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 Robert Vine and a team of specialists provide advice and sector expertise as well as 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 tabTrue Swain
Chairperson, Chair of Growth, Development and Sustainability Committee, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Committee
M. Pro Dev, B. CPM
As an experienced senior executive manager and director, True possesses
extensive expertise in professional property development, project management,
risk mitigation, corporate governance, and business acumen, spanning both the
public and private sectors.
True’s capability in property development encompasses the entire spectrum of
the development lifecycle: master planning, development feasibility, business
case, site identification, conception of innovative property development
outcomes, authority approvals, procurement, delivery management, and the
holistic oversight of property asset lifecycles. This invaluable experience has
been effectively employed across an array of diversified property portfolios
across Australia, and was instrumental in propelling these organisations towards
their growth and strategic objectives.
His professional experience is complemented by his broad tertiary qualifications.
True was elected to the Hume Board in March 2014 and is passionate about the
provision of sustainable homes and services that will enable Hume’s customers
Collapsed tabThe Hon. Robyn Parker
Chair of People and Culture Committee and member of Customer Experience Committee
Throughout her life, Robyn Parker has worked to support, develop and strengthen
individuals, families and communities. Robyn has over 32 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, 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 (2011–14).
Since leaving politics, Robyn has been appointed as a non-executive Director to a
number of environment, education and for-purpose organisations. She is currently
Deputy Chair of the NSW Heritage Council.
Robyn was elected to the Hume Board in February 2019.
Collapsed tabPhillip Hepburn
Deputy Chair, Chair of Governance, Audit and Risk Committee, Member of Growth, Development, and Sustainability Committee
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 Committee, Member of People & Culture Committee
B Ec, GAICD
As an experienced financial services executive, Jayson built up 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 ten years with Westpac/BT Financial Group, two years
with Third Horizon Consulting, 15 years with Macquarie Bank and seven years
with Arthur Andersen and Co and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jayson is currently
working in the social sector with a leading charity and he coaches/mentors
Jayson was elected to the Hume Board in March 2017.
Collapsed tabThe Hon. Nathan Rees
Director, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Committee, Member of Customer Experience Committee
Nathan Rees has lived his life in Western Sydney and has 28 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 2007–15, 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 Committee, Member of People and Culture Committee
B Bus, FAICD
Jeff has been in the property industry for over 31 years as a senior executive and
director. For the past 21 years he has been self-employed as a consultant and
strategic advisor to both government agencies (Landcom and NSW Department
of Health) and corporate entities – 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.
Jeff was elected to the Hume Board in February 2022.
Collapsed tabShirley Liew
Director, Member of Governance, Audit and Risk Subcommittee,
member of Customer Experience Subcommittee
BBus (Finance), MBA, FAICD, FTIA, FCPA, IIA, ISACA, FINSIA (Aff)
Shirley is a professional non-executive director with 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, fast moving consumer goods, retail
and the wholesale sector.
Shirley is an active board member with more than 15 years’ experience including
Chairperson, and Chair of numerous committees spanning Audit and Risk,
Mergers and Acquisitions across publicly listed, private and not-for-profit entities.
She is also experienced in stakeholder engagement and achieving change
initiatives in challenging circumstances.
Shirley has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive, CEO/CFO
including 12 years in senior roles. She worked for international firm, Ernst and
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
Shirley was elected to the Hume Board in February 2022.
Collapsed tabRobert Vine
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 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.
Robert was inducted as a Hume Lifetime Member on November 9, 2021.
Pat Martin OAM
Pat was inducted as a Hume Lifetime Member on November 9, 2021.