Chair: John McKenna
John McKenna 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. John is the current Chair of CHIA NSW and has been a Board member since December 2010.
John has a number of years’ experience in the senior management of a number of organisations across a diverse industry mix. John has managed commercial laundry facilities, maintenance and service companies and before relocating to the Northern Rivers Region in 2009.
Vice chair: Leonie King
B.Bus, CPA, EMPA
Leonie King is Chief Executive Officer of City West Housing. Leonie was appointed to the Board in December 2016. Prior to this Leonie worked for Evolve Housing as Chief Strategy Office, and before that for the NSW Government in both housing and disability services for Family and Community Services (FACS). Most recently Leonie had lead responsibility in FACS for the transfer of the Government’s community care and specialist disability services to the non Government sector and for the redevelopment of the Government’s large residential centres for people with a disability. This followed 16 years in housing strategy and policy development, including 8 years as Executive Director heading up the area responsible for the community housing sector, the Centre for Affordable Housing and private rental products and 4 years leading on housing asset strategy, asset financing and estate renewal feasibility. As Executive Director responsible for community and affordable housing, Leonie lead programs that doubled the size of the community housing sector, from 13,000 to 25,000 properties, including the transfer of management or title to some 9.000 homes. Leonie also lead on the development and implementation of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. Leonie is passionately committed to the social and affordable housing sectors and brings commercial acumen and a strong social policy background to the role.
Michele brings extensive governance , human services and housing experience to the CHIA Board. Living in Sydney and working in a region provides critical insights of value to all members.
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 our ageing population, people living 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.
Michele has Masters degrees in Management and in Public Advocacy & Act ion and she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Lucy Burgmann
Dr Lucy Burgmann has dedicated almost two decades to assisting the growth and development of the NSW community housing industry, working and serving on Boards in the community, public and private sectors. She is passionate about helping organisations to make strategic decisions and demonstrate accountability to their stakeholders.
In her current position as State Manager NSW for Community Housing Limited, Lucy focuses on expanding and diversifying services to tenants and communities through collaboration with other community housing providers, support partners and government agencies. She leads the development of social impact measurement and contributes to industry-wide projects on regulation and sector development. Previous housing roles include: Housing Practice Lead at Elton Consulting; CEO of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations; and Manager of Government and Community Relations, Affordable Housing Solutions.
Lucy also has extensive corporate governance experience, and a strong track record advising Boards on risk, strategy and positioning. She is a Board member and former President and Treasurer of Shelter NSW, former Chairperson of the Community Housing Federation of Australia, and current President of Triathlon NSW.
Lucy has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lucy was elected to the Board in December 2017.
MBA, P.Grad. Cert. Prop. Dev., Dip. Project Management, FIML, GAICD, MRICS
Scott is Group CEO of SGCH leading a team committed to an organisational vision of great places for everyone. He has strong national and international networks, serving as Chair of the International Housing Partnership in 2017 and as Chairman of PowerHousing Australia from 2012- March 2016.
Prior to joining SGCH Scott was General Manager of Housing & Urban Development at Junction Australia, applying a business head and a social heart to lead more than ten-fold growth in their housing portfolio including successful delivery of development projects providing 130 affordable and social housing units over 6 years. Prior to this he served three years as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity’s Australian program, making the transition into the not-for profit sector having previously worked in private sector roles in the property development and construction industry.
Scott was appointed to the Board in July 2016
Stephen joined Wentworth Community Housing as the CEO in October 2015. He has 25 years 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 holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Diploma of Environmental Studies and Diploma of Management, and has completed the Company Directors Course. He is a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Stephen was elected to the Board in December 2017.
Dr. Vivienne Milligan PSM
BA Hons 1, PhD, PSM
Vivienne has had a long-standing engagement with the development and growth of the community housing industry across Australia. Her involvement dates from the early 1980s when she was a member of the team that established the ground-breaking Community Tenancy Scheme in NSW and built the infrastructure that has shaped the local sector. Subsequently for over 20 years, Vivienne worked in NSW, Queensland and Victoria in various public sector strategic policy and program management roles concerned with community housing and Indigenous 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 and capacity-building; affordable housing policies and programs; and third sector housing delivery models. Over her career, Vivienne has held numerous advisory and governance roles in both government and non-government organisations across Australia. With Hal Pawson and Judith Yates, she is currently writing a book on Housing Policy in Australia.
Vivienne was elected to the Board in December 2016.
Lyndall is the Group Chief Corporate Services Officer for Compass Housing Services responsible for Property Acquisitions, Business Development, Project Management, Marketing and Communications, Environmental Sustainability, Human Resource Management, WH&S, Risk Management and Compliance.
Lyndall has over 18 years of experience in housing with 14 years in the community housing sector and prior to this Lyndall worked in the construction industry.
Lyndall is a dynamic and proactive executive, has a passion for the housing sector and is committed to the growth of affordable housing. Lyndall has been instrumental in the growth of Compass Housing which includes an increase from 7 to over 140 staff, an increase in properties under management from 400 properties to over 4400 properties and an increase in properties owned from 7 to over 1400 properties owned today.
Lyndall is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors, holds a Bachelor of Business Management, is currently undertaking her MBA and has other tertiary qualifications in Management, Project Management and Interior Design. Lyndall is a Director of Powerhousing Australia, as well as a Director of CHIA NSW, MYPlace Property and Logan City Community Housing. Lyndall is also a Committee Member of the NSW Australasian Housing Industry, the UDIA Hunter Chapter and the City of Newcastle’s Building Better Cities Committee.
Charles Trindall employed as Operations Manager at MLAHMC LTD has played an integral part over the past 5 years in shaping the practices and services model to the largest Aboriginal Housing Operation within NSW by an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider
A large part of the success is owed to his ability to show leadership and motivation to a team of skilled professionals who deliver this regional service model to Aboriginal Families across more than 40 communities in the Central and Western NSW.
Starting a career in tenancy and housing management more than a decade ago, Charles worked in the private sector for a period of 5 years before finding his calling in Aboriginal Affairs and the Housing sector working firstly under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act which has a focus on Culture and Heritage and economic development for Aboriginal People within NSW in addition to this role was the management of a portfolio under the then NSW Community Housing Regulatory Code.
A proud achievement has been through the role as operations manager having the ability to influence the design and innovation of a program that was successfully funded through the Aboriginal Housing Office NSW to a unique partnership of 3 prominent Aboriginal Community Housing Providers in Remote NSW to deliver a tenant education and support program across 10 remote communities. The Program was available to more than 1100 tenancies and assisted Aboriginal tenancies in connecting with appropriate support services and had an element of intense case management to at risk tenancies which focused on what support was needed to sustain those tenancies.
Charles advocates strongly for a fairer system that allows Aboriginal people to participate meaningfully and have a stronger presence socially and economically.