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

  • Alison Croall

    Housing Manager, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

  • Alister Henskens

    Member for Ku-ring-gai

  • Andrew McAnulty

    Chief Executive Officer, Link Wentworth

  • Annette Gallard

    Chair, SGCH

  • Bruce Woodhouse

    Partnerships Manager - Customer and Communities Division, SGCH

  • Caitlin McDowell

    Head of Policy, CHIA NSW

  • Carrie Hamilton

    Associate at Housing Action Network

  • Charles Northcote

    Chief Executive Officer, BlueCHP

  • Charlie Trindall

    Operations Manager, MLAHMC LTD

  • Chris Trypas

    Executive Manager Specialist Services, Compass Housing Services

  • Clancey Rae

    Acting Team Leader, Salvation Army

  • 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 Laurence Troy

    Lecturer in Urbanism, University of Sydney

  • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz

    Principal Scientist, CSIRO

  • Emma Telfer

    Director, Culture & Strategy, Assemble Communities

  • Gabriel Metcalf

    Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Sydney

  • Hal Pawson

    Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

  • 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

  • Kerryn Lawrence

    Assistant Manager,Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit of NSW Health

  • Kim Langley

    Head of Property Partnerships, SGCH

  • Krystal Moores

    Manager Pathways, Bridge Housing

  • Kwesi Addo

    Chair, Compass Housing

  • Kyle Wiebe

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

  • Lacy Barron

    Director Affordable Housing, CHIA NSW

  • Lauren Conceicao

    NSW Deputy Director, Property Council of Australia

  • 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

  • Michele Adair

    Chief Executive Officer, Housing Trust

  • Mike Allen

    Independent Chair, LinkWentworth Housing

  • 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

  • Pam Barker

    Chief Executive Officer, Yfoundations

  • Paula Thum

    Manager - Foyer Central, Uniting

  • Phil Butler

    Not For Profit Sector Leader, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

  • Rebecca Mullins

    Chief Executive Officer, My Foundations Youth Housing

  • 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

  • Suzanne Naden

    Chief Executive Officer, Bungree

  • Tania de Jong AM

    Entrepreneur

  • The Hon. Melinda Jane Pavey, MP

  • Tosh Szatow

    Co-founder and Director, BOOMPower

  • Trish Connolly

    Project Lead, CHIA NSW

  • Turi Condon

    Director of Corporate Affairs at NHFIC

  • Will Roden

    Project Director, Elton Consulting

  • Zehrina Hajdic

    State Operations Manager- NSW, Community Housing Limited

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.

 

Alison Croall

Housing Manager, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Alison is a proud Noongar Woman from the Yamatji Nation of the Badimaya people who has lived most of her life on Dharawal Country.
She has more than 20 years-experience working in the Aboriginal housing, medical and support service sectors helping provide the best outcome the community. She is a strong and successful advocate for the welfare of her community and works tirelessly for better social outcomes.
Alison has multiple directorship roles and has extensive knowledge of governance, financial accountability, funding commitments and organisational design. This includes completing governance training at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. This breadth of knowledge and experience is reflected in her past and current directorships;
• FACS Aboriginal Staff Working Group (chairperson)
• Macarthur Legal Centre (director)
• Campbelltown Family Support (chairperson)
• Board of Director (Tharawal Aboriginal Land Council)
• Chairperson (WILMA Women’s Health Centre)
• Chairperson and Director (Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation)
• Member Campbelltown Council Aboriginal Advisory Board

She also sits on the following panels;
Out of Home Care which looks at Aboriginal children that are placed in non-kinship placements and advise on connecting to identity and cultural needs
• Aboriginal Cultural Competence Group (ACCG) advises directly to Family and Community Services (FACS) executive on what needs to change to support positive outcomes for families and their children advising on cultural awareness training programs within FACS.
• SAMS (Safety Action Meeting) Based on keeping Families safe from risk of Harm due to domestic Violence.
Her passion is to be part of positive change in her community to provide safe and positive health outcomes and a safe place to live.

Alister Henskens

Member for Ku-ring-gai

Alister is the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services in the NSW Government and has been the Member for Ku-ring-gai in the NSW Parliament since 2015.

He has served as the Cabinet Secretary, the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance and as the Chair of several Parliamentary Committees, including the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

Alister’s family have lived in the Ku-ring-gai area since 1996. He was born, raised and schooled in Newcastle NSW.

Alister has degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, where he studied under a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. Alister was a lawyer for 27 years, first as a solicitor and then as a barrister, being appointed as a Senior Counsel or SC in 2011.

