Why we exist
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, NestléAustralia, 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.
Melanie Tran is a skilled digital designer who uses her skills and experience to work closely with disability service providers. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media with a major in Interaction Design at the Billy Blue College of Design.
Melanie has previously worked with Muscular Dystrophy NSW and is currently working as a Project Officer at Northcott Innovation. She is also the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to complete The Duke of Edinburgh International Award, as she has achieved her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Stewart Hay is the Managing Director of Intopia, a social enterprise focused on creating an inclusive digital world. He is a self-described technology and business geek, and is a passionate advocate for accessibility and digital design.
Stewart holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Science (GIS) from Curtin University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New South Wales. He has worked for a variety of different organisations in the past, including community organisations, state government and start-ups.
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.
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.