Governance Board

Governance Board
Rex Gream, Chairperson

I am proud to have a long association with Homes North Community Housing in their commitment to supply good quality housing at an affordable price for low income families.

- Rex Gream, Chairperson: August 2017 - current, July 2014 – April 2015

Appointed: 11 April 2008

Current Position: Administrative Manager – Roberts & Morrow Financial Planning

Experience: 40 years in the banking and finance industry; board experience with other community welfare organisations.

Specific experience in approving development loan applications including assessment of costings, progress payments and end valuations, monitoring of progress payments, and inspections.

Special Responsibilities: Alternate Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Ian Downs, Director

I am totally committed to supporting the provision of appropriate housing opportunities for low income families in rural NSW.

- Ian Downs, Director: Appointed 1 February 2010

Current Position: Education Consultant; Director – Tilligerry Lions Club

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts – Sydney University, Diploma of Education – Sydney University, M. Ed (Hons) University of New England

Experience: Principal at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, Tamworth and NEGS, Armidale; Director of Boarding – The Kings School, Parramatta; Chairman of Glen Innes Hospital Board; Chairman of North West region Aboriginal Education Advisory Board; Member of Finance Committee Challenge – Tamworth

Special Responsibilities: Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Libby Cumming, Director

Giving back to the community is very important, and working with Homes North allows me to use my skills and experience to give not only to my community but also across our region.

- Libby Cumming, Director: Appointed 30 November 2015

Current Position: Principal – New England North West Planning Services, Town Planning Consultancy

Qualifications: Bachelor Urban and Regional Planning – University of New England Graduate Certificate of Local Transport Planning – University of New England; Graduate Certificate of Urban Land Development  – University of New England; Graduate Certificate of Environmental Design – University of New England; Graduate Certificate of Planning Law and Administration – University of New England;  Financial Management Certificate – Charles Sturt University;  Advanced Social Planning – Local Government Centre; Workplace Training (Category 1) – Central West Community College;  Building in Bushfire Prone Areas Certificate – University of Technology Sydney; Aboriginal Sites Awareness Certificate – NSW Aboriginal Heritage Office

Experience:Thirty years of numerous diverse management roles within the Local Government sector across all regulatory services including development and building certification, health and environmental services, heritage, flood plain and bushfire management, management of internal processing and community service projects and strategic policy making.

Dr John Kleeman, Director

I joined the Board at a time when the social outcomes for our tenants was increasing in priority, alongside excellent housing provision, and Homes North was setting a new strategic plan. We have a real opportunity to make a difference, and it is a really good time to be involved.

- Dr John Kleeman, Director: Appointed 30 November 2015

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Adelaide) – Doctor of Philosophy (ANU)

Experience: Director/Head of institutional Planning and Strategy; and Academic Teaching, Research and Administration, University of New England. Senior office holder in a community organisations (voluntary).

Special Responsibilities: Member Board Tender Committee; Member Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group; Homes North representative Member of Board of Alliance Social Enterprises.

Jane Michie, Director

I’m passionate about supporting an organisation that understands and responds to the needs of its clients through local knowledge and employment of local people.

- Jane Michie, Director: Appointed 16 June 2015

Current Position: Research Support Officer – University of New England

Qualifications: Master of Business Administration (Professional Accounting – University of New England; Bachelor of Arts – Newcastle University; Diploma of Government (Management) – Australian Institute of Management

Experience: Over 20 years’ experience in management and finance in the medical, financial services, community services and local government sectors.

Special Responsibilities       Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee

Ken Bone, Director

I have had a long term commitment to services that empower people to have the ability and resources to choose and manage their own life journey and I want those service to continually challenge themselves as to how they provide opportunities to clients.

- Ken Bone, Director: Appointed 19 August 2017

Current Position: Consultant in governance, housing and project consultant.  Board Chair Woodville Alliance.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics – University of Sydney

Experience: Commonwealth public servant primarily Parliamentary and Health Departments. Group Manager Operations Parramatta City Council. General Manager for NSW Housing for country and city operations. Board Chair for Western Suburbs Community Housing.