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.

Christopher John

Chief Executive Officer

Christopher became the CEO for United Synergies Ltd in April 2012 after six years as CEO of Lifeline Hobart, Tasmania. Prior to this Christopher lived in Brisbane and worked at Southbank Institute in the Faculty of Health, Humanities and Applied Science in teaching and management.

Christopher has a Masters of Management (Community Management), a Post Graduate Diploma of Health Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course (GAICD). Christopher is a Board member of Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) and a current co-opted Board member for PeakCare Queensland.

Mark James

Mark James

Manager - Corporate Services

Mark joined United Synergies in December 2012 after seven years in New Zealand running and expanding a successful retailing franchise network to 50+ franchises. Mark’s previous experience includes senior management positions in the public sector in health funding and also in the private sector with a healthcare provider.

Mark graduated with a Business Degree from The Robert Gordon University in Scotland and immigrated to Australia after living in New Zealand for 13 years.

Karen Phillips

Karen Phillips

Manager - National StandBy Response Service

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 as the National StandBy Response Service Manager, Karen is responsible for the delivery of the program across 17 sites nationally. The National StandBy Response Service is Australia’s largest suicide postvention program.

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

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