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

Michele Adair, Chairperson 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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

Charles Northcote Charles brings over 35 years’ of international leadership across the construction, resources and business sectors include growing two organisations into global companies with sales exceeding a billion dollars. As CEO of BlueCHP, Charles has helped BlueCHP become the leading developer of Specialist Disability Accommodation under the NDIS, participate in the successful initial NHFIC $315m bond raising in the Australian capital markets, and raised new funding through government and private investors. Charles is the current Chairman of PowerHousing Disability Housing Community of Practice. Prior to BlueCHP Charles was part of the team that established the Mission Australia national social and affordable housing business. Charles won the Macarthur Regional Business Award for Outstanding Business Leader in 2018. Charles is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK, with a Bachelor of Commerce (NZ) and a MBA from Warwick University UK. 

Rebecca Pinkstone Rebecca is Chief Operating Officer with Bridge Housing. In this role Rebecca is responsible for all frontline housing services, asset maintenance, community engagement and service improvement functions and Bridge Housing’s not for profit social enterprise, HomeGround Real Estate.  Rebecca was the lead for Bridge Housing’s successful bid to win the property management of 1200 properties in the Northern Beaches and embed the management within the business. Rebecca has spent the last 15 years working in the social housing sector.  Before joining Bridge Housing, Rebecca worked for the NSW Government in a variety of senior roles to deliver major social housing reform initiatives to improve services and grow both the Aboriginal and mainstream community housing sectors. Prior to her work in housing, Rebecca worked in the areas of social planning, crime prevention and domestic violence in both state and local government.

Maree McKenzie has been the CEO at Homes North Community Housing since 2007 and has overseen the transformation of the organisation from a small provider managing 150 properties to one now managing over 2,700 properties. Most recently Maree has overseen Homes North’s success contributing to the largest project to date in Australia transferring public housing to the Community Housing sector. Under this programme Homes North successfully bid for the management of 1,700 public housing properties in the New England and North West of NSW and is now implementing an ambitious 20 year plan to re-imagine social housing in the region. Previously Maree worked for over 12 years in Government, in a range of areas – from leading social housing community renewal projects to managing housing and homelessness front line services. Maree is committed to the growth and development of strong not-for-profit, values-driven enterprises that support positive social change; and believes this is achieved best through a strong collegiate and collaborative network of not-for-profit and for-purpose sectors.