Heather is a chartered accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has held senior management positions in private enterprise and the not-for- profit sector, as well as a number of governance roles in youth, education, employment and yachting organisations.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University School of Business and was instrumental in the establishment of Housing Choices Tasmania.
Fab has held a variety of executive and non-executive roles in a career spanning 30 years, including 22 years with S&P Global Ratings where she was Australian Country Head and Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific.
She is principal of Petrichor Consulting Services Pty Ltd, member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing, board member and social enterprise advisory committee member of The Song Room, chair of KAGE Physical Theatre Inc., and an advisory board member of Deakin’s School of Business and Law.
Fab holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) with Distinction from RMIT University, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Drew Beswick is Chief Executive Officer of Oak Possability Group, Tasmania’s largest provider of disability services. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Possability during a period of significant transition for the disability services sector under the NDIS, including involvement in a successful merger and the expansion and development of the Group’s services into Victoria, where it has participated in the transfer of residential services from the Victorian Government.
Drew is a qualified social worker with post-graduate qualifications in management and governance and has worked across a range of human service organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom, with extensive experience in providing, supervising and directing services and interventions.
He led Early Intervention Services at Relationships Australia, with responsibility for clinical governance and supervision, and has held senior positions in Health, Social Care and Aged Care policy and regulation. He was State Manager for the Federal Department of Health and Ageing during a period of significant health reform.
Drew has held Board positions with various community sector organisations and the Australian Institute of Public Administration, Tasmania. He is currently the public officer of a Tasmanian organisation involved in the promotion of men’s health issues and has a strong interest in advocating for access to suitable housing for people living with disability.
Chris Leishman is an international housing economist and academic, currently Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning and the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide.
His research focuses on the economics of the housing market, including the relationship between housing supply and affordability, the behaviour of housing and land developers, and demographic/socio-economic processes such as household formation, housing consumption decisions and tenure choice. His work has helped inform government policy on housing supply and affordability in Australia and across the United Kingdom.
He has undertaken studies for a variety of government departments and entities in several countries, third sector organisations including CRISIS and Centrepoint, and a range of academic funders including the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. He is an editor for the Urban Studies journal and was previously Editor-In-Chief of the Housing Studies Journal.
Meredith Sussex is Chair of the Fishermans Bend Development Board in Victoria and a non-executive director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. She has also been a non-executive director of a number of Boards, including the Board of the Port of Melbourne.
She lectures in the masters programme on urban governance at the University of New South Wales and provides high-level consulting advice on public policy, planning and management.
Meredith has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including Deputy Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. From 2002-2006 she led the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination, for which she was awarded the Order of Australia in 2007.
Michael’s international career in housing, planning and urban development spans 25 years and includes CEO roles at the Glasgow Housing Association, where he led the largest housing stock transfer in Europe, and at Housing New Zealand Corporation. He also led the restructure of the internationally recognised Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
His leadership of Housing Choices has seen the organisation grow to an asset base of more than $640 million, with current operations in three states and a major focus on national growth.
Michael is committed to making housing affordable, safe and accessible for the most marginalised members of the community, utilising a mix of commercial and government investment. Collaboration with quality service partners is key to Housing Choices’ business strategy. He currently chairs the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) and is a trustee of the South Australian History Trust.
He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and is an experienced board director and university governor.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and is a corporate social responsibility and strategic communications specialist.
She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of complex and large-scale strategic communication programs in the corporate internal and external environment, as well as communication strategy development, issues management, and stakeholder engagement and management.
Julie has designed and executed multi-dimensional community investment programs in locations throughout Australia and Asia for both corporate and not-for-profit organisations.