Our Executive Team

Simon Newport

Chief Executive (Acting)

Simon Newport is an experienced senior property and finance executive with expertise across the construction, infrastructure and development industries spanning over 30 years in the private and public sector.  

Simon holds qualifications in building and construction, finance, project management and post graduate studies in leadership and management from Harvard Business School.  Simon has led the dual AHO directorate of Property and Finance since 2015 which is responsible for new build construction, housing portfolio strategy, repairs and upgrades, quality, safety, procurement and finance.  

Simon and his team have delivered significant innovations including better designs, enhanced inclusions such as air conditioning and solar panels, and improved build quality of our new homes whilst also reducing the cost.  He is committed to the vision of AHO and works hard each day to further improve the lives of our stakeholders – the Aboriginal Tenants.

Simon Newport

Famey Williams

Director Housing Client Services

Famey is a Githabul woman (her Mother’s Country) with links to Gomeroi country through her father. She comes to us from a recent stint as adviser to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and has previously worked in the housing sector in a variety of roles. With over 17 years’ experience working with Aboriginal communities across Government and non-profit sectors, Famey states that her community and culture serve as her barometer in all her roles and she is looking forward to utilising that passion in her role here with the AHO.

Famey is also a keen volunteer, and has held a number of board and advisory roles over the years within Aboriginal community organisations.

   Famey Williams

Robert Macfarlane

Director, Sector Investment

Robert is a Wiradjuri man with strong ties to Darlington Point and Griffith NSW. Raised in Western Sydney Rob went on to start his career in the area of Aboriginal Employment and Training.

Rob has held numerous director, board and advisory roles in the government, consulting, advisory, technology and start-up space and has extensive experience in the areas of Aboriginal employment, Aboriginal cultural heritage, cultural land management and Aboriginal housing.

Rob has worked in leadership across both public and private sectors focused on aligning strategy, systems, structure and skills concurrently to ensure effective translation of strategy into execution, this includes the delivery of state and enterprise wide reforms, organisational development, company growth, scalability and sale.

Robert Macfarlane

Loshana Karthikeya

Director Property and Finance (Acting)

Loshana Karthikeya is a long serving staff member of the AHO (11 years) and brings expertise across the finance and accounting industries with many years of experience in both the private (banking) and public sector.  

Loshana holds qualifications in chartered accounting, business and project management as well as a graduate diploma in applied finance and investments. Loshana has also worked for DPE Finance which gives her a broad depth of experience over the entire division of planning and environment. 

Loshana has led the Finance team for over six years and has delivered exceptional results. Her team is highly regarded in the public service and has assisted in gaining significant extra funding for the AHO. This has resulted in increased housing, maintenance and solar/air conditioning for Aboriginal tenants. 

Loshana is a passion advocate for improving the lives of our tenants at the Aboriginal Housing Office. Loshana feels she is greatly privileged to work for an organisation whose aim is to change people’s lives for the better. 

Loshana Karthikeya

Deslin Foster

Director, Policy and Evidence (Acting)

Deslin Foster is an experienced senior manager, bringing over 20 years of expertise in workforce development, strategic planning and human services.  Deslin has qualifications in business, mental health and project management, and has worked across corporate, not for profit and government sectors. 

Deslin started her career at ANZ Bank, working in project and risk management, before delivering ANZ’s nationally successful Aboriginal Employment program.   Since being seconded to Reconciliation Australia in 2004 Deslin has continued to work alongside Aboriginal people and communities leading initiatives to address social injustice and supporting communities to achieve their goals. 

Deslin stated her ambition for the AHO Policy and Evidence Division is to provide a clear evidence base to underpin AHO’s work and inform future investment, and to lead strategic policy discussions with AHO stakeholders, collaboratively designing policies and ensuring their application delivers positive outcomes for Aboriginal people, communities and organisations.   
 

Deslin Foster

Brandon Etto

Director, Strategic Support (Acting)

Brandon Etto is a Darug/Gomeroi man born in South West Sydney raised and educated on Wiradjuri land and Dharawal country.

With over ten years in the NSW Public Service, Brandon is a motivated, results-oriented leader with a proven track record in driving strategic and operational success, implementing innovative support solutions and possesses a naturally consultative management style in strategic business planning, operational activity, high-level negotiation, stakeholder and vendor management.

Brandon's professional experience includes Legal Services, Employment, Housing, Health, Mental Health, Education, Ministerial Affairs and has strong international relationships with First Nations Peoples around the world through his work with the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Having devoted his professional career to the betterment of Aboriginal people Brandon is committed to the continuation and strengthening of Community and Culture.

Brandon Etto
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We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work and pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present.

Apology to the Stolen Generations