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. She has been the CEO of CHIA Vic since 2012 which followed a few years working in seniors housing with the national aged care peak, ACSA. Lesley is forced to be an avid footy fan due her twin sons’ obsession with the game.
Jason Perdriau, Manager, Tenancy & Property
Jason leads projects aimed at the improvement of community housing practice, advocates on behalf of the sector in relation to legal and regulatory issues, and supports members to understand and manage tricky RTA and VCAT issues. Jason’s work experience includes legal practice in the private and community sector and work for government as a project and area manager in the public housing system. When he’s not working, he enjoys travelling, mountain biking, futsal and attempting to surf.
Jess Pomeroy, Manager, Policy and Projects
Jess has worked in housing policy and research for over 10 years, with stints at RMIT, AHURI and now CHIA Vic. Her work at CHIA Vic involves translating and contributing to policy development across the wide range of issues facing the community housing sector; imagining and then managing projects; and actively engaging with members and other key stakeholders. An avid reader Jess enjoys reading housing policy by day and young adult novels by night.
Stephanie Ng, Affordable Housing Business Development
Stephanie works with our members, local councils and developers to uncover partnership opportunities to deliver more affordable housing, and build an understanding of the community housing sector. Stephanie has worked in the not-for-profit sector on projects in Tonga, Solomon Islands and Australia. Prior to this, she worked as an engineer in the private sector for six years. Despite returning to Melbourne from Tonga a couple of years ago, Stephanie is still adjusting to Melbourne winters.
Margie Ambrose, Communications Manager
With over a decade of experience delivering communications for NGOs and social justice groups, Margie is looking forward to communicating all the opportunities associated with the Big Housing Build, and the chance to change public perception of social housing and its tenants. When she’s not working, Margie likes to spend time infiltrating her daughters’ Roblox games, embarrassing them, and generally making them regret ever introducing her to the game.
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. Holly’s background is in training and enterprise development and her role is pivotal in sourcing and developing links with the private sector, the broader community sector, and government. Holly is fluent in Vietnamese and Korean.
Eggie Jadamba, Project Worker
Eggie brings strong administrative skills and a willingness to tackle just about anything to provide support to the team at CHIA Vic. Previously, Eggie worked as a Business Support Officer at Red Cross Australia, providing financial and housing services to people seeking asylum. When she is not working, Eggie’s weekends are filled with kids’ birthday parties and travelling.
Bernie Fernando, Bookkeeper
Bernie has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry. Having worked in several large corporations in senior accounting roles, she has recently decided to venture out on her own, and is a sub-contractor at CHIA Vic. In her spare time Bernie likes to travel, cook, tend to her roses and knit.