New Haven chair seeks greater integration with broader housing industry

Highly respected property developer and enthusiastic community leader, Damien Tangey, has been appointed the new Chair of Haven; Home, Safe, Australia’s only fully integrated homelessness services and affordable rental housing provider.

Mr Tangey officially assumed the role following the retirement of long-serving Chair and Director, Sue Clarke at the Board’s 2 July 2020 meeting.

‘We’re so pleased to have Damien accept this pivotal role of Chair because it marks the next step of our transition into a much stronger organisation on behalf of the people that matter most, our clients,’ said Sue Clarke, having served 11 years on the Board.

‘His strategic input and wise counsel on our well-credentialled Board is invaluable, and his integrity, vision, passion, and commitment, mirrors that of our purpose and core values,’ she said.

‘Damien’s leadership will ensure we will transition into a dynamic, responsive organisation that continues to keep the people it supports at the very heart of all it does.’

Mr Tangey acknowledged the very significant contribution of Sue Clarke and said he was honoured to accept an enhanced role on the Board of Directors and contribute further to an organisation that continued to make a real difference to the lives of so many Victorians and their families

‘We are in a difficult economic period and also what is arguably the most significant period of sector reform experienced. Through this period we will continue to think intelligently, engage articulately and be nimble in innovation as we work to meet our goals and principals as a people-focused housing and support agency. This is critical for the many people and families who are, and seek to be, our clients so that they can find and keep a place to call home.’

Mr Tangey joined the Board in February 2019 and is also the managing director of Birchgrove Property.

He has significant experience in the property sector from a long career in valuations and development and has a strong understanding of national, state and local government policy impacting the housing affordability framework. He is the Immediate Past President and a current Board Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic), Remembrance Parks Central Victoria and Be.Bendigo.

On taking over the role Mr Tangey said: ‘Housing Associations are an important and significant part of the property industry and their further integration with broader industry is important to open the door to more much-needed housing.’