Australia’s largest not-for-profit social and affordable housing provider, Community Housing Limited (CHL) has appointed Dr Lucy Burgmann into the organisation’s newly established leadership role of Country Manager.

Heading the CHL NSW State operations since 2016, Dr Lucy Burgmann was at the forefront of leading one of the company’s largest growth initiatives which expanded the state’s portfolio by more than double in a year.

Dr Burgmann, who has over two decades of experience working across the community, public and private sectors in various senior leadership roles, said she looks forward to the new challenge, particularly at a time where there are many exciting opportunities to transform and grow the organisation’s portfolio to meet housing demand.

“CHL is filled with great people who are dedicated to driving innovation and who are motivated to provide safe, secure and long-term affordable housing to those in need. I am excited to be part of a team who have the ability to think creatively to support our communities by delivering innovative housing options.

“My vision for the new role is to use my experience to expand and strengthen CHL’s services to its customers and to ensure the organisation’s growth is sustained through strategic partnerships.  I will be particularly focused on newer models of housing options and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the newly created Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL)”, said Lucy.

CHL Managing Director Steve Bevington said the new position will primarily lead the state teams in seamless delivery of services to customers as well drive forward the company’s strategic objectives in line with the Group’s business plan.

“Lucy is an accomplished housing professional and will bring great value to the organisation in the new position. She is highly regarded by her peers both within the organisation and the sector more broadly which is a strong testament to her credentials.

“She has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities the sector presents and has strong connection to the housing industry which will be critical as she supports the organisation’s vision and strategy to deliver new and innovative affordable housing solutions to more Australians”, Steve said.

Dr Burgmann commences her new position this week. She can be contacted via email at [email protected].