Acting Chairperson:  Sue Cripps

Sue is an independent consultant. She has a Masters of Health Management and has just completed a Diploma of Business (Governance).

Sue has a longstanding commitment to the right to housing for all; having worked as both a service provider and advocate for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness for the past 25 years.





Treasurer: Dr Ben Spies-Butcher

Ben is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Macquarie University. 

He has worked on housing issues and campaigns for many years, in resident action groups, politics and as an academic.He is also a Research Associate, Retirement Policy and Research Centre, at the University of Auckland; and Chair Settlement Neighbourhood Centre, Darlington (Board member 2004-6).

Previously, he has been Co-Convener of the Australian Greens; a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development; a Management Committee Member of the Edmund Rice Business Ethics Initiative; and Secretary of REDWatch. He has been a Shelter board member since 2013, and shares Shelter’s passion and vision for housing as a right (as a verb, not a noun).


Secretary: Ned Cutcher

Ned is Senior Policy Officer at the Tenants’ Union of NSW.

In particular, he brings legal and public policy expertise in the area of residential tenancies to the Shelter Board. Ned has a long-held interest in housing justice, with a particular emphasis on rental housing, and the experiences of low-income housing ‘consumers’.



Other directors:

Dr Lucy Burgmann

Lucy is the NSW State Manager of Community Housing Ltd.

Before that, she was Project Director at Elton Consulting and CEO of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations, as well as working in government in a number of roles.  Lucy has also been a Director of Triathlon NSW and a Director of Western Suburbs Australian Football Club.

Having served as Treasurer for a term, Lucy returned to the board as an Ordinary Director so that she could continue to support Shelter's vital work.



Poppy Dowsett

Poppy is a Senior Consultant at Elton Consulting — working with housing clients, and also on wider social sustainability projects. 

In the past she has worked as a Senior Policy Officer, Mission Australia Housing; Policy Officer, at the NSW Federation of Housing Associations: and a project officer at FACS





Liz Yeo

Liz is the CEO of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre; and a past director and chair of Social Enterprises Sydney

She lives and works in an inner-city community which is significantly impacted by the decreasing supply of affordable housing. Liz is passionate about the importance of advocating for safe and affordable housing; and wants to ensure the inner city retains a mix of social groups.




Garry Mallard

Garry served numerous terms as a director of Shelter NSW in the past.  He was the founder/coordinator of the National Tenant Support Network.

As a resident of rural NSW he brings a valuable regional perspective to the Board. He has a keen interest in the affordable housing sector and the role safe, secure and affordable housing influences and underpins key social outcomes, particularly in rural/remote locations.

Garry is a past director of the Australasian Housing Institute



Prof Bill Randolph

Bill has been Director of the City Futures Research Centre since 2005.

In the past he has led national level research in a community housing peak body in the UK as well as a long track record in research in a range of contexts and the provision of high level advice on affordable housing policy in both the UK and Australia.

Bill has been a Director for Shelter NSW for two periods of three years and sees his role as one of providing Shelter NSW with an informed view of housing policy and links into the academic sector.

He has been Associate Dean Research, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales 2009 – 2013); Director, Urban Frontiers Program, University of Western Sydney (1998 – 2004); Director, PS Martin Hamblin Ltd, London (1997 – 1998); Associate Director, MORI Ltd, London (1996 – 1997); and Research Manager, National Federation of Housing Associations, London (1988 – 1994).