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Bringing Home National Gong


7 April 2017

For Immediate Release


Queensland Property Professional receives prestigious national Women in Leadership Award


The winners of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Awards for Excellence were announced at a celebration at Crown Perth overnight, with Queensland property powerhouse Samantha Evans taking out the esteemed Women in Leadership Award.


As Group Company Secretary and Development Manager at Horizon Housing, Queensland’s leading not-for-profit affordable housing provider, Evans was acknowledged for her 20-year contribution to the urban development industry.


Horizon Housing CEO Jason Cubit said Evans’ national award win was an earned acknowledgement of her fearless commitment to driving essential change within a complex environment.


“Samantha is a respected and highly sought-after property professional who has dedicated her professional life to developing innovative models and solutions to address housing affordability and social disadvantage at a national level,” Mr Cubit said.


“Samantha is a champion of positive change and an inspirational role model at Horizon Housing and within the industry.


“This much-deserved peer acknowledgement is a testament to Samantha’s unrivalled business practice, social justice values and continued excellence in her field.”


Evans said she was proud to be part of a growing, progressive team who made a genuine difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of the community. 


“At Horizon Housing, we believe that every person, despite their personal circumstances, deserves a suitable and safe home,” Evans said.


“Assisting people daily into secure, sustainable housing and seeing them build their skills to enhance their personal and professional capability is inspiring.


“This UDIA Women in Leadership Award is one of my my proudest professional achievement and an acknowledgement for which I am exceptionally grateful.”




About Samantha Evans


A graduate of James Cook University, Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Stanford University Graduate Business School (USA), Evans began her career at the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and has since held a number of coveted positions within the industry including Chief Operations Officer for Brisbane Housing Company Limited, Manager Housing System Initiatives for the Queensland Government, and Head of Research and Innovation for the Housing Corporation – the UK’s former national investor and regulator of housing associations in England.


As Group Company Secretary and Development Manager at Horizon Housing, Samantha’s portfolio spans asset management, tenancy management, property development and government relations. Samantha has a strong interest in developing innovative models and solutions to address housing affordability and social disadvantage, working across the government, business, non-government and corporate sectors to deliver outcomes that are responsive to community need.


Samantha is an active industry and community member, and current Company Secretary for Youngcare Ltd, Director at National Affordable Housing Providers Ltd, and Company Secretary and Compliance Manager for Australian Affordable Housing Securities Ltd.