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Board

Alice Spizzo
Alice joined the Board in mid 2008 and has held the position of Chair since 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 and also a member of the International Performing Writers Association Board.
Jodie Blackledge
Jodie joined the Board in April 2010.
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 and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tasha Burrell
Tasha joined the Board in November 2013.
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 the Deputy Chair.
Anna is a marketing communications specialist who brings over 20 years' experience working with government and not-for-profit organisations on major public policy and community initiatives. Anna has developed strategy and delivered communications for a range of community housing projects, including the recent Social Housing Management Transfer program. She also works in the public health policy space.

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 was co-principal of a leading PR agency. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).
Maree Girdler
Maree joined the Board in October 2015.
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.
Sharanya Srikanth
Sharanya joined the Board in September 2020.
Sharanya is an IT leader with a passion for driving business transformation and empowering companies and its people through technology. Sharanya is the Strategic Partnerships Lead at Microsoft Australia, responsible for delivering Microsoft’s strategy to build mind share and adoption of cloud services with local and global independent software vendors. Sharanya has executed strategies to deliver new technology, business opportunities and solutions to organisations and in many cases, worked alongside government departments, industry peak bodies and agencies.

Sharanya is a founding member of the Microsoft Reconciliation Action Plan and her time at the Aboriginal Legal Service and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW also allowed her to pursue her personal passion of Indigenous access to justice and services.

Sharanya has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)/Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Observership Program modules.
Stacey Hooper
Stacey joined the Board in September 2020.
Stacey has spent over 13 years in the financial services industry with extensive financial and risk management experience across large, SME and start-up organisations. She brings to the Board established skills on internal controls and governance, compliance, risk management as well as financial and non-financial risks such as conduct and culture.

Stacey is currently a Financial Services Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young Sydney, specialising in external and internal audits and compliance, and has also spent time in EY’s UK and US practices. She is the Partner sponsor for Oceania Financial Services for EY Ripples, EY’s Corporate Responsibility program.

Stacey has a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Philippa Cogswell
Observership Program
In January 2020, Philippa joined the WHC Board as part of the Observership Program.

Philippa has nearly 20 years’ experience in technology risk, cyber security and privacy. Philippa has gained global experience, extending across not-for-profit, consulting, startup, and professional services sectors, and has worked in government for both the Australian and British lead national security agencies.

Philippa is a Director in PwC’s Risk Assurance practice where she helps clients address strategically important issues relating to data privacy, cyber security, risk management and organisational resilience.

Philippa holds a Masters in Information System Security (with Distinction, and recipient of the PETA Power Memorial Prize), and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).