James is a Director with the Capital Financing group of National Australia Bank, the leading Australasian Debt Markets house.
James has been involved in raising funds for Australasian governments, trusts and companies in the Australian, European and US capital markets and is currently responsible for the Social Impact Investing business with in the Capital Financing group.
James has worked for NAB since 1988 in various capacities including roles in money market, foreign exchange, interest rate derivatives and debt capital markets. He holds a bachelor degree in Commerce from UNSW and a Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University. Since 2008
St George Community Housing
Scott is an established leader in housing and development with a passion for creating opportunity by providing great for everyone. Scott is Group CEO of SGCH which is recognised as one of Australia’s largest community housing providers and also serves as Chair of the International Housing Partnership.
City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development, USA
Bill Povalla is a housing professional with over 30 years experience in affordable housing development, finance and policy. Presently Bill works for the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Economic Development as head of the monitoring and compliance division. Bill’s unit monitors a wide variety of activities contained in Land Sale Agreements, Regulatory and Redevelopment Agreements as well as approximately 26,000 units of affordable housing. Bill holds a bachelors degree in urban planning from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in Urban Planning and Public Policy. Bill has worked in Brussels Belgium with the EU as a stagiere and has been active with the CIH in the UK.
Department for Communities & Social Inclusion
Philip Fagan-Schmidt holds the position of Executive Director, Housing SA. He is currently the Chair of the Senior Housing Officials Network which provides policy advice to the National Housing Minister Conference. In 2015 Philip was awarded a Queens Birthday Public Service Medal for outstanding service in the area of Social Housing.
Industry Super Australia
Zak is the Director of Policy at Industry Super Australia, and brings to ISA a wealth of experience in the public and private sector. Zak has worked in senior roles for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently providing strategic, policy and legal advice to Commissioner Aguilar during the global financial crisis and financial regulatory reform. Before joining the SEC, he worked as an attorney at major law firms in the US advising on M&A and securities transactions, including two “deals of the year.” Zak holds a Doctorate of Law from New York University.
Rebecca Oelkers is Chief Operations Officer for BHC and is also responsible for the Business Development and Strategic Projects functions at BHC. Rebecca has worked in the field of community and affordable housing for the past 12 years, leading a number of high profile projects including the establishment of the Gold Coast Housing Company of which she was the inaugural CEO. More recently, in an Australian-first for affordable housing funding, Rebecca was responsible for the creation of Gladstone Affordable Housing, securing initial contributions of almost $20m from three Gladstone LNG proponents. Rebecca plays a key strategic role for BHC in identifying new partnerships, business models and opportunities to enhance the future of the Company.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts and has presented at national, state and local housing forums on housing affordability issues.
Urban Apostles & Innovation Fellow, UTS School of Architecture
With a career spanning over 18 years in sustainable property development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. His development experience
includes delivery of green mixed-income housing projects throughout New York City, execution of Vulcan Inc.’s South Lake Union Innovation District in Seattle, Washington and sustainability and innovation advisor for Lendlease’s urban regeneration portfolio in Australia.
Recently appointed Innovation Fellow within the Department of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology Sydney, Jason leads research into sustainable urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics.
Jason is also Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace & housing models for cities. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and art of city making.
He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014, was named a 2015 Next City Urban Vanguard and is an appointed Champion and advisor to Nightingale Housing in Australia.
George Zukiwskyj has resided in Queensland since mid 1987. While standing in a queue at the Valley Social Security Office he entered into a conversation with another queue member who told him of a fledgling housing co-operative programme that was operating in Brisbane.
After doing some research George was given the phone number of the New Farm Housing Cooperative (NFHC) an subsequently joined the organisation as untenanted member at the end of 1987. At the time the NFHC had 4 properties that were purchased through 3 government funding schemes and money that the organisation had borrowed. George was housed by NFHC in mid 1991 from which point his life changed dramatically and his commitment to secure, long-term affordable housing commenced. Being a member managed organisation, George nominated and was elected to the NFHC Board of Directors on which he served in various roles for many years.
In late 1989 several SE Qld co-ops helped organise a conference for “alternative” housing providers at Mt Mee, which was attended by over 40 organisations from all over Queensland and representatives from the Department of Housing. Some of these organisations were self-funded and some were partially funded though various government programmes – their commonality was that they were all small and voluntarily run by tenant members. With government wanting to address community housing issues through peak bodies a number of Qld housing co-ops engaged in the formation of the Qld Community Housing Coalition (QCHC) as the peak body to represent the Qld Housing Co-op Sector and distribute a one off $10million grant from the then Housing Minister, Tom Burns. This one off grant helped double the size of existing housing co-ops and create new ones.
