Unity Housing Board

Unity has a team of committed and highly skilled Board dedicated to leading the organisation, optimising performance and ensuring compliance with legal requirements. The contributions of our professional, multi-skilled and committed Board deliver a sound governance structure and ensure a strategic platform to take Unity forward.

In collaboration with Executive and staff, the Board has developed these key strategic pillars for Unity:

1. Enhance Business Capacity

2. Strengthen People and Culture

3. Develop the Housing Portfolio

4. Empower Tenants

5. Nurture Partnerships

View our Strategic Plan 2017-20 (PDF)
Leigh Garrett

Leigh Garrett

Chairman. Director since 2008

Qualifications

Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health Safety and Welfare, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Experience

Leigh is the Chief Executive Officer of OARS, Community Transitions and the Centre for Restorative Justice. He is a Life Member of SACOSS. Chair, Restorative Practices International (RPI) Board, and a Member of the Australian Crime Prevention Council National Executive.

Special Responsibilities

Member of Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Sub-committee, Member of Finance and Audit Sub-committee.

Richard Willson

Richard Willson

Director since 2008

Qualifications

Bachelor of Accounting, Fellow of CPA Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Experience

Richard is an experienced, Non-Executive Director, Company Secretary and CFO with more than 20 years’ experience predominantly within the mining and agricultural sectors for both publicly listed and private companies. He is a Non-Executive Director of Titomic Limited (ASX:TTT), and AusTin Mining Ltd (ASX:ANW),  Company Secretary of 1414 Degrees Ltd (ASX:14D), Patron Resources Limited, Beston Global Food Company Limited (ASX:BFC), Danila Dilba Health Service, and a Director and Treasurer of Variety SA.  Richard is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration & Nomination Committee of Titomic Limited.

Special Responsibilities

Chairman of Finance and Audit Sub-committee, Member of Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Sub-committee.

David Spear

Director since 2017

Qualifications

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, 2013 Alumni Harvard Business School Governance Program.

Experience

David is Chairman Tyre Stewardship Australia, Chairman Free Throw Foundation, Non-Executive Director GRSA, Independent Chairman SMSF Remuneration and Nomination Committee, Director VUCA Consulting, and Chairman Basketball Adelaide.

Special Responsibilities

Member Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Sacha Wainwright

Sacha Wainwright

Director since 2009

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Experience

General Counsel for the Drakes Supermarket Group providing legal advice and support across all aspects of the business including compliance, risk and general corporate/commercial issues. Sacha was previously a partner in the Commercial Property division of Minter Ellison providing advice to large national companies. Her experience includes the provision of legal advice in the areas of property and business acquisitions, property development, leasing and infrastructure projects.

Special Responsibilities

Member Property Sub-committee.

Richard McLachlan

Director since 2018

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business in Property, Graduate Diploma in Marketing, Member – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience

Richard is currently Development Director for Australian Unity’s $1.1bn Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project in Brisbane, Queensland.  Richard has significant governance, strategy and stakeholder management experience and has held Executive leadership roles with Defence SA and Renewal SA, and has had direct responsibility for the delivery of significant project initiatives including the development of the Techport Australia Maritime Industry Precinct, the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Implementation Plan, and the Tonsley Innovation District. Richard also has significant non-executive experience as a Director of ECH Inc. and St Andrew’s Hospital Adelaide.

Special Responsibilities

Member Property Sub-committee.

Karen Janiszewski

Karen Janiszewski

Director since 2016

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Building), Graduate Diploma of Property, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Experience

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, and has managed hotel, commercial and residential developments. Karen has led teams on project acquisitions and tenders. Karen is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, chairs King and Godfree Pty Ltd, is a Board member of the Queen Elizabeth Centre and has previously been 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.

Special Responsibilities

Chairperson of Property Sub-committee.

Yvonne Sneddon

Yvonne Sneddon

Director since 2017

Qualifications

Bachelor of Accounting, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Experience

Yvonne is a professional non-executive Company Director with more than 20 years of experience on boards and audit, governance and risk committees. Yvonne is a Chartered Accountant by profession and was a partner at Deloitte and, before that, a partner at Ferrier Hodgson. She left private practice in 2004 to become a professional company director. She is a Fellow of both the Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and has more than 35 years’ experience providing a wide range of governance, financial reporting and commercial advice in both the private and public sectors.

Special Responsibilities

Member of Finance and Audit Sub-committee.

Executive Team

Day-to-day activities are managed by the Chief Executive Officer and supported by our Executive Team and a range of professional and dedicated staff.

Matthew Woodward

Matthew Woodward

Chief Executive Officer

Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unity is responsible for the implementation of the organisation’s strategic, business and risk management plans and for ensuring that Unity meets its legal, contractual, financial, compliance and performance objectives within its strategic framework and in accordance with our philosophy, purpose and mission.

Trish Burden

Trish Burden

Chief Operations Officer

Responsibilities

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is responsible for providing high-level leadership to ensure the effective delivery of property and tenancy management services that are supported by Unity’s community and tenant engagement strategy

Ian Elsegood

Ian Elsegood

Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for finance and centralised administration, enhancing business capacity through the delivery of support services and structure, and providing professional analysis of opportunities and proposals.

Adam Mellow

Adam Mellow

Executive Manager, Assets

Responsibilities

The Executive Manager Assets (EMA) is responsible for development and delivery of Unity’s strategic and practical asset management program, which includes maintenance and property management, acquisitions, developments and disposals.

Warrick Dillon

Warrick Dillon

Executive Manager, Group Services

Responsibilities

The Executive Manager Group Services (EMGS) is responsible for providing corporate expert advice and support in meeting Unity’s strategic objectives and deliverables in relation to Corporate Communications and Marketing; Human Resources; and Quality Assurance.

We are the largest single provider of community housing in South Australia.