Program Advisors

Program Advisory Group – expert members confirmed to date

In developing an integrated, multi-disciplinary program for NHC 2017, AHURI and NSW FACS are drawing on the invaluable input and strategic advice from the following experts in the various associated sectors and disciplines.

We are delighted to welcome and thank NHC 2017 Program Advisors:

• Prof Nicole Gurran, AHURI Research Centre Director, University of Sydney
• Carrie Hamilton, Associate, Housing Action Network
• Sarah Hill, CEO, Greater Sydney Commission
• Tracy Howe, CEO, NCOSS
• Digby Hughes, Senior Policy and Research Officer, Homelessness NSW
• Nathan Moran, CEO, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)
• Paul McBride, Group Manager, Social Security Policy Group, Department of Social Services
• Prof Hal Pawson, AHURI Research Centre Director, University of NSW
Marty Robinson, Principal Advisor, Social Policy Division, The Treasury
• Peta Winzar, Executive Director, Community Housing Industry Association



Nicole_GurranProfessor Nicole Gurran, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Nicole is the author of Australian Urban Land Use Planning: Introducing Statutory Planning Practice in NSW (Sydney University Press 2007) and founder of the Australian Urban Planning Policy Monitor, which maintains data on local planning for environmental sustainability and housing.  Her current research for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute examines international practice in planning for affordable housing and potential applications for Australia.

Carrie Hamilton, Housing Finance Intermediary Project, NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Carrie Hamilton is a finance professional committed to the growth of the Australian affordable housing industry. She is a qualified city planner with 20 years’ experience working in property development and affordable housing in the United States and Australia.  She advises both government and the community housing industry on mechanisms to finance projects through innovative tools and partnerships. She was involved in the NRAS since its inception and more recently has written, lectured, and advised on the bond aggregator model chosen by Commonwealth Treasury for development in 2017.
Carrie has served on advisory committees for the NSW Department of Planning on pathways for the Social and Affordable Housing Fund, for the NSW Minister for Social Housing on the Future Directions policy, and was appointed to a Commonwealth Ministerial Advisory Committee by the federal Minister for Housing during that portfolio’s existence through 2013. She has written on housing and social impact investment, the roles of an intermediary and guarantee to drive housing finance efficiency, and more broadly on institutional investment in rental housing. Carrie previously held roles at Macquarie Bank and as a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit advisor in the United States, raising private equity and debt to invest in new rental housing and estate renewal projects.


Sarah Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney CommissionSarah Hill photo web
PhD (Candidate) M.Urban & Regional Planning (Hons) (USYD) BSc (USYD), Cert. UK Planning Law & Practice MPIA, MRTPI, MAICD, JP.
Sarah is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building. Sarah is Planning Institute of Australia’s current NSW Planner of the Year and also Australian Planner of the Year for 2016.
Sarah is also the recipient of two international planning awards including the Mayor of London Planning Award for Excellence and the Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Planning.
Previously Sarah worked as a Director of Hill PDA Consulting, a leading economic planning firm, and prior to that Sarah worked as a Principal Planner in London where she developed and led the London Borough of Hackney (LBH) Major Projects Team. While working for the LBH Sarah created a new planning authority known as the London Olympic and Paralympic Joint Planning Authority responsible for the master-planning and approvals for the London 2012 Olympic Games and its Legacy. In turn, Sarah acted as a lead consultant for the London Olympic Delivery Authority on planning, design and environmental matters.
Sarah is the past President of the NSW Division of the Planning Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Tracy Howe, CTracy Howe photohief Executive Officer, NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS)

Tracy is a legally trained advocate with a commitment to human rights, addressing community disadvantage and gender inequality. Previously, Tracy has worked in both government and non-government settings, including with Domestic Violence NSW as Chief Executive Officer and as a senior legal advisor in Federal government.
Tracy currently sits on the NSW Government’s Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group and is appointed to the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council, the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness and was the NSW non-government representative on the National Plan Implementation Panel for the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. Previously, Tracy was a delegate with the Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the 57th and 58th sessions held at the United Nations in New York.
In May 2015, Tracy was appointed to the Prime Minister’s COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women. Tracy is also an Ambassador of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women.  In June 2016, Tracy was appointed as a part-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission. In August 2016, Tracy was appointed to the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity (CWEO).


