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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.

David Fisher, 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.

Di Glover, Deputy Chair

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Di Glover joined the Board in October 2021. Di have worked in the homelessness sector for over 30 years and in 2020 was very proud to have received a Lifetime Achievement Award (2020 SHS Good Practice Awards). She is passionate about being part of creating a future without homelessness and strongly align to the vision, purpose and values of Homelessness NSW.  She has extensive experience in both participating in, and leading, the governance of not-for-profit boards, committees and working groups including having been on the Board of YFoundations on two separate occasions (2001- 2003 and 2015-2019).

Di has been for 21 years the CEO of Yes Unlimited (lead agency for the Southern Murrumbidgee Homelessness Alliance).

Stephanie Oatley, Treasurer

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Stephanie Oatley joined the Board in 2017. She is the CEO at Platform Youth Services. She has nearly 32 years experience in the homelessness sector working in youth,  Platform Youth Services is a successful district wide service, covering Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury in Western Sydney. Platform reflects a modern model of integrated support to young people, families and communities affected by homelessness. Platform manages SHS, HYAP, PYI and Juvenile Justice contracts.  

She has implemented a service system vision for youth homelessness in Western Sydney supported by a strong partnership model that offers outcomes for homeless youth. Western Sydney is an important centre that needs a voice and an advocate. She has led many innovative and collaborative projects and seen the development of many strong successful partnerships.  

She is well connected and respected in the sector. She has a strong interest in creating and supporting innovative practices on issues of homelessness and am able to offer assistance with strategic priorities. She believes she has strong and sound knowledge of governance practices and would continue to develop these practices as a member of Homelessness NSW with passion and commitment.    

She believes Homeless NSW is an integral component and a large support to all SHS services and the work we do and I would be proud to represent youth in this forum for another term. 

Brianna Attard, Secretary

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Brianna Attard joined the Board 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.

Rob Seaton, Board Member

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Rob Seaton 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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Tina Reynolds joined the Board in October 2019 she is the  CEO of Orana support Service (OSS), which is in Dubbo, regional NSW.

OSS is a community housing provider, we are also contracted to deliver the SHS service for adults and children In Dubbo, Wellington and Narromine.

OSS operates the only women’s refuge, men’s refuge (Sturt House) and a boarding house within Dubbo Regional and Narromine LGA.

She is a country person brought up in regional NSW, she has very strong views about the needs of vulnerable people in regional and outback NSW, especially around affordable and safe housing.

She has valuable skills and experience that I can bring to the board of Homelessness NSW such as:

  • 10 years of experience as an elected member of Dubbo Regional Council. (Councillor).
  • Executive board member of NSW Women in Local Government
  • Over 5 years’ experience on the board of Reliance Credit Union (now known as Maritime Mining and Power Credit Union)
  • 5 years as the president of Dubbo Chamber of Commerce
  • 3 years as a Councillor on NSW Business Chamber (Sydney)

 Through my experience as an elected member of council, I was actively Involved In 10-, 20- and 30-year strategic planning for the large organisation which Included options around affordable housing and how our city can address these issues, I also lobbied and met with many members of parliament both State and Federal to raise concerns of constituents.

Michele Laurie, Board Member

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Michele Laurie 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.

Jenny Hargreaves, Board Member

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Jenny Hargreaves joined the Board in October 2021 and  is currently Acting Senior Manager- Safety and Prevention Western NSW for  Barnardos Australia. Jenny has extensive rural/remote experience in managing service delivery in this space and so will bring a strong rural/remote/regional perspective to the Homelessness NSW Board.

Jenny believes the Homelessness NSW peak is critically important for the sector at this time, as homelessness and risk of homelessness is an ongoing growing issue of concern in or communities, as well as the lack of affordable long-term housing for people in regional and remote communities in NSW is reaching a critical point. The role of a peak body such as Homelessness NSW is critical for advocating and influencing social policy and sector development.

Jenny has worked for both government and the Non-Government organisations in this sector for over the past 30 years, including aged care, disability and child protection. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Social Science – Social Welfare.

Jenny brings extensive experience and knowledge about the barriers and challenges that marginalised and vulnerable people in rural remote areas face in trying to secure long term affordable housing. Jenny is keen to contribute to this space of advocacy that influences, informs and enable government in policy for vulnerable children and families in the community. 

Lisa Rothque, Board Member

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Lisa Rothque joined the Board in October 2021. She work at St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.

Lisa has worked within the Community Services sector for nearly 12 years. In this time, I have worked within Child Protection, Homelessness and Housing and Alcohol and other drugs programs.

Lisa has worked across a variety of client cohorts including men, youth, women/families escaping DFV, families and Aboriginal families.

Lisa has worked within Regional NSW particularly in the Illawarra/South Coast region, and my current role sees me cover Western Sydney and South West Sydney.

Working with a variety of clients in different settings such as out of home care, residential settings, and outreach has given me a comprehensive overview of the sector and I believe this experience will provide a valuable insight to the board.

Lisa has seen the benefits of the peak body advocating and supporting the sector, particularly through the Pandemic, and believe that both my experience and insight will add value to the Board.

HNSW Team

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

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)

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