Governance

Governance

Mission Australia Housing a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee registered under the Corporations Act 2001 which applies in a form modified by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC Act).

Mission Australia Housing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mission Australia and is part of the Mission Australia Group. Mission Australia and Mission Australia Housing have agreed a Mission Australia Housing Relationship Protocol to regulate certain intra-group matters in relation to the business conducted by the Company. Mission Australia Housing has access to shared governance and management resources of Mission Australia and benefits from the Mission Australia Board Committees. Mission Australia Housing, as a registered Community Housing Provider, is regulated under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing and is subject to the Community Housing Providers National Law.

Mission Australia Housing’s ownership of the community housing assets ensures appropriate separation of housing assets from a corporate entity structure perspective for capital risk management, regulatory purposes and to ensure restricted assets are appropriately quarantined.

The role of the Board is to represent the members, set objectives and goals for the operation of the Mission Australia Housing, to oversee management, to regularly review performance and to monitor affairs in the best interests of Mission Australia Housing.

For these responsibilities, the Board is accountable to its members as owners of Mission Australia Housing. Under Mission Australia Housing’s constitution, management is vested in the Board of Directors.

Catherine Yeomans
Catherine Yeomans
LLB, MAICD
Chief Executive Officer

Catherine has brought strong leadership and strategic oversight to Mission Australia since she was appointed as CEO in March 2014. She is values-driven, has a ‘hands on’ management style and is committed to bringing best practice to the not-for-profit sector. Prior to this role, Catherine was COO with responsibility for driving operational effectiveness, staff engagement and change management. Catherine has worked at an executive level across the corporate sector, including Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis and Butterworths. Catherine is Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Mission Australia Early Learning, Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd and Mission Providence Pty Ltd. She holds a Degree in Law and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Bratchford
Chris Bratchford
GAICD, MBA, LLB
Executive, Mission Australia Housing

Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational performance and sustainable growth of Mission Australia Housing. Prior to joining Mission Australia Housing in January 2015, Chris worked in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and commercial sectors both nationally and internationally. Chris previously held roles as CEO of Argyle Community Housing, COO of Lake Maintenance, COO and CFO of Avant and CEO of Ample, a London-based financial services business. Chris is a Director of Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and a Non-Executive Director of Professional Insurance Australia Pty Ltd. Chris is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Degree in Law.

Iain Keddie
Iain Keddie
ACA, BSC (Hons)
Chief Financial Officer

With a background spanning the professional services and corporate sectors, Iain is a highly experienced CFO. He is a qualified chartered accountant and worked with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London and Ernst & Young in Sydney. Iain joined Mission Australia in 2014 and provides oversight and direction to the Board and Executive Team on finance, investment, IT, risk management and assurance. He is passionate about driving sustainable financial growth underpinned by strong governance and strategy. Iain is a Director of Mission Australia Housing, Mission Australia Housing (Victoria) and Mission Providence Pty Ltd. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an Honours Degree in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

James Toomey
James Toomey
MSc, MBA, GAICD, Fellow – Vincent Fairfax Centre for Ethical Leadership
Executive Operations and Fundraising

As a qualified social worker with an extensive background in community services, James is client-focused and passionate about transforming the lives of Australians in need. He joined Mission Australia in 2010 as National Manager Community Services Operations Support and was appointed to his current role in May 2014. James brings in-depth expertise to Mission Australia’s service delivery and is committed to quality, collaboration and performance measurement and evaluation to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people we work with. Previously, James was the Operations Director for SkillForce, a charity that works in partnership with schools to inspire young people to succeed. He was also Assistant Director of Foster Care Associates, a leading provider of foster care services in the UK. James is a Director of Mission Australia Learning, Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria). He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration.

Sally Ascroft
Sally Ascroft
BEc, LLB, GAICD
General Counsel & Company Secretary

Sally is a highly experienced governance and legal professional, with more than 25 years' experience of working with Boards and Executive Teams to achieve organisational objectives through governance, policy and strategy. Sally and her team oversee all legal and governance activities at Mission Australia, guiding staff through the increasingly complex legislative issues affecting the not-for-profit sector. Sally was appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary in May 2012. Prior to joining Mission Australia, she was a Partner of King Wood Mallesons and General Counsel and Company Secretary of The Trust Company. Sally is a Director and Company Secretary of Mission Australia Housing and Company Secretary of Mission Australia Housing (Victoria), Mission Australia Early Learning and Mission Providence Pty Ltd. She holds a Degree in Economics and a Degree in Law and is a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the New South Wales Law Society.

The Mission Australia Housing Committee was established in 2016 and a Mission Australia Housing Committee Charter (including addressing Conflicts of Interest) was adopted. The Committee comprises of 3 Mission Australia independent non-executive directors and an independent ex-officio member with property/ housing industry experience.

Kenneth Dean
Kenneth Dean (Chairperson)
BCom (Hons), FCPA, FAICD

Ken was appointed President and Chairperson of the Mission Australia board in 2016 and has been a Director since 2015. Ken is a Non-Executive Director of BlueScope Steel Limited and EnergyAustralia Holdings Ltd. Ken has previously held directorships with Alcoa of Australia Limited, Woodside Petroleum Limited, Santos Limited and Shell Australia Limited, and Chief Financial Officer of Alumina Limited. Ken has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. He is Chairperson of the Investment & Finance Committee and a Member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Succession Committee.

Ian Hammond
Ian Hammond
BA (Hon), FCA, FCPA, GAICD

Ian was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2016. He is a Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited, Citibank Australia and Stadium Australia Group Ltd and a board member of several not-for- profit organisations including Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Quiz Worx. Previously, he was a Partner of Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 26 years and has held a range of senior management positions, including lead partner for several major financial institutions. Ian is a Member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and the Housing Committee.

Jennifer Lambert
Jennifer Lambert
BBus, MEc, CA, GAICD

Jennifer was appointed as a Director of Mission Australia in 2005. She is a Non- Executive Director of Investa Office Management Pty Ltd, the Mosman Church of England Preparatory School and the Sydney Church of England Grammar School Council, and was the former Group Chief Financial Officer of 151 Property, which was previously known as Valad Property Group. Jennifer is Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of the Housing Committee.

Ian D M Robins
Ian D M Robins
BA (Accounting), CA, GAICD

With 22 years dedicated real estate and capital markets experience, comprising senior management positions in REIT and Real Estate Funds, and operational management and investment banking roles in Asia, Australia (AUS) and USA, Ian is an experienced Senior Management and Board resource for listed and unlisted real estate businesses. Ian holds an established track record of sustainable value creation to enhance and accelerate the multiple linkages and alignments between real estate performance and shareholder return targets. Ian promotes high standards for financial and business risk management, transparency, governance, escalation reporting, reputational management, and has strong understanding and access to multi-jurisdictional institutional equity capital.

Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'

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Mission Australia Housing is a Tier 1 Registered Housing Provider through National Registration and is registered as a ‘Growth Provider’ with the WA Housing Authority. Mission Australia Housing is also a National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) Approved Participant.

Mission Australia Housing Victoria is a Registered Housing Provider with the Victorian Housing Registrar.