The Hume Community Housing Board of Directors is structured around principles of good governance. We are governed by an independent skills based board that has up to nine directors plus a Board Patron. Our board members have experience and skill sets that support the scale and scope of our business as well as our planned growth.
The Board is committed to strong governance, community spirit and advocacy for those who require assistance and communities.
Hume's Board members provide skills and expertise in property development, financial management, human resources, community services, urban planning, law and housing, and asset management.
Hume’s Patron, Pat Martin OAM, and a team of specialists that provide advice and sector expertise, support and guide the Board.
Hume has a corporate governance framework that provides effective, sustainable, accountable operations and continuous improvement by:
- ensuring that Hume services and infrastructure are provided reliably, efficiently and effectively with the appropriate quality levels of service to customers and stakeholders
- ensuring that Hume remains solvent and is complying with all its legislative, financial, ethical and contractual obligations
- building corporate awareness as a shared responsibility of directors, management, and employees to uphold the values and objectives of Hume
- identifying the resources and operational capabilities required to ensure effective corporate governance processes that align with demonstrated best practice.
With these robust mechanisms in place, along with a transparent approach to decision making, current and future stakeholders can be confident in the Board’s ability to govern to the highest standards.
Collapsed tabSue Holliday
Chairperson, Member of People and Culture Subcommittee
BA (Economics), MPhil (Town and Country Planning) FPIA, CPP, GAICD
Sue Holliday is a city planner and economist. She was Professor of Planning Practice at UNSW until February 2020. She ran her business, Strategies for Change, an urban strategy consultancy, until 30th June 2019.
Sue had a long career in the public service and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to affordable housing. She was Director General of Planning in NSW from 1997 to 2003. She was instrumental in establishing the City West Housing Company to achieve ongoing affordability options in Pyrmont and Ultimo. She introduced affordable housing as a planning objective into the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) and introduced inclusionary zoning into planning instruments to enable development to contribute to affordable housing outcomes.
Sue was elected to the Hume Board in April 2014 and became Chair in October 2021.
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Director, Chair of People and Culture Subcommittee, Chair of Customer Experience Subcommittee
Dip.Mngmt, Grad Dip. HR, MAICD
Robert Vine has served 15 years on the Hume Board including a two-year spell as Chairman before being appointed again to the Director position in 2012 after a three year break.
Robert has been involved in non-profit management since 1972 culminating in retirement as CEO of one of the state's largest groups of co-operative housing societies.
With tertiary qualifications in management, human resource planning, accounting and financial management, Robert brings to Hume an all-round raft of experience. Still serving on the NSW Government Co-operatives Advisory Board, he is actively involved in the provision of affordable housing.
Collapsed tabTrue Swain
Director, Chair of Growth, Development and Sustainability Subcommittee, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee
M. Pro Dev, B. CPM
True is an experienced senior executive manager who has a wealth of professional property development, construction project management, risk management, corporate governance and business expertise, in the public and private sectors.
In his current executive position, as a Director at Taronga Zoo Conservation Society Australia, True is accountable for a $300+ million transformational property development program that is being progressively delivered across both metropolitan and regional sites.
The above professional experience is underpinned by multiple tertiary qualifications, including Juris Doctor, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Property Development, Graduate Certificate in Commercial Arbitration, Bachelor of Construction Project Management, and Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
True was elected to the Hume Board in January 2014.
Collapsed tabThe Hon. Robyn Parker
Director, Member of People and Culture Subcommittee, Member of Customer Experience Subcommittee
Throughout her life, Robyn Parker has worked to support, develop and strengthen individuals, families and communities. Robyn has over 30 years of public sector experience which included roles in Child and Family Services, as a TAFE teacher, and as CEO of Ageing and Disability Services.
Robyn served in the NSW Parliament for twelve years serving first as a Member of the Legislative Council, followed by four years as the Member for Maitland. Robyn chaired many Parliamentary Inquiries and was the NSW Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage.
Since leaving politics, Robyn has been appointed as a non-executive director to a number of environment, education and for-purpose organisations.
Commercially focused and community driven, Robyn brings to Hume in-demand capabilities of leading transformation and applying the right level of strategic thinking required as the organisation embarks on a bold future
In particular, as a long-term resident Robyn has a unique, strong and well-established network of contacts and relationships coupled with a deep understanding of the Maitland and Port Stephens LGAs and their people which was invaluable as Hume transitioned to manage over 2,000 homes under the NSW DCJ Social Housing Management Transfers program.
Robyn was elected to the Hume Board in February 2019.
Robyn was elected to the Hume Board in February 2019.
Collapsed tabPhillip Hepburn
Deputy Chair, Chair of Governance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee, Chair of Growth, Development, and Sustainability Subcommittee
B EC, LLB, LLM, Grad Dip Company Secretarial Practice
Phillip has extensive experience in setting up legal, governance and compliance functions, advising Boards on all aspects of legal and compliance issues. Phillip was previously General Counsel and Group Secretary at Stockland where his role also included providing commercial and legal advice on business and property acquisitions and sales, and on all aspects of property development and capital management activities undertaken by the organisation.
Phillip has extensive experience in management across the property, banking, retail and agricultural sectors and has also acted as a mentor to senior executives. Phillip has a strong interest in the areas of Board governance, risk and compliance. Phillip was elected to the Hume Board in February 2016.
