FEATURED SPEAKERS

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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.


Speaking On:
KEYNOTE: Place based & community development approaches to reducing homelessness
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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.


Speaking On:
Opening remarks from the Chair
Implementing a housing first approach in the private rental market
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Michael Perusco

Chief Executive Officer, NSW

St Vincent De Paul Society

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Michael was appointed CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society in August 2012. He is also a Board member of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Council of Social Services NSW, a member of the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness and the City of Sydney Social Sustainability Task force. Prior to joining St Vincent de Paul Society, Michael has had a mix of experience in the corporate, community and government sectors.

 

This experience includes 9 years as CEO of Sacred Heart Mission, a Victorian organisation that works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. During this period he was also Chairperson of the Council to Homeless Persons, the peak body for organisations working with people who are homeless in Victoria. He has served on the Council of Catholic Social Services Victoria and as Chairperson of Australians for Affordable Housing, a coalition of community organisations concerned about the housing affordability crisis.

 

Michael previously worked in the commercial sector including KPMG & Arthur Andersen, and at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he was responsible for a range of social policy areas including the social inclusion and not-for-profit reform agendas.


Speaking On:
KEYNOTE: Furthering housing opportunities through private real estate partnerships
INTERACTIVE PANEL: How to implement an early intervention program

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
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Catherine Yeomans

Chief Executive Officer

Mission Australia

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Michael Perusco

Chief Executive Officer, NSW

St Vincent De Paul Society

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Trina Geasley

Manager, Homelessness

City of Sydney

CatherineGoodwin-GreyScale

Catherine Goodwin

Manager, Partners in Recovery

South East Sydney Medicare Local

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Felicity Reynolds

Chief Executive Officer

The Mercy Foundation

RebeccaPinkston-GreyScale

Rebecca Pinkstone

General Manager, Operations

Bridge Housing

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Cathy Humphrey

Chief Executive Officer

Sacred Heart Mission

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