 

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.

Bruce Woodhouse

Partnerships Manager - Customer and Communities Division, SGCH

Bruce Woodhouse is currently the Partnerships Manager for the Customer and Communities Division in SGCH. Bruce has worked in social service provision for 30 years in the areas of youth work, seniors work and neighbourhood centres. In 1995 Bruce gained a social work degree to specialise in community development. His experience includes a decade with Housing NSW working in homelessness, strategic planning and community renewal in the Airds Estate in Campbelltown.

Over the past 8 years with SGCH Bruce has coordinated better service responses for Aboriginal people and People with Disability. SGCH has a strong commitment to improve its customer service which naturally leads to innovation. The Gibbons Street project will act as a catalyst for SGCH to learn, connect and make long term cultural changes in terms of Aboriginal cultural skill and competency.

 

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.

Charlie Trindall

Operations Manager, MLAHMC LTD

Charlie is Operations Manager at MLAHMC LTD. Starting a career in tenancy and housing management more than a decade ago, Charles worked in the private sector for 5 years before finding his calling in Aboriginal Affairs and the Housing sector, working firstly under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act before managing a portfolio under the then NSW Community Housing Regulatory Code. A proud achievement has been Charlie’s hand in the design of a tenant education and support program that was available to 1,100 tenancies across 10 remote communities. This program was successfully funded through the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW to a unique partnership of 3 prominent Aboriginal Community Housing Providers. Charlie advocates strongly for a fairer system that allows Aboriginal people to participate meaningfully in the housing sector and have a stronger presence socially and economically.

 

Chris Trypas

Executive Manager Specialist Services, Compass Housing Services

Chris is the Executive Manager Specialist Services for Compass Housing Services a Tier One Community Housing Provider which manages over 7,000 social, affordable and disability housing properties across Australia and New Zealand.

Within Compass’ Specialist Services unit, Chris manages the Specialist Disability Accommodation team who oversee 250 group home and apartment style Disability Housing properties across NSW and QLD, as well as several fee for service partnership agreements in the affordable and disability housing space including Home for Life (H4L), Summer Foundation Disability Housing & BlueCHP Affordable Housing.

During his career at Compass Housing, Chris has been instrumental in leading successful growth strategies within the business including:
– ADHC Group home transfer to Community Housing (2017)
– Affordable Housing transition – BlueCHP (2018)
– Social Housing Management Transfer (SHMT) (2019)
– Social and Affordable Housing Fund property transition (2020)

Chris is a Certified Housing Professional through the Australian Housing Institute (AHI), holds a Diploma of Management and is a Certified Trainer and Assessor (TAE).

 

Clancey Rae

Acting Team Leader, Salvation Army

Clancey has worked in the community service sector for a number of years with extensive experience in homelessness. She has worked with The Salvation Army for the last 5 years in various different roles and Case Managed some of the most complex individuals in Sydney. Clancey has managed the Together Home program since it’s initial roll out in July 2020 with packages across Sydney and the Central Coast.

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 Laurence Troy

Lecturer in Urbanism, University of Sydney

Laurence Troy is a Lecturer in Urbanism in the School of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the relationship between precarious employment, housing and citizenship, and implications for patterns of urban settlement, the multi-unit development sector, and funding models for social and affordable housing.

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.

Hal Pawson

Professor Housing Research and Policy and Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

Hal Pawson is Professor of Housing Research and Policy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He retains an Honorary Professor position at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh where he was based until 2011. He is also a Managing Editor of the international journal, Housing Studies. His latest co-authored books ‘Housing Policy in Australia: A case for system reform’, and ‘The Private Rental Sector in Australia: Living with uncertainty’ were published in 2020 and 2021.

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 Engeler is CEO of Shelter NSW, the State’s peak body in the housing policy and advocacy space, and member of National Shelter’s executive committee. He has been involved in the formation, development and operation of Social, Affordable & Specialist housing for most of his professional life, having spent a number of years in the private, public and community sectors. He has a masters degree in urban and regional planning, and has undertaken post-graduate legal studies. He especially enjoys the opportunity to contribute to innovative housing responses, delivering solutions to those for whom the market falls short. Having been raised in a modest house and the youngest of 9 children, he is especially buoyed by the increasing recognition of the housing needs of people in severe overcrowding!

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.

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.

Krystal Moores

Manager Pathways, Bridge Housing

Krystal Moores is a senior housing professional, with over 11 years of experience managing the delivery of services that address key issues including homelessness, housing affordability, tenancy sustainability and social outcomes in both the public and not for profit sectors in NSW and QLD.

