CHIA is funded by its member organisations, which between them own or manage over 60,000 affordable rental properties across every state and territory in Australia.
It represents the growth provider with a portfolio of 5,000 properties, the small organisation which exists solely to manage the 13 properties which it owns, as well as the organisation which provides affordable housing as an adjunct to specialist services such as mental health or disability support. As such, CHIA is uniquely positioned to provide a truly national voice for the community housing industry.
On behalf of its members CHIA undertakes research, policy development and advocacy around social and affordable housing issues. It leads representation of community and affordable housing issues at the national level through strong partnerships with Government, research bodies, peak bodies and other industry groups with an interest in affordable housing. Through industry development and member services, CHIA’s work supports the delivery of quality affordable housing across the country.
CHIA is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. CHIA operates like any other limited company but all financial surpluses stay in the company to be re-invested in activities that advance quality affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes.
In 2013, a committee of industry and peak body representatives began scoping the development of a first of its kind, member funded national, independent, peak body for community housing providers. That work provided the basis for the formation of CHIA in 2015 following the decision of the Commonwealth government to cease funding for the existing peak, the Community Housing Federation of Australia (CHFA).
CHIA’s foundation members saw a clear need for a single voice for the industry, a one-stop shop for providers and a single source of policy, advocacy, representation, training and resourcing. Like any industry peak body, CHIA would be funded by members and other income streams which it developed over time.
In addition to its advocacy and representational role, CHIA aims to combine the expertise and resources of the network of state and territory peaks to improve support for members, create more opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, and lift the quality of housing and other services provided to community housing tenants.
While staying true to its roots, CHIA reflects the 20-year evolution of community housing in Australia from a large number of small-scale housing providers to a much more diverse and sophisticated national market, which now includes organisations with property portfolios worth billions of dollars and which operate across several states and territories.
In 2008 Michael established and became the CEO of Housing Choices Australia until 2012. He then returned as Managing Director in 2014.
Michael’s 25-year international career in housing, planning and urban development spans his role as CEO of the Glasgow Housing Association, where he oversaw and lead the largest housing stock transfer in Europe. Prior to then he was the inaugural CEO of Housing New Zealand Corporation, resulting in a period of rapid growth and success. He also led the restructure of the internationally recognised Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
His leadership with Housing Choices has seen the organisation grow to a substantial asset base of over $600m, current operations in three states and a major focus on growing nationally. Michael is committed to making housing affordable, safe and accessible for the most marginalised community members, utilising a mix of commercial and government investment. Collaboration with quality service partners is key to Housing Choices’ business strategy.
Additional experience includes working with government at the highest levels, with industry and with the University sector. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and is an experienced Board Director and University Governor.
Board Member, SA Region Director
Geoff Barber has been involved in community housing industry for the last 8 years. He is the current Chair of the Community Housing Council in SA (CHCSA)
Geoff leads the housing and development activities of the Julia Farr Housing Association, a for-social-profit provider of affordable accessible homes for people living with disability.
Geoff’s career has spans government and social enterprises roles, involving sector/systemic advocacy, strategy development and sector capacity building. Geoff holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Adelaide University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Board Member, TAS Region Director
Jed Donoghue is employed by The Salvation Army as the state housing and homelessness manager in Tasmania. He also manages the Salvos Community Home Care packages and Assistance with Care and Housing programs in Tasmania.
Jed has a PhD in Sociology and is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania. Jed has published in a range of academic and professional journals on community aged care, citizenship, homelessness, social housing, and national identity.
Board Member, VIC Region Director
Chris Glennen is CEO of Active Community Housing Ltd. Active operates across Victoria providing housing linked to support for people with disabilities who require support to live in the community. His career has involved service delivery, management, consulting and teaching in services for people with disabilities and the aged.
Chris has been a Community Housing Federation of Victoria Board member since 2009. As part of this work he is also the Victorian Regional Director on the CHIA national Board and Chair of the Victorian CHIA Regional Committee.
Chris is committed to working with the CHIA members to achieve a national member driven body providing representation, research and member services for community housing agencies large and small across Australia.
Chris has worked in non-government, local and state government organisations. He has worked in the community housing sector since 2004. Chris has received an Ethel Temby Scholarship to travel to England visiting a number of large and small housing associations delivering housing and associated services to people with disabilities.
His previous roles have included Operations Manager and Deputy CEO, Housing Choices Australia and interim Executive Officer to establish the Disability Housing Trust.
Board Member, NSW Region Director
John Nicolades has been CEO of Bridge Housing Limited since 2006, growing the organisation from 650 to 1,649 properties and leading the transformation of the company from a property manager to one which has also undertaken property procurement and development and has recently raised $20m in debt to finance its development activities.
Prior to joining Bridge Housing, John held senior positions in NSW Government and the community services sector. He led affordable housing policy development in the NSW Department of Housing and Department of Planning, and was Community Services Manager with the Uniting Church Board for Social Responsibility. He has also advised federal and state governments on housing policy.
