Housing future communities /

Major concurrent session

Wednesday 28 August 2019
10.40am – 12.10pm
Darwin Convention Centre

Can CHPs deliver our social housing future?

According to recent modelling, Australia needs more than 700,000 new social housing properties in the next twenty years to meet growing demand. In this provocative session, community housing leaders will press the case for their skilled up sector to lead the development, construction and management of Australia’s social housing stock into the future.

This session is sponsored by:



Rebecca Oelkers
Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operations Officer, BHC
Rebecca Oelkers is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer for BHC and is also responsible for the Business Development and Strategic Projects functions at BHC. Rebecca has worked in the field of community and affordable housing for t... view
John McBryde
CEO & Company Secretary, Central Australian Affordable Housing
John is the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company (CAAH) and Vice President of NT Shelter. John has over 20 years’ experience working with people and property across community and affordable housing, corporate real estate a... view
Wendy Hayhurst
CEO, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA)
Wendy spent  was appointed in March 2019 as CEO at the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) the peak body representing not for profit community housing organisations across Australia.  Previously she led CHIA NSW  – the state peak -for four year... view
Charles Northcote
Charles brings over 30 years’ of senior leadership; in Operational, Financial Divisions and Strategy.  Exercising leadership and delivering outcomes in cross cultural jurisdictions in Asia, Europe, North and South America and ANZ; in business sectors covering Community Housing, Chemicals, Engineerin... view
Amy McDowell
Executive Director (acting) - Policy and Precincts, Housing and Infrastructure, Department of Health and Human Services
Amy has been the Assistant Director, Social Housing Reform in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services since 2015. During this time, she has led social housing policy development in the Department, including f... view
Kelvin Ryan
CEO & Managing Director, Simonds
Kelvin Ryan has over 25 years experience in construction, heavy manufacturing and mining and has worked in senior roles across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Prior to joining Simonds Kelvin was the CEO of BGC Residential, a Perth based buildi... view


Carrie Hamilton
Associate, Housing Action Network
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 roles in the United States and Australi... view