The Hume Community Housing Board of Directors is structured around principles of good governance. We are governed by an independent skills based board that has up to nine directors plus a Board Patron. Our board members have experience and skill sets that support the scale and scope of our business as well as our planned growth.
The Board is committed to strong governance, community spirit and advocacy for those who require assistance and communities.
Hume's Board members provide skills and expertise in property development, financial management, human resources, community services, urban planning, law and housing, and asset management.
Hume’s Patron, Pat Martin OAM, and a team of specialists that provide advice and sector expertise, support and guide the Board.
Hume has a corporate governance framework that provides effective, sustainable, accountable operations and continuous improvement by:
- ensuring that Hume services and infrastructure are provided reliably, efficiently and effectively with the appropriate quality levels of service to customers and stakeholders
- ensuring that Hume remains solvent and is complying with all its legislative, financial, ethical and contractual obligations
- building corporate awareness as a shared responsibility of directors, management and staff to uphold the values and objectives of Hume
- identifying the resources and operational capabilities required to ensure effective corporate governance processes that align with demonstrated best practice.
With these robust mechanisms in place, along with a transparent approach to decision making, current and future stakeholders can be confident in the Board’s ability to govern to the highest standards.
Collapsed tabPatricia (Pat) Martin (O.A.M)
Dip.E, Dip.ME, JP MAHI, MOAA
Pat Martin has been involved with Hume Housing’s operations for the last 20 years including serving a 16-year term as President of Hume Housing before her appointment as Board Patron in 2007.
Pat has also served terms as President of the Fairfield Community Resource Centre and the NSW Federation of Housing Association.
Pat successfully owned and operated a busy travel study company, Cindela Consultants, which coordinated study visits to and from Japan for government officials in the areas of retirement, stock exchange, police and fire brigade. Pat is also a former secondary teacher and taught for 15 years.
Pat specialises in governance and human resources administration, with the desire to assist minority groups within the community, and as a result has managed English classes for elderly migrants.
In 1982, Pat was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to youth welfare. Pat is a current member of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) and member of the Order of Australia Association (OAA).
Collapsed tabRobert Vine
Chairman, Member of Audit and Risk Subcommittee and Recruitment and Remuneration Subcommittee
Dip.Mngmt, Grad Dip. HR, MAICD
Robert Vine has served nine years on the Hume Board. this includes two-years as Chairman before being appointed to the Director position in 2012 after a three-year break.
Robert has been involved in the management of not-for-profits since 1972, culminating in retirement as CEO of one of the states largest groups of co-operative housing societies.
With tertiary qualifications in management, human resource planning, accounting and financial management Bob brings to Hume an all-round raft of experience. Still serving on the NSW Government Co-operatives Advisory Board he is actively involved in the provision of affordable housing.
Collapsed tabBrian Lomas
Director, Chairperson – Audit and Risk Subcommittee
Dip. A, AICD Residential Course, FCPA, MAICD
Brian Lomas is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a member the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brian has recently retires from Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd, after ten years with the training group organisation. After serving for five years as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of this charitable NFP company during which time, he increased their financial reserves from less than $1M to over $5M. On announcing his retirement, he became only the second ex-employee in more than 30 years to be invited to join the Board of Directors, serving as an Honorary Director, while holding the paid positions of Company Secretary and Governance Mentor to the Board and Financial Staff. Brian has also served as the Treasurer for Rosella Park School for Children with special needs since 2011 and recently received recognition from the Commonwealth Bank under their Not for Profit Treasurers' Award for 2016, recognising his contribution to the Australian Community.
Brian has over 50 years’ experience in financial and corporate management, specialising in healthcare, health insurance, corporate law, superannuation and executive management, with directorships in charity and welfare organisations in the not-for-profit sector.
Brian was a senior executive of the NSW division of the Health Insurance Commission when Medicare was introduced in 1984 and was also part of a special team that negotiated with Federal Treasury and ATO to amend the Income Tax Assessment Act to recognise the collection of audio-visual copyright income was tax exempt in the hands of copyright collecting societies until distributed to the rightful owner of the copyright.
Brian has held a position on the Hume Board since 2005.
Brian recently received a Recognition Award from CPA for his 40-year contribution to the NFP sector.
Collapsed tabTrue Swain
Director, Member of Development Subcommittee
M. Pro Dev, B. CPM
True Swain is an experienced property development manager who has successfully delivered multi-million dollar property development projects throughout Australia. His qualifications include a Masters of Property Development and Bachelor of Construction Project Management.
In his current role as a Property Development Manager at Qantas, he has been responsible for the delivery a variety of large property construction projects throughout Australia, which have been successfully delivered in complex live operational environments.
His previous project experience as a leader within small and large organisations has given him a wealth of knowledge in the delivery of large complex projects and an appreciation of the need for stringent governance to ensure the project objectives align and meet the organisations core vision.
He has provided strategic property project advice to not-for-profit executive boards and been responsible for the development and implementation of risk management strategies on a variety of construction and development projects.
True was elected to the Hume Housing Board in January 2014.
Collapsed tabSue Holliday
Deputy Chair, Member of Recruitment and Remuneration Subcommittee, Member of Development Subcommittee
BA (Economics), MPhil (Town and Country Planning) FPIA, CPP, GAICD
Professor Sue Holliday is a city planner and economist. She is Professor of Planning Practice at UNSW, and Managing Director, Strategies for Change, an urban strategy consultancy.
Sue had a long career in the public service and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to affordable housing. She was Director General of Planning in NSW from 1997 to 2003. During that time the policy arm of NSW Housing and Landcom (prior to commercialisation) reported to her, and she was instrumental in establishing the City West Housing Company to achieve ongoing affordability options in Pyrmont and Ultimo.
She was appointed a member of the National Housing Supply Council from its inception to its closure in 2013.
Sue has held various Board roles since 1997. She was a Director of the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation from 2004–10. She was president of the NSW Building Professionals Board until June 2013. Sue is currently a Director of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).
Collapsed tabLarraine Eddy
Director, Member of Audit and Risk Subcommittee
Larraine Eddy holds a Certificate in Welfare as well as an Advanced Certificate in Working with Older People. Larraine has over 20 years’ experience working with older people and for the last 15 years has been advocating housing issues for the aged community through the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program in NSW.
Larraine has held a position on the Hume Board since 2005 (Larraine previously held a position on the Hume Board from 1998–2003) and is an active member of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee.
Collapsed tabPhillip Hepburn
Director, Member of Development Committee
B EC, LLB, LLM, Grad Dip Company Secretarial Practice
Phillip has extensive experience in setting up legal, governance and compliance functions, advising Boards on all aspects of legal and compliance issues. Phillip was previously General Counsel and Group Secretary at Stockland where his role also included providing commercial and legal advice on business and property acquisitions and sales, and on all aspects of property development and capital management activities undertaken by the organisation. Phillip has been a director of subsidiary Boards and has extensive experience in management across the property, banking, retail and agricultural sectors. Phillip has a strong interest in the areas of Board governance, risk and compliance. He is also a member of the advisory board of Lexvoco.
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