Board & CEO

Nicola Lemon – Chair
Board Member
CEO Hume Community Housing Australia

Nicola has been a member of the board of PHA since March 2012, serving as vice chair and now chair since April 2016. Nicola is a CEO who is passionate about social justice and facilitating long lasting changes and improvements within communities through providing quality housing and individual and community empowerment. She is driven by the pursuit of implementing best practice, driving innovation for change and has positioned Hume Community Housing a leader in the housing sector.

During her past eight years at Hume Community Housing, Nicola has led the organisation through a period of significant change. As a strategic partner to the board Nicola is responsible for driving and managing the organisation’s growth, developing and delivering  the strategic plan, development and implementation of continuous improvement programs, compliance regulation, stakeholder management and corporate partnerships and upskilling Hume’s workforce so that the organisation reaches its full potential. As a result of operational and functional programs implemented under Nicola’s leadership Hume has achieved Tier 1 Registration status whilst focussing on its social missions and commitments to their customers. Nicola champions a customer oriented organisation which continuously consults and engages with customers and stakeholders to deliver quality, relevant and value for money homes and services.

Nicola’s comprehensive business and community housing career has been accomplished through a variety of associations in the UK and Australia ranging from associations managing 4,500 to 70,000 properties. In all of her positions Nicola has been a driver for change, delivery and management of frontline housing and community development programs and organisational growth.  Furthermore Nicola has been responsible for large-scale urban renewal programs, property development programs, setting up robust risk management systems and group procurement practices.

Nicola’s practical work experience is complimented by her academic background in Business Law, Housing Management and Leadership and Training.

David Cant
Board Member
Independent Director

David Cant is an Independent Director of PowerHousing Australia. He was previously the CEO of BHC a leading community housing provider in Queensland which owns over 1300 homes in Brisbane rented to low income households in housing need.

All of David’s career has been committed to helping people in housing need, initially in the UK and for the last 15 years in Brisbane.

David led the team that created the BHC in 2001.  Under David’s leadership since that time, BHC has earned a reputation for award winning design, business innovation and high quality services.

David was a member of the Prime Ministers Council on Homelessness which advised a previous Commonwealth government on measures to tackle homelessness.

David has an MA from Oxford University in politics and economics and an MPhil in town planning from University College London.  David participated in the Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.

Michelle Gegenhuber
Board Member
General Manager, Housing and Development, AnglicareSA

Michelle has a broad range of experience in the not-for-profit, local government and private sector including Strategic Planning, Project Management, Property Development, Asset Management and Planning Policy. Michelle comes from a commercial property background and is focused on maximising community outcomes through housing and development which demonstrates innovation, place making and capacity building. Michelle has a Bachelor of Business majoring in valuation and commercial management, an MBA and is a graduate and member of the AICD.

Lyndall Robertshaw

Board Member

Group Chief Corporate Services Officer Compass Housing Services

Lyndall is the Group Chief Corporate Services Officer for Compass Housing Services responsible for Property Acquisitions, Business Development, Project Management, Marketing and Communications, Environmental Sustainability, Human Resource Management, WH&S, Risk Management and Compliance. Lyndall has over 17 years of experience in housing with 13 years in the community housing sector and prior to this Lyndall worked in the construction industry. Lyndall is a dynamic and proactive executive, has a passion for the housing sector and is committed to the growth of affordable housing. Lyndall has been instrumental in the growth of Compass Housing which includes an increase from 7 to over 140 staff, an increase in properties under management from 400 properties to over 4400 properties and an increase in properties owned from 7 to over 1400 properties owned today.

Lyndall is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors, holds a Bachelor of Business Management, is currently undertaking her MBA and has other tertiary qualifications in Management, Project Management and Interior Design.  Lyndall is a Director of Powerhousing Australia, as well as a Director of the NSW Federation of Housing, MYPlace Property and Logan City Community Housing. Lyndall is also a Committee Member of the NSW Australasian Housing Industry, the UDIA Hunter Chapter and the City of Newcastle’s Building Better Cities Committee.

