Sarah Toohey, Chief Executive Officer
Sarah has more than 15 years’ experience in the housing and homelessness sector, including strategy, policy and advocacy roles with Housing Association Unison, The Council to Homeless Persons and the Victorian Council of Social Service. Sarah was also the Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing, a national campaign to increase investment in affordable housing.
Before joining CHIA Vic, Sarah was Senior Advisor to the Minister for Housing Richard Wynne, working to secure the $5.3 billion Big Housing Build, the Victorian Government’s single biggest investment in social housing in the state’s history. Sarah is excited to be working with the community housing sector to deliver 4200 new homes under the Big Housing Build program and a pipeline of housing into the future.
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.
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.
David McGuire, Director, Workforce Development
David is leading the establishment of CHIA Vic’s Strategic Workforce Development Unit, including the development of an Industry Workforce Development Plan to guide the unit’s work. David comes to the Community Housing sector having worked for over 15 years in a range of learning and workforce development roles in the mental health and homelessness sectors, in Victoria and in New South Wales.
Sue Masters, Communications Manager
Sue is a communications specialist with 25+ years’ experience across the media, corporate and not-for-profit sectors with a proven ability to design and deliver effective communication strategies. She is well versed in all facets of campaign management, branding, design, media relations, event management, social media, content creation and editing. Before joining CHIA in December 2021, Sue was the Communications and Marketing Director with Haven Home Safe.
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.
Megan (Meg) McGregor, Project Coordinator, Information Sharing
Meg coordinates the Information Sharing project which assists the Community Housing sector to build confidence and capacity in using the Child Information Sharing Scheme to undertake quality, timely, and appropriate child information sharing in order to promote child wellbeing and safety.
Meg has a background in federal government, working on a variety of projects relating to community cohesion and capacity building. Her work experience also includes working for a number of non-government organisations in homelessness, youth mental health and foster care. In her spare time, Meg enjoys reading, brunching and walking her two dogs- Harvey and Milla.