2015 CHIA established by 18 Foundation Members

70,463 properties are now owned or managed by our members

86% of mainstream community housing is provided by our members

Our origins

The clear need for a single independent voice for the community housing industry  on national issues led to the establishment of the Community Housing Industry Association in 2015.

CHIA’s founders wanted to create a member-funded organisation that could leverage the expertise and resources of the network of state and territory peak bodies to support the sector and improve the quality of housing and other services provided to community housing tenants throughout Australia.

Our ethos

Our vision is to foster a world-class community housing industry in Australia.

Our purpose is to lead, represent and advocate for the Australian community housing industry at a national level.

Our board

CHIA’s board is headed by Chair Michael Lennon and peopled by committed executives of housing organisations from throughout Australia with extensive experience in affordable housing.

Michael Lennon

Michael Lennon

Chair

Michael is Managing Director of Housing Choices Australia and has consulted with governments at the highest levels, including being an advisor to the World Health Organisation.

John Nicolades

John Nicolades

Vice Chair

John is CEO of Bridge Housing and has held senior positions in the NSW Government and the community services sector.

Geoff Barber

Geoff Barber

Board Member, SA Region

Geoff is leads the housing and development activities of the Julia Farr Housing Association and is the Chair of the Community Housing Council in SA.

Jed Donoghue

Jed Donoghue

Board Member, Tasmania Region Director

Jed is employed by The Salvation Army as the state’s housing and homelessness manager in Tasmania.

Frances Paterson-Fleider

Frances Paterson-Fleider

Board Member, QLD Region Director

Frances is the General Manager of Churches of Christ Community Housing Services and the Director of a Brisbane Homeless drop in facility, the 139 Club.

Chris Glennen

Chris Glennen

Board Member, Victorian Region Director

Chris is the CEO of Active Community Housing and has been a member of CHIA Vic (formerly the Community Housing Federation of Victoria) since 2009.

Jillian Ritherdon

Jillian Ritherdon

Board Member, NT Region Director

Jillian is the CEO and Company Secretary of Venture Housing Company and took out the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Community and Government and Innovation categories.

Andrew Hannan

Andrew Hannan

Board Member, ACT Region Director

Andrew is the CEO of Community Housing Canberra (CHC) and brings a diversity of senior management experience gained at Booz & Company, Babcock & Brown, Alinta Energy, Santos and, most recently, at The University of Queensland.

Garry Ellender

Garry Ellender

Board Member, WA Region Director

Garry is the CEO of Access Housing Australia Ltd and has extensive leadership experience in strategic and business planning, research and policy development, and program management.

Stephen Bevington

Stephen Bevington

Board Member

Stephen is the Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd. A registered builder, Stephen is also one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability.

Leonie King

Leonie King

Board Member, NSW Region Director

Leonie is the CEO of City West Housing and brings extensive senior management experience across the housing, community care and disability sectors in both the Government and non Government sectors.

Steve Walker

Steve Walker

Board Member

Stephen is Managing Director of Stellar Living Ltd, having made the move into the not-for-profit sector in 2006 after beginning his career in tax and business consulting.

Our staff

CHIA’s day-to-day operations are headed by our highly-experienced CEO Peta Winzar, backed by a two-person communications and administration team.

Peta Winzar

Executive Director

Peta has over 20 years experience in senior positions in government including ministerial advising roles, policy and strategy. She established the Commonwealth Office of Housing in 2008 and chaired the Commonwealth Reference Group on Community Housing in 2009.

As CHIA Executive Director, she has worked closely with the Commonwealth Government over the past two years on the design of the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator and the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation.

Peta was a member of the Treasury Affordable Housing Working Group and the NHFIC Implementation Reference Group.

Kate Robertson

Media & Communications Manager

Kate 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 is responsible for internal and external communications strategy for CHIA, and CHIA Vic.

Jennie Vartan

CHIA WA State Manager

Jennie has some 25 years experience in senior executive roles in the social/affordable housing, aged care, and property sectors in the UK and Western Australia across consultancy, executive, and non-executive roles.

David Hand

Finance & Administration Officer

David has worked in business finance for more than 30 years. He brings a great deal of knowledge of the affordable housing sector to CHIA’s Finance & Administration Officer role, having undertaken similar roles for long-term residential mobile home parks and the public housing sector.

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