Coming from a diversity of backgrounds the Board of Directors and Management of Jacaranda Housing are committed to providing safe, secure and affordable housing for Queenslanders.
Your Board of Directors
As leaders in their industry, our Board members support Jacaranda Housing through their expert knowledge in the fields of housing access, affordability, business, community and inclusion.
Jacaranda is beginning an exciting period of growth, aimed at a robust financial future through implementing the Board approved Better Homes for the Future Strategy in line with the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy ‘Partnering for Growth with the community housing sector.’
Adrian has committed his entire working life to helping others.
He is the Executive Director of National Shelter, Australia’s key NGO advocating ways to improve housing affordability and end homelessness with a 40-year history in the community sector, including housing, homelessness, welfare, and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and nationally.
As a member of the Affordable Housing Summit Group, Adrian was instrumental to developing the National Affordable Housing Agreement and NRAS.
Throughout his career he has been a trusted advisor to all levels of government on housing, homelessness and youth affairs serving as the Deputy Chair of Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) and Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Accomodation Association.
He has also worked for Shelter NSW and the Australian Youth Policy and Action Association.
Adrian has a Graduate Certificate in Community Management (UTS) and is Chair of Jacaranda Housing’s Constitutional Change Committee.
With more than 20 years helping others through her work with the Australian Government, Jacaranda Housing is honoured to have Pam Britton as one of their member-elected Tenant Directors.
Having joined the New Farm Housing Co-Op (NFHC) over 25 years ago Pam understands the importance of social and community housing and is passionate about ensuring Jacaranda Housing can continue to provide better homes for people most in need.
With her common-sense approach and real-life experience, Pam provides a strong voice for Jacaranda Housing tenants and ensures their voices are heard at the highest levels.
Actively involved in many of Jacaranda Housing’s programs, Pam loves talking to other tenants and members about how Jacaranda Housing can continue to improve and provide support where needed.
Pam has completed governance training in Board Matters through QShelter and is a member of the Jacaranda Housing Governance Committee and Constitutional Change Committee.
Sharon is a passionate advocate for Jacaranda Housing and all aspects of social housing.
For more than 20 years, she has committed her life to social housing, working for various organisations, including Brisbane Housing Company, the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, and St Vincent de Paul.
She has a Certificate in Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.
Sharon is also the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Sheilagh has a post-doctoral qualification in Public Health and have worked in the Disability sector and successfully advocated for the ‘rights’ of many people.
Sheilagh has a strong commitment to social justice issues in tandem with a belief in social inclusion for all members, which naturally includes access to good Community Housing options for tenants.
Sheilagh is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Beginning his career with international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shane has extensive experience in the real estate and finance industries having worked in senior finance roles with ASX listed and private property businesses.
As the Chief Financial Officer for Stockwell, a Brisbane-based privately owned property group, Shane is responsible for all financial affairs of the business, including strategic financial planning, project feasibility development, sourcing of capital and debt, reporting, and meeting all statutory obligations.
As someone committed to supporting the not-for-profit sector and community-based organisations, Shane is also on the Board of the Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club where he also serves as Treasurer, managing an annual budget of over $1.5 million. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for a private foundation established for the purpose of providing support to children and young people in need.
He holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and is a Chartered Accountant.
Shane is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Emile is a Special Counsel at McCullough Robertson, where he has practiced in property and finance law for the past 10 years and holds degrees in Law and Science.
He has a particular interest and specialisation in community and affordable housing, as well as specialist disability accommodation, and has advised a number of community housing providers and peak bodies across Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory across a range of transactions and issues, including acquisitions and developments, registration requirements, tenancy issues and funding arrangements. Having experience across both property and finance, as well as an understanding of the commercial drivers for parties involved, he is able to navigate and advise on complex issues.
Emile is also a member of a number of industry committees, including the Urban Developer Institute of Australia (UDIA) Queensland Housing Supply and Affordability Committee, the Queensland Law Society Access to Justice and Pro Bono Law Committee and PEXA Queensland Member Advisory Council.
Emile is a member of the Audit and Risk and Governance Committee.
Katherine is an experienced property professional who has worked in Retail, Commercial, and Residential Property development for the past 14 years.
Having trained as a Town Planner, she has a strong and ongoing interest in evolving our urban footprint. This interest extends to how urban development interacts and engages with all sectors of society.
Understanding the structures of existing communities and how those communities adjust to change has long been a drive for her community engagement.
Attention to detail while keeping the big picture in focus has been the hallmark of her career progression. Along with her engagement with local authorities and the Queensland Government, she ensures she understands how to navigate competing agendas to produce win-win outcomes.
Katherine is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
George has been involved in community housing for 30 years and served as a Director on the New Farm Housing Co-operative Board for over ten years.
He has worked with not-for-profit organisations for more than four decades in various roles, including youth leadership, drug and alcohol counselling, and long-term unemployment.
George has completed training with the Governance Institute of Australia- Certificate in Governance and is a member of the Audit and Risk and Governance Committees.
Since joining Jacaranda Housing in 2017, Lizz has been instrumental in driving cultural change and stability within the organisation.
A trusted leader, Lizz spent many years working in remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory where she was widely respected for her work in developing strong connections with Traditional Owners, ensuring their cultural protocols and needs were always considered. She also worked tirelessly to improve housing options in remote communities.
Outside of work, Lizz is passionate about staying active to ensure strong mental health.
Joining the team in 2016 as Finance Manager, Lynette Piotrkowski is focussed on ensuring Jacaranda Housing has the financial security to ensure it can meet the needs of its tenants and continue to grow so it can provide safe, secure and affordable housing for Queensland families in need. Lynette holds a Diploma of Business.
A passionate believer in stronger communities, Lynette regularly volunteers for her local Parents and Citizens Association where she assists with fundraisers and community-based events.
Ashleigh joined the Jacaranda Housing team in 2022 as our Community Housing Officer.
She is responsible for all tenancy management matters and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.
Ashleigh has extensive experience in both private real estate and community housing sectors, as well as with the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.