Horizon Housing represents the amalgamation of two respected Gold Coast community housing providers, Gold Coast Vision Housing Limited and Gold Coast Community Housing Association Inc. Both of these organisations operated as part of the Social Housing System providing community housing for a range of client groups.
In 2003, the Gold Coast Housing Interest Network, a diverse network of housing providers, and government and non government agencies played an initial role in seeding the idea of developing a housing company on the Gold Coast. The demographic trends, rising market value rental and purchase prices and the declining social housing stock had resulted in a crisis that all agencies wished to address. The notion of a housing company was strongly endorsed by all housing providers on the coast and Gold Coast Vision and Gold Coast Community Housing Association commenced the process of amalgamation and company formation in 2005 and successfully completed this process in September 2006. In 2008, the GCHC introduced the Horizon Housing Company trading name to reflect our business outside the Gold Coast, and in 2010,we changed our name to Horizon Housing Company, with Gold Coast Housing Company to be used as a trading name.
Essentially, we manage and develop community and affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes. We provide clients with a range of housing options, from income-based community housing rental to house purchases.
Who We Serve
The Horizon Housing was established to assist a range of clients, from those living on the streets with no incomes to low and moderate income workers such as salespeople and service industry employees. Without support, these workers would be in severe housing stress, paying over 30% of their income in housing costs. Each program we operate has different target groups. As a Company, we assisted 469 children in the 2008/9 financial year alone.
Horizon Housing is incorporated as a not for profit company limited by shares under the Corporations (Queensland) Act 1990. The HHC is an Income Tax Exempt Charity status and is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
The Horizon Housing has 14 shareholders, from a range of private sector businesses and community organisations. These are:
Two positions are currently vacant.
Horizon Housing is registered under the Corporations Act 2001 as a public, not for profit company limited by shares.
The Horizon Housing will use innovative practices and a diverse range of options to provide affordable, appropriate and secure housing for people in need in a fair, equitable and financially robust manner.
The Horizon Housing is recognised nationally and internationally as an innovator in the provision of housing options for low income households and as a best practice example of service provision, tenancy and asset management.
The Horizon Housing has set the following objectives to guide its operation:
To promote the relief of poverty by providing affordable housing to people who are in need, including members of low and moderate income households.
Chairperson - Nino DiMarcoNino Di Marco is CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) and has over 20 years experience in leadership and management. As part of his role within the RFDS, he also sits on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. He holds an Economics degree from the University of New England, and a post graduate diploma in finance & Investment. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Director - Tony Tippet
Tony Tippet is a Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Robina Land Corporation Pty Ltd. Tony is an experienced finance professional, specialising in all aspects of Property Development and brings to the company the following levels of expertise:
Director - Karen Wing
Karen Wing owns and runs her own management consulting business which does a range of work for government, non-government and private sector agencies including specialised work with agencies that are growing and expanding. Prior to this she spent almost twenty years in the Queensland public sector, ten as a senior executive. She has extensive experience in social housing incorporated roles focusing on social policy, program management, grants management and service delivery.
Director - Karen Copeland
Karen has worked with SAP and the Queensland Public Service where she held a number of senior executive positions in the Department of Child Safety, Department of Communities, Disability Services Queensland and the Department of Justice & Attorney General. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work, an MBA and is a member of ANZSOG (ANZ School of Government, University of Melbourne) QLD. Alumni. She is currently completing a Master of Environment. She has a deep understanding of cross government policy development, needs based planning and prioritisation, contract management in the non-government sector, legislation and regulation and governance, risk and compliance in the human services and Karen brings considerable experience in how government and the private service relate to each other and how decisions are made.
Director - Brendon Hulcombe
M. Mgt (MSGM), B.A. (QUT), Dip. Mkgt, C. Dec, FRICS, FAIM, MAICD, AAPI
An Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year, and winner of the Australian Property Institute "Excellence in Property" award, Brendon is the CEO of property advisory firm Herron Todd White, with 650 staff in 58 offices.
Through his current and former roles, Brendon has developed a deep understanding of the potential challenges faced by organisations, and has a passion for the value that formal governance processes and governing boards can bring.
Brendon is a member the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Finance & Risk Management board sub-Committee, a board member of Medicare Local and is Chairman of Jigsaw Training Academy.
He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of both The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the AIM and an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.
Brendon holds a Master of Management, Diplomas of Marketing and Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts.
Director - Sally Edwards
Chief Executive Officer: Career Keys
Sally Edwards has over 30 years’ experience managing community programs in government and non-government organisations. Her work experience includes community housing, mental health, employment and youth affairs. She is currently the CEO of Career Keys, a Careers, Employment, Training and Support agency based in Logan. Prior to this she was the CEO of GROW a national mental health organisation. She has lived on the Gold Coast for over ten years and was Regional General Manager of the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, and in that role chaired the Gold Coast Disability coalition for seven years. Sally was a member of the Queensland Government Ministerial Regional community Forum providing input at a ministerial level on issues relating to people with disabilities and their careers. Sally has a long held interest in community housing having worked in social and community housing in London where she was Assistant Director of Housing for the London Borough of Haringey, and Manager of Social Housing Development for the London Docklands Development Corporation, and in Brisbane she was President of Inner Northern Community Housing Association, a CRS provider. Sally holds qualifications in psychology, management and training and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Director - Sonya Beyers
Bachelor of Laws (Class 2A Hons) , Graduate, Company Director Course, Supreme Court of Queensland, High Court of Australia and Currently enrolled in Masters of Commercial Law.
Sonya is a Consultant of Board Matters Pty Ltd, since April 2009, a governance advisory and development consultancy assisting boards and governing bodies of companies,
organisations and enterprises across Australia and is a Solicitor of associated governance legal advice service, Board Matters Legal.
Prior to her role at Board Matters, Sonya worked at DLA Phillips Fox in various capacities from December 1998 to September 2008. Sonya was admitted as a solicitor in 2006.
Sonya provided commercially relevant advice at the planning stage for corporate and trust structures and has provided advice on taxation arrangements. Sonya also has
corporate and commercial experience in contract negotiation and company sales and acquisitions.