For several years George was one of NFHC’s representatives on the QCHC Board and at various state and national housing conferences. By 2009 the NFHC owned 32 properties and with government continually shifting the goal-posts commenced an amalgamation process with 3 other housing co-ops and became Jacaranda Housing, a company limited by guarantee. Jacaranda’s portfolio currently stands at 80 properties, 12 of which are owned outright by the organisation and can be leased at affordable or market rents to help subsidise our 68 social housing properties.
Jacaranda Housing is currently registered under the NRSCH as a Tier 3 provider and the organisation’s vision into the future is to become a self funded community housing provider across three tiers of rental housing – social, affordable and market.
Social Ventures Australia
I commenced my role with Renewal SA as Director, Housing Strategy in June 2015 with responsibility for funding & growth of the community housing industry in South Australia as well as affordable housing strategy and supply initiatives. Prior to joining Renewal SA I was CEO of Common Ground Adelaide for 5 years – a community housing provider with a mission to end a person’s experience of homelessness. I joined Common Ground in 2010 after spending around 7 years at Housing SA as Director, Community Partnerships and Growth. In that role I was responsible for strategy, regulation and funding of community and affordable housing programs in South Australia. Other roles at Housing SA included Director, Homelessness and Community Programs, responsible for strategy formation and reform of Homelessness NP reforms along with negotiations of new homelessness housing projects under federal funding initiatives.
Compass Housing Services
Jo Ahern is General Manager Operations Queensland, Compass Housing Services. With 30 years’ experience in Government and non-profit sectors in Australia and the European Union, Jo has dedicated her professional life to the elimination of poverty, to social justice and positive social change. Prior to this role, Jo held roles in the Republic of Ireland including as Deputy Director of Dublin’s Homeless Agency Partnership, Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Information Service and Chief Executive Officer of The Integration Centre. Specialising in strategy, operations, transition, and productivity improvements. Jo has and continues to hold non-executive directorships. She has a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts, and has presented on and been published internationally on homelessness, housing and the impact of immigration on national law and policy.
Nicholas Proud was appointed CEO of PowerHousing Australia in July 2016. Nicholas has previously held national executive director roles with the Property Council’s residential division, the Housing Industry Association in Workforce development advocacy and was Director of Research and Policy with the Construction and Property Industry Skills Council.
Nicholas’ experience in senior technical, media and policy roles, in a variety of peak advocacy bodies, provides wide private sector and government connections and an understanding of the challenges facing the housing industry, as well as the opportunities for our organisation today. A focus of his roles has been around demand for housing in Australia and lessons from overseas. He has produced key pieces of forecasting work to shed light and anticipate the current housing boom including the Australian Residential Development Outlook and the CIE Future Forecasts Report 2016-2026 report for the construction and property services industry.
Nicholas has campaigned in recent roles on housing issues, affordability and the value of housing delivery to jobs, communities and the economy which has thrust housing delivery back into the national policy landscape. He has worked directly on the introduction of foreign investment legislation, was a strong advocate for the safeguarding of existing NRAS incentives and has secured significant funds for workforce development for the property and construction sectors. Nicholas is also passionate about the benefits of appropriately designed housing, demonstrated by his work with Livable Housing Australia.
Amy Brown is a partner in the Sydney office of PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Business. Amy specialises in advising Government and the private sector on outcomes-based procurement of public infrastructure and services, providing commercial, contractual and strategic advice to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved. Prior to joining PwC, Amy was Director of the Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit of NSW Treasury.
Amy has been involved in more than 20 projects in recent years, across the housing, health, education and justice sectors. She was a key adviser on various housing projects in NSW including the Premier’s Innovation Initiative (Social Housing), Social and Affordable Housing Fund, NSW Government’s $22 billion Communities Plus program, Airds-Bradbury Estate Renewal PPP and restructure of Bonnyrigg Social Housing PPP. She is also on Committee for Sydney’s social and affordable housing taskforce.
In other sectors, Amy drove the successful financial close of the most recent wave of projects in NSW – including the Sydney Convention Centre PPP, Northern Beaches Hospital Project, North West Rail Link Project and Sydney Light Rail Project.
Amy is passionate about ensuring optimal outcomes for public service customers in NSW. She believes in the diversity of individuals, promoting user choice, urban renewal, smarter cities, facilitating access to opportunity, breaking cycles of disadvantage, and in the tireless pursuit of a better way to do things.
Aboriginal Housing Victoria