SPEAKERS

Our Speakers

The Organising Committee are pleased to bring together high profile speakers for a full day of discussion, debate and dialogue with fantastic networking opportunities.  Here are our speakers confirmed so far with more to be announced shortly.

  • Adam West

    Head of Business Development, CHIA NSW

  • Alecia Rathbone

    General Manager, Summer Foundation

  • Andrew McAnulty

    Chief Executive Officer, Link Wentworth

  • Annette Gallard

    Chair, SGCH

  • Caitlin McDowell

    Head of Policy, CHIA NSW

  • Carrie Hamilton

    Associate at Housing Action Network

  • Charles Northcote

    Chief Executive Officer, BlueCHP

  • Daniel Daly

    Research Fellow, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong

  • David Fisher

    Chief Executive Officer, Housing Plus

  • Debbie Georgopoulos

    Chief Executive Officer, Women's Housing Company

  • Deborah Brill

    Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Policy and Innovation, NSW Land and Housing Corporation

  • Dr Angela Jackson

    Lead Economist, Equity Economics

  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

    Principal Scientist, CSIRO

  • Emma Telfer

    Director, Culture & Strategy, Assemble Communities

  • Gabriel Metcalf

    Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Sydney

  • Haleh Homaei

    Chief Executive Officer, Housing First

  • Helen O’Loughlin

    Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

  • Ian Lynch

    Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Link Housing

  • Jandy McCandless

    Corporate Project and Sustainability Manager, Compass Housing

  • John Engeler

    Chief Executive Officer, Shelter NSW

  • John Nicolades

    Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Housing

  • Karen Stace

    Senior Manager State & Territory Operations, National Disability Services

  • Katherine McKernan

    Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW

  • Kerryn Lawrence

    Assistant Manager,Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit of NSW Health

  • Kim Langley

    Head of Property Partnerships, SGCH

  • Kwesi Addo

    Chair, Compass Housing

  • Kyle Wiebe

    Community Development Officer (Common Ground & Midtown Mac Park), Mission Australia

  • Lacy Barron

    Director Affordable Housing, CHIA NSW

  • Leonie King

    Chief Executive Officer, City West Housing

  • Lisa Annese

    Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia

  • Lucy Gooch-Tonga

    Youth Representative

  • Maree McKenzie

    Chief Executive Officer, Homes North

  • Mariam Akoba

    Youth Panel, Greater Sydney Commission

  • Mark Degotardi

    Chief Executive Officer, CHIA NSW

  • Meryl Bishop

    Director of Planning Environment, Georges River Council

  • Michael Clark

    Executive Manager, Assets & Growth, Hume Housing

  • Mick Colliss

    Conference Dinner Speaker

  • Monica Barone

    Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney

  • Nathan Dal Bon

    Chief Executive Officer, NHFIC

  • Nicola Lemon

    Chief Executive Officer, Hume Housing

  • Nicole Gurran

    Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Sydney

  • Rebecca Oelkers

    Chief Executive Officer, BHC

  • Renee Wirth

    Group Executive, SGCH

  • Sally Regan

    Senior Manager Social Outcomes, Hume Housing

  • Scott Langford

    Group Chief Executive Officer, SGCH

  • Steve Bevington

    Managing Director, Community Housing Ltd

  • Tania de Jong AM

    Entrepreneur

  • Tosh Szatow

    Co-founder and Director, BOOMPower

  • Trish Connolly

    Project Lead, CHIA NSW

  • Turi Condon

    Director of Corporate Affairs at NHFIC

Adam West

Head of Business Development, CHIA NSW

Adam brings intimate knowledge of the NSW community housing sector to his role as CHIA NSW’s Head of Business Development.

Joining CHIA NSW when it was the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, Adam has played an integral role in the sector’s development in surveying services, regulation, and industry leading practice in NSW.

He is driven by providing insight to members that helps drive better tenant service and outcomes.

