Unity Housing 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 Housing forward.
In collaboration with Executive and staff, the Board has developed these key strategic pillars for Unity Housing:
1. Empower Tenants
2. Develop Housing Portfolio
3. Strengthen People and Culture
4. Enhance Business Capacity
5. Nurture Partnerships
Chairman. Director since 2008
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.
Leigh is the Chief Executive Officer of OARS Community Transitions and the Centre for Restorative Justice. He is a Non-Executive Director of CARA Inc; the Australian Crime Prevention Council; and National Indigenous Intervention Network Inc. Leigh is also a Life Member of SACOSS; a Life Member of Restorative Practices International; a Life Member of National Association of Community and Restorative Justice USA; and a Member of the European Forum of Restorative Justice.
Chair of Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Director since 2008
Bachelor of Accounting; Fellow of CPA Australia; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Richard is an experienced Non-Executive Director, Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer with more than 20 years’ experience predominantly within the mining and agricultural sectors for both publicly listed and private companies. Richard is a Non-Executive Director of Titomic Limited (ASX:TTT); Clara Resources Australia Limited (ASX:C7A); MedTEC Holdings Ltd; Argonaut Resources Ltd (ASX:ARE); and is Company Secretary of a number of ASX listed companies. Richard is the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Titomic Limited and Clara Resources Australia Limited, and is the Chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee of Titomic Limited.
Chairman of Finance and Audit Committee, Member of Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Director since 2009
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Economics (Australian National University); Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice; Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Sacha is 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. She is a Board member of SA Olympic Council and Football SA. 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.
Member of Property Committee.
Director since 2016
Bachelor of Science (Building); Graduate Diploma of Property; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Karen has 36 years of construction and development experience gained in private companies, public companies and government. She is Chair of Biosciences Research Centre, and is a Board member of the Queen Elizabeth Centre and Melbourne Polytechnic. Karen was previously 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. Previously, Karen was a Board member of Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, King and Godfree Pty Ltd, Embracia and Uniting AgeWell, as well as an Advisory Board Member to the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing Urban and Regional Planning.
Chairperson of Property Committee; Member of Finance and Audit Committee.
Director since 2016
Bachelor of Accounting; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Yvonne is a professional non-executive Company Director, previously a partner at Deloitte and Ferrier Hodgson. Yvonne left private practice in 2004 to become a professional company director. She has more than 35 years’ experience in governance, financial reporting and commercial advice in both the private and public sectors. Yvonne has been a Director and Chair of a number of audit, governance and risk committees in the private and public sectors.
Member of Finance and Audit Committee; Member of Internal Audit Committee.
Director since 2017
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; 2013 Alumni Harvard Business School Governance Program.
David is a professional Company Director and Corporate Governance Consultant with national consulting firm VUCA Pty Ltd. David has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial business management, now including significant directorship experience over the last 15 years. He is currently Chairman of Tyre Stewardship Australia; Chairman of Office Brands Australia; Chairman of McLaren Vale Grape, Wine, Tourism Association; Chairman of Orange Butterfly Foundation; Non-Executive Director of Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority; Non-Executive Director of Big River Pork; and Director of VUCA Pty Ltd. David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Alumni member of Harvard Business School Governance program 2013 and a former SA/NT State Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Member Governance; Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Michele Smith, OAM
Director since 2022
Registered Nurse; Graduate Certificate Health Management; Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Managers; Certified Healthcare Executive; Member Australian Institute Company Directors.
Michele is a Certified Healthcare Executive and Professional Company Director with 37 years’ experience in the health and human services industry. She is the inaugural Governing Board Chair of the Eyre Far North Local Health Network in SA; a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Voluntary Assisted Dying Review; State-wide Clinical Support Services (subsidiary of the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Board (RAH) which governs the state-wide services of SA Pathology, SA Medical Imaging, Breast Screen SA, SA Dental Services and SA Pharmacy); NSW based “The Healthy Communities Foundation Australia” and Chair of their Clinical Governance Committee.
Member of Governance; Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
Director since 2022
Master of Business Administration; Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (Economics); Bachelor of Social Work. Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Member, Australasian Housing Institute.
An experienced public administrator in human services, particularly in social housing, mental health and children’s services, Gregg has worked for Federal and State Governments, as well as for the City of Adelaide. For eight years to 2020, Gregg managed not-for-profit housing policy and financing, program and project management for the South Australian Housing Trust. He continues his involvement in community housing, urban renewal and community development as a director, consultant and in a voluntary capacity.
Member Property Committee.
Unity Housing’s 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.
Chief Executive Officer
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unity Housing is responsible for the implementation of the organisation’s strategic, business and risk management plans and for ensuring that Unity Housing meets its legal, contractual, financial, compliance and performance objectives within its strategic framework and in accordance with our philosophy, purpose and mission.
Chief Operations Officer
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 Housing’s community and tenant engagement strategy.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is responsible for finance and centralised administration; enhancing business capacity through the delivery of support services and structure; ICT managed services; and providing professional analysis of opportunities and proposals.
Executive Manager Assets and Development
The Executive Manager Assets and Development (EMAD) is responsible for development and delivery of Unity Housing’s strategic and practical asset management program, which includes maintenance and property management, acquisitions, developments and disposals.
Executive Manager Group Services
The Executive Manager Group Services (EMGS) is responsible for providing corporate expert advice and support in meeting Unity Housing’s strategic objectives and deliverables in relation to Corporate Communications and Marketing; Human Resources; and Quality Assurance.