CHIA Vic’s 2018 Brave New World of Community Housing conference featured interesting and informative experts from Victoria, interstate and overseas.
The Media Angle Director
A Walkley Award winning journalist (as part of Darwin Stateline team for coverage of Suburban or Regional Affairs 1998) and former chief-of-staff with ABC TV, Maura has worked in newsrooms across Australia and overseas. Her media knowledge and training skills mean you can quickly learn how the media operates, how to work with the media and how to develop and deliver your message.
Kate is Director of Affordable Development Outcomes which specialises in the delivery of workable affordable housing policies, strategies and partnerships for, and between, governments, developers and not-for-profit housing organisations. Kate is also the founder of ‘HousingAIM; Affordable, Inclusive Maribyrnong’, a resident group seeking to support an increase of affordable housing ‘in our backyard’ through capacity building, education and advocacy.
SGS Economics & Planning Principal
Clive Attwater is a director of SGS Economics and Planning. He first worked on public and social housing projects over twenty years ago. Clients have included state, local and federal governments, housing associations, not-for-profit organisations and private investors/developers. His work has had a particular focus on funding, finance and asset management, and in particular how these aligns with social and wider economic outcomes.
Derek brings extensive experience in the development and management of housing, as well as the development of financial models for housing development and operations and innovative approaches to attract new sources of capital to housing. Derek is the incoming Chair of the Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation, the organisation tasked with the implementation of that country’s new National Housing Strategy.
ESC Consulting Director
Valerie works in the property development industry as an environmental manager, ecologist and sustainability advisor. Valerie runs ESC Consulting with her business partner Rikki Pieters who has 15 years’ experience in the community housing sector. Since late 2016 they have worked in the tiny house space. They have collaboratively authored the Tiny House Planning Resource and run workshops to explore the possibilities of tiny houses as one possible solution to housing affordability and homelessness.
Department of Health & Human Services Director
Jackie is the Department of Health & Human Services’ Director of Housing Asset Strategy and Financing. Within this role she is responsible for: the development of the Housing Asset Strategy, looking at system wide needs as well as considering priorities for the management of the Director of Housing‘s portfolio; providing aggregated financial and performance management reporting to the Director of Housing; and, developing and delivering the Community Housing sector focussed initiatives in the government’s Homes for Victorians statement.
Joseph Connellan has 30 years’ experience in providing housing and services to people with a disability. He provides strategic and operational advice to housing and support providers through his consultancy firm MC Two Pty Ltd.
CHIA Vic CEO
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.
Dr Michael Fotheringham
AHURI Executive Director
Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including public health, housing for asylum seekers and the aged, and supported accommodation for people with disabilities. Michael has expertise in building research programs and policy agendas with a number of not-for-profit, government and academic organisations. Prior to working at AHURI, he was Director of Research at Baptcare and General Manager Strategy at Arthritis Victoria.
Hon Martin Foley MP
Victorian Housing Minister
Martin Foley MP has responsibility for the social justice portfolios of Housing, Disability and Ageing, Mental Health and Equality, as well as Creative Industries, in the Andrews Labor Government. Having previously worked in the public housing sector, community development and protecting the rights of working people, he has been the Member for Albert Park since 2007.
CHIA Vic Chair
Haleh Homaei is the CEO of Port Phillip Housing Association. 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.
Summer Housing CEO
Dan McLennan is founding CEO of Summer Housing. Prior to leading Summer Housing Dan accumulated over 15 years of property development, transactional and leadership experience including leading the development division of one of Australia’s best known developers, and was a senior associate at a top tier corporate law firm.
Melissa has built a high level of expertise and experience over 25 years in both service delivery and management roles of working in homelessness, housing and domestic violence fields with a particular interest in working with marginalized groups and formal studies in in community development, work health safety and quality assurance management.
Community housing and public sector leader
Jenny Samms was previously the CEO of Aboriginal Housing Victoria, leading the organisation to achieve Housing Association status and successfully negotiating the historic transfer of ownership of the nearly 1500 DHHS properties that AHV was managing.
Jenny is now a non Executive Director on a number of Boards and undertakes consultancy work mainly in the NFP sector. She is also an Adjunct with the School of Political & Social Inquiry, Monash University, Member, Ministerial Family Violence Housing Assistance Implementation Taskforce, Deputy Chair, Monash University Indigenous Advisory Council, Deputy Chair AFL Sportsready, Director Foyer Foundation and a Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs & Administration (Victorian Branch).
VCOSS Communications Manager
Ryan Sheales is a communications professional with more than 10 years experience in journalism, social media and public relations, including issues and crisis management. Currently Media and Communications manager at the Victorian Council of Social Service, Ryan has previously served as a field producer on The Project (Network Ten), media adviser the University of Melbourne and journalist/political reporter at ABC News.
Boonwurrung Traditional Land Owner
Gheran has been the CEO of the Boon Wurrung Foundation Ltd since 2012. During this time, he has been heavily involved in the consultation, negotiations and implementations of Cultural Heritage Management Plans under the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act, Indigenous Land Use Agreements and the development of Reconciliation Action Plans and engagement policies for both private and government organisations, as well as local councils.
Gheran’s key focus is on restoring the language, customs and history of the Boonwurrung peoples through sharing his knowledge with the wider Australian community.
Ciara Sterling is the Head of Community Inclusion at Yarra Valley Water and an industry leader in supporting customers experiencing vulnerability, hardship and family violence. She leads Yarra Valley Water’s WaterCare initiative and in 2016–17, led the water industry’s response to the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Ciara is also the CEO of the Thriving Communities Partnership, a cross-sectoral collaboration of organisations tackling the root causes of hardship and inequality.
Mayor of the City of Kingston
Steve Staikos is the Mayor of the City of Kingston, having served as a Councillor since 2008. As a member of the CHIA Vic staff team for almost seven years, Steve’s role was Policy and Public Affairs. He has a deep understanding of housing, planning and local government policy in Victoria.
Launch Housing Manager – Entry Points
Karren Walker has significant experience in the delivery and management of client-focused service responses to those experiencing homelessness and other at risk households in our community. Karren is currently Manager – Entry Points at Launch Housing where she holds a portfolio including three Homeless Entry Points, Families Support and Rough Sleeper programs. An active member of her Housing Co-operative since 1988, Karren was elected to the Board of Directors at Common Equity Housing Ltd in 2005, and has been Chair of CEHL since 2009.
Peta Winzar has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth public service, including policy development and ministerial advisory roles. Peta was invited to be a member of the Federal Government’s three-person Expert Panel, charged with developing a bond aggregator to attract institutional investment in affordable housing.
CHIA Victoria, and CHIA Vic, is the trading name of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV).
CHIA Vic acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.