About us

CHIA Victoria works to support the growth of community housing as the most effective and efficient means of ensuring more disadvantaged Victorians can enjoy the dignity of safe, secure and appropriate housing.

“Quality, affordable rental homes for fairer, better communities.”

Our vision

“To provide representation, support and leadership to community housing organisations in Victoria.”

Our mission
42,162

households currently on the Victorian Housing Register, awaiting social housing.

Goal 1

Champion the role of community  housing in increasing the supply of quality, affordable, secure rental homes.

Goal 2

Positively contribute to build the capacity and professionalism of the sector.

Goal 3

Maintain an effective, efficient adaptive organisation.

Meet our board

Roberta Buchanan

Roberta Buchanan

Chair

Roberta is the General Manager, Housing (Victoria) at Housing Choices Australia. Roberta has over 18 years’ experience in senior roles in the community service sector in the UK and Australia.

Jeanette Large

Jeanette Large

Deputy Chair

Jeanette is the CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a not for profit that builds and develops affordable long-term housing for women facing homelessness. WPI believes that a secure, affordable home is the foundation for a better future.

Chris Glennen

Chris Glennen

Treasurer

Chris Glennen is CEO of Active, a specialist housing company, providing housing to people with disabilities across Victoria. His career has involved service delivery, management, consulting and teaching in human services particularly in services for people with disabilities and the aged.

Trudi Ray

Trudi Ray

Secretary

Trudi Ray, Haven: Home, Safe’s COO is responsible for growing and managing the organisation’s services and portfolio across the northern and south eastern suburbs of Melbourne in addition to expanding HHS’s footprint in the Barwon South West Region.

Shari McPhail

Shari McPhail

Board member

Shari has over 16 years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sector ranging from frontline to senior leadership, and is the Victorian State Manager at Community Housing Limited, a not for profit company delivering housing for those who are vulnerable and on low incomes.

Terry Burke

Terry Burke

Board member

Terry is Professor of Housing Studies in the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, and one of Australia’s most senior housing researchers with an extensive publications and consultancy record.

Michael Deschepper

Michael Deschepper

Board Member

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of Wintringham, a not-for-profit organisation employing over 550 people to provide an extensive range of high quality housing, aged care and support services to elderly men and women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Haleh Homaei

Haleh Homaei

Board Member

Haleh Homaei is the CEO of HousingFirst. She has over 25 years’ of experience in housing with extensive experience in the government and community sectors, at senior levels and in leadership positions. Haleh is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has been a Board member of CHFV (now CHIA Vic) since 2009.

Sarah Toohey

Sarah Toohey

Board member

The Head of Strategy and Communications at Unison, Sarah has worked in the Victorian Housing and Homelessness sector for almost 10 years in Policy and Advocacy roles and has an excellent knowledge of Victorian and National housing and homelessness policy, and the historical context of the housing sector.

Stephen Nash

Stephen Nash

Board Member

Stephen is the Managing Director at Common Equity Housing Ltd. He has worked in the Community Housing sector for 25 years, mostly in senior management roles (following five years in service delivery, policy and advocacy work).

Bevan Warner

Bevan Warner

Board member

Bevan has been a senior executive and CEO in social justice settings for over 20 years. Bevan started as the Chief Executive Officer at Launch Housing on 29 August 2018. Prior to joining Launch, Bevan was Victoria Legal Aid’s (VLA) Managing Director for 10 years.

Shane Austin

Shane Austin

Board member

Shane is St Kilda Community Housing’s CEO and has experience and expertise in governance and leadership, and a decade of involvement in affordable housing/homelessness. He has significant not-for-profit management and governance experience, both in Australia and internationally.

Meet our staff

Lesley Dredge

Lesley Dredge

Chief Executive Officer

Lesley has a strong commitment to social justice honed over many years working in the community sector, in government and with not-for-profit peak bodies. Affordable housing has been a long-standing passion. During her seven years with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA), the national peak for not-for-profit aged care providers, Lesley worked closely with the sector to develop policy initiatives to improve housing options for older Australians.

Kate Robertson

Media & Communications Manager

Kate  is an experienced journalist and corporate communications specialist who is able to harness more than 25 years experience on both sides of the media fence to assist CHIA Vic to utilise the power of positive publicity. Kate has worked as a newspaper journalist and as a producer for ABC Radio news and current affairs. Her specialties include translating complex information into interesting content that entertains as well as informs.

Jess Pomeroy

Policy & Projects

Jess Pomeroy brings a strong research, administration and policy background to her position at CHIA Vic, with more than eight years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sector in Australia and her native Canada. Jess’s work history includes three-plus years at the Australian Housing Industry Research Institute (AHURI). She has also undertaken higher research into housing in urban communities as well as working for RMIT University and completing a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Mark Smoljo

Tenancy & Property

Mark co-ordinates the Transitional Housing Management sector group, deals with queries from CHIA Vic’s Member Residential Tenancies Act/VCAT help line and represents the community housing sector on the VCAT Residential Tenancies Users Group. Mark has also co-ordinated the compilation of multiple submissions to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act, and been part of the negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services to develop the General Lease for community housing organisations managing the department’s properties.

Holly Mullaney

Holly Mullaney

Business & Development

Holly coordinates CHIA Vic’s Business Development Program and facilitates all our conferences and other events, as well as staging a wide range of training programs for members. Her role is pivotal in sourcing and developing links with the private sector, the broader community sector and government. Holly’s background is in training and enterprise development. She has achieved a Bachelor of Business from Latrobe University, a Masters in Education from Deakin University and a Juris Doctor of Law from RMIT.  Holly is also fluent in Vietnamese and Korean.

Our corporate documents

See CHIA Victoria’s vision for the future and our past achievements as the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) by viewing our corporate documents.

2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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Strategic Plan 2016-18

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