Krystal currently leads the pathways and business administration teams at Bridge Housing across the Northern Beaches and Sydney locations to deliver all housing assistance services, including emergency accommodation under Housing Pathways.

Since joining Bridge Housing in 2012, Krystal has played a key role in the delivery of a number of Housing First programs such as Platform 70, Connect 100, STEP to Home and Together Home.

Krystal is a passionate leader in the community services sector who continues to strive for improving the lives of vulnerable people through access to affordable housing, support provision and community connections.

 

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.

Lauren Conceicao

NSW Deputy Director, Property Council of Australia

Lauren Conceicao joined the Property Council of Australia as the NSW Deputy Executive Director in November last year, relocating back from London where she worked as political liaison for the Association of Colleges, working with the UK Parliament to promote public colleges across England. During her time in the UK she also worked in scrutiny of public policy at City Hall, reviewing the work of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Prior to her time in the UK Lauren ran a number of industry associations across Australia, as one of the leading voices to the South Australian and Federal Government on skills, workforce, employment and apprenticeship policy.

Lauren leads the advocacy and communications team for the NSW Division of the Property Council, covering NSW including the Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Hunter regions. Her team covers housing, planning, taxation, cities, economics and much more. Lauren champions the CBD revitalisation policy for Sydney and other CBDs across NSW. She also leads on the political engagement agenda for the Division, working closely with Ministers, MPs, the Shadow Cabinet and parliamentary committees to support the property industry across the states.

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.

 

Michele Adair

Chief Executive Officer, Housing Trust

Michele Adair is the CEO of the Housing Trust and was elected Chair of the Community Housing Industry Association of NSW in December 2020.

Housing Trust is a charitable social enterprise with a portfolio of 1,200 properties across the Illawarra. They provide around 2,500 people on low to moderate incomes with a safe, secure and affordable home. The company employs 45 staff directly and dozens of others through its extensive building and maintenance programs which invested $3.3m in the local economy last year. Michele is ultimately responsible for the company’s growth and sustainability. The business is currently valued at $175m.

As Chair of her industry peak body, Michele represents 130 not-for-profit Community Housing Providers to all levels of government and industry. CHIA members manage over 50,000 homes state-wide. In recent years, their combined investment in construction projects was valued at over $1.2 billion and they delivered 3,200 homes.

Michele is a highly regarded and popular commentator on the complex issues affecting residential housing, employment and economic growth. She uses her positions to advocate for people living and working in the Illawarra and nationally. Michele is an active member of the Property Council, UDIA, Illawarra First and other groups.

 

Mike Allen

Independent Chair, LinkWentworth Housing

Mike is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, with more than 40 years experience in social and affordable housing. He has led a number of major reforms at both a state and national level.

In 2011 he was awarded the Public Service Medal and remains active in the sector.

 

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.

Pam Barker

Chief Executive Officer, Yfoundations

Pam Barker is the CEO of Yfoundations, the peak body for youth homelessness in NSW. With a background in psychology, Pam is passionate about helping young people out of homelessness through a mixture of advocacy and leadership.

 

Paula Thum

Manager - Foyer Central, Uniting

Paula has worked within the employment services industry including disability services for 12 years, working across both state and federal Government contracts. Over the past 4.5 years Paula has had the pleasure and privilege of working directly within the youth sector, further developing and cementing a passion for working with youth. Paula has a high level of commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people both gained from her extensive experience and education background including psychology and coaching.

Phil Butler

Not For Profit Sector Leader, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Phil Butler is the Not For Profit Sector Leader for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Moving to Canberra in 2000, he worked with the Institute of Chartered Accountants before taking on the ACT State Manager with AICD. In this role, Phil has worked closely with Boards, CEO’s and Directors of organisations in Public and Not for Profit sectors.

Since 2011, he has led the Not for Profit Sector for AICD. This role is designed to support organisations in the NFP sector to achieve their respective missions through ongoing improvements in governance and to build greater awareness of the contribution of NFP directors and support their ongoing professional development. Examples of this work include the Good Governance Principles and Guidance for NFP Organisations and the annual NFP Governance and Performance Study.

Phil is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course and a member of CPA Australia, and has completed the AICD’s Mastering the Boardroom Program. He has been on a range of boards of NFP and Government organisations and most recently was  a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia ACT.

