Board Of Directors
Sonja Walters| Chairperson
Sonja has over 20 years experience in the housing industry holding an Executive Director position in a mobile home village in Queensland with over 420 homes. This village is now under expansion with a further 120 homes to be developed in 2016/17. As well Sonja has been involved in the NSW Community Housing Sector as a Director since 2004. Sonja combines this extensive knowledge of the housing sector with her community experience as a social worker in many arenas with a key focus on disability and the aged. She currently is an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and the current Chair of Link Housing.
Andrew McAnulty| Executive Director
“I am passionate about people – and believe that everyone has a right to a decent home. I believe that by working in partnership with Government and the private sector we can make a difference.”
Andrew is a respected community housing figure, both nationally and internationally, having delivered social, affordable and large scale urban renewal outcomes for over twenty years across Australia and the United Kingdom.Prior to joining Link Housing in September 2013, Andrew was CEO of MA Housing where he grew their housing portfolio from 97 homes in 2009 to over 2,000 by 2013. In the UK Andrew worked with three diverse Housing Associations and the Stonebridge Housing Action Trust one of London’s most successful regeneration companies. He is Chairman of the NSW Government Affordable Housing Taskforce, and remains a Director of Urban Gateway Pty Ltd providing advice on affordable housing, urban renewal and partnerships.
Julie Savet Ward| Director
Julie is a respected professional non-executive director with 20 years’ experience on company and project boards in the property, infrastructure and professional services sectors. She was the Chairperson of Link Housing for the past six years and is currently the Chairperson of the Human Resources and Nominations Committee. She is the Chairperson of SGS Economics and Planning, a private consulting company, and on the board of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Julie is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie has 25 years’ management experience and brings a deep understanding of the planning, approval, design, construction and delivery of property, infrastructure and natural resource projects. Her strengths lie in corporate governance, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, mergers and acquisitions, environmental regulation and project management. Julie is also a state member of the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel.
Simon Maughan Wright | Director
Chair, the Development Committee, Simon is the owner and director of ABSA Corporate Advisory, a mergers and acquisitions advisory business, and a private real estate development business. He was until recently a director of Uniting Care NSW.ACT and chair of its Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. Previously he was a director of ANZ Business Sales & Acquisitions (ANZ Investment Bank), Westpac Business Succession Services, group general manager and director of a real estate development & investment group of companies and has been a director of several other private and public companies.Simon is a qualified lawyer with post graduate legal and business qualifications from Sydney University and UNSW and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Kerry Robinson is General Manager of Blacktown City Council, the largest Council in NSW; Deputy Chair of Blacktown Venue Management Limited and Board
Mark McEnallay | Director
Mark McEnallay is the Business Operations Manager and Company Secretary at the Community Services and HealthIndustry Skills Council Limited (CS&HISC). CS&HISC is a Government funded, Not-For-Profit, that leads workforce development in the Community Services and Health industries. He has previously worked with Coca-Cola, including eight years in their overseas operations, Reckitt and Colman, Victa lawnmowers and Medical Australia Limited.
Mark currently sits on the NSW Care Advisory Committee of Wesley Mission and has previously sat on the NSW Corporate Committee of CPA Australia. Mark is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark joined Link Housing in June 2013 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Kerry Robinson | Director
Member of WestPool and United Independent Pools, self-insurance mutuals. Kerry has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry with senior roles in corporates and Government, including 8 years’ as an Executive General Manager delivering large, complex industrial, town centre and residential projects, many with values of over $1B, leading a team of 30 professional staff expending over $150M p.a. and producing over 1,000 residential lots p.a. He has extensive experience negotiating and managing large ‘joint ventures’ and complex, structured real estate transactions. Kerry was previously a Board Member of the NSW Architects Registration Board and is an experienced manager of stakeholders with an interest in corporate governance.
Nirmal Hansra | Director
Nirmal has over 35 years senior executive management experience and 11 years of board and corporate advisory experience. He is the Chair of Campbell Page Ltd. and Non-Executive Director of Eureka Group Holdings Ltd., Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Ltd., Have A Voice Pty Ltd, Council of the Aging NSW Inc. and Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia. Recently, he has been appointed Independent Member of the Audit & Risk Committee for the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and the Property & Advisory Group of the NSW Government.
He held Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer roles in leading Australian and International companies including Industrea Ltd., Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Ruralco Holdings Ltd., Rentworks Ltd., NetComm Australia Pty. Ltd., Fujitsu Australia Ltd. and Texas Instruments Australia Ltd.
Melanie Leijer| Committee member
Melanie sits on the board as a committee member of the HR & Nominations Committee.
Melanie has had diverse and executive level experience in financial and business unit management, as well as functional and line management roles within large ‘blue chip’ and smaller businesses. Melanie has extensive operational and financial management experience having managed Lendlease’s 78 retirement villages. She is passionate about creating shared values and innovative ways to achieve positive social outcomes in commercially sustainable ways. Melanie is a Chartered accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melanie is also on the Board of Stepping Stone House which supports homeless teenagers, and on an advisory board for a start-up social impact business
Belinda Bentley| Committee member
Belinda sits on the board as a committee member of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Belinda is a highly regarded property professional with extensive experience in transactions and development. Belinda’s has experience in commercial transactions for highly complex development projects and portfolio reviews with values ranging from $30m to over $1b. In the course of her work, Belinda has developed effective working relationships with government as well as domestic and international corporations, and high net worth investors. Belinda is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds an NSW Real Estate Licence.
Belinda holds a Master’s Degree in Property, speaks Cantonese, is a member of the Urban Land Institute, and holds membership to both the Planning Institute as well as the Urban Development Institute of Australia.