One of Australia’s largest Community Housing Providers, Mission Australia Housing is pleased to announce that Board Director, Nancy Fox AM, BA, JD Law, FAICD has been appointed Chair of its Board on 22nd November 2022.

Mission Australia Housing’s new Chair, Nancy Fox brings experience spanning more than 25 years in financial services, insurance and infrastructure as well as deep governance skills as a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a Director of Mission Australia since February 2021 and is on the Board of several public and private organisations.

She takes over from Ian Hammond who stepped down from the Mission Australia Housing Board to take on his new role as Mission Australia’s Chair at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on 21st November 2022.

Ms Fox said: “I’m delighted to accept this role and thrilled to lead Mission Australia Housing’s Board at such a pivotal time when social and affordable housing is a high priority for the Federal Government. Mission Australia has identified Housing growth as a key area of focus to support the organisation’s efforts towards ending homelessness and tackle the escalating need, and I look forward to bringing my financial and governance experience to this conversation.

“I greatly respect the expertise of the Mission Australia team. I’m amazed by what they achieve managing just under 4,000 social and affordable homes and providing quality support and community development opportunities to thousands of people each year.

“In this new role, I’m looking forward to leading strategies that will enable Mission Australia Housing to grow their portfolio, create better homes in vibrant communities and work towards being Community Housing Provider of choice to tenants, to staff, and our partners.”

Executive of Mission Australia Housing and Board Director for PowerHousing, Chris Bratchford welcomed Nancy to the role, saying: “Nancy has already hit the ground running and we’re looking forward to working with her to continue the huge progress we have made on our Strategy and towards our vision of an Australia where everyone has a safe home and can thrive.

“Nancy joins our Housing Board at a crucial time for us, with housing coming into strong focus at all levels of Government. Institutional capital is starting to flow into the housing sector to supplement Government stimulus, and we know Nancy’s background in financial services, insurance and infrastructure will help steer and position us to boost the supply of social and affordable homes that we manage, and improve the quality of our existing social homes.

We’re really pleased that a leader with the skill and experience of Nancy is chairing our Board, and that we now have a female majority Board. We’re committed to providing equal opportunity to roles at all levels of leadership.”

Nancy’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Mission Australia Housing, as the team works towards implementing various new housing initiatives in 2023.

In 2023-24, Mission Australia Housing will take on management of their first 259 social homes as well as ownership and management of 130 affordable homes in Midtown MACPark in Sydney’s Macquarie Park. This project will deliver an integrated and inclusive community of more than 3,000 apartments, including 950 social and 130 affordable homes over 10 years. In Townsville in Queensland, construction will continue for Mission Australia’s first Youth Foyer which will support young people who are homeless and experiencing disadvantage. In Tasmania the team will continue delivering the newly transferred social housing under the Community Housing Growth Program. This program more than doubled Mission Australia’s existing Tasmanian portfolio with an expanded team now operating out of two offices, one in Rokeby and the other in Rosny.

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