Adam has also championed the growth of the Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association, which is due to become an independent entity in the 2020-21 financial year.

 

Alecia Rathbone

General Manager, Summer Foundation

Alecia is currently the General Manager of Social Enterprise at the Summer Foundation where she leads the social enterprise, housinghub.org.au, a platform connecting people with disability with accessible housing across Australia. Alecia is currently a non-executive director of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and Cohealth Ltd a large community health provider in Victoria. Alecia is also an independent member of the finance and investment committees for Philanthropy Australia and Parkinson’s Victoria. Alecia is a Fellow of CPA Australia and chairs their Public Sector and Not for Profit Committee in Victoria.

Alecia is a member of the NDIA Specialist Disability Accommodation industry reference group.

Alecia previously held leadership and governance roles with the Foundation for Young Australians, Girl Guides Victoria and YWCA Victoria.

 

Andrew McAnulty

Chief Executive Officer, Link Wentworth

Andrew has delivered social, affordable and large scale urban renewal projects for more than 25 years across Australia and the United Kingdom. Andrew’s experience highlights the innovation and vision required to create cutting edge outcomes for projects which link Government, the private sector and the community housing sector, to deliver homes where communities can thrive.

Annette Gallard

Chair, SGCH

Annette Gallard PSM is currently the Chair of the SGCH Board where she has been a director since 2013.  Her background is in the public service where she held executive positions in both Housing and Community Services for nearly thirty years, finishing her career as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Services (DoCS).  Since she retired she has focused on work as a non-executive director and as well as SGCH she is Chair of Autism Spectrum Australia or Aspect.  SGCH is at a pivotal point in its development.  It has over $1billion in assets and houses nearly 7000 households.  It is now closely examining opportunities to partner with a range of other stakeholders who share its aspirations to provide more great places for people to live in.

Caitlin McDowell

Head of Policy, CHIA NSW

Caitlin is the Head of Policy at the Community Housing Industry Association NSW. She is responsible for driving CHIA NSW’s strategic policy, research, advocacy, and communications agenda. Prior to join CHIA NSW in January 2020, Caitlin worked in key leadership and research roles with Bridge Housing, the NSW Department of Families and Community Services, NSW Department of Education, and Anglicare Sydney.

Carrie Hamilton

Associate at Housing Action Network

Carrie Hamilton has over 20 years’ experience in affordable housing finance in the US and Australia. She contributed to the establishment of both the NRAS in 2008 and the NHFIC bond aggregator in 2018 and has served on Ministerial Advisory Committees at the State and Commonwealth levels. Carrie holds a Master of City Planning and previously applied her expertise at Macquarie in public-private partnerships. She continues to support CHP/investment industry program co-design and consults on the intersection of affordable housing and the Circular Economy.

 

Charles Northcote

Chief Executive Officer, BlueCHP

Charles brings over 35 years’ of international leadership across the construction, resources and business sectors include growing two organisations into global companies with sales exceeding a billion dollars.

As CEO of BlueCHP, Charles has helped BlueCHP become the leading developer of Specialist Disability Accommodation under the NDIS, participate in the successful initial NHFIC $315m bond raising in the Australian capital markets, and raised new funding through government and private investors.

BlueCHP continues to be a leader in the provision of social and affordable housing. Charles won the Macarthur Regional Business Award for Outstanding Business Leader in 2018.
Charles is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK, with a Bachelor of Commerce (NZ) and a MBA from Warwick University UK.

Daniel Daly

Research Fellow, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong

Daniel is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. His work focusses on energy efficient upgrades to existing buildings, including building energy assessments, retrofit allocation, performance evaluation, and organisational energy management. He is the author of the Guide to Low Carbon Retrofits for Social Housing.

David Fisher

Chief Executive Officer, Housing Plus

David Fisher has been CEO of Housing Plus since 2016.

