Catherine Yeomans

Chief Executive Officer

Mission Australia

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Catherine was appointed CEO in March 2014. Prior to this, Catherine served as Chief Operating Officer, and during that time held responsibility for functional areas including advocacy, media, marketing, fundraising, HR, legal, IT, procurement and property. With a law degree by academic background, Catherine has held senior management roles in a broad spectrum of fields across the corporate sector. She is a Director of Mission Australia Early Learning, Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) and Many Rivers Microfinance Limited. Catherine is passionate about social justice and actively speaks out against inequality on behalf of the people we serve.

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KEYNOTE: Place based & community development approaches to reducing homelessness

Rebecca Pinkstone

General Manager, Operations

Bridge Housing

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Rebecca Pinkstone has over twelve years experience in social housing. Rebecca joined Bridge Housing in June 2013 and is currently responsible for its asset, applicant and tenancy management functions as well as its community engagement initiatives. Before joining Bridge Housing, Rebecca worked in a variety of senior operational and policy roles to deliver major social housing reform initiatives to improve services and grow both the Aboriginal and mainstream community housing sectors. Rebecca is a passionate advocate for affordable housing and the fundamental role that social housing plays in providing stable housing for those in need.

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Implementing a housing first approach in the private rental market
Opening remarks from the Chair

Sourcing homes for the homeless

The current lack of affordable housing, especially in urban areas, is making it increasingly difficult for homelessness services to find long-term housing options for clients. Whilst there are various programs offering support to homeless, without housing to offer physical support these programs are not capable of enabling change in these individuals’ situations.

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  • Strengthen partnerships to improve access to housing
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  • Explore housing models to reduce homelessness

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  • Create an effective early intervention strategy
Day 1

Catherine Yeomans

Chief Executive Officer

Mission Australia


Michael Perusco

Chief Executive Officer, NSW

St Vincent De Paul Society

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Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald

Kings Cross Local Area Commander

NSW Police

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Jamie Brewer

Inner City Homelessness Manager

NSW Family and Community Services


Trina Geasley

Manager, Homelessness

City of Sydney


Catherine Goodwin

Manager, Partners in Recovery

South East Sydney Medicare Local

Day 2

Felicity Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer

The Mercy Foundation


Cathy Humphrey

Chief Executive Officer

Sacred Heart Mission

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