Board Of Directors

Sonja Walters| Chairperson

Sonja has over 20 years experience in the housing industry holding an Executive Director position in a mobile home village in Queensland with over 420 homes. This village is now under expansion with a further 120 homes to be developed in 2016/17. As well Sonja has been involved in the NSW Community Housing Sector as a Director since 2004. Sonja combines this extensive knowledge of the housing sector with her community experience as a social worker in many arenas with a key focus on disability and the aged. She currently is an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and the current Chair of Link Housing.

Andrew McAnulty| Executive Director

“I am passionate about people – and believe that everyone has a right to a decent home. I believe that by working in partnership with Government and the private sector we can make a difference.”
Andrew is a respected community housing figure, both nationally and internationally, having delivered social, affordable and large scale urban renewal outcomes for over twenty years across Australia and the United Kingdom.Prior to joining Link Housing in September 2013, Andrew was CEO of MA Housing where he grew their housing portfolio from 97 homes in 2009 to over 2,000 by 2013. In the UK Andrew worked with three diverse Housing Associations and the Stonebridge Housing Action Trust one of London’s most successful regeneration companies. He is Chairman of the NSW Government Affordable Housing Taskforce, and remains a Director of Urban Gateway Pty Ltd providing advice on affordable housing, urban renewal and partnerships.

Julie Savet Ward| Director

Julie is a respected professional non-executive director with 20 years’ experience on company and project boards in the property, infrastructure and professional services sectors. She was the Chairperson of Link Housing for the past six years and is currently the Chairperson of the Human Resources and Nominations Committee. She is the Chairperson of SGS Economics and Planning, a private consulting company, and on the board of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Julie is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie has 25 years’ management experience and brings a deep understanding of the planning, approval, design, construction and delivery of property, infrastructure and natural resource projects. Her strengths lie in corporate governance, strategic planning, stakeholder relationships, mergers and acquisitions, environmental regulation and project management. Julie is also a state member of the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Lois Towart | Director, Member ARMC

Lois Towart has been a member and director of Link Housing Limited since June 2011. Lois has enjoyed a long career in the property industry with positions in valuation, research, funds management, government and banking positions. She has specialised in the seniors living, aged care and health care sectors.

Lois has been published across a range of property subjects in both professional general publications and has been involved with the Australian Property Institute and the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Simon Maughan Wright | Director

Chair, the Development Committee, Simon is the owner and director of ABSA Corporate Advisory, a mergers and acquisitions advisory business, and a private real estate development business. He was until recently a director of Uniting Care NSW.ACT and chair of its Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. Previously he was a director of ANZ Business Sales & Acquisitions (ANZ Investment Bank), Westpac Business Succession Services, group general manager and director of a real estate development & investment group of companies and has been a director of several other private and public companies.Simon is a qualified lawyer with post graduate legal and business qualifications from Sydney University and UNSW and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Kerry Robinson is General Manager of Blacktown City Council, the largest Council in NSW; Deputy Chair of Blacktown Venue Management Limited and Board

Mark McEnallay | Director

Mark McEnallay is the Business Operations Manager and Company Secretary at the Community Services and HealthIndustry Skills Council Limited (CS&HISC). CS&HISC is a Government funded, Not-For-Profit, that leads workforce development in the Community Services and Health industries. He has previously worked with Coca-Cola, including eight years in their overseas operations, Reckitt and Colman, Victa lawnmowers and Medical Australia Limited.

Mark currently sits on the NSW Care Advisory Committee of Wesley Mission and has previously sat on the NSW Corporate Committee of CPA Australia. Mark is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark joined Link Housing in June 2013 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Kerry Robinson | Director

Member of WestPool and United Independent Pools, self-insurance mutuals. Kerry has over 30 years’ experience in the property industry with senior roles in corporates and Government, including 8 years’ as an Executive General Manager delivering large, complex industrial, town centre and residential projects, many with values of over $1B, leading a team of 30 professional staff expending over $150M p.a. and producing over 1,000 residential lots p.a. He has extensive experience negotiating and managing large ‘joint ventures’ and complex, structured real estate transactions. Kerry was previously a Board Member of the NSW Architects Registration Board and is an experienced manager of stakeholders with an interest in corporate governance.

Amy Brown | Director

Amy Brown is a partner in the Sydney office of PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal Business. Amy specialises in advising Government and the private sector on outcomes-based procurement of public infrastructure and services, providing commercial, contractual and strategic advice to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved. Prior to joining PwC, Amy was Director of the Infrastructure and Structured Finance Unit of NSW Treasury. Amy has been involved in more than 20 projects in recent years, including driving the successful financial close of the most recent wave of projects in NSW - the Northern Beaches Hospital Project, North West Rail Link Project, Sydney Light Rail Project, NSW Health Helicopter Retrieval Network and the Sydney International convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.  

Dr Tim Williams | Director

Dr Tim Williams is the CEO of the Committee for Sydney. In addition, he also advises cities and governments here and internationally on their housing and economic development strategies. He was raised in public housing in Beddau, South Wales, before studying at universities in Cambridge, Oxford and Wales. Since arriving in Sydney in late 2010 Tim has written some ground breaking and influential reports on housing, urban policy and the potential impact of high speed broadband on cities and public policy. He has written a number of columns on public policy and urban issues for the main Sydney media outlets, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph.