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CHA Council

Bernie Smith - Chair

Bernie Smith

As CEO of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust Bernie manages 50 staff, housing 120 families in Transitional housing and 270 families in Monte’s community social housing. Monte Cecilia has a strong advocacy service assisting over 1100+ families per year. Previously, Bernie managed 3500 public housing units in Cairns Queensland, Australia and 1600 tenancies across North West Queensland. His interests are in the clear representation of the sector to government to enable true partnership that is reflected in contracting, funding levels and terms. He also has an interest in pursuing a building WoF and closure of boarding houses which do not offer warm, safe, secure housing.
Victoria Carroll -

Victoria Carroll

Victoria works with Nga Potiki a Tamapahore Trust and Papakainga Solutions Ltd, has a legal background and been involved in the community housing sector for sixteen years. Victoria says: "I am passionate about housing our communities well and have been involved in the community housing sector from grass roots involvement with various organisations building capability and houses to advising local, regional and central government agencies on housing issues. I have been a past Trustee of CHA from and during that time initiated the first National Maori Housing conference in 2010. This has now become a bi-annual event. I have participated in mainstream housing fora including the Tauranga Social Housing Reform stock transfer bid as part of the Kainga Consortium and the Bay of Plenty regional housing affordability forum and Smartgrowth."
Nic Greene  -

Nic Greene

Nic joined the RNZAF in 1989 where he spent 12 years conducting maritime surveillance in the Pacific and wider afield. Commissioned as an officer in 1995, Nic underwent significant management and leadership training. During his military career Nic enjoyed several leadership roles including that of Senior Electronics Instructor at the School of Air Navigation, RAAF Base East Sale and Air Electronics Training Officer on No 5 (Maritime) Squadron RNZAF. Nic has also been a small business owner, a software developer, a wedding photographer and the Business Development Manager at Wintec, one of New Zealand's largest polytechnics. In 2008 Nic participated in a Wintec build team to Vietnam as part of the Habitat for Humanity Global Village program. Nic was inspired by the difference we can each make to the vulnerable in our world. In 2009 Nic was appointed to the role of General Manager of Habitat for Humanity (Central North Island). In this role Nic is responsible for the direction of New Zealand's largest and most diverse Habitat affiliate. Current operational responsibilities include the delivery of progressive home ownership housing, a home repair programme, a rental portfolio with a particular emphasis on housing for the elderly, and a chain of ReStore second hand shops.
Cate Kearney  -

Cate Kearney

Cate has worked in mental health, addiction and community housing sectors for 24 years, with 19 years in leadership positions. Her career has traversed the not for profit and public sectors undertaking a range of governance roles some at a national level. Cate’s move into the community housing sector three years ago fulfilled her personal interest in housing and the belief that adequate housing for all is the cornerstone of well-being and economic stability. Before joining the housing sector, Cate was a keen follower of house design, green technologies and the ways in which architecture and urban design help build communities where individuals thrive. Cate has previously led and served on several non-governmental organisation boards and committees, including CoChair of the National Committee of Addictions Treatment and a Trustee of Partnership Health Primary Health Organisation, Kina Trust and Te Korowai Youth Health Trust. Cate lives in Christchurch.
Yvonne Wilson  -

Yvonne Wilson

I am proud to be a member of Te Runanga o Kirikiriroa team. In my role as Kaiwananga – Housing Manager I value the opportunity to be innovative in leading a team of dedicated kaitautoko in social housing. I have experience in successfully managing and leading community organisations and projects, establishing and maintaining the strong networks in the housing, health and the social services sectors which is paramount for solution focused outcomes, my approach to addressing housing issues and challenges is clearly understanding and engaging with the grass roots providers, individuals and agencies. I bring to the CHA team skills in project, financial and contractual management, working relationships with advisory and experts groups and more importantly a social housing end user and provider world view.
Anne Huriwai  -

Anne Huriwai

Greg Orchard - Treasurer

Greg Orchard

Greg joined the board of Accessible Properties as an independent director in 2013 and became the company’s first Chief Executive in January 2017. Greg commenced his career in housing after leaving high school. Since then he's held numerous senior leadership and governance roles in both central and local government as well as not-for-profit organisations. With over 30 years’ experience in public and social housing in New Zealand, he has been involved in leadership roles through various housing reforms. Greg is currently on the board of one of New Zealand’s 11 National Science Challenges focused on science investment designed to tackle New Zealand’s biggest science-based challenges. Greg’s previous governance roles include being the Chair of the University of Canterbury Quake Centre, the building Research Association of New Zealand, Wellington Waterfront Limited, The Australasian Housing Institute and Community Housing Aotearoa. Greg is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Finance and Investment Professional, a Certified Housing Professional and a member of the Australian Housing Institute.