Housing Choices Australia Group - Annual Report 2020





He was the inaugural Chief Executive Ocer of Housing Choices Australia when it was founded in 2008 to 2012 and since 2014, he returned as Managing Director. Under his stewardship Housing Choices has grown to be one the largest housing associations in Australia. In the mid-2000s he led the establishment of the Glasgow Housing Association through the transfer of the largest volume of public housing stock in Europe. He served as Chief Executive Ocer of the Housing New Zealand Corporation. As Chair and Executive Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) he led its restructuring, leading to its status as the pre-eminent research resource for the housing industry in Australia. He has also led a significant government department in South Australia. He was Chair of national peak body, the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), from 2016 to 2019, during which

Fabienne holds board, research and consulting roles across a number of sectors, with a focus on creating social impact and system change. Currently Fab is working with the United Nations Development Programme to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) impact practice standards for enterprises and investors and co-chairing the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative’s Technical Working Group 3 on making better informed decisions. She is also a non-executive director of The Song Room and Impact Investing Australia and a Professor of Practice (Finance) at Deakin Business School. Fab’s experience also includes 22 years at S&P Global, one of the largest data, information and analytics companies in the world, where she held senior positions including her last role as Australian Country Head and Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific in the Ratings Division. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Heather is a Chartered Accountant, experienced board director and senior executive with experience operating in complex environments across a diverse range of organisations and sectors. She joined the Board of Housing Choices Australia in 2014 and was Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee until her appointment as Board Chair in 2019. Heather is also currently a non-executive Director of the Derwent Sailing Squadron and TADTas, an organisation dedicated to improving the independence, dignity and quality of life for people living with disability. Heather has over 25 years’ experience spanning audit and corporate advisory (including with Ernst & Young’s banking and finance division), private enterprise, start-ups, and for-purpose organisations, having held both GM and CFO senior leadership positions. Reflecting a strong focus and commitment to social inclusion, Heather’s previous governance roles span youth, education and employment initiatives. Heather holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University School of Business and is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award (Canada). She is also a graduate member of the

time he led the development of its comprehensive National Plan for

Aordable Housing, delivered in 2018. He is currently Chair of the South Australian Planning Commission, reflecting his experience in urban planning and development. Michael has been an advisor to Australian governments at all levels and has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO). He is a leading advocate for reform across the housing and planning sectors in Australia, and an experienced board director and university governor. He is an adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide.


Michael is a leading figure in the Australian social and aordable housing industry, with more than three decades experience in both private and public sectors, in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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