Housing Plus is a regional community housing and services provider. It is currently building one of the largest regional affordable housing programs in NSW. It is also a Homeless and Domestic Family service
provider.

David is Vice Chair of Homelessness NSW and President of NCOSS

 

Debbie Georgopoulos

Chief Executive Officer, Women's Housing Company

Debbie joined the Women’s Housing Company in April 2017 and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the organisation to deliver housing and homelessness services to women in NSW. Debbie has over two decades of public policy and program experience from government and non-government organisations, including senior roles in the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (formerly FACS) and Mission Australia. She held roles responsible for Housing Pathways, Future Directions for Social Housing, and Community Regeneration of Estates.
Debbie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an Executive Master of Public Administration, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts. She is also a Churchill Fellow, having
completed a fellowship on international approaches to managing social housing demand in 2015

Deborah Brill

Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Policy and Innovation, NSW Land and Housing Corporation

Deborah has held senior executive roles in Housing NSW and the Department of Planning and Environment since 2008, joining NSW Land and Housing Corporation in November 2019, and led the development of ‘Housing 2041: NSW Housing Strategy’, an innovative 20-year vision articulating better housing outcomes across NSW. Deborah also led the development of ‘Future Directions for Social Housing NSW’, a transformation strategy for the NSW social housing system.

Deborah believes access to safe and secure housing is a basic human right, and that good housing benefits everyone—from individuals to households, communities and the economy.

Dr Angela Jackson

Lead Economist, Equity Economics

Angela is lead economist at Equity Economics, a consulting firm that focuses on the importance of inclusive growth in building a more sustainable economy and society.

Angela was previously Deputy Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Hon Lindsay Tanner MP during the Global Financial Crisis.

She is currently National Deputy Chair of the Women in Economics Network, Board Member at Gender Equity Victoria, a regular contributor to the NFAW Gender Lens on the Budget and a member of the National Heart Foundation’s Victorian Advisory Board.

Angela holds a Masters in International Health Policy (Health Economics) with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has recently completed her PhD on the Economics of Disability in Australia at Monash University’s Centre for Economics.

Angela provides regular economic commentary on television and radio, and has written for The Age, the Conversation, The Australian, The New Daily and Croakey.

 

 

 

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

Principal Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Hajkowicz is a principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures.  He lives in Brisbane and is both a keen supporter and active participant in the city’s rapidly growing knowledge and creative economy.

Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory. He was recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community, a group of 32 strategy and foresight experts meeting annually in New York to share ideas about the future of the world. Stefan is widely published in the scientific literature and his new book, titled Global Megatrends, hit shelves in May 2015.  Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England.

Emma Telfer

Director, Culture & Strategy, Assemble Communities

Emma is Director, Culture & Strategy at Assemble, a private housing development business focussed on social and affordable housing. Emma leads all community engagement, CSR and impact, and brand and cultural initiatives across the business. A passionate urbanist and cultural leader, Emma is deeply interested in the role urban design and architecture plays in positively shaping our cities and in socially responsible housing development.

 

Gabriel Metcalf

Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Sydney

Gabriel is the CEO of the Committee for Sydney, a research and advocacy organisation that works with Sydney leaders to solve the most important problems facing the city. Formerly CEO of SPUR, an urban policy group in San Francisco, Gabriel has led initiatives on housing, transport, economic development, and climate adaptation, among other topics.

Haleh Homaei

Chief Executive Officer, Housing First

Haleh Homaei has been CEO of HousingFirst since 2016. It is one of Victoria’s fastest growing, not for profit, social and affordable housing providers, that provides over 1200 social and affordable rental homes to low income and vulnerable people across Melbourne. Her career in housing spans more than 30 years and includes senior and leadership positions in both the government and community sectors. She is currently a board member of Power Housing Australia as well as the renowned Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). She is a member of the Harmony Alliance, that supports the participation of migrant and refugee women in economic, social, cultural, civil, and political life.