John has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA). John was Chairperson of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations from 2013 to 2016.
Board Member, QLD Region Director
Frances Patterson-Fleider has worked at an executive level in the community housing sector in Queensland for over 7 years. She is the General Manager of Churches of Christ Care’s Community Housing Service which has a portfolio of over 1200 properties; having grown from a small portfolio of 300 properties in 2009. She took a lead role in developing the capacity of the Housing Service for this growth, which included the construction of over 400 properties, building a new team of staff, project managing the implementation of new software and supporting the staff and Board through the change management process.
Frances is Director of the 139 Club, a homeless drop in facility in Brisbane, a Director of the Australasian Housing Institute and a founding member of the Community Housing Providers for Queensland (CHPs for QLD) Board. She has over 30 years’ experience in social housing, 25 of these spent in the UK.
Accomplished in all areas of housing, Frances has a special interest in Housing Management, Asset Management, Community Development, Stakeholder Engagement and Urban Renewal. She is professionally qualified, having studied housing at Heriot-Watt University and completed my Master Degree in Property Development in 2012. She is passionate about the Community Housing Sector and believes that appropriate and affordable housing is a basic human right that is fundamental to individual, family and community wellbeing.
Board Member, NT Region Director
Jillian (Jill) Ritherdon FAIM, GAICD, CAHRI, DipSupÉtsJuris (Masters of Jurisprudence), DipSupTradInt, Graduate Diploma of Business and Industrial Administration, LLM, has over 20 years management experience, most particularly in the successful conception and implementation of change, cultural diversity, risk and strategic management plans, in global corporations, SMEs and For Purpose organisations, within Australia and internationally.
Currently the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of Venture Housing Company in the Northern Territory, she was previously the Executive Director of the YWCA of Darwin and the 2014 NT Telstra Business Women’s Award winner in the Community and Government and Innovation categories. Jill was formerly an Executive Manager with Air France KLM and the Company Secretary of a boutique Financial Services group in Sydney NSW. Her experience includes bringing an Aboriginal organization into profitability and owning a motel in Derby WA.
Jill spent ten years working on large, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed infrastructure projects in emerging nations with Siemens AG. A capable protocol expert and professional communicator, Jill studied and commenced her career in France and speaks fluent French and professional German. Jill believes strongly that the provision of safe and affordable accommodation is the primary key to alleviating disadvantage.
Board Member, ACT Region Director
Stephen is Head of Risk & Compliance, and Company Secretary at CHC. As a highly experienced member of the senior management team, he holds the responsibility for all compliance and risk matters within the organisation, and provides advisory supported by a career spanning more than 10 years. Stephen’s expertise in this field is crucial to matters of corporate governance and CHC’s ability to be a leader in the provision of a varied range of housing programs.
Stephen has been influential in a number of organisations in the governance space, holding previous roles of Executive Manager Risk & Governance for a leading wholesale financial service provider, Audit Risk and Contracts Coordinator at the University of Canberra and worked within the Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement branch of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). Stephen has also worked in compliance and fraud within the credit union sector and has run his own financial consulting company. Stephen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), holds Certificate IV in Business Management, and WH&S qualifications with the National Safety Council of Australia.
Board Member, WA Region Director
Stephen Walker B.Bus; FCPA; FAICD
Steve commenced his career in Chartered Accounting which led to practice in the areas of tax and insolvency and special (forensic) services. In the early days of his tax specialisation he used to teach his clients how to keep their books in better shape (than the shoe box they typically arrived in) so that he could spend more time on their business to help them with tax and growth planning.
Eventually Steve took up a financial role with one of the world’s largest mining equipment manufacturer/distributor. This eventually had him deeply involved in system & business analytics as well as mergers and acquisitions. He eventually became Head of Finance for NSW operations.
Steve had undertaken numerous business courses and decided to commence a Master’s Degree in Business but never finished (babies started arriving) and returned to tax and business consulting. This was short lived when he was offered a Financial Controller’s role in the motor industry. He has a passion for cars so Steve stayed in the industry for 16 years culminating in the role of CFO/Chief Strategy Officer with Capricorn, one of the largest co-ops in the southern hemisphere having then an annual turnover approaching $600m and 10,000 members throughout Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. During the 16 years with his involvement in the motor industry Steve was the ‘go to’ person when organisations wanted to grow their business and develop greater efficiencies. Steve was never short of requests for assistance and used a number of techniques such as Balanced Scorecard, Lean and Six Sigma. He assisted with strategic plan development and the execution of underlying business plans which included the alignment and engagement needed with employees throughout the entire organisation.
