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Mike Allen is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, now part of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
He has accrued almost 40 years experience in social/affordable housing management and asset services, homelessness services, and community and Aboriginal housing. Mike has led a number of major reforms including more recently the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.
In the 2011 Australia Day Honours, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing. In 2014 Mike was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (FIPPA) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dominique Chandler is an experienced marketing director who has worked with within many prominent Australian companies, including Kimberly Clark, Nestlé Australia, Greens General Foods, Cadbury Schweppes and Pepsi Cola Australia. She has successfully planned and implemented nation-wide promotions and campaigns, and has led highly skilled teams to achieve goals and targets.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Western Sydney University, and has continued to use her skills and knowledge to innovate new digital and brand marketing strategies throughout her career.
Monika Gisler is a professional coach, consultant and co-founder of ThinkChangeGrow, a consultancy firm with a strong focus on bringing positive change to workplaces around the world.
Monika has had an impressive career, previously working at Google Australia (?) as Head of Peer-to-Peer Learning, and founding a variety of different organisations focusing on important and often overlooked causes. Monika holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and History, as well as a Masters of Media and Communications Studies, German Linguistics and Literature from the Universität Basel in Germany. She also holds a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney.
Dr. Belinda Chapman
Geoffrey Buchanan is a highly successful corporate leader with a proven record of directing large-scale acquisitions and change management programs within the sector. Geoffrey is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience in Australia and in emerging markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific.
From 2013 to 2018, Geoffrey was the Regional CEO for the Solomon Islands & Timor Leste for ANZ. He led a series of highly successful and innovative endeavours that had many successes, including the launch of the ANZ goMoney App in the region, the first bank to deliver the service in the Pacific.
Dr. Nida Denson
Nida Denson is an Associate Professor at Western Sydney University (WSU) in the School of Psychology. She is a member of the WSU Young and Resilient Research Centre, a collaboration with more than 100 stakeholders (e.g., non-profits, big business, government, young people themselves) to find holistic, technology-based strategies to support intergenerational resilience. Nida’s research focuses on young people from underrepresented minority groups, such as people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and sexuality and gender diverse youth. More recently, her research has broadened to examine other issues such as racism, homophobia/transphobia, and disablism.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis (USA), a Master’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach (USA), and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).