About Us

Our Team

The Homelessness NSW Board is comprised of nine members elected by our membership. It is advised by a Policy Council, which can comprise up to 16 members, including Board members. The Board meets at least bi-monthly and we have an AGM at the end of each year.


HNSW Board

The Homelessness NSW Board is comprised of nine members elected by our membership. It is advised by a Policy Council, which can comprise up to 16 members, including Board members. The Board meets at least bi-monthly, whilst the Policy Council meets at least 3 times a year.

Evelyne Tadros, Chairperson

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Dr Evelyne Tadros is the State Leader, NSW Metro and current chair of Homelessness NSW. Evelyne joined the HNSW Board in 2015. Evelyne is passionate about systemic change to better meet the individual and community needs of those affected by homelessness, mental health, justice challenges and in the wellbeing and sustainability of the workforce who support those experiencing vulnerability.

David Fisher, Deputy Chairperson

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David joined the Board in October 2017. David is CEO of Housing Plus a community housing provider and specialist homelessness and domestic family provider, providing services to regional communities in Central and Far West NSW.

Brett Macklin, Treasurer

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Brett joined the Board in 2016. Brett is Director of Homelessness & Housing for St Vincent de Paul Society NSW. SVDP provide homelessness and support services across NSW in Metro, Regional and Rural areas.

Stephanie Oatley, Secretary

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Coming soon

Brianna Attard, Board Member

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Brianna Attard commenced as a Board Director in October 2020 and is currently serving the first year of her 2-year term. Brianna is a Coordinator at Lou’s Place, a safe place for women in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Kelly Hansen, Board Member

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Kelly is the CEO of Nova for Women and Children, a specialised Homelessness and Domestic Violence Service for Women and Children in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas. Nova is a Not for Profit, a Registered Charity, and widely recognised as a local industry leader in its field.

Known and recognised as a professional in her field, Kelly is a passionate advocate for social justice, in particular Kelly continues to speak out on gender inequality and gender poverty that leads to homelessness and takes away choice for women experiencing domestic violence.

Kelly actively participates in the broader homelessness issues and regularly collaborates with an extensive range of industry sector professionals to improve outcomes for women and children at risk of homelessness or domestic family violence.

Kelly was invited to participate in the evaluation of the GHSH reforms at state forums, held board member roles for various Homelessness committees, provides feedback to various organisations such us, Welfare Rights and Homelessness NSW on the impact of public and social policies. Kelly continues to work with Government and Non-Government agencies to highlight the need for reforms to policies at both local, state and federal level.

Mandy Booker, Board Member

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Mandy joined the board in September 2019.  Mandy is the CEO Wollongong Emergency Family Housing  a community housing provider and specialist homeless service with activities throughout Illawarra region. Mandy is passionate about finding innovative ways and sustainable long term housing pathways for all Australians.

Rob Seaton, Board Member

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Rob joined the board in September 2019.  Rob is operations manager for Wesley Mission’s specialist homelessness services, with activities throughout Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Mid North Coast.

Tina Reynolds, Board Member

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Coming soon

Michele Laurie, Board Member

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Michele joined the board in late 2020. As a First Nations women, Michele belongs to the Gumbaynggirr/Yaegl peoples from the North Coast. Michele is the Senior Manager Aboriginal Leadership & Engagement at Social Futures. Social Futures creates positive social change in regional Australia, working directly with individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments across our focus areas of homelessness and housing, youth and family, community inclusivity and programs that promote genuine participation for people with disability.


Our Team operates to undertake policy, research and advocacy alongside supporting the Specialist Homelessness Services Sector through our Industry Partnership (IP) team.

Katherine McKernan, Chief Executive Officer

Tamara Sequeira, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Emily O’Donnell, Senior Project Officer

Digby Hughes, Senior Policy and Research Officer

Feiyi Zhang, Senior Policy and Research Officer

Jacqueline McKenzie, Senior Policy and Research Officer 

Catalina Star, Administration Manager

Monique Wiseman, Senior Aboriginal Project Officer

Gemma Luckett, SHS Homelessness Industry and Workforce Development Strategy (Maternity Leave)

Clare Gardener, SHS Homelessness Industry and Workforce Development Strategy (Acting) (IP)

Alison Schiena, Project Manager (IP)

Lucia Guiffre, Project Manager (IP)

Yatungka Gordon, Project Officer (IP)

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