Our team

We have over 135 staff currently working for the Housing Choices in seven offices across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia our staff numbers and office locations continually growing as we aim to extend our reach nationally.

Close collaboration is key.

Led by our Executive team, our staff work across four broad teams:

  • Housing
    Our Housing team look after all our housing related services, tenancy and property management as well as community development.
  • Property Development and Asset Management
    Our Property Development and Asset Management team are responsible for the development and procurement of property (i.e. new property, capital upgrades), facilities management, asset management strategies and systems.
  • Corporate Services
    Our Corporate Services team work together to deliver a range of internal support functions – Finance, Information Technology and Administration.
  • Strategy and Engagement
    Our Strategy and Engagement team are responsible for strategy and business development, communications and engagement, people and culture.

For an overview, take a look at our  Housing Choices Organisational Chart.

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Our Executive team

Our Executive team brings a rich blend of skills and experience to our organisation and above all a shared passion for our vision and strong alignment with our values. Meet our Executive team.

Executive team profiles

Michael Lennon

Managing Director

 

 

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.

Kim Bomford

State Manager Housing, Tasmania

 

 

Kim has more than 13 years experience across both the Public and Community Housing Sectors.

Kim has worked in complex policy development and implementation, housing service delivery and management and has extensive experience in participation at a state and national level in matters pertaining to the reform of social housing.

More recently Kim has had significant involvement in the establishment of a new Tasmanian community housing organisation which saw the successful transfer of management of a large scale public housing portfolio.

Noel Phillips

Chief Commercial Officer

 

 

Noel has over 20 years of experience in finance, operations and management.

Working in the retail and hospitality sectors, he has worked in leading organisations such as Ray’s Outdoors, National Leisure and Gaming Limited and Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.

Noel has been the CFO of HCA since 2011.

Julie Duncan

State Manager – South Australia

 

 

Julie has vast expertise and experience in housing, urban development and community services. Over the past 20 years she has worked extensively in policy, planning, project management and community relations across all tiers of government and in the community sector.

Julie has most recently driven and managed the successful tender and transfer of 840 properties to Housing Choices South Australia as part of SA’s largest public housing transfer process. She has also successfully secured new, innovative service delivery initiatives and partnerships to strengthen the allied health and homelessness services delivered by the organisation.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts with the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Housing Management and Policy from Swinburne University, and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia.

James Henry

General Manager Property Development and Asset Management

 

 

James is a registered Architect with extensive experience on a diverse range of projects.

In his previous role as Project Manager he delivered several innovative developments and redevelopments to provide homes for those most in need while also providing expert input on portfolio renewal and strategic development plans.

He is responsible for ensuring strategic development and management of our national portfolio to ensure high quality, sustainable outcomes that will serve the needs of our tenants into the future.

Hayley Parkes

General Counsel

 

 

Hayley is an experienced commercial and regulatory lawyer, with nearly 10 years working across the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Housing Choices Australia in 2015, she worked at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and King and Wood Mallesons where she specialised in telecommunications and competition policy.

Hayley has a strong commitment of contributing to back to her local community as a volunteer, including through her position as board member of Early Childhood Management Services.

Hayley holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

Peter Richardson

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Peter has 30 years’ experience as an accountant in the UK, Singapore and Australia ranging from private practice, education and research, general business management and the not-for profit sectors of social and affordable housing and aged care.

Peter has a PhD in Accountancy and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Peter heads the finance team and is responsible for all aspects of finance in Housing Choices Australia including internal and external financial reporting, risk management, treasury, project assessment and financial modelling.