 

Helen O’Loughlin

Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

Helen has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in government and the not-for-profit sector initiating and driving strategic change in policy and strategy development and program design and delivery. Her specialist expertise is in social and affordable housing, community development and urban strategic and social planning.

Helen is a qualified Town Planner and her career has been focussed on housing policy and strategy, including roles with Sydney City Council, NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Housing NSW, Department of Human Services, FACS and more recently Evolve Housing (Community Housing sector).

Helen has extensive experience in affordable housing. She was the former Director of the NSW Centre for Affordable Housing, delivered the National Rental Affordability Scheme in NSW and was a member of the NSW Government’s 2012 Affordable Housing Taskforce.

 

Ian Lynch

Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Link Housing

Ian Lynch is the CEO of Pacific Link Housing, he oversees the management of over 1,100 social and affordable properties across the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Hunter regions, as well as adding to the supply of housing stock through development and construction. Ian holds a Degree in Business Management and is also CPA qualified.

Jandy McCandless

Corporate Project and Sustainability Manager, Compass Housing

Jandy has worked in government and not for profit organisations for over 14 years in Project Coordination and Management Roles. She spent two years as the Department Liaison Officer for Queensland Minister for Environment and over 5 years in the Director General’s office as Team Leader.

In 2019 Jandy was named Sustainability Champion by Office of Environment and Heritages’ Sustainable Advantage Program and is currently completing her MBA with Newcastle University.

Jandy has been involved in many different projects for Compass Housing including the successful delivery of the SAHF and other major projects. In her current role Jandy leads Community Development with a focus on achieving social and environmental outcomes.

John Engeler

Chief Executive Officer, Shelter NSW

John joined Shelter NSW as CEO in early 2020, having been involved in the formation, development and operation of Social, Affordable & Specialist housing for most of his professional life. He has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and has undertaken post-graduate legal studies.

John Nicolades

Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Housing

John has led Bridge Housing Limited since 2006, providing strategic leadership for the organisation’s growth. He has increased the portfolio from 650 properties in 2006 to 3,500 properties providing homes for 5,500 residents in 2020. He has led the organisation’s transformation to provide resident focused programs delivering tenancy, property, community building and property development services.

 

Karen Stace

Senior Manager State & Territory Operations, National Disability Services

Karen is the Senior Manager for State and Territory Operations with National Disability Services (NDS). Commencing in the NDIS trial site in NSW, Karen has been active in supporting the disability sector understand the implications of and adapt to the new and evolving operating environment bought about by the NDIS for the past 8 years.

Karen has a Master’s of Business Leadership and over 20 years in senior management roles in the community sector, and was the CEO of a disability service prior to joining NDS in 2013.

Katherine McKernan

Chief Executive Officer, Homelessness NSW

Katherine joined Homelessness NSW as the Chief Executive in February 2015 and has been a member of the Homelessness Australia Board since 2016. During this time she has been a strong advocate for ending homelessness and in 2020 worked alongside the NSW Government to secure nearly $100 million to support people experiencing homelessness to remain healthy and well and access long term housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In her time in the role, she has also focused on highlighting the breadth of homelessness with policy and research work on older women and homelessness, financial inclusion and the impact of debt on homelessness and linkages between domestic and family violence, child protection and homelessness.

She also has experience in working more broadly with the NGO sector and has experience in social policy areas such as mental health, preventing violence against women and disability.

 

Kerryn Lawrence

Assistant Manager,Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit of NSW Health

Kerryn Lawrence is the Assistant Manager of the Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit of NSW Health.  She has worked as an Environmental Health Officer in local and state governments and is an accredited Housing for Health Project Manager with Healthabitat.  Kerryn is keenly aware of the connection between safe and functional social housing and the health of its tenants.

 

 

 

Kim Langley

Head of Property Partnerships, SGCH

Kim leads a team of 35 people tasked with the Group’s operational services management including reactive maintenance, common area management and inspection services. The team also oversees the private leasehold portfolio, vacancy management and handyperson team.

