Strong Governance

Haven; Home, Safe is guided by a committed, independent Board of Directors which provides strong governance and stewardship on behalf of our broader community.

Sue Clarke

Sue has held senior positions in Health and Community Services over the past four decades including 12 years as CEO of Bendigo Community Health Services. She also holds board positions as a Director of Ambulance Victoria, Bendigo Health Care Group, Murray PHN, Zonta Club of Bendigo, and is a member of the Central Victorian AICD Advisory Committee.



Andrew Cairns

Andrew Cairns is the CEO of Community Sector Banking and has 15 years’ experience in senior management roles. He is also the Chair of Western Water.

David Brant

David Brant, former North East Housing Service Director and London Business School graduate with extensive skills in strategy development and implementation. With over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Governance in Australia and a number of countries in Asia, David provides management consultancy to businesses looking to improve their top and bottom lines.

Damien Tangey

Damien has significant experience in property development and a strong understanding of National, State and Local Government policy impacting the housing affordability framework.

Damien has a Bachelor of Business (Property) and has experience in business management of a multi-faceted health industry business before progressing through to the establishment of his property development company in 2000. 

Ken Belfrage

Ken was until his retirement a Partner at AFS & Associates accounting practice. He was a chartered accountant with 34 years in public accounting.

Melanie Rogers

Melanie Rogers is an experienced governance and HR/IT executive with many years’ experience in local government and community sector. Melanie is also a committee member of the Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management.

Jan Boynton

Jan Boynton is an independent executive consultant with over 25 years’ experience at Executive and CEO level in local and state government and the not-for-profit sector across regional Victoria.

Warwick Cavanagh

Warwick Cavanagh is Chairperson of a key partner agency, Active Community Housing, a Director of National Disability Services (NDS), and a White Ribbon Ambassador. Highly respected across the disability sector, Warwick was the CEO of MOIRA Disability & Youth Services for 24 years, prior to joining the HHS Board.


Former Member for Northern Victoria and former State Government Minister for Housing, Local Government, Energy and Resources and Ports, and a founding member of Emily’s List. Chair of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre, Deputy Chair of Women’s Health Victoria, Chair of PrimeSafe, a Director of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, a Director of First Super, and a Director of Hepburn Community Wind Farm.

Gerard José

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 is currently privileged to be CEO with Bendigo Community Health Services, and previously served as CEO with Mildura Regional City.

Gerard is a people-oriented leader committed to ethical stewardship and social justice with outstanding contemporary team-based leadership, communication, analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

Jan Snell

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 Health & Human Services (DHHS).  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute Company Directors. She has many years of experience in delivering services to Victorian communities and in 2015 received a Public Service Medal in recognition of this work.

Our Strategic Direction


  1. To provide a range of sustainable housing outcomes for people who are homeless or in housing crisis.
  1. To provide advocacy and support for our diverse clientele with a particular focus on developing life skills and individual capacity.
  1. To advocate, collaborate and participate to improve the resources available to the sector in order to deliver sustainable outcomes for people who are homeless or in housing crisis.
  1. To develop and maintain the people, capital, infrastructure and financial capacity of the organisation to effectively
    and sustainably achieve its Purpose and deliver its services.