Digby Hughes photo web

Digby Hughes, Senior Policy and Research Officer for Homelessness NSW

Digby has worked in the not for profit sector for 20 years in service delivery, policy and advocacy.
His research has covered many aspects including veteran’s homelessness, the increase in older single women experiencing homelessness and the rights of people experiencing homelessness to full participation in civil and civic society. Digby is also Vice President of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and on the Board of the Amelie Housing Company.
In his spare time Digby enjoys trail running and rock climbing.


Nathan Moran, details to follow.


Paul MPaul McBridge photocBride, Group Manager, Welfare and Housing Reform Group, Department of Social Services

In 2012, Paul joined the Department of Social Services, (previously the Department of Families, Housing , Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) as Group Manager of Social Policy Group.  His responsibilities have included providing policy advice to Government on reform of the income support system, social security performance and analysis, housing policy, international social security agreements, and means testing policy. Paul headed up the Welfare Reform Taskforce, culminating in the release of the McClure Report – A new system for better employment and social outcomes in February 2015.



Professor Hal Pawson, Director of the AHURI Research Centre—University of New South Wales

Hal took on this role when he joined UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre in July 2011 as professor Housing Research and Policy. His key interests include housing needs and homelessness, the provision and management of social housing and neighbourhood regeneration. Before moving to Sydney, Hal was a member of the AHURI international expert panel and has also contributed to AHURI funded research. He has published jointly with a number of Australian academic colleagues.
From 1995–2011 Hal worked at Heriot-Watt University and retains a professorship in the University’s Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research. Here, he led numerous government-funded national studies covering both England and Scotland. Hal’s latest co-authored book, After council housing: Britain’s new social landlords was published in 2010. Hal is also co-editor of the annual UK Housing Review, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing and Managing Editor (Australasia) for the journal Housing Studies.


Marty Robinson photoMarty Robinson, Principal Adviser, Social Policy Division, Australian Treasury.

Marty Robinson is a Principal Adviser in Social Policy Division within the Australian Treasury whose key areas of responsibility include housing policy and social impact investing.  Marty is the Commonwealth representative on the Board of the Australian Housing and Urban Research institute. He heads the Affordable Housing Bond Aggregator Taskforce which is designing an implementation plan for an entity that will finance the borrowing needs of affordable housing providers through private sector and institutional investment. Marty also chairs the Affordable Housing Working Group which recommended the establishment of the Taskforce in its 2016 report to the Council on Federal Financial Relations (Commonwealth, State and Territory Treasurers) and is also considering measures that could complement the bond aggregator. The Taskforce and the Working Group will report to Heads of Treasuries by mid-2017.
Marty’s experience since joining the Treasury in 2005 includes providing policy advice in the area of financial systems and directing the development of costing and analysis of policy spanning personal, business and indirect tax, as well as transfer payments. Marty was also the Executive Officer to former Treasury Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson.

Peta WinzarPeta Winzar
, Executive Director, Community Housing Industry Association.

Peta Winzar has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth public service, including policy development and ministerial advisory roles.
Peta is a member of the Federal Government’s Expert Panel, which is developing a bond aggregator to attract institutional investment to affordable housing. She implemented the National Rental Affordability Scheme and the Housing Affordability Fund for the Commonwealth Office of Housing, and was involved in developing the National Affordable Housing Agreement.
Peta also led the preparation of the Green and White Papers on Homelessness; chaired the Commonwealth’s Community Housing Reference Group; and, managed the roll-out of about $1 billion of new housing in remote Indigenous communities across Queensland, in partnership with its State Government.