Our Team

Our Executive

Mark Degotardi, Chief Executive Officer

Mark joined as CEO of CHIA NSW in May 2019. 

Mark brings decades of senior leadership experience in public advocacy and peak body representation to his role as CEO of CHIA NSW. 

Having worked directly with State and Federal  Government Ministers and departments throughout his career, he understands how to demonstrate the sector’s value to government, stakeholders and the community.

Catherine Tracey, Head of Learning & Development

Catherine brings over 25 years of experience working in senior executive roles in social and affordable housing. In the last fifteen years Catherine has used her extensive experience in housing as a catalyst for improving the educational outcomes of staff through vocational education.

As a senior executive in vocational education Catherine has led several large Registered Training Organisations to adopt highly strategic customer focussed practices. Combining her passion for social justice, housing for all and education as an avenue for advancement Catherine joined CHIA NSW in 2018 to lead the bespoke learning and development section and RTO for members and the broader housing industry.

Adam West, Head of Business Development

Adam brings intimate knowledge of the NSW community housing sector to his role as CHIA NSW’s Head of Business Development.

Joining CHIA NSW when it was the NSW Federation of 1Housing Associations, Adam has played an integral role in the sector’s development in surveying services, regulation, and industry leading practice in NSW.

He is driven by providing insight to members that helps drive better tenant service and outcomes.

Adam has also championed the growth of the Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association, which is due to become an independent entity in the 2020-21 financial year.

Caitlin McDowell, Head of Policy

Caitlin brings in-depth policy and research experience across community housing providers, non-government and government organisations in her role as Head of CHIA NSW’s Policy and Advocacy team.

She is responsible for driving CHIA NSW’s strategic policy, research, advocacy and communications agenda.

Prior to joining CHIA in January 2020, Caitlin worked in key leadership and research roles with Bridge Housing, the NSW Department of Families and Communities,  NSW Department of Education and Anglicare.

Wendy Rockwell, Office Manager

Wendy has served as Office Manager at CHIA NSW since its early formation as the former NSW Federation of Housing Associations.

With many years of expertise in financial management, operations and administration, Wendy has been pivotal in driving CHIA NSW’s capacity to grow and develop our services to members.

Wendy handles all financial and administrative matters for CHIA NSW and also deals with any new or existing membership queries.

Our Board

John McKenna Chairperson John is the Chief Executive Officer of North Coast Community Housing which manages over 990 Community Housing properties. John is a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders. He is the current Chair of CHIA NSW and has been a Board member since December 2010, John brings years of experience in senior management across a number of organisations and industries. John has managed commercial, maintenance and service companies before relocating to the Northern Rivers Region in 2009. This is John’s last year on the Board as his term on the Board comes to an end after 10 years. 

Leonie King Vice Chair Leonie is Chief Executive Officer of City West Housing and was appointed to the Board in December 2016. She has also represented CHIA NSW as the regional representative on the CHIA National Board for the past two years. Prior to City West Housing Leonie worked for Evolve Housing as Deputy CEO responsible for strategy and in senior executive roles in Government. Leonie has more than 20 years’ experience in social, affordable and disability housing, including housing reform, housing policy and strategy development.  Leonie is passionately committed to the social and affordable housing sector. She brings commercial acumen, a strong social policy background and a track record of achievement in the housing arena to the Board. 

Michele Adair Michele, elected to the board in December 2018, brings extensive governance, human services and housing experience to the CHIA NSW Board. An experienced Director in the superannuation, disability and education sectors, Michele’s social and affordable housing experience is complemented by a rich understanding of the needs of the ageing population, people living with chronic illness and disability, financial hardship and diverse communities. She has extensive government and sector networks and a proven track record of policy reform and stakeholder engagement. As the CEO of The Housing Trust (Wollongong) Michele has been immersed in all aspects of the company’s growth strategy, compliance, tenant services and asset management.  

Dr. Lucy Burgmann Lucy was elected to the board in December 2017. She has dedicated over two decades to assisting the growth and development of the NSW community housing industry, through executive roles and Board service in the community, public and private sectors. She is passionate about helping organisations to make strategic decisions and demonstrate accountability to their stakeholders. As Country Manager Australia at Community Housing Ltd, Lucy focuses on expanding and diversifying services to tenants and communities in NSW and across Australia, supports the development of Aboriginal Community Housing Ltd as an independent national housing provider, and leads organisational transformation projects. Lucy also has extensive corporate governance experience, and a strong track record advising Boards on risk, strategy and positioning. 

Scott Langford Scott is Group CEO of SGCH, leading a team committed to an organisational vision of great places for everyone. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on a number of Boards, including as Chair of the International Housing Partnership in 2017 and as Chairman of PowerHousing Australia from 2012 to March 2016. He currently serves on the NSW Community Housing Industry Council and PowerHousing Australia Boards. Prior to joining SGCH Scott was General Manager of Housing & Urban Development at Junction Australia, having made the transition into the not for profit sector after holding private sector roles in the property development and construction industries. Scott was appointed to the Board in July 2016. 

Stephen McIntyre Stephen joined Wentworth Community Housing as the CEO in October 2015 and was elected to the CHIA NSW Board in December 2017. He has decades of leadership experience in senior executive roles across planning, housing, roads, transport and the Sydney Olympics. He is strongly committed to social justice and in particular to providing opportunities for people to improve their lives. He also has a keen interest in the future growth and shape of Western Sydney, and is passionate about creating organisations that are great places to work. Stephen is a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). 

Dr. Vivienne Milligan Vivienne’s involvement in the growth of the community housing industry dates from the early 1980s, when she was a member of the team that established the groundbreaking Community Tenancy Scheme in NSW. For over 20 years, Vivienne has worked in NSW, Queensland and Victoria in various public sector strategic policy and program management roles concerned with community housing and Aboriginal housing. From 2004 until she retired in 2016, Vivienne was one of Australia’s foremost researchers on the industry, leading investigative projects on the scope for institutional investment in affordable housing, industry capacity, affordable housing policies and programs, and third sector housing delivery models. She recently co-authored a book on housing policy in Australia. Vivienne was elected to the Board in December 2016. 

Lyndall Robertshaw Lyndall is the Group Chief Corporate Services Officer for Compass Housing Services responsible for Business Development, Property Development and Acquisitions, Project Management, Marketing and Communications, Environmental Sustainability, Human Resource Management, Training and WH&S. Lyndall has over 20 years of experience in housing with 16 years in the community housing sector. She has been instrumental in the rapid expansion of Compass Housing. Lyndall is also a Director of Powerhousing Australia, a Committee Member for the Property Council Australia Hunter Chapter and the City of Newcastle’s Building Better Cities Committee. Lyndall is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors, holds a Bachelor of Business Management and is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration. 

Charlie Trindall Charlie is Operations Manager at MLAHMC LTD. Starting a career in tenancy and housing management more than a decade ago, Charles worked in the private sector for 5 years before finding his calling in Aboriginal Affairs and the Housing sector, working firstly under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act before managing a portfolio under the then NSW Community Housing Regulatory Code. A proud achievement has been Charlie’s hand in the design of a tenant education and support program that was available to 1,100 tenancies across 10 remote communities. This program was successfully funded through the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW to a unique partnership of 3 prominent Aboriginal Community Housing Providers. Charlie advocates strongly for a fairer system that allows Aboriginal people to participate meaningfully in the housing sector and have a stronger presence socially and economically.