About the AHO

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Our leadership team

Jody Broun
Chief Executive

Simon-Newport

Simon Newport
Director – Strategic Finance & Asset Management

Marjorie Anderson
Director – Housing Client Services

Sally Kubiak

Sally Kubiak
Director – Policy, Programs and Design Innovation

Director – Strategic Support

Emma Nicholson
Director – Aboriginal Housing Strategy

Meet some of our people

Yin

Senior Policy Officer
Yin

Senior Policy Officer

Yin is a Senior Policy Officer at the AHO and “enjoys reading, gardening, watching Masterchef and eating”. Yin has worked at the AHO for 11 years collectively.

Before coming to work at the AHO she had no formal experience working in housing however had a long history working within Aboriginal communities. Yin “initially applied for a role at the AHO as the idea of working for the only Aboriginal organisation in Australia that was its own entity established under the Aboriginal Housing Act 1998 was appealing”.

She now “enjoys working with a range of people who are focussed on making sure that the housing related needs of Aboriginal tenants, their families and communities are met.”

Famey

Senior Policy Officer
Famey

Senior Policy Officer

On the rare occasion Famey gets time to herself, when not with friends and family she “loves to read, and is a big sci-fi and fantasy fan”.

Famey “manages the Strategic Programs team in policy” and has been working at the AHO for over 12 months. Famey “grew up on Gumbaynggirr country.” She is “a Githabul woman from Northern NSW, however, also has a connection to Gomeroi country” through her father.

Famey had worked with FACS in out of home care periodically and “wanted and opportunity to act in a management position and fortunately the AHO had one”.

She “loves coming into work everyday knowing people are here because they care about the community and enjoys the great variety work, that it is not far removed from the impacts on the community”.

Jennifer

EA to the Chief Executive (CE)
Jennifer

EA to the Chief Executive (CE)

Jennifer is a wife and mum, “so hobbies and spare time are a rarity”, however when she has the time, going to the movies, dinners and catching up with friends are some of her favourite pass times”.

Jennifer “came across from Land & Housing Corporation, working as the EA to the Deputy Secretary, Anne Skewes.” She “was looking for a chance to learn more about the AHO and further develop her skills in a new environment.”

Jennifer has now been at the AHO for 4 years and is the EA to the Chief Executive (CE), a role that she loves and a role that entails a wide variety of tasks that ensures … the CE is organised and ready for anything”.

Her favourite things about working at the AHO are “the people, the atmosphere and being able to make a difference.”

Graham

Project Officer
Graham

Project Officer

Graham “likes to watch a good game of rugby league or AFL, and loves spending time with his 8 grandchildren.” When he “has spare time outside of being a Project Officer at the AHO, he likes to meditate”.

Graham has worked at the AHO for 11 years; a role that includes working in community houses, addressing maintenance problems by liaising with others in the building industry to organise repairs in a safe and timely manner with as little interruption to tenants.”

Before coming to the AHO Graham “worked in the building industry as a carpenter and a construction worker for 25 years.” Considering a career change he “was told there was an opportunity to work at the AHO, looking after the work completed in Aboriginal communities. The feeling of giving back to community was especially rewarding after learning the craft of building.”

Graham particularly enjoys “the challenge of working in a changing environment for Aboriginal people and the diversity of people within the AHO”.

Brandon

Senior Project Officer and Systems Manager
Brandon

Senior Project Officer and Systems Manager

Brandon is a Senior Project Officer and Systems Manager who has been working at the AHO for nearly two years. His “primary role consists of managing operational risks, development of policies and application configurations and the development of a new data system to be utilised across the AHO and hopefully in the near future by the entire sector.”

Brandon is a “Kamilaroi man, but spent most of his “childhood on Dharawal land.” Along with being “a board member for a number of not for profit organisations in the disability sector”, he is an “avid AFL supporter and player and a huge animal lover” so spends as much time as possible playing with his dogs. He also says “Travelling the world and going to places that are off the beaten track are always front of mind, most notably a month spent in Africa camping in the bush.”

Brandon “came upon the opportunity to work at the AHO while looking for a career move, after working in the NSW Public Sector in a variety of roles focused on improving outcomes and access to services for Aboriginal people.”

He “chose to work for the AHO because of the mission statement that is adhered to, which is to ensure every Aboriginal person in NSW has equal access to, and choice in, affordable housing and that those properties are clean, safe and habitable”. He also says “it is a brilliant opportunity to continue to serve my community and my people and continue to break down barriers of intergenerational disadvantage and ensure a better life for our future generations.”

While working at the AHO Brandon enjoys “the strong passionate people from all walks of life both Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal all working towards one common goal and who when faced with challenges don’t back away but jointly work out a way to overcome them.”

Nezmia

Project Officer
Nezmia

Project Officer

Nezmia is a Project Officer in Strategy and Portfolio Development Team and has been working at the AHO “for a year and a half”. This role has the “benefit of regular contact with tenants as it requires working with the Acquisitions Team to buy new properties and working closely with tenants who would like to purchase their AHO homes.”

Nezmia is “A Madhi Madhi woman with ties to the Yorta Yorta mob,” She “grew up on Boandig country in South Australia and family are from Balranald.” Nezmia “grew up in Aboriginal housing and wanted to be involved with the work the AHO does.” She feels “Housing is the backbone to education, health and job opportunities and stable and safe housing provides so much more than just a roof over a family’s head.”

Nezmia “had been working in Aboriginal education” prior to “seeing an advertisement in the Koori mail for a position at the AHO”. After “visiting the website and reading stories about the people that were working here” she decided it was a place she “wanted to work!”

She “has found the AHO to be like a family. Everyone is supportive both professionally and personally and it is a culturally inclusive workplace, offering plenty of opportunities to do further training and be involved with internal committees and working groups.”

Outside of work “there is never a dull moment”, Nezmia “dances and plays netball and is also super busy raising 3 kids, that all play sport, including dancing, basketball, footy, drama and little athletics, which requires constant running around.”

I have found the AHO to be like a family. Everyone is supportive both professionally and personally and it is a culturally inclusive workplace.

Nezmia, Project Officer