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WHC Board Director Vacancies

In Category - NewsDate - 14/07/2020

Location: Surry Hills, NSW

Title: Director (several positions)

Duration: Two-year terms

Remuneration: Unpaid, reimbursement of expenses

Industry / Sector: Social and Affordable Housing, Homelessness Services


The Women’s Housing Company (WHC) Limited is a specialist provider of housing and homelessness services to women with and without children. With over 35 years of history, experience and commitment, the WHC has grown and expanded its services to provide crisis, transitional, social and affordable housing across Sydney, the Hunter and Coffs Harbour. 

The WHC is a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider, registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing, is a company limited by guarantee and operates as a registered charity. Turnover of approximately $16m per annum is primarily derived from the rent charged to tenants and funding provided by Government via a range of programs. The NSW Government provides funding through the Department of Communities and Justice for the Community Housing Leasing Program, the Specialist Homelessness Services Program and one-off grants such as the Community Housing Innovation and Leverage Fund. The Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) provides support through the allocation of properties for management by the WHC.

The WHC is governed by a Board of Directors elected by members in accordance with the Constitution. The Board currently comprises 6 non-executive members and is recruiting up to 3 new members. The Board meets 10 times per year in Sydney to provide strategic leadership and oversight in relation to the overall business, and decisions pertaining to policy, finances, new business and risks. The Board also has an Audit and Risk Committee which meets at least 3 times per year. Meetings are currently being conducted using video conferencing technology and are held outside of business hours.

The Board has a strong commitment to the professional and ethical governance of the business, expanding services and growing the portfolio, and maintaining the strong reputation of the company. 

Essential Criteria

The Women’s Housing Company Limited is seeking expressions of interest from women who have:

- experience on a Board
- relevant qualifications such as GAICD or similar
- understanding of the housing system and challenges for women

and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

- property development
- human resource management
- finance and risk management
- government policy and programs

Successful applicants will need to complete declarations in regard to conflicts of interest and will need to become a member of the Women’s Housing Company Limited.

The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board has granted the Women’s Housing Company Limited an exemption from sections 51 and 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to designate and recruit female directors, therefore applications are welcomed from female candidates that meet the criteria.


Expression of interest comprising a cover letter and resume can be sent to Alice Spizzo, Chair WHC via by Friday 31 July 2020. Information on the WHC is available at -