From left to right: Newly appointed HHS Board Directors Gerard José, Jan Snell, Damien Tangey with Chair Sue Clarke.

Jan Snell, Gerard José, and Damien Tangey have been appointed to the Board of Directors of Haven; Home, Safe.

Chair Sue Clarke said each of the new Directors brought a broad range of business and cultural skills to the Board table of Australia’s only fully integrated homelessness service and affordable housing provider.

“Their background, qualifications and experience will add considerable value to our Board and I look forward to working with them to deliver on our organisational purpose as we progress our five-year strategic plan to deliver more supports and more homes through more partnerships and increased capacity,” she said.

Jan has had a long and distinguished career in the Victorian Public Service and has held a number of senior executive positions, more recently Deputy Secretary, North Division, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute Company Directors. She has many years’ experience in delivering services to Victorian communities, and in 2015 received a Public Service Medal in recognition of this work.

Gerard has significant experience in community engagement, change management, organisation development, policy facilitation and program evaluation. He has had an extensive career in local government and was recently appointed the CEO of Bendigo Community Health Services, after serving as the CEO of the Mildura Regional City Council for several years.

“It is a privilege to join an organisation that has such a strong person-centred focus on both providing support and housing. 

“Both the staff and Board members are passionate about making change that is effective and creates long term positive impact. I look forward to learning and contributing to improving quality of life in a systemic way,” Gerard said.

Damien is a highly respected property developer with a strong understanding of national, state and local government policy impacting the housing affordability framework.

Damien commenced his career as a valuer and provides a good blend of property and business experience along with a strong governance background as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is the Immediate Past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic) and serves on a number of other business and community boards.

“Haven; Home, Safe is a great organisation and it is wonderful to have the opportunity of contributing to the provision of affordable and social housing along with the social services needs that accompany the housing need,” Damien said.

“Housing Associations are an important and significant part of the property industry and their further integration with broader industry is important to open the door to more much-needed housing.”

Jan joined the Board at its February meeting, while Gerard and Damien were appointed in December.

The three new appointees join fellow Directors, Chair Sue Clarke, Andrew Cairns, David Brant, Ken Belfrage, Melanie Rogers, Jan Boynton, Candy Broad, and Warwick Cavanagh.