In 2006 Steve stepped into the Not-for-Profit sector having worked with organisations such as Cancer Council, YMCA, Activ Foundation and Centrecare. In 2010 Steve was also a co-founder of Stellar Living Ltd (where he is currently MD) which is a preferred provider of Community Housing to the WA state government. Steve, with his team have grown Stellar by over 30% since it commenced operations in 2011, now celebrating a Net Asset position of $40m and a turnover approaching $2.5m and an EBITDA of 32%. During a period Steve was also a Principal with the CFO Centre (2011-2014) providing strategic financial advice to numerous clients involved in industries such as Furniture Retail/Manufacturer, Hotels/Resorts, ITC, Plumbing, Electrical, Software Development and Construction. Steve also provided mentoring and coaching to CFO’s and CEO’s.
Steve’s passion is to simplify the seemingly impossible and to help people and organisations not to ‘over think things’ – if it looks, walks and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck!
Steve Bevington has been involved in the development and management of affordable and community housing for over 30 years including development of cooperative housing in London, chairmanship of London Borough of Camden Council Housing Authority, Housing Cooperative Programs in Victoria in the 1980’s to his present role as the MD of CHL Group.
Steve has lead CHL from a one worker organisation in one State in Australia to business operations into three of the four regions of the world which harbour extreme poverty including establishing a presence in Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Chile and India. In Australia CHL currently manages over 6,000 properties across six Australian States.
He is one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability and is on the board of Community Housing Industry Association, Australia’s peak body for community housing and is a key contributor to policy advocacy influencing government housing policies and initiatives.
CHL has a particularly strong commitment to housing people with high and complex needs whilst developing ancillary programs for people who have been disadvantaged in the market place. Alongside this CHL has a strong commitment to housing, employment creation and training in construction in aboriginal communities in Australia and for its overseas activities.
He is a registered builder and holds a Diploma of Senior Management from Melbourne Business School.
Greg is the Group Managing Director of Compass Housing Services Co Ltd. Compass Housing has been delivering community housing since its inception in 1994 and Greg has been its CEO since 2004. Since that time, Compass has emerged as one of the leading Community Housing Providers in New South Wales and Queensland States and is one of the largest community housing organisations in Australia.
Greg is currently Co-Chair of the United Nations, General Assembly of Partners, Civil Society Group; the Chair of the External Relations Committee of the International Housing Partnership and Director of Community Housing Industry Association. He has served in various governance roles for PowerHousing Australia, the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and the Australasian Housing Institute as well as other homelessness and human service organisations.
Greg has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Business (M. Bus) from Newcastle University and other tertiary qualifications in Business Management, Project Management, Workplace Safety and Workplace Training, as well as, other qualifications relevant to former vocations as a minister of religion and police detective. He has previous experience in CEO and senior management roles in for profit human service organisations and is a certified professional member of the Australasian Housing Institute, a graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Australian Institute of Management.
Jennie is Deputy Chief Executive of Foundation Housing based in Perth, WA. She is a Chartered Surveyor with experience in both commercial and residential property, property development and business development. She has extensive experience in the community housing sector, both in Australia and the UK, variously in consultancy, Director, and non-Executive Director roles.
Jennie moved to Australia in 2006 and joined Amana Living, based in Perth WA, as General Manager of Retirement Living and Property before moving to Foundation Housing in 2011. While at Amana Living, Jennie was the Chair of Aged Care Services WA’s Housing & Retirement Living sub-Committee. She is currently a non-Executive Board member of both Stellar Living and the Community Housing Industry Association.
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 is a member of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel, which is developing a bond aggregator to attract institutional investment to affordable housing. She implemented the National Rental Affordability Scheme and the Housing Affordability Fund for the Commonwealth Office of Housing, and was involved in developing the National Affordable Housing Agreement.
Peta also led the preparation of the Green and White Papers on Homelessness; chaired the Commonwealth’s Community Housing Reference Group; and, managed the roll-out of about $1 billion of new housing in remote Indigenous communities across Queensland, in partnership with its State Government.
Project Director WA
Barry Doyle has worked on behalf of the community housing industry in Western Australia for over seven years.
Barry was the Executive Officer of the Community Housing Coalition of Western Australia (CHCWA) from 2011 until that organisations closure in 2015.
As a CHFA board member, Barry was involved in the development of CHIA from the very beginning and took the role of Project Director for WA in September 2015.
As well as being the primary point of contact and service delivery for WA members, his role involves working closely with the Executive Director in relation to policy development, communications strategy and member services.
Media & Communications Manager
Kate Robertson is an experienced journalist and corporate communications specialist who is able to harness more than 25 years experience on both sides of the media fence to assist organisations to utilise the power of positive publicity.
Kate began her career as a journalist, working as a staff journalist for News Corporation newspapers and as a producer for ABC Radio news and current affairs programs, as well as freelancing for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
Since moving into Corporate Communications, Kate has assisted organisations and businesses as diverse as Spotlight and The Royal Children's Hospital with media and communications strategy. Her specialties include translating dry and complex information into interesting content that entertains as well as informs.
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