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Directors

Horizon Housing is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, whom are are collectively nominated by the Shareholders.

Our current Directors are as follows:

Chairperson - Anthony (Nino) Di Marco

Nino is the previous Chief Executive Officer of Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld Section) and has over 25 years’ experience in management, business and finance. He has held senior executive leadership positions in a range of areas including the health, property, finance and business sectors, and extensive experience in working with State and Federal Governments.

Nino holds an Economics Degree from the University of New England and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nino is also a Board member of a Brisbane based Medicare Local. Nino is also a member of Horizon Housing Company’s Finance, Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee and Performance, Nominations and Governance Committees.

Director - Alison Kimber

Alison is a qualified actuary and senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in the finance, government and not-for-profit sectors where she has successfully led major reform.

After graduating with first class honours in applied mathematics, her early career was in the banking and life insurance industries, with a focus on corporate planning, risk management and international capital raising.

Subsequently Alison joined the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance, the Office of Government Enterprises and Cabinet Office. Amongst the projects she led were a study to consider the possible sale of the WorkCover Corporation (now ReturnToWorkSA), the corporatisation of ForestrySA and the establishment of a drug rehabilitation facility on the APY Lands.

In 2009 Alison joined Housing SA to lead the coordination of their $434 million Nation Building and Economic Stimulus (Housing) Program. Alison later led reform of the not-for-profit community sector in South Australia for Housing SA and Renewal SA.

In 2016 Alison founded her consultancy firm, ak advisory, which provides expert advice on strategy and planning, commercial direction, governance, change leadership and risk management. 

Alison is a member of the Horizon Housing Finance, Audit, Risk Management & Compliance Committee and the Performance, Nominations & Governance Committee. Alison is also a member of the SA/NT Council for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chair, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden and a member of the Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre Authority and the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee.

Director - Joe Duskovic

Joe is the current Corporate Secretary and Legal Services Manager for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. Joe has over 20 years’ experience in the legal profession, and has worked for national, mid-tier and small law firms in roles including senior associate positions. Prior to his role with St Vincent de Paul, Joe was in-house General Counsel and Company Secretary for Honeycombes Property Group. Joe’s legal expertise includes commercial real estate transactions, residential real estate development, construction litigation, joint venture projects and commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Joe has a bachelor of Laws from Bond University, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Joe is also a member of Horizon Housing Company’s Performance, Nominations and Governance Committee.

Director - Sonya Beyers

Sonya Beyers is a well-reputed Governance Consultant and Advisor, providing client-focused, high quality governance advisory and education services. As Director of Governance by Design, Sonya collaborates with diverse organisations including but not limited to, government-owned corporations, statutory bodies, professional bodies, public companies limited by shares/guarantee, charities, private companies, and trusts.

Outside of client-specific engagements, Sonya brings her wealth of experience as a consultant, solicitor and practising director to apply a personal approach to facilitation in her role as an accredited course facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  

In addition to her directorships within the Horizon Housing corporate group and member of Horizons Finance, Audit, Risk Management & Compliance Committee, Sonya is a director of BUSS(Q) Building Super, The Forde Foundation and is also a Committee Member of the Queensland Law Society Not-For-Profit Committee.

Sonya holds a Bachelor of Laws, and is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland, and the High Court of Australia.  Sonya is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Queensland Law Society.

Director - Jeff Forbes

Jeff has over 35 years’ experience as a finance manager, including over 16 years as the CFO of both listed and unlisted companies and is an experienced company director.

In March 2013 Jeff retired from Cardno Limited, an ASX200 listed global infrastructure services company, where he was CFO, Company Secretary and an Executive Director.

Prior to joining Cardno Jeff worked in the mining and resources sector for over 30 years and has significant experience in the financing and development of resource projects in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Jeff returned to Cardno in 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.  Additionally Jeff is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of PWR Holdings Limited and Chairman of the Board of Herron Todd White (Australia) Pty Ltd and Herron Todd White (Consolidated) Pty Ltd and a member of the Financial Audit Risk Committee. He is also Non-executive Director and Chair of Horizon Housing Company’s Finance, Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Director - Steve Bevington

Steve Bevington has been involved in the development and management of affordable and community housing for over 30 years including development of cooperative housing in London, chairmanship of London Borough of Camden Council Housing Authority, Housing Cooperative Programs- Victorian Ministry of Housing & Construction in the 1980s, Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd Group of Companies (CHL) since 1994 to the present day which develops, designs, constructs and manages community housing.

Steve Bevington is one of Australia’s leading experts on housing affordability. He is a registered builder and holds a Diploma of Senior Management from Melbourne Business School. He is on the board of Community Housing Industry Association, Australia’s peak body for community housing and is a key contributor to policy advocacy influencing government housing policies and initiatives. 

Director - Fionn Skiotis

Fionn has over 30 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in areas including corporate governance and management, social housing, disability, social policy, mental health, advocacy and human rights. He has been a CHL Non-Executive Director since 2001 and Chair of the CHL Group since January 2013.

In April 2009 Fionn was appointed Executive Director of International Social Service (ISS) Australia, a member of the global ISS network based in Geneva and spanning over 130 countries worldwide.

From 2001-09 Fionn worked in the international human rights field in a range of roles. Before 2001, Fionn worked in the social and community services sector in Australia, with a particular focus on social housing, disability, advocacy and community development. From 1997-2000 he was the CEO of a significant Victorian social housing provider.

Fionn has extensive governance experience in the non-government sector, serving as a Director on a wide range of not-for-profit Boards since the 1980s. He has also been appointed to several statutory roles, currently serving as a Community Member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal.

 

Director - Lance Stone

Lance is the Managing Director of a group of organisations, Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Services Inc (TESS), Maisie Kaufmann Learning Centre Inc, Coral Sea Training, Fraser Coast Palliative Care and Active Plus Health Services.

He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committees for both Wide Bay Water Corporation and Community Housing Ltd.

Since 2004 Lance has forged strategic partnerships between organisations on the Fraser Coast and across Wide Bay, including but not limited to, the Fraser Coast Regional Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, North Burnett and Gympie Councils, State Government Members and Ministers and Federal Government Ministers.