Hume Community Housing Association Co Ltd
Directors’ report
30 June 2019

The Directors present their report, together with the financial statements, on Hume Community Housing Association Co Ltd (referred to hereafter as ‘registered entity’ or ‘Hume’) for the year ended 30 June 2019.


The following persons were Directors of the registered entity during the whole of the financial year and up to the date of this report, unless otherwise stated:

Robert Vine
Susan Holliday
True Swain
Larraine Eddy
Phillip Hepburn
Jayson Bricknell
Nathan Rees
Robyn Parker (appointed 26 February 2019)

Objectives and strategy for achieving the objectives

The registered entity has a strategic plan (2018-2021). The objectives of the strategic plan are to consolidate and deepen our footprint, maximise social impact through neighbourhood planning and customer driven services and continue to grow a progressive and high achieving organisation.

The registered entity’s activities resulted in the continuation of the registered entity’s Tier 1 registration by the NRSCH and produced a surplus that will be used to further the registered entity’s long-term objectives.

Principal activities

During the financial year the principal continuing activities of the registered entity was the provision of tenancy and property management services, as well as a wide range of housing options and support services to improve housing security and reduce homelessness.

Performance measures

The registered entity measures its performance by meeting the objectives established in the annual business plan and departmental service delivery plans to deliver the strategic objectives. Key performance indicators are also established and monitored both internally and as a comparison to external benchmarks. Hume’s financial performance for 2019 is reported in the 2019 Annual Report.

Information on Directors

Chairman, Member of Audit and Risk Subcommittee and Recruitment and Remuneration Subcommittee
Dip. Mgmt, Grad Dip. HR, MAICD

Robert Vine has served 14 years on the Hume Board including a two year spell as Chairman before being appointed again to the Director position in 2012 after a three year break.

Robert has been involved in “Not for Profits” management since 1972 culminating in retirement as CEO of one of the State’s largest groups of Co-operative Housing Societies.

With tertiary qualifications in Management, Human Resource Planning, Accounting and Financial management Bob brings to Hume an all-round raft of experience. Still serving on the NSW Government Co-operatives Advisory Board he is actively involved in the provision of affordable housing.

Robert Vine

Deputy Chair, Member of Recruitment and Remuneration Subcommittee and the Development Subcommittee
FPIA, CPP, GAICD, BA (Economics), MPhil (Town and Country Planning)

Professor Sue Holliday is a City Planner and Economist. She is Professor of Planning Practice at UNSW, and was the Managing Director, Strategies for Change, an urban strategy consultancy until 30th June 2019.

Sue had a long career in the public service and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to affordable housing. She was Director General of Planning in NSW from 1997 to 2003. Whilst working as the Director General, the policy arm of NSW Housing and Landcom (prior to commercialisation) was a direct report. She was instrumental in establishing the City West Housing Company to achieve ongoing affordability options in Pyrmont and Ultimo.

She was appointed a member of the National Housing Supply Council from its inception to its closure in 2013. Sue has held various Board roles since 1997. She was a Director of the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation from 2004-10. She was president of the NSW Building Professionals Board until June 2013. Sue was elected to the Hume Board in April 2014.

Susan Holliday

Director, Member of Audit and Risk Subcommittee

Larraine Eddy holds a Certificate in Welfare as well as an Advanced Certificate in Working with Older People. Larraine has over 21 years experience working with older people and for the last 16 years has been advocating housing issues for the aged community through the “Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged” Program in NSW.

Larraine has held a position on the Hume Board since 2005 (Larraine previously held a position on the Hume Board from 1998-2003) and is an active member of the Audit and Risk subcommittee.

Larraine Eddy

Director, Chair of Development Subcommittee
JD, MBA, M. Pro Dev, B. CPM, GAICD

True Swain is an experienced senior executive manager and director, who has a wealth of professional skills in property development, construction project management, strategic planning, risk management, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement, in both the public and private sectors.

In his current position as a senior executive manager at Taronga Zoo Conservation Society, True is accountable for a $300 million capital property development program across both metropolitan and regional sites. This position is responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary professional property team in the delivery of a diverse range of property development projects, within complex live operational environments.

The above professional experience is underpinned by multiple tertiary qualifications, including Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration, Masters of Property Development, Graduate Certificate in Commercial Arbitration, Bachelor of Construction Project Management and Graduate of Australia Institute of Company Directors course. True was elected to the Hume Board in March 2014.

