Continuing the legacy, without fear or favour

Peter Worland

With the retirement of Executive Director Reverend Harry Herbert, Peter Worland looks forward to continuing the legacy of courageous advocacy and service provision for those in our community who are disadvantaged and discriminated against.

Starting his career as a teacher in 1977, Peter worked his way through University before joining working in the government and not-for -profit sector, focusing on improving health services.

As an adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health, Peter coordinated the world first campaign to ban tobacco advertising. In the face of well-funded industry pushback, the campaign persevered in a belief that it wasn’t enough to provide a response to ailment, but to address the how the problem was caused.

Emblematic of how community service issues will be approached under his leadership, Peter first asks the question ‘What can you do to prevent?’

Peter Worland also has a history of working in community services organisations including the Australian and Victorian Council of Social Services and serving as the Director of Services at Wesley Mission in Victoria.

While self-employed as a business consultant, Peter was inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s notion that in the face of those who are disadvantaged and marginalised, there you will see the face of Christ. On a trip to Myanmar, Peter appreciated the distinction between outsourcing charity through giving and working directly with the disadvantaged. With his wife, Robyn they adopted a local school, developing meal and study plans to ensure local children were given a decent education, which importantly included English language classes.

As a lay preacher of the Uniting Church, Peter plans to help reconnect and grow co operation between UnitingCare and the broader Church. Through training and community engagement, UnitingCare can provide opportunities for more of us to personally participate in service and social justice advocacy.