 

Rebecca Mullins

Chief Executive Officer, My Foundations Youth Housing

Rebecca Mullins has over 20 years of senior management experience with deep expertise in the community housing, homelessness and advocacy sectors. Rebecca was one of the driving forces behind the development of My Foundations Youth Housing Ltd and as our founding CEO has taken us from start-up in 2015, to an organisation that now manages over 200 properties, with funding and partnerships secured to deliver up to another 100 properties in the current financial year. Having delivered The Addison Project, Australia’s first Meanwhile Use housing solution, and co-designed Transitional Housing Plus with the NSW Government, Rebecca continues to explore and deliver innovative housing solutions for young people.

 

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.

Suzanne Naden

Chief Executive Officer, Bungree

Suzanne Naden has been the CEO of Bungree since 2014. Bungree Aboriginal Association (Bungree), one of the largest Aboriginal providers of ageing, disability, transport, housing, homelessness, child protection, health, education, employment and youth services on the Central Coast, provides integrated care wrap-around services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community including children, families and carers, Elders, as well as people with disability and the disadvantaged.

Bungree currently employs 35 people and operates 28 funded programs and services dedicated to improving clients’ overall quality of life. Bungree also delivers housing and other community programs in the Lower Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Upper Hunter (Karuah) areas.

 

Tania de Jong AM

Entrepreneur

Tania de Jong AM is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs, performers and innovators having developed 6 businesses and 3 charities over 3 decades. Tania works across the public, private, creative and social sectors. She founded Creativity Australia, Creative Universe, MTA Entertainment & Events and The Song Room and works with disadvantaged communities nationally through Creativity Australia’s ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs.

She has recently co-founded Mind Medicine Australia with her husband Peter Hunt AM. Mind Medicine Australia exists to help alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness in Australia through expanding the treatment options available to medical practitioners and their patients.  MMA is establishing safe and effective psychedelic-assisted treatments to treat a range of mental illnesses.

Tania presents keynote speeches and leadership programs and performs internationally as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri. She has released twelve albums including new solo releases The Breezes at Dawn have Secrets to Tell and Solitary Harmony.

Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has been viewed over 110,000 times and sparked international interest.

She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global winning national and international awards. Creative Universe and Creative Innovation Global were ranked among the top 20 event organizers and agencies from around the world as part of the newly released Eventex All-Stars Index.

Tania has founded a co-working space called Dimension5 in Melbourne to drive social innovation and collaboration.

Tania’s awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She was inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame at Swinburne University and named Brainlink Woman of Achievement.  Tania was recently named in the 100 Women of Influence, the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs and named as one of the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally in 2021. She was also honoured with the Award for Meritorious Service to the Community in the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the Arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities.

Tania has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of Victorian College of the Arts in opera, music theatre and voice.

Tania’s grandmother invented the foldable umbrella in Vienna in 1929 so it’s not surprising innovation is in her blood. Her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

The Hon. Melinda Jane Pavey, MP

Melinda entered the Legislative Council in 2002 at the age of 33, shortly after the birth of her second child. In 2015 Melinda ran as for the seat of Oxley after the retirement of the former leader of the NSW Nationals Andrew Stoner.

The Oxley electorate takes in everything east of the Great Dividing Range, from the timber towns of Wauchope and Comboyne in the south to Dorrigo in the North. Running along the coastline, the seat also takes in the major centres of Kempsey and Nambucca Heads to the smaller towns of Bellingen, Cresent and Hat Head, South West Rocks, Urunga, Bowraville and Macksville.

During her time as Member for Oxley, Melinda served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health from 2011 to 2015, and in 2017 accepted the role of Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight.

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).

Will Roden

Project Director, Elton Consulting

Will Roden is a Project Director within Elton Consulting’s Healthy Communities and Regions Team. He has pursued a commitment to good growth throughout his career in the government, private and not for profit sectors. Will has worked extensively in the development of social infrastructure, particularly social and affordable housing. In his current role, he leads the formation of social infrastructure strategies and social impact assessments for greenfield and infill development sites.

Zehrina Hajdic

State Operations Manager- NSW, Community Housing Limited

Zehrina Hajdic is a State Operations Manager- NSW at Community Housing Limited. CHL is focused on developing housing options for those experiencing housing difficulty and continuously improving its service delivery to its tenants so they can enjoy stable lives, raise families, engage in employment or study, and generally have enough to live on to be able to live adequately day to day.

Zehrina has over 20 years’ of leadership experience withing the social and affordable sector and is a Board Member of two local organisations- R & R Care and Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist in Coffs Harbour.

 

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