Housing future communities /

Minor concurrent session

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Thursday 29 August 2019
3.30pm – 5.00pm

Innovative funding partnerships

This session will explore pathways to innovative partnerships to finance affordable housing. We will hear on innovative new funding streams, trends in the private sector and how the community sector can approach collaboration to further incubate a sustainable future.



Maria Palumbo
Chief Executive Officer, Junction Australia
Maria Palumbo is a leader of lasting South Australian social policy reform and innovation for almost 20 years. Appointed CEO of Junction in April 2017, she was previously Director of Housing Strategy at Renewal SA where she oversaw the large... view
Kevin McCarthy
Chief Financial Officer, SGCH
Kevin is a hands-on finance leader with broad experience across the technology & professional services, industrial, finance and not-for-profit sectors with demonstrated capacity to lead large, diverse teams through times of significant change. He has a strong focus on partneri... view
Sally Hines
Chief Operating Officer, The Big Issue/Homes for Homes
Sally Hines is the Chief Operating Officer of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes. The Big Issue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. The Big Iss... view
Jacob Edwards
Impact Finance Manager, Bank Australia
Jacob Edwards is Bank Australia’s Impact Finance Manager, working to embed purpose in the bank’s lending to not-for-profit and commercial sectors. Jacob specialises in providing finance to the Community Housing sector, Specialist Disability Accommodation and green property development. He’s passiona... view
Nicola Foxworthy
Program Director, Common Equity Housing Limited
Nicola Foxworthy has been working in the area of housing policy and strategy development in the community and government sectors for more than 25 years. Nicola is Program Director at Common Equity Housing Limited (CEHL), Victoria’s largest registered Housing Associati... view


Carol Croce
Director, Carol Croce Consulting
Carol Croce has over 45 years’ experience in the not-for-profit community sector in Australia and the United State, nearly half of which were in executive management positions.  Carol has 18 years’ experience working in the Australian housing sector and ... view