Beginning her career as a residential and commercial property manager in the private sector, Kim commenced with SGCH as an Affordable Housing Manager in 2010. Since then, Kim has held various operational and leadership roles across the SGCH business.

Over the past 11 years, Kim has worked on several key SGCH projects including the organisation’s response to the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan (Social Housing Initiative), National Rental Affordability Scheme projects, the implementation of Social Housing Management transfers and the NSW Government Stimulus Funding project.

Kwesi Addo

Chair, Compass Housing

Kwesi has been involved in the community housing sector for over 15 years.  Kwesi started in the sector working as an advocate, legal advisor and privacy officer for Compass.

In 2005, Kwesi was elected to the board of Compass and was elected as its chair in 2017.

During his association with Compass, Kwesi has authored 3 editions of a legal / operational text (published by Compass) on residential tenancies specifically related to the community housing sector in both New South Wales and, in 2016, a first edition for the Queensland community housing sector.  Both texts, which serve as practical operational manuals to staff, have been widely and well-received by the community housing sector and government officials in both jurisdictions.

Kwesi has also been a lawyer for over 15 years, the last 10 of which he has specialised in corporate / commercial and construction law. Kwesi currently works as senior legal counsel for a multi-national civil construction company.

Kyle Wiebe

Community Development Officer (Common Ground & Midtown Mac Park), Mission Australia

Kyle’s energy, convincing leadership, astute intelligence and supportive manner not only engages tenants, but also stands as testimony to the entire country that it can be done, that we can create local solutions while caring for our communities and giving voice to those, that for too long, have been excluded.

 

Lacy Barron

Director Affordable Housing, CHIA NSW

Lacy Barron is a strategic policy and housing professional who has worked extensively across government and the non‐government sectors, driving concrete solutions through collaboration with not for profits, private sector, and government. As Director Affordable Housing at CHIA NSW, Lacy is leading work to promote new affordable housing opportunities for CHPs across NSW.

Leonie King

Chief Executive Officer, City West Housing

Leonie is CEO of City West Housing, a Tier 1 housing provider in inner Sydney. Leonie is Vice Chair of NSW CHIA and a Director on the Board of CHIA National. She has over 20 years experience in affordable housing, including in senior executive roles working for the NSW Government.

 

Lisa Annese

Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia

Lisa Annese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia since 2 June 2014. In this role she leads debate on diversity and inclusion in the public arena, and as a result appears regularly on ABC’s The Drum and in wider Australian media.

In 2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 she was elected to the Board of Amnesty International Australia.  Lisa is also Executive Producer of DCA’s podcast, The Art of Inclusion.

Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector. And some of her career highlights include: advocating for policy action in areas including government funded paid parental leave and closing the gender pay gap; presenting DCA’s leading research internationally; developing the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’ while at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.

 

Lucy Gooch-Tonga

Youth Representative

Lucy is a 23 year old queer-identifying person living in a sharehouse Sydney. After working as an aged carer and studying Psychological science for 3 years, they’ve thrown in the towel to support vocal local communities, punk rock bands and independent thinkers. She also enjoys putting her terrible poems on the internet for all to see.

 

Maree McKenzie

Chief Executive Officer, Homes North

Maree McKenzie has been the CEO at Homes North Community Housing since 2007 and has overseen the transformation of the organisation from a small provider managing 150 properties to one now managing over 2,700 properties. Maree is also a Director of Community Housing Industry Associations (CHIA) NSW.

Mariam Akoba

Youth Panel, Greater Sydney Commission

Mariam Akoba is a young passionate advocate for refugees and indigenous people. Mariam is a multicultural youth ambassador and she promotes diversity and celebrates her cultural heritage. Mariam is the Western Sydney Youth Representative at the Greater Sydney Commission’s Youth Panel. She works with newly arrived young refugees and people seeking asylum across Western Sydney to help them resettle in Australia. Mariam aims to challenge and inspire decision-makers to engage youth and hear their voices.

