Our team

We have over 140 staff currently working for the Housing Choices in seven offices across Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales 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.

Do you share our vision and are interested in working for us? Find out more. Also, view our Organisational Chart to see where you would fit into our organisation.

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 $700 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.

Brian Motz

Chief Commercial Officer

Brian has over 25 years’ experience in financial and operational management, gained across Australia and Canada. Brian’s industry experience includes clinical research, healthcare, education, construction, aviation, financial services and manufacturing. He has a proven ability to convert strategy into commercial reality, as well strong financial and negotiation skills, not to mention boundless energy. These attributes have allowed him to work closely with Boards, Subcommittees and Executive Leadership Teams. His most recent roles have been with Sigma Healthcare Limited, Estia Heath Limited, Melbourne Polytechnic and Nucleus Network Limited. Brian dedicates himself to providing leadership, mentoring and performance management to build a strong team culture. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from the Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, a Chartered Accountant qualification (Canada and Australia), a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance (Australia), as well as his Chartered Secretary in Australia and Chartered Professional Accountants qualification in Canada.

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.

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.

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.

Carly Bairstow

General Manager – People, Culture and Communications

Carly has diverse experience in the public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally, leading improvements and creating excellence in organisational strategy, policy and service delivery. Spanning strategic and operational positions to deliver all facets of contemporary HR, she has most recently held roles at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital/Northwestern Mental Health). Carly joined Housing Choices Australia in April 2018 in the newly established Executive position of General Manager, People, Culture and Communications. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the Australian National University and an Executive Master of Public Administration awarded through the University of Melbourne/ANZSOG.

Ellie Francis-Brophy

State Manager – Victoria

Ellie is the State Manager of Victoria with staff in housing, property, community development and customer service. She has over 18-years experience working in senior roles in housing, local government and research. Ellie is a creative strategic thinker who proactively leads delivery at an operational level. Ellie has a PhD in community housing and was an AHURI scholar and University of Tasmania scholarship holder. As South East England Area Manager for one of the UKs largest housing associations, Ellie lead a team that delivered social outcomes in complex, multi-tenure regeneration neighbourhoods with large sites at Oxford and Reading. Much of Ellie’s work has focused on identifying and capacity building new partnerships in arts, social inclusion and overcoming poverty.  These have been very successful in increasing life opportunities and neighbourhood cohesion and in working across different tiers of government and local, national and European funders. 

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 joined Housing Choices Australia in 2015 as General Counsel and Company Secretary where she has led the legal strategy supporting its growth and business diversification. She is Company Secretary for all HCA Group entities and works closely with the Board and Managing Director to ensure that the group’s governance arrangements are robust and effective. Her previous experience at both the ACCC and Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) brings a unique perspective to the challenges of the community housing sector especially in relation to regulatory and commercial issues. She is passionate about using her skills and experience to support people and organisations to stand up for their beliefs and to create a fairer society. Hayley is a graduate member of the AICD, has a Graduate Diploma in Competition and Consumer Law from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Law (Hons)/ Bachelor of Science from Monash University.

Roberta Buchanan

General Manager – Housing Services

Roberta has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles in the community service sector in the UK and Australia. She studied for her Bachelor of Housing degree at Sheffield Hallam University and started her career as a trainee Housing Officer in the UK with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Roberta has extensive experience in tenancy management, asset management, community development, stock transfer, neighbourhood renewal and stakeholder engagement. Originally from Northern Ireland, Roberta relocated to Australia in 2009 and is the General Manager – Housing Services for the Housing Choices Australia Group. Roberta is passionate about the value of community housing, collaboration and how we can work together to provide a range of solutions to tackle the problem of housing affordability in Victoria. Roberta is also a board member of the Victorian Public Tenants Association and an Alumna of Leadership Victoria (Williamson Community Leadership Program 2013). Roberta joined the CHFV board in 2014 and would be honoured to serve the membership of CHFV for 2018.