Chairperson: Karen Walsh
Karen is currently an independent consultant. When she took up the role of Shelter Chairperson, she was General Manager, Group Business Initiatives at SGCH
She qualified as a social worker in 1991 and more recently achieved a Masters in Social Policy and an Executive Masters in Public Administration. Her 27 year career spans the UK and Australia in a range of Government and non- government agencies, 12 years in NSW State Government in senior and executive roles in Aboriginal, public or community housing
Karen is also a Director on the Boards of the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. Between 2008 and 2010, she was also a Director on the SGCH Board
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’.
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.
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.
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 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 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).