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The Federation’s Board of Directors has two broad roles.  The first is to provide leadership, on behalf of members, in the Federation’s work to represent the interests of the sector and to pursue its development.  The second is to be responsible for corporate governance matters for all aspects of the Federation’s activities.

Directors are elected from candidates nominated by full members of the Federation. They are elected for a three year term.


John McKenna

Chairperson

John McKenna is the Chief Executive Officer of North Coast Community Housing which manages over 800 Community Housing properties. John is a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a member of the Richmond Valley Council Affordable Housing Committee, the Northern Rivers Housing Forum Executive and the Ballina Shire Affordable Housing Working Group. John is also on the committee of the Northern Rivers Homelessness Research Project.

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 was Contract Manager for the Spotless organisation on the ACT Housing Total Facilities Management contract, which involved the ongoing planning and delivery of full facility management services to the ACT Housing portfolio. John was appointed Chairperson in June 2016.

 

Patrick Yeung
Treasurer

M. Soc. Sc. (Urban Studies), B. Social Work, Dip. In Urban & Regional Planning, Grad. Cert. in Housing Management & Policy

Patrick has extensive experience in development and management of social and affordable housing in NSW for more than 24 years.

He has worked for a number of social housing providers including Housing NSW, St George Community Housing and Community Housing Limited and took on various senior management and executive roles.

Patrick joined Settlement Services International Inc. (SSI) in November 2013 and took up the Housing Services Manager position as the divisional head to deliver and expand housing services within and beyond settlement services programs. He also provides leadership in the development of strategic partnerships that facilitate access to a range of housing options and innovative housing services delivery models.

Patrick has a Master Degree in Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor Degree of Social Work.

Patrick was first elected to the Board as Director back in 2004 and served a number of terms as Director and Treasurer. He has been the Treasurer since 2012.

 


Frank Birkefeld

Director

Frank Birkefeld is currently the NSW State Manager for Community Housing Limited and brings with him 28 Years’ experience in the social housing sector. 14 years with Housing NSW in various Roles and for the past 14 years in the Community Housing Sector.

Whilst in the Community Housing Sector Frank served 9 years as Executive Officer with Community Housing Mid North Coast prior to merging with Community Housing Limited (CHL).

Since the Merge with CHL he has served in the role of Manager of Operations NSW and was appointed as NSW State Manager in March 2014.

Frank has also participated with the Federation over the past 12 years on various sector reference or working groups, is a peer evaluator for the sector in the accreditation process as well as having undertaken Best Value Inspections for Housing NSW.

Frank has served on a number of Boards and management committee’s at a local, regional and state level and has experience in Corporate Governance, understanding of Housing issues and social services delivery in regional areas as well as experience with member services organisations.

 


Ian Downs

Director

B.A.  Dip. Ed  M.Ed (Hons)  FACE

Ian is a newly appointed Director who will seek to bring a regional and rural Board Director's perspective to the deliberations of the Association. A member of the Board of Homes North Community Housing since 2010 and a member of their newly-created Audit and Risk Committee he is passionate about tenant participation, the pursuit of innovative partnerships with other housing providers, addressing the housing needs of indigenous communities and ensuring the long term viability of the smaller housing providers.

Although new to the housing portfolio he has a wealth of experience in the education sector having been the Headmaster of two regional boarding schools - Tamworth and Armidale - an Inspector of Schools and a Director of Quality Assurance. Having spent some 30 years in the North West and North Coast sectors of this State he has been intimately involved with indigenous communities in variety of settings. In 1998 his work was acknowledged with a Director-General's Award for Excellent Service to Public Education and Training and was recently inducted into the Australian version of Who's Who.

He brings to this new post practical experience in the accreditation field as a past chairman of the Glen Innes Hospital Board.

 

 


Leonie King

Director

B.Bus, CPA, EMPA

Leonie King is Chief Strategy Officer for Evolve Housing, responsible for strategy, business development, communications and social investment and was appointed to the Board in December 2016. Prior to this Leonie worked 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.

 

Scott Langford
Director

MBA, P.Grad. Cert. Prop. Dev., Dip. Project Management, FAIM, GAICD, MRICS

Scott is Group CEO of SGCH leading one of NSW’s largest community housing providers with a vision of great places for everyone. He has strong national and international networks, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the International Housing Partnership and was Chairman of PowerHousing Australia from 2012- March 2016. He is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with a specialisation in housing management and development, holds an MBA, and a Post Grad Cert in property development from Robert Gordon University in the UK. Scott is also a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

From 2010 to March 2016, Scott served as 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. 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 Federation Board in July 2016.

 


Dr. Vivienne Milligan PSM

Director

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 with community housing 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 Vivienne has worked in various public sector strategic policy and program management roles concerned with community housing and Indigenous housing for over 20 years in Queensland (1990-1992) and Victoria (2003-2004), as well as in NSW (1982-1988; 1993-2003). For the last 14 years, Vivienne has been Australia’s leading researcher on the industry. In addition to addressing many other relevant themes, recent projects have included specialised research on two defined areas of expertise being sought by the NSWFHA: institutional investment and Indigenous housing Through well-established networks and her involvement in international research projects, she also brings to the role a strong comparative perspective on the industry, and has past experience as a Board Director in the field.

Vivienne was elected to the Federation board in December 2016.

John Nicolades
Director

John Nicolades has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Housing Limited since 2006. He was elected to the Federation Board in November 2008 and Chairperson from February 2014 until June 2016. He believes that a strong industry peak is critical for the development of a diverse and sustainable community housing sector; to provide leadership on the challenges and opportunities provided by state and federal government housing initiatives and effectively advocate for the sector with our key stakeholder. John has worked  across the not for profit and government sectors and has extensive experience in policy and service delivery. John  was inaugural Director of both the Affordable Housing Service in the NSW Department of Planning, and of the Centre for Affordable Housing in the Department of Housing. He also held management and policy positions in the non-government sector including: the Uniting Church Board for Social Responsibility, ACOSS and Shelter NSW. John has also been a member of a number of federal and state government committees on housing policy

 


Lyndall Robertshaw

Director

 

Lyndall is the Group Chief Corporate Services Officer for Compass Housing Services. Lyndall is responsible for Business Development, Media and Communications, Environmental Sustainability, Human Resource Management, Property Acquisitions, Project Management as well as Risk Management and Compliance.

Lyndall has over 16 years of extensive experience in housing with 12 years in the community housing sector, prior to this Lyndall worked in the construction industry and previously in Strata Management.

Lyndall is a dynamic and proactive executive, has a passion for the housing sector and is committed to the growth of affordable housing. Throughout her years with Compass Lyndall has been instrumental in the growth of the organisation which has seen the organisation grow from 7 staff to 140 staff and an increase in properties under management of approximately 400 properties to over 4000 properties today.

Lyndall is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business (Management). Additionally she has also completed an Advanced Diploma of Management, a Diploma in Project Management and a Diploma in Interior Design.

Lyndall is a Director of Logan City Community Housing, a Committee Member of PowerHousing Australia and a Committee Member of the NSW Australasian Housing Industry.

 
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