Back Row (Standing) – Left to Right: Warwick Cavanagh, Jan Snell, Gerard Jose, Ken Belfrage, Melanie Rogers, David Brant and Candy Broad
Front – (Seated) – Left to Right: Sue Clarke, Andrew Cairns, Jan Boynton and Damien Tangey

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.

Damien Tangey - Chair

Damien is the Managing Director of Birchgrove Property, a Bendigo-based business specialising in residential development. He has significant experience in the property sector and has a strong understanding of the tiers of policy and market forces impacting the housing affordability framework.

Damien is the Immediate Past President and a Board member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Vic). He also serves as a Board member of Remembrance Parks Central Victoria and the Bendigo Business Council – Be.Bendigo. Other community commitments include roles as a Committee member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee and as President of the Bendigo Senior Secondary College Council.

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.

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.

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 Trust Member of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust.



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.

Warwick Cavanagh

Warwick Cavanagh is highly respected across the disability sector and is a Director of National Disability Services (NDS). Warwick served as the CEO of MORIA Disability and Youth services for 24 years and is now the CEO of Bayley House.


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 and Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria, Independent Trustee Director, First Super Pty Ltd and Board Director of Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

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.

Our Strategic Goals & Priorities – 2017-2022

More Homes

A range of sustainable housing outcomes for people who are homeless or in housing crisis

More Supports

Advocacy and support for our diverse clientele with a particular focus on developing life skills and individual capacity

More Partnerships

Relationships with government, community and commercial partners and other key stakeholders to achieve our Purpose

More Capacity

Resources, infrastrcture and financial capacity of the organisation to achieve our purpose