Chris Bratchford

Board Member

CEO Mission Australia Housing

Chris is responsible for the strategic leadership, operational performance and sustainable growth of Mission Australia Housing, one of the largest national community housing providers in Australia. Prior to joining Mission Australia Housing, Chris worked in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and commercial sectors both nationally and internationally and has been a Non-Executive Director of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and also Professional Insurance Australia Pty Ltd. Chris is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Degree in Law.

Mission Australia Housing’s goal is to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities.

Mission Australia Housing is an innovative, collaborative, purpose-led and values-driven housing organisation. As a part of the Mission Australia Group, we provide social and affordable rental housing to low and moderate income households.

Mission Australia Housing, as part of the Aspire Consortium together with Frasers Property and Citta Property, were in August 2017 announced as the successful tenderers to transform the Ivanhoe public housing estate in Macquarie Park, Sydney into an integrated social, affordable and market housing community. A minimum of 950 social and 128 affordable dwellings will be delivered into this mixed tenure community.


Phillip Frost

Board Member

Evolve Housing

Philip brings extensive senior management experience across Accounting, Corporate Governance, PPPs, Investment Banking, NFPs.  Philip is qualified as a chartered accountant and has spent more than 25 years in the investment banking and finance industry delivering project and infrastructure finance and public / private partnership solutions. He has extensive experience in the financing of social and affordable housing projects.

Philip is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with a strong interest in corporate governance principles.

Scott Langford

Board Member


Scott believes a good business should be a force for good. His executive career has been focused on housing and development, and as Group CEO at SGCH he is proud to lead a team of over 200 people who contribute to a great business that pursues a shared purpose. SGCH currently serves 11,000 customers living in 6500 homes, and has assets under management of approximately $2.3 billion, along with a $500 million development pipeline delivering over 1000 new units in Sydney. Most importantly though, SGCH is a mechanism to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Scott has strong national and international networks, having served as Chairman of PowerHousing Australia for four years, as Chair of the International Housing Partnership and as Chair of the Affordable Housing as a Global Asset Class working Group for the IHP. He currently serves on the CHIA NSW Board and on the NSW Government’s Community Housing Industry Advisory Council.


Scott is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with a specialisation in housing management and development, and holds an MBA and postgraduate qualification in property development and is a proud Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Leaders and Managers. He previously served for 6 years as General Manager of Housing & Urban Development at Junction Australia, leading significant growth in their housing portfolio. Scott made the transition into leading a profit for purpose business after working in private sector roles in the property development and construction industry.

Mary Wood

Board Member

Independent Director

Mary is an experienced senior executive with 20 years experience in strategy, governance, policy development and stakeholder relations. Mary has deep knowledge of how to use funding and regulation to achieve policy reform, and the sophisticated advocacy tools needed to build the case for reform. This includes a lot of experience with journalists, having been a press secretary and subsequently Chief of Staff to a federal minister.

While a lot of Mary’s work has been in the political sphere, she has also served as a senior public servant, working at different times on both housing and health policy in Canberra.  She has strong skills in organizational leadership, corporate governance and risk management. Mary has experience and qualifications in law and corporate governance, and is also an accomplished communicator. She is very effective in crafting and delivering information to different audiences, from junior staff through to executives, boards and ministers.

Mary currently heads up social policy and partnerships at the Business Council of Australia, has first class honours degree in both English and Law, as well as a Diploma in Company Directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicholas Proud
Chief Executive Officer, PowerHousing Australia

Nicholas Proud was appointed CEO of PowerHousing Australia in July 2016. Nicholas has previously held national executive director roles with the Property Council’s residential division, the Housing Industry Association in Workforce development advocacy and was Director of Research and Policy with the Construction and Property Industry Skills Council.

Nicholas’ experience in senior technical, media and policy roles, in a variety of peak advocacy bodies, provides wide private sector and government connections and an understanding of the challenges facing the housing industry, as well as the opportunities for our organisation today.

Nicholas has campaigned in recent roles on housing issues, affordability and the value of housing delivery to jobs, communities and the economy which has thrust housing delivery back into the national policy landscape. He has worked directly on the introduction of foreign investment legislation, was a strong advocate for the safeguarding of existing NRAS incentives and has secured significant funds for workforce development for the property and construction sectors. Nicholas is also passionate about the benefits of appropriately designed housing, demonstrated by his work with Livable Housing Australia.