David has more than 25 years’ experience in the Australian and UK community housing sectors. This includes working in a senior executive position for one of the largest care providers in the UK. He has led and established a number of successful housing organisations through acquisition and organic growth, diversification into new markets, and refinancing and restructuring to create greater financial capacity.
David has strong commercial skills, expert knowledge in governance, risk and financial planning, and a proven track record in developing effective partnerships to deliver new services and products, including low cost home ownership products.
David is a qualified assessor with EFQM, a European Excellence Model, and is passionate about improving the quality of lives of individuals and communities through the provision of high quality, secure and affordable housing.
Justin is passionate about the impact of health and wellbeing on social outcomes and communities, having commenced his career as a nutritionist and consultant to corporate and private clients. In 2010, he became a Consultant Program Manager for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, relocating to Alice Springs to deliver a health education and physical activity program for adults in five Aboriginal communities. In 2013, Justin accepted the role of Community Engagement Manager for the Cancer Council and commenced employment with Housing Plus in 2015.
Overseeing the Business Development Team, Justin has successfully led a number of tender and grant applications, and has established new income streams for Housing Plus through property development, the sale of assets and community fundraising.
He is currently in the final stages of completing an MBA.
Matthew commenced his finance career with KPMG in 1987 and since then has gained a wealth of experience in senior finance and commercial roles across a broad range of industries, including engineering, construction, health, distribution and manufacturing. During this time, he has worked overseas, leading finance teams in Sweden and Indonesia for Alstom Power. Most recently, Matthew held the position of Regional Business Partner for Rightway Australia and, prior to this, was the Finance Director for Preformed Line Products.
Matthew leads the finance, IT, HR and quality functions of Housing Plus and is responsible for strategic financial management, including treasury and budget management, cost benefit analysis, needs forecasting, securing new funding and financial reporting.
Penny commenced her career in a range of customer focused industries before joining the Australian Human Rights Commission as a Project Officer where she co-designed and managed a number of nationwide community consultation and research projects, and supported the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
She joined Housing Plus in 2010, initially as a service coordinator for the women’s domestic and family violence service. In 2014, she led the regional launch of the whole of government domestic and family violence reforms, working closely with police and other key stakeholders to change the way NSW responds to domestic and family violence, including implementing the state’s first Safety Action Meeting.
In 2015, Penny was promoted to the role of Regional Manager Plus Services where she established our homelessness service and continued to grow the domestic and family violence service.
As Head of Community Services, Penny is responsible for the delivery of sustainable client-centric programs by creating strategic networks, maintaining key partner relationships, and supporting a cohesive and multidisciplinary team.
She is currently studying for a Master of Social Change and Development.
Andrew is an enrolled nurse and spent the early part of his career working in the mental health sector. He later joined the Department of Family and Community Services as a Client Service Officer within the access and demand team, and completed a secondment as a Senior Client Service Officer during his tenure here.
In 2013, Andrew Joined Housing Plus as Community Services Manager, responsible for fostering and building strategic relationships with government and community partners. In 2016, this role was expanded to Senior Manager, Engagement and Communities.
Andrew has since been promoted to Head of Customer Service, where he is responsible for our tenancy and maintenance teams, ensuring service excellence for our customers and proactively managing risk, whilst seeking to improve our service offering.
Andrew is passionate about overcoming social disadvantage, and currently sits on the committee of FoodCare Orange.
Vanessa has over 10 years’ experience in generalist human resources with significant expertise in change management, organisational design and large-scale transformation. She previously held the role of Senior HR Advisor to Johnson Controls, an outsourced facilities and project management organisation, and managed the organisation’s merger with Brookfield Multiplex Services in 2012.
She joined the Woolworths Group in 2014 as HR Partner to integrate a newly acquired refrigeration business with the existing Woolworths maintenance team before transferring to Woolworths’ Masters Home Improvement business in 2016. Here, she co-created and managed the people strategies for one of Australia’s largest voluntary corporate closures.
Vanessa joined Housing Plus in early 2017 and is responsible for driving better outcomes for employees to maximise engagement, performance and positive impact in our communities.
Simon worked for seven years as a residential and commercial carpenter and builder before joining Joss Construction as a Site Manager. He later progressed into project management where he was responsible for procurement, contract management, financial analysis, WH&S, environment and quality risk management. He gained extensive experience delivering projects valuing up to $30 million with a range of government departments, government-owned enterprises, private clients, contractors and other key stakeholders.
Simon joined Housing Plus in 2016 and is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic asset management plan and development frameworks.
He is currently studying for a Master of Applied Finance.
James commenced his career with NSW Maritime, firstly as a Naval Architect and later as a Quality Manager where he developed, implemented and maintained ISO9001 accreditation within his branch. Deciding to pursue a career in quality management and continuous improvement, he gained experience with Cabonne Council, Central West Community College, TAFE Western and Spotless, where he worked on the build and mobilisation of the new Orange hospital, including the integration of management systems (Quality, Risk and Safety), for more than 350 health service employees. In 2013, James joined Marathon Health (formerly Western NSW Medicare Local) as Quality Manager before moving to Housing Plus in 2016.
As Business Insights & Compliance Manager, James is responsible for compliance monitoring and reporting, process improvement efforts, WH&S, registration, and integration with organisational strategic goals.
He is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Finance.
Housing Plus is a progressive social enterprise that re-invests ALL profits back into improving social outcomes for individuals and communities in regional NSW. Housing Plus is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and is a Tier 1 accredited community housing provider.
Suite 8, Level 2, 113 Byng Street
Orange NSW 2800
PO Box 968 ORANGE NSW 2800
Phone: 1800 603 300
Fax: (02) 6361 1609