Mark Degotardi

Chief Executive Officer, CHIA NSW

Mark joined as CEO of CHIA NSW in May 2019.

Mark brings decades of senior leadership experience in public advocacy and peak body representation to his role as CEO of CHIA NSW.

Having worked directly with State and Federal Government Ministers and departments throughout his career, he understands how to demonstrate the sector’s value to government, stakeholders and the community.

Meryl Bishop

Director of Planning Environment, Georges River Council

Meryl has  close to 30 years’ experience working in local government, with extensive experience in land use planning and policy and program development in the areas of economic planning, place management, affordable housing, social and recreation/open-space planning. Meryl worked at Marrickville and Waverley Councils and has also held leadership roles at the City of Botany Bay and City of Ryde.  Her current role is the Director of Environment and Planning at Georges River Council.

Meryl’s  interest in affordable housing commenced when studying in England where she did her master thesis on the UK’s affordable housing program and its implementation through the planning system. She then applied this knowledge through the further development and implementation of the affordable housing program at Waverley Council. At Georges River Council she is currently working on a program to increase the supply of affordable housing for low – moderate incomes earners, with the development of the area’s first Affordable Housing Contributions Scheme.

Michael Clark

Executive Manager, Assets & Growth, Hume Housing

Michael has 25 year’s experience in both the private and public sectors and a career experience that spans New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. Michael has been a senior leadership roles for the past 17 years covering multiple property services and functions in private consultancy, local government and state government sectors.

Michael brings a wealth of experience in change leadership, developing and implementing long term strategic plans and implementing best practice operating models to ensure delivery of strategic objectives. This has led to building significant development pipelines and projects, and improvements in performance, better social outcomes and healthier financial returns.

Michael is a qualified property professional and also holds a Master of Business (MBA) from South Cross University in NSW.

 

Mick Colliss

Conference Dinner Speaker

Mick Colliss is widely regarded as Australia’s best after dinner speaker and entertainer. To watch him draw an audience in with his incredible true, tall tales is to watch a master storyteller.

Mick always dreamed of representing Australia and did so. The fact it was in a field he knew nothing about is the stuff of legend. His tale of mateship, creative thinking and Sudoku will leave you breathless with laughter.

Monica Barone

Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney

Monica has been the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Sydney since 2006, having overseen the development and implementation of the City’s long-term vision for Central Sydney – Sustainable Sydney 2030.
She manages approximately 2000 staff, an annual Capital expenditure and Operational expenditure budget of approximately $930 million and $14.3 billion dollars of net assets including the Council’s commercial property portfolio.
In 2020 the City of Sydney processed over $2.7 billion dollars of new development.
The City’s major projects are the CBD Light Rail which commenced operation in December 2019 (initiated and partially funded by City of Sydney but now managed by Transport for NSW) and the $13 billion Green Square Urban Renewal site and is constructing $550 million dollars of public infrastructure including the $100 million dollar Gunyama Aquatic Centre and Sports Complex.
Monica holds a Master’s in Creative Arts and was a 2014 ‘100 Women of Influence’ finalist. She is chair of the Resilient Sydney Steering Committee, on the board of the Global Resilient Cities Network, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Chief Executive Women.

 

 

 

Nathan Dal Bon

Chief Executive Officer, NHFIC

Nathan has been Chief Executive Officer of NHFIC since its inception in mid 2018, and has led the growth, positioning and maturing of the organisation to deliver on its purpose of improving housing outcomes for all Australians. This includes facilitating the growth of the community housing sector and access into the housing market, and building a high-performance team to continue delivering successful outcomes.