Collapsed tabJayson Bricknell
Director, Chair of Customer Experience Subcommittee, Member of Growth, Development and Sustainability Subcommittee
B Ec, GAICD
Jayson is an experienced Financial Services executive with broad business experience across a number of disciplines. He has specific expertise and a proven track record in customer experience, program and project management for system deliveries, stakeholder engagement, transformation programs, operational performance improvement, growth and strategy definition and execution (including mergers and acquisitions).
His experience includes nine years with Westpac/BT Financial Group, two years with Third Horizon Consulting, 15 years with Macquarie Bank and over 5 years with Arthur Andersen & Co and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In his current role with Westpac as a Director, Product and Service Development, he is responsible for designing and delivering the digital experience on a large Home Ownership transformation program.
Jayson was elected to the Hume Board in March 2017.
Collapsed tabThe Hon. Nathan Rees
Director, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee, Member of Growth, Development and Sustainability Subcommittee
Nathan Rees has lived his life in Western Sydney and has 27 years experience in public administration. After completing a horticulture apprenticeship, he undertook an Honours degree in English Literature at Sydney University.
Nathan served in the NSW Parliament from 2007 to 2015, including as Premier of NSW, Minister for Water, Minister for the Arts, Minister for the Central Coast and Minister for Emergency Services.
He was the member for the Western Sydney seat of Toongabbie. He has a passion for Western Sydney and social justice.
Nathan was elected to the Hume Board in February 2017.
Collapsed tabJeff Cummings
Director, Member of Growth, Development and Sustainability Subcommittee, Member of People and Culture Subcommittee
B Bus, GAICD
Jeff has been engaged in the property industry for over 30 years as a senior executive and director. For the past 20 years he has been self-employed as a consultant and strategic advisor to both government agencies (Landcom and NSW Dept. of Health) and corporate entities, both public and private. His principal activities have been in residential land development and housing.
He has been a Non-Executive Director of Devine Limited, Sekisui House Australia Holdings Pty Ltd, Nordcon Pty Ltd and is the principal of The Urban Partnership.
Jeff has also had extensive involvement in voluntary humanitarian work throughout Papua New Guinea and New Zealand and is currently the Deputy Chairman of SEIROS Limited, a not-for-profit research organisation.
Collapsed tabShirley Liew
Director, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee, Member of Customer Experience Subcommittee
BBus (Fin), MBA, FAICD, FTIA, FCPA, IIA, CRISC (ISACA), FINSIA(Aff)
Shirley is a professional non-executive director and has a range of business interests. She has a strong focus and knowledge of governance, risk and compliance, business strategy, mergers and acquisition backed by practice-led partner audit, corporate and project finance, fund raising and advisory roles in banking, financial services, health, hospitality, FMCG, retail and wholesale sector.
Shirley is an active board member with more than 15 years’ experience as Chairman, Chair of Audit & Risk Committees, Chair of M&A, Safety and Clinical Governance committee and Nomination, Remuneration committee experience, across Publicly listed, private and Not-for-profit, For purpose entities. She is also experienced in Stakeholder Engagement and achieving change/outcomes in difficult circumstances.
Shirley has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive, CEO/CFO across broad industries and over 12 year's senior roles including international firm, Ernst & Young, and as head of risk and audit partner in Chartered Accounting firm Grant Thornton and Moore Stephens.
Her recent director roles include non-executive director and chair of the Audit Risk Committee at Hunter United Credit Union, Lantern Hotel Group (ASX:LTN), Bellamys Australia Limited (ASX:BAL), Bridge Housing Limited, Chair and director of Outset Group (Amber Tiles) Australia Pty Limited.
Collapsed tabPatricia (Pat) Martin (O.A.M)
Dip.E, Dip.ME, JP MAHI, MOAA
Pat Martin has been involved with Hume’s operations for the last 20 years including serving a 16-year term as President of the Hume Board before her appointment as Board Patron in 2007.
Pat has also served terms as President of the Fairfield Community Resource Centre and the NSW Federation of Housing Association.
Pat owned and operated a successful travel study company, Cindela Consultants, which coordinated study visits to and from Japan for government officials in the areas of retirement, stock exchange, police and fire brigade. Pat is also a former secondary teacher and taught for 15 years.
In 1982, Pat was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to youth welfare. Pat is a current member of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) and member of the Order of Australia Association (OAA).
Collapsed tabSean Parker
Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary
Sean joined Hume as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in 2018. Sean has more than 20 years' experience in senior management, including CFO roles for two publicly listed compaies.
He has strong finance and risk management skills and recent experience includes strategy and business development responsibilities with a positive impact on stakeholder impact. He is experienced in property funds management and was responsible for large scale financing as well as mergers and acquisitions. He was also responsible for acquisition and development of childcare centres as part of a senior management role with a premium childcare provider.
Sean was elected to the Tharawal Housing Aboriginal Corporation Board in September 2019. Sean is also Chairman of the Board of Gowrie NSW, a leading provider in early learning.
Sean has led Hume's business continuity planning team in responding to the NSW bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.
Larraine was inducted as the first Hume Lifetime Member on October 20, 2021.