Leadership Team

The CEO reports directly to the United Synergies Board of Directors and is supported by a team of experienced program managers (United Synergies’ Leadership Team). The Program Managers oversee our key service delivery areas.

Andrew Anderson


Andrew Anderson joined US as CEO in May 2019. Prior to taking up the reigns in this role, Andrew was the General Manager Medical and Southern Operations with CareFlight NSW, where he was exposed to the rewards and challenges of working in the ‘for purpose space’. In this role, he was responsible for CareFlight’s NSW Operations, National Medical and Corporate Services.

Prior to joining CareFlight NSW, Andrew spent 15 years in Senior Leadership roles in the industrial services, financial and manufacturing sectors.

Andrew’s qualifications include: Company Directors Program, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management, Harvard Business School, Boston; Advanced Diploma of Business Management, University of New England; and Master of Business Administration (MBA), Australian Graduate School of Management.

Karen Phillips

General Manager

In Karen’s current role of General Manager she provides overarching guidance and coordination for our Centre Managers and StandBy Operations Manager. Karen is focussed setting and delivering on high standards across the organisation to ensure we have smooth operations and good practices to support our clients.

Karen joined United Synergies in January 2009 as Program Manager for the Education, Employment and Training (EET) team and was instrumental in substantially growing the program area from four to 26 staff in three years. More recently Karen led the operations of StandBy – Support After Suicide program. As the National StandBy Response Service Manager, Karen was responsible for the delivery of the program across 17 sites nationally.

Karen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Dr Tanya Bell

Strategic Development Manager

Tanya joined United Synergies in 2017 and is involved in the strategic planning and development of our services to ensure while meeting the requirements of government policy, we are working effectively with our partners and local stakeholders to achieve better outcomes for our clients.

With almost two decades in the primary health care sector, Tanya has worked for research and academic institutes, state government departments, as well as non-government agencies including Medical Locals and Primary Health Networks. More recently Tanya has been engaged in a strategic leadership capacity assisting organisations to define and establish direction and priorities to deliver on their vision, values and strategy.

As a Population Health Epidemiologist, Tanya is passionate about improving the health and well-being of communities.

Tony Howley

Finance Manager

Tony joined United Synergies in 2017, taking on the role of Finance Manager to oversee the management of budgets and financial resources. Tony’s role is integral to assessing, planning and coordinating our efforts to better support the future needs of our organisation in the most cost-effective ways.

Tony emigrated from the UK in 2005 having worked as regional finance manager for two multi-national companies and a not-for-profit Housing Association. Since living on the Sunshine Coast Tony has worked for Lendlease Retirement Living and St Andrews’s Anglican college. He brings a wealth of experience to his role at United Synergies and is passionate about working across the various programs that support vulnerable people in our community.

Stephanie Bemis

Human Resources Manager

In the position of HR Manager Stephanie and her team are focused on ensuring support to employees and managers through all phases of the employee life cycle whilst pursuing a strategic plan and focus to drive long term engagement and well-being.

Stephanie joined United Synergies as the HR Manager in March 2016. Prior to joining United Synergies, Stephanie gained over 10 years’ experience in HR Leadership and generalist positions in Brisbane, Sydney and at the Global Red Bull Headquarters in Austria before returning to the Sunshine Coast. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Business obtained from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Stephanie loves working for an organisation that supports the community and is passionate about organisational culture and employee wellbeing to ensure our employees are best placed to provide stellar support to our clients.

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