member - Future Directions Committee

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

  • Certificate in Governance Practice

Rebecca Sisson has been an elected director since 2017. 

Rebecca is an assistant secretary of the Queensland Independent Education Union (QIEU) and executive member of the Queensland Council of Unions. 

Over the past seventeen years, Rebecca has developed extensive experience in a variety of areas including, member engagement, data management and analysis, process and procedure development and implementation as well as operational management.

Portrait of Leah Mertens, member of the Union Health board of directors.

Leah Mertens

Member – Audit Committee
Member – Risk Committee

  • Diploma of Teaching - Arts and Humanities

Leah Mertens has been an elected director since 2019.

Leah worked in a variety of state primary and secondary schools, in metropolitan, rural and remote communities before her appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) Leah fulfilled the roles of Women’s Officer at the QTU, Strategy and Policy Officer at the Queensland Council of Unions, and Research Officer – Professional Issues at the QTU prior to her election as QTU Deputy General Secretary (Member Services) in March 2021. 

During her 26 years of working for the union movement, Leah has been providing advice to, and advocacy for, QTU members. She has served as the AEU’s corporate director on the board of the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM). Leah was the Chair of the Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS) as well as serving as the Vice-President on the Management Committee of Basic Rights Queensland (BRQ) negotiating the merger of the two entities. Leah has extensive experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, negotiation and advocacy.

Portrait of Anne Fuchs, member of the Union Health board of directors.

Anne Fuchs

MEMBER – PRODUCT AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Advanced Diploma in Financial Services

  • Diploma in Financial Services

  • Certificate in Superannuation Management

  • Bachelor of Arts

  • Graduate - Australian Institute Company Directors

Anne Fuchs has been an elected director since 2019. 

Anne has worked across the financial services sector for over 20 years in both ‘for profit’ and ‘profit for member’ organisations.  

Anne is currently the Head of Advice and Retirement at Sunsuper, the fourth largest superannuation fund in Australia with over 1.4 million members.  Anne is also the Treasurer of the Australian Labor Party – Queensland Branch.  Anne has extensive experience in member engagement, customer and business growth and retention strategies, investments and financial advice and also corporate governance.

Portrait of Mark Anghel, member of the Union Health board of directors.

Mark Anghel

Member - Audit Committee
Member - Risk Committee
Member - Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Member - Future Directions Committee

  • Graduate – Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Post Graduate Diploma – Educational Studies (Guidance and Counselling)

  • Masters – Educational Studies

  • Bachelor Degree – Economics

  • Diploma – Secondary Teaching (Science and Economics)

 

Mark Anghel was appointed as a director in March 2019 to fill the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) position on the board. 

Mark worked for twenty-two years as a teacher and Head of Department in the State Schooling system across the State of Queensland. Whilst teaching, Mark led and was a member of various QTU committees including President of Brisbane South Area Council, Delegate to National Australian Educators Union conferences, Legal committee, Chair of Salaries and Industrial Conditions Committee and other various subcommittees. From this, Mark went on to work for the Queensland Teachers’ Union as Assistant Secretary – Services, Legal. 

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