True Swain

Director, Member of Development Subcommittee and Audit and Risk Subcommittee
B EC, LLB, LLM, Grad Dip Company Secretarial Practice

Phillip has extensive experience in setting up legal, governance and compliance functions, advising Boards on all aspects of legal and compliance issues. Phillip was previously General Counsel and Group Secretary at Stockland where his role also included providing commercial and legal advice on business and property acquisitions and sales, and on all aspects of property development and capital management activities undertaken by the organisation. Phillip has been a director of subsidiary Boards and has extensive experience in management across the property, banking, retail and agricultural sectors. Phillip has a strong interest in the areas of Board governance, risk and compliance. Phillip was elected to the Hume Board in February 2016.

Phillip Hepburn

Director, Member of Development Subcommittee and the Audit and Risk Subcommittee

Nathan Rees has lived his life in Western Sydney and has 26 years experience in public administration. After completing a horticulture apprenticeship, he undertook an Honours degree in English Literature at Sydney University.

Nathan served in the NSW parliament 2007-2015, including as Premier of NSW, Minister for Water, Minister for the Arts, Minister for the Central Coast and Minister for Emergency Services. He was the member for the Western Sydney seat of Toongabbie. He has a passion for Western Sydney and social justice.

Nathan was elected to the Hume Board in February 2017.

The Hon. Nathan Rees

Director, Chair of Audit and Risk Subcommittee and Member of Recruitment and Remuneration Subcommittee B Ec, GAICD

Jayson is an experienced Financial Services executive with broad business experience across a number of disciplines. He has specific expertise and a proven track record in customer experience, program and project management for system deliveries, stakeholder engagement, transformation programs, operational performance improvement, growth and strategy definition and execution (including mergers and acquisitions).

His experience includes 8 years with Westpac/BT Financial Group, 2 years with Third Horizon Consulting, 15 years with Macquarie Bank and over 5 years with Arthur Andersen & Co and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In his current role with Westpac as a Director, Product and Service Development, he is responsible for designing and delivering the employee experience on a large Home Ownership transformation program.

Jayson was elected to the Hume Board in March 2017.

Jayson Bricknell

Director, Member of Development Subcommittee

Throughout her life, Robyn Parker has worked to support, develop and strengthen individuals, families and communities. Robyn has over 30 years of public sector experience which included roles in Child and Family Services, as a TAFE teacher, and as CEO of Ageing and Disability Services.

Robyn served in the NSW Parliament for twelve years serving first as a Member of the Legislative Council, followed by four years as the Member for Maitland. Robyn chaired many Parliamentary Inquiries and was the NSW Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage (2011-2014).

Since leaving politics, Robyn has been appointed as a non-executive Director to a number of environment, education and for-purpose organisations.

Commercially focused and community driven, Robyn brings to Hume indemand capabilities of leading transformation and applying the right level of strategic thinking required as the organisation embarks on a bold future.

In particular, as a long-term resident Robyn has a unique, strong and wellestablished network of contacts and relationships coupled with a deep understanding of the Maitland and Port Stephens LGAs and their people which will be invaluable as Hume transitions to manage over 2,000 homes under the NSW FACS Social Housing Management Transfer program.

Robyn was elected to the Hume Board in February 2019.

The Hon. Robyn Parker

Meetings of Directors

The number of meetings of the registered entity’s Board of Directors (‘the Board’) and of each Board committee held during the year ended 30 June 2019, and the number of meetings attended by each director were:

Meetings of Directors

Held: represents the number of meetings held during the time the director held office or was a member of the relevant committee.

Contributions on winding up
In the event of the registered entity being wound up, ordinary members are required to contribute a maximum of $20 each. Honorary members are not required to contribute.

The total amount that members of the registered entity are liable to contribute if the registered entity is wound up is $420, based on 21 current ordinary members.

This report is made in accordance with a resolution of Directors.

On behalf of the Directors

Signature of Robert Vine

Robert Vine
19 September 2019

Signature of Jayson Bricknell

Jayson Bricknell

19 September 2019

Contact Us

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    7 Hamilton Road, Fairfield
    NSW 2165
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    NSW 2150
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    NSW 2559
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    NSW 2320
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    NSW 2324

Note: Maitland open from 2 September 2019 and Raymond Terrace to open later in 2019.