Board Profile

Women's Housing Company Ltd is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom are experienced practitioners in their chosen field of expertise. Their diverse skill set and business acumen provide ongoing guidance and direction in organisational management, governance and strategic development.

The Board meets on a monthly basis and from time to time there are a range of sub committees created depending upon current business activities. These sub committees regularly review our corporate Governance Charter, legal and compliance regulations, risk management, financial management strategies and new projects.

The board has a strong commitment to the ethical business conduct of WHC in order to protect and maintain the reputation of the company as it sets about achieving its vision with utmost integrity.


Meet The Board


Alice Spizzo

Alice joined the Women's Housing Company Board in 2008.  Alice is a Director at Landerer & Company and specialises in planning and environmental law and advises government, corporates, NGOs and universities on a range of issues including developing social and affordable housing.  Alice has diverse experience in government and the development industry as a lawyer, public policy adviser, executive and senior ministerial adviser including Chief of Staff to a NSW Minister for Health and Senior Policy Adviser to a NSW Minister for Urban Affairs, Planning and Housing.  Alice is a Graduate of the Company Directors Institute and has represented the NSW Government on the Building Code of Australia Board and the former Department of Planning on the Honeysuckle Development Corporation Board.  Alice brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as Chairperson including managing risk, due diligence, governance and issues management.


Allison Heller

Allison joined the board in March 2012 and brings more than 12 years experience in urban and social planning and applied social sustainability. She has expertise inresearch and policy development for a range of government and non-government clients across the human services and property sectors, with specialisations in homelessness, affordable housing and estate regeneration models. Allison holds a Degree in Urban Planning and is a member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Women in Development Advisory Committee and the Green Building Council of Australia’s Liveability Technical Committee.


Anna Grutzner

Anna is a marketing communications specialist and joined the board in November 2013.  Anna brings over 18 years of experience working with government and not-for-profit organisations on major public policy and community initiatives.  Anna has worked with governments and providers on a range of community housing projects, including the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.  Anna is principal of Just Anna, a consultancy focusing on issues of social justice and was a director and business owner of public relations firm Fenton Communications.  She is a former political journalist in the federal parliamentary press gallery.  Anna has a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and has studied change management at Cranfield University in the UK.


Diane Lally

Diane has extensive experience in Human Resources operating at a senior strategic level. She has been involved in Change Management, HR Systems, Employee Relations and Strategic development in a multitude of industries, most recently in Private Health Insurance. Diane is an active member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has recently graduated from the Company Directors Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Diane has been a board member since April 2009.


Jodie Blackledge

Jodie has 19 years experience in corporate finance and strategy development in financial services, investment banking and chartered accounting environments and brings established skills in corporate finance, financial analysis, accounting, strategy and program management. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business – Accountancy degree and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and joined the board in April 2010.


Leanne Hillman

On the board since March 2009, Leanne has extensive experience in senior management at the Department of Community Services working in various operational and strategic roles. In particular, her roles have involved extensive policy development and implementation of systems and frameworks designed for business improvement. She holds a degree in social science and an executive masters in public administration.


Tasha Burrell

Tasha is a property development professional with over 20 years experience in residential and commercial property development in Sydney.  Tasha joined the Board in November 2013 and brings to the Board extensive experience in implementing large scale urban renewal, housing and infrastructure projects and has an in-depth understanding of the development industry and the Sydney property market.  Early in her career Tasha was a Project and Design Architect for a number of leading architectural firms, was Development Manager at St. Hilliers Property and was most recently the Development Director responsible for the Green Square Town Centre Project at urbanGrowth NSW.  Tasha is currently the Project Leader on a major urban renewal project at Parramatta North in the Urban Renewal team.


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