Nathan has over 25 years’ experience in economic policy development and advising across government. He has driven domestic and international reforms to achieve sustainable economic development and contribute to wide a range of policy issues across the Asia Pacific region. Previously as a senior Commonwealth Treasury official, he led the team that established NHFIC, and has held senior executive roles in the departments of Industry, Innovation and Science; Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Prime Minister and Cabinet. He also served as a non-executive director on the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

In 2014, as Head of the Economic Advisory Group of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Nathan was Australia’s representative to the United National for the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Development Financing.

Nathan holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Newcastle.

 

 

 

Nicola Lemon

Chief Executive Officer, Hume Housing

Nicola Lemon is the CEO Of Hume Community Housing, one of New South Wales’ largest Tier 1 housing providers, and is charged with making a positive difference to the lives of more than 9,000 customers across metropolitan and regional NSW. She is focused on building a more equitable world – one where those most vulnerable have access to safe, secure housing and services to enable them to prosper, contribute and assume their meaningful place in society.

Nicola positions Hume as a profit-for-purpose organisation – in the conviction that community housing providers must be outstanding business organisations first and foremost. Since her appointment in 2008, Nicola has forged a thriving organisation, one that is financially sustainable, focussed on business growth, innovation, commitment to purpose, and accountability.
In 2018, Nicola led Hume to double its customer base by successfully securing one of the largest social housing transfers awarded in NSW. In February 2019, Hume was announced as the first Community Housing Provider to be granted access to a finance deal through the National Housing Investment Finance and Investment Corporation, demonstrating further confidence in both Hume and the sector.

Nicola champions consultation with customers, employees, and partners to foster continual organisational and industry improvement. She is committed to providing holistic, long-term solutions that support education and wellbeing.

Nicola contributes to elevating the sector by engendering confidence in Community Housing Providers as being capable of delivering cost-effective and efficient housing and social cohesion solutions. She has been a Board member of PowerHousing Australia since 2012 and has held the post of Chairperson since 2016.
Before joining Hume, Nicola held roles in housing associations in the United Kingdom. She has led regeneration projects, large-scale real estate renewal programs, new-build constructions, and service delivery design projects. Nicola holds a degree in Business Law.

 

Nicole Gurran

Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Sydney

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney, where she directs the University’s Henry Halloran Trust for urban research and co-convenes the Urban Housing Lab. She has led numerous studies on housing, sustainability and planning, and is the author of several books including Urban Planning and the housing market (2017, Palgrave), Politics, Planning and Housing Supply in Australia, England and Hong Kong, (Routledge, 2016), and Australian Urban Land Use Planning (2011). Remaining active in planning practice, Professor Gurran currently serves as a State appointed independent member of Sydney Western City Planning Panel.

Rebecca Oelkers

Chief Executive Officer, BHC

Rebecca Oelkers is the Chief Executive Officer of BHC, one of the largest Community Housing Providers in Queensland, with over 2,000 homes developed and under management. Rebecca brings
to the role a strong vision for strategic growth and a deep understanding of the company, having held Executive roles with BHC over the past 13 years, including as Chief Operations Officer and Business Development Manager.

Rebecca’s experience in the affordable housing sector spans over 19 years, across a variety of affordable housing projects including the establishment of Catalyst Affordable Housing, partnering
with LNG proponents in an Australian-first, to provide affordable housing in regional Queensland. Rebecca is committed to growing the supply of safe, secure affordable housing, and delivering
services that enable tenants to achieve increased wellbeing and inclusion. Rebecca is the Deputy Chair of the national Community Housing Industry Association. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and
a Bachelor of Arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recipient of the 2018 UDIA Women in Leadership Award.

Rebecca is a passionate advocate for affordable housing issues and has presented at national, state and local housing forums on housing affordability issues

 

Renee Wirth

Group Executive, SGCH

Renée has over 19 years’ experience in the planning and delivery of social and affordable housing policies and projects, working for local and state government in NSW, local and central government in the UK and the not-for-profit community housing industry in NSW. Renée is currently in the executive team of SGCH, the largest community housing provider operating in Sydney with 7,000 social and affordable homes under management.

