Verity Froud

Verity has decades of experience in financial services, predominately in banking and securitisation funding roles for various businesses. This has often included considering alternate ways to fund houses and housing projects. Currently she works at AMAL Trustees as the Head of Reporting and Analytics. Previously she was a founding member of Xinja, leading to the successful launch of a neobank, as well as holding roles at Macquarie Bank and Bluestone Mortgages. Having begun at AMP in actuarial services, she has always had a keen interest in data, modelling and risk analysis.

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Janet Chappell

Janet brings combined government and industry perspectives, drawing on her current role as Housing Policy Manager at Landcom, the NSW Government developer.  She heads up research, development and adoption of housing affordability and diversity policy, and manages tools to understand current and forecast local housing need. Previously she held positions at the Greater Sydney Commission, NSW Department of Planning preparing three metropolitan strategies for Sydney, the Urban Design Advisory Service, Urbis, Six Degrees and Allen Jack + Cottier Architects.  She is a graduate of the Foundations of Directorship at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Master of Urban Design and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons). 

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Bill Steenson

Bill has worked extensively in government and member-based organisations and is currently Principal Lawyer, Compliance with the Registered Organisations Commission.

He works with unions, employer associations and their members on issues of governance, financial management, conflicts of interest and whistleblower disclosures.

Bill has previously worked as an employment case manager, seeing first-hand the significant challenges faced by many members of the community, such as housing and support networks.

He serves on the Licensing Committee of the Law Society of NSW and is passionate about dispute resolution and access to justice.

Bill holds a Masters in Law and a Master of Public Administration and is an accredited mediator.

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Kirsten Steedman

With extensive experience in corporate social sustainability, public advocacy, communications and skilled workplace volunteering, Kirsten has a proven career history of creating and implementing innovative strategies that deliver impactful, measurable outcomes.


In April 2022, Kirsten joined the team at Stockland in the role of Social Sustainability Manager – Affordability and Inclusion to play a lead role in building Stockland’s positioning, strategy and capability around affordability and housing, accessibility, and economic inclusion. Previously she headed Lendlease’s shared-value initiative, FutureSteps, which was aimed at addressing homelessness and rising levels of housing stress in Australia.


In addition to her extensive experience within the property industry, Kirsten has delivered a number of social sustainability projects throughout Australia including the establishment of training, education and employment opportunities for individuals facing economic hardship.

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Amelia Thorpe

Amelia is Associate Professor in Law at UNSW, where she teaches and researches in planning and urban governance.

She has degrees in Architecture (UWA), City Policy (Murdoch) and Law (Oxford, Harvard, ANU) and professional experience in planning, housing, transport and public interest environmental law. Amelia’s research centres on frameworks for decision-making in contemporary cities – who gets to have a say, and how – and the ways in which those frameworks might contribute to social and environmental justice.

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Dr Michael Zanardo

Michael is a registered architect and director of Studio Zanardo, an independent consultancy that specialises in urban design and the design of housing, particularly social and affordable housing.

He actively combines his practice with teaching and research. His doctorate investigated the architecture of pre-World War II State workers’ housing in Sydney. Michael is the co-author of the Affordable Housing Sydney Architecture Guide Map published in 2019.

Michael is an outspoken advocate for good amenity in denser forms of housing and champions design quality for the public domain. He is motivated by the opportunity to improve people’s lives through the shaping of the built environment and believes it is a true privilege to serve people and communities through design.


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