Board of Directors
Allan’s career has spanned 40 years of local government employment. He has spent the last 28 years as a CEO or in senior management positions, most recently as the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Local Government.
Allan’s skills and experience in governance, leadership and corporate development are particularly well-suited to managing projects, navigating intergovernmental relations and organizational capacity-building. He has developed extensive professional networks and possesses strong links with the Indigenous community and a thorough understanding of Aboriginal culture and service delivery in remote regions.
A born and bred local, Patrick has held a number of senior commercial roles across both the facility management and property development industry in the NT & WA developing extensive experience within the sector over his 18 year career. More recently he has been involved in the management of a number of major property development projects as part of his present role at Darwin International Airport by way Osgood South Commercial, Entertainment Precinct Expansion, and a modern childcare facility.
Along with a genuine passion for both property and the Territory, Patrick is also involved with numerous key industry bodies, most notably as an executive member of the Property Council (NT Division).
Matthew holds a Masters of Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Housing Policy, Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Social Administration, Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Property (Real Estate).
Chief Executive Officer of Unity Housing Company Ltd. managing a housing portfolio in excess of 3,000 individual dwellings with a value of over $850 million, annual turnover of $20 million and a net equity capacity of $270 million. Matthew has over 30 years’ experience in human services working as a social worker, manager and in policy development across Government and non-government sectors, largely in metropolitan Adelaide, but also with several years spent in rural South Australia and the UK.
Fran was born in Alice Springs and educated there and in Adelaide. Her family came to the Territory in the 1920s and family members have been involved in Territory community, political and economic life since then. Fran has had various careers, as a radiographer, high school teacher, local government practitioner, including an 8 year term as Mayor of Alice Springs, a senior Northern Territory Government executive and her current role as a General Manager in an NGO focussed on remote Australia.
She understands and strongly supports the contribution affordable housing can make to the development of the Northern Territory and to the quality of life of many Territorians.
Trish is a Jawoyn woman from Katherine. She held senior executive public sector positions in the human services areas of health, housing, local government and community services for more than 20 years. Trish has experience of working in the Australian Defence Force and community controlled organisations, and extensive governance experience, including board and committee memberships across a range of sectors. She is a director of CareFlight and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, a Tourism NT.
Commissioner and member of the Northern Territory Heritage Council.
Karen has 30 years of construction and development experience gained in private companies, public companies and government. She was the Director, Affordable Housing, Lend Lease Communities and has also held the role of Project Director of Kensington Banks, has managed hotel, commercial and residential developments. Karen has led teams on project acquisitions and tenders. Karen’s qualifications include building and graduate diplomas.
Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, chairs the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, is a Board member of Unity Housing and the Queen Elizabeth Centre and has previously been the chair of King and Godfree Pty Ltd and a Board member with Embracia and Uniting AgeWell as well as an Advisory Board Member to the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing Urban and Regional Planning
Leigh is the Chief Executive Officer of OARS Community Transitions and the Centre for Restorative Justice. Leigh commenced work with OARS SA in January 1994. OARS is well known for its work in providing homelessness support, advocacy, counselling, and drug and alcohol treatment for offenders, those at risk of offending, and their families.
Leigh has served as Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Housing Advisory Committee to the South Australian Government and was a long-standing member of the Ministerial Correctional Services Advisory Council. His current Board roles include: Chair of the Board, Unity Housing Company; Board Member, SA Network of Drug & Alcohol Services (SANDAS); Board Member, Social Impact Investment Network SA (SIINSA); Board Member, Australian Crime Prevention Council; Life Member of SACOSS; Life Member Restorative Practices International; Life Member National Association of Community & Restorative Justice USA and Member European Forum on Restorative Justice.
Jillian Ritherdon CMgr, FIML, GAICD, CAHRI, DESS (Fr), GDipBIA, LLM, has over 25 years’ management experience in global corporations, SMEs and For Purpose organisations, within Australia and internationally.
Jill speaks French and German and spent ten years working on culturally-diverse and geographically-dispersed German infrastructure projects in emerging nations and was an Executive Manager with Air France KLM. Her experience includes bringing an Aboriginal organization into profitability; owning a motel in Derby WA; and being the Company Secretary of a Financial Services group in Sydney. Previously the Executive Director of the YWCA of Darwin, in 2014, she was a NT Telstra Business Women’s Award winner. Jill believes strongly that safe and affordable accommodation is the key to alleviating disadvantage.
Joining Venture Housing Company Ltd in March 2016 in the role of Finance Manager, Helen is responsible for delivery of finance services such as accounting, treasury, reporting, budgeting, insurance management and audit in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. More specifically, this role requires a strong focus on financial management of property assets including modelling and analysis of developments, acquisitions and disposals and contract service monitoring.
Helen has a broad range of experience and has held senior roles in private and public sector organisations in the Northern Territory. Helen’s experience spans a variety of industries including Hospitality, Gas Supply and Infrastructure Management, Utilities and Medical Research.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Accounting, Professional Membership CPA Australia.
Alana holds a Diploma in Property Services (Real Estate), is a licensed Real Estate Agent, and is currently completing a Master Degree in Business Administration. With a diverse background and nearly ten years’ experience working in Real Estate and Community Housing across the country, Alana brings a wealth of knowledge to Venture Housing and the Property Management Department which she oversees. Alana is passionate about community housing and is dedicated to alleviating housing stress across the Northern Territory and Australia alike