Sally Regan

Senior Manager Social Outcomes, Hume Housing

Sally’s role at Hume is to oversees the Hume Housing’s Social Outcomes team through the delivery of a suite of programs and services which meet Hume customer’s needs and preferences.  Sally is also leading the implementation of Hume’s Reconciliation Action Plan.  Sally has come to Hume with over twenty years’ experience working in a diverse range of settings across the community sector in NSW, Victoria and Ireland.  Prior to starting with Hume in January 2020, Sally was a Senior Manager at Hunter Primary Care.  Sally established from the ground up, Hunter Partners in Recovery, NDIS services for people with a psychosocial disability and a service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a severe mental illness.  Sally has maintained a passion for housing and homelessness throughout her career including the establishment of the first Street to Home program in Melbourne.

Scott Langford

Group Chief Executive Officer, SGCH

Scott Langford joined as Group CEO in 2016, having previously held leadership roles in property development and housing.

At SGCH he leads a team of over 200 staff who provide a place to call home for around 12,000 people in 7,000 homes. Scott and his team have secured a development pipeline of over 1,000 new social and affordable homes in Sydney, underpinned by $475 million of financing commitments.

Major transactions have included the Social and Affordable Housing Fund Phases 1 and 2, and the Social Housing Management Transfer program.

Scott has served on numerous industry Boards and advisory groups including as Chair of the International Housing Partnership and PowerHousing Australia. He is currently a member of the NSW Community Housing Industry Council and a Director of CHIA NSW.

Steve Bevington

Managing Director, Community Housing Ltd

An Australian of the Year finalist and Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd (CHL) Group of Companies,  Steve Bevington has been involved in the development and management of affordable and community housing for over 40 years.

He is one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability and is on the board of Community Housing Industry Association.  Under his leadership CHL has a strong commitment to housing those on low to moderate incomes, Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Peoples and those with high and complex needs who have been disadvantaged in the market place.

Tania de Jong AM

Entrepreneur

Tania de Jong AM is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators with 5 businesses and 3 charities under her belt. She is also one of Australia’s leading speakers and has the voice of an angel. Tania has recently been named in the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Australia.

Tania is a global authority on creativity, innovation and collaboration. With a grandmother who invented the foldable umbrella, innovation is in her blood.

Individuals, communities, corporations and governments face increasing challenges and accelerating change, and Tania expand mindsets and inspires audiences to think more laterally and creatively about the future. In 2018 Thinkers 50 invited her to be a keynote speaker and performer at the European Business Forum in Denmark.

Tosh Szatow

Co-founder and Director, BOOMPower

Tosh is co-founder and Director at market leading software company BOOMPower. He has 15 years experience at the front-line of Australia’s clean energy transition including 3 years delivering research of national significance at the CSIRO. BOOM! Software has empowered property teams to deliver over $7m worth of clean energy retrofits since 2018.

Trish Connolly

Project Lead, CHIA NSW

Trish has an extensive background in homelessness and domestic abuse policy, service design, and service system reform within an Australian and UK context. She has worked across a broad range of sectors including the NSW State Government, UK Government, peak bodies, non-government/frontline service providers and charities. Trish is an experienced consultant having established her own business in 2016 and a new consultancy service within one of the UK’s biggest homelessness charities, Crisis UK.  Trish is currently delivering service improvement expertise for CHIA NSW and continuing to deliver her own consultancy services.

 

Turi Condon

Director of Corporate Affairs at NHFIC

Turi is Director of Corporate Affairs at NHFIC. She was The Australian newspaper’s Property Editor and spent most of her career in journalism and senior editorial management roles for Australia’s two largest national media groups, News Corp (The Australian) and Fairfax Media, now Nine (Australian Financial Review and BRW).

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