ABOUT US
BOARD

Board

Alice Spizzo
Alice joined the Board in mid 2008 and has held the position of Chair since 24 March 2014.
Alice brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role as Chair, including managing risk, due diligence, governance and issues management.

Alice is a Director at Landerer & Company and specialises in planning, environmental and administrative 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 advisory 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 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 has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Alice is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jodie Blackledge
Jodie joined the Board in April 2010 and is a member of the Development Advisory Group Sub-Committee.
Jodie has over 20 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 to the Board. Jodie is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Fitzpatricks Financial Group, a national advisory and wealth management firm specialising in estate planning, wealth preservation, financial management strategies and investment management.

Jodie has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tasha Burrell
Tasha joined the Board in November 2013 and is a member of the Development Advisory Sub-Committee.
Tasha is a property development professional with over 20 years experience in residential and commercial property development in Sydney. Tasha brings extensive experience in implementing large scale urban renewal, housing and infrastructure projects to the Board including an in-depth understanding of the development industry and Sydney property market. Early in her career Tasha was a Project and Design Architect for a number of leading architectural firms, was a Development Manager at St. Hilliers Property and held the role of Program Director, Western Sydney at Urbangrowth NSW.

Tasha currently holds the position of Program Director at Landcom.

Tasha has a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors program, Foundations of Directorship.
Anna Grutzner
Anna joined the Board in November 2013 and is Deputy Chair.
Anna is a marketing communications specialist and brings over 20 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. She is a former political journalist in the federal parliamentary press gallery and co-principal of a PR agency.

Anna has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults). She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA).
Leanne Hillman
Leanne joined the Board in March 2009.
Leanne has over 25 years experience in State Government and has extensive management and operational experience at a senior and executive level in the NSW Department of Community Services (now the Department of Family and Community Services). Leanne offers high level business planning, financial management and project management skills. Leanne represented the Women's Housing Company on the Board of BlueCHP Limited until July 2016. BlueCHP Limited is a not-for-profit community housing company of which the Women's Housing Company Ltd was a founding member.

Leanne has an Executive Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Social Studies and has completed the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Maree Girdler
Maree joined the Board in October 2015 and is a member of the Development Advisory Group Sub-Committee.
With over 25 years experience working in local government, Maree has extensive understanding of operational program development and management relating to a range of community and recreation programs and projects including affordable and social housing.

Over a 17 year period, Maree held various senior and executive management positions at Waverley Council and became responsible for managing Council's planning and reporting obligations in a number of community areas.

Maree has successfully managed the DA process for multi-million dollar projects such as recreational facilities and learning centres and brings to the Board skills in program design and delivery, budget development, governance and strategic planning.
Maria Stamoulis
Observership Program
In 2017, the Women's Housing Company became involved in the Observership Program, a 12-month opportunity that allows individuals the chance to experience sitting on a not-for-profit Board as an Observer.

In January 2018, Maria joined the Board as part of the Observership Program. Maria has extensive experience in human resources at a senior level across a number of private sector organisations. Maria is currently the General Manager Human Resources Australian/New Zealand Operations for the Scentre Group formerly Westfield Group.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Economics/Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.