Board

Board

Rob Burnelek 1Rob Burnelek (Chairman)

Rob is the CEO of Axis Housing, a new social venture providing affordable housing through partnerships with investors, developers, churches and the private sector.

Prior to this he was the General Manager of the newly formed Salvos Housing in 2013 to head the community and affordable housing operations of The Salvation Army (East Australian Territory) covering Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The Salvation Army has had a long history in helping the needy particularly in homelessness, and through his work in Salvos Housing, Rob is seeking to extend this compassion through a range of transitional and affordable housing options.

Before joining Salvos Housing, Rob has had a number of roles in the non-profit sector, particularly in the community and affordable housing sector. He previously was a consultant with Churches Housing, and assisted a number of churches in developing strategies for the development of affordable housing. Rob also has extensive experience in a number of government sponsored initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing in the community, particularly the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS). Rob has directly prepared NRAS submissions for nine NRAS proposals, involving over 500 accommodation units. Before entering the non-profit sector, Rob had 20 year experience in the Financial Services and Information Technology industries.

Rob has a passion for working with churches to assist them realising their mission through the provision of affordable housing.

photo-brianBrian Murnane

Brian is the CEO of the newly formed Amelie Housing with 30 years’ experience in the community housing sector. From founding Macarthur Community Tenancy in 1983 through its evolution into Argyle Community Housing, Brian has been at the forefront of the development in this sector. While at Argyle, he was responsible for the successful tender and transfer of over 1,000 properties. Brian has also had a distinguished voluntary career with the St Vincent de Paul Society culminating as President and Australian delegate to the SVdP International Council (Paris) in 1991. Brian is a member of the SVdP NSW Social Justice Committee and the NSW Government’s Community Housing Advisory Committee.

Mike-Furner-2Mike Furner

General Manager Housing & Retirement Living Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT
Mike joined BCS in 2001 to head up the newly created Aged and Community Care Operations Division and has undertaken GM level roles within the Aged Care operational structures, managing residential and community care and retirement villages. For four years he took on the broader role as GM Strategic Development for the whole Organisation. This role was to improve the Organisation’s capability to achieve its strategic objectives through effective long term property planning, research analysis, service design and service delivery models. This led to the establishment of social housing within BCS. Mike is now the GM Housing and Retirement Living Division.Prior to joining BCS Mike had 20 years senior management experience in the community development, health, rehabilitation and aged care fields in NSW, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. A significant part of his work has been in rural and remote areas of Australia including Aboriginal communities. Social justice issues are an important part of Mike’s life. This combined with his qualifications in human services management has led to many opportunities to pursue these social development interests and use of his business management skills.

Sr-Myree-Harris1Myree Harris

rsj BA (Macq), MPS (Loyola), GradDip (Religious Studies) (ACU)
Myree is a sister of the congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (the Josephites) and has been a member of the CHI board since 1998. She is community leader and public officer of Gethsemane Community Inc. Co-founder and convenor of CASA: Coalition for Appropriate Supported Accommodation for people with disabilities in NSW and Member of the Boarding House Expert Advisory Group (BHEAG). Myree received the OAM in 2011 for service to people with mental illness and to the homeless.

MKerans2012Michael Kerans

Michael has over 25 years industry experience including 4 years consulting to and researching the development and financing of affordable housing, and prior to this 21 years’ experience in the unlisted and listed property trust sectors principally for the ING Group. Within these roles he completed the portfolio management of three unlisted residential property trusts, direct property valuations and acquisitions and was employed in the launch of the integrated $239m Heine Industrial and $1.6b Armstrong Jones industrial, office and retail property funds with the Mercantile Mutual portfolios. Michael received a national award in 2009 from the Australian Property Institute for his research into affordable rental housing financing. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Land Economics), a Graduate Diploma in Property Investment and Finance, a Masters in Applied Science (Building Studies) and is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute. Michael is a registered valuer and licensed Real Estate Agent.

Mark KhooMark Khoo

Mark is a Partner at Salvos Legal, which are award winning law firms owned and run by The Salvation Army. Salvos Legal practises in commercial/property law and uniquely, all of its profits are used to fund Salvos Legal Humanitarian, which provides free ‘legal aid’ services to the disadvantaged and marginalised, primarily in the areas of criminal law, family and children’s law, debt, migration/refugee law, social security and of course, housing. Mark has over eleven years’ experience as a property lawyer, nine of which were gained in leading/top tier firms. Prior to Salvos Legal, Mark was most recently at Minter Ellison, whilst also being one of the original members of Salvos Legal’s Advisory Committee. Mark has all round experience in housing, having acted for community housing providers, developers, financiers and residential ‘mums and dads’. Mark also has the privilege of having been an Associate to Justice Murray Wilcox at the Federal Court of Australia. He graduated from law school with first class honours in 2001.

_RJE8517Susan King

Susan King is the Director of Advocacy and Research at Anglicare Sydney. Prior to this work she was attached to the University of Sydney in a research capacity in the Faculty of Economics. Over the last 9 years she has implemented an advocacy agenda which is based on a strong evidence base arising from Anglicare’s local services. Key research has centred on social exclusion and financial hardship, food and housing insecurity, children living in disadvantage and issues and interventions for carers.  One of the most compelling issues for people accessing services in the last six years has been access to affordable and sustainable accommodation. The annual Rental Snapshot, conducted in collaboration with a number of Anglicare agencies provides compelling evidence of housing stress. Sue is firmly convinced that the best advocacy to government for changing policy, rests on a strong, well researched evidence platform.

DerekDerek Yule

Derek Yule was the founding Executive Officer of Churches Housing Inc., where he served for 17 years. Previously, he worked 12 plus years with the CBA and then re-trained with the intention of moving into pastoral ministry. Initially while training in NZ he pastored a small ecumenical congregation at Massey in West Auckland. He returned to Australia with the intention of undertaking similar work, however this proved not to be the case and he ended up working for Mission Australia (SCM) opening one of the first Proclaimed Places that focused on young people with drug and alcohol dependency. This work was initially located in Kings Cross and he was involved in the management of supported accommodation, ultimately expanded to projects at Fairlight, Manly, Minto and Crow’s Nest.
While still employed with Mission Australia he developed training programmes for young people at Green Valley, Campbelltown and Wollongong. After being called from the congregation to ministry at Castle Hill he provided pastoral support for over 500 persons who were part of the congregations outreach. This work later led to the planting of a new congregation in the North West Sector development.
Derek is an ordained Minister of Religion, holds degrees in Theology, and has completed a Master of Management with a focus on the management of non-profit organisations. Derek is currently serving as Associate Pastor at a Baptist Church in Quakers Hill. He has also trained as an individual and family therapist and as a Spiritual Director.