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Jody Broun

Chief Executive & Executive Director

Jody Broun joined as Chief Executive of the Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) in November 2018.

Previously Jody held various senior positions in the government and not for profit sector including: Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment WA; Director General Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW; and, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People.

Jody has been responsible for delivery of community and state wide policy and programs, developing and contributing to national policy reforms, and negotiating national and state government agreements.

Before joining AHO Jody was Director of NSW and ACT for Australian Red Cross for four and a half years. During this time Jody implemented strategies and delivered a range of programs to strengthen social participation for vulnerable individuals, families and communities

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Gregory Davison

Director, Housing Client Services

Gregory Davison is the Director of Housing and Client Services for the Aboriginal Housing Office and is first and foremost a Wiradjuri man who originates from Cowra New South Wales. Throughout his 25 plus year career Greg has dedicated his time to improving Aboriginal community outcomes through the development, implementation of evidence based policies and programs in areas such as education, employment, health, custodial and criminal justice and child protection just to list a few. More recently he was the Director of the Oorala Education Centre at the University of New England where Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student success in the higher education was his primary focus. Also he held a key role where he contributed to addressing the chronic health care, drug and alcohol as well as mental health needs of Aboriginal people who come in contact with the NSW Custodial system.

“I believe that the quality of housing, education and health outcomes experienced by our people is closely linked to the overall community wellbeing and that we all need to continually work towards creating stronger communities”

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Marjorie Anderson

Director, Sector Investment and Development

Marjorie is an Aboriginal woman born and raised in Redfern in the inner city. Marjorie has been active in the community most of her life, growing up in Redfern in the 70’s she was able to watch the birth of Aboriginal health, housing, media and legal services. She had the opportunity to watch and learn from many Aboriginal leaders of the 70’s. Marjorie was Chair of Koori Radio (Gadigal Information Services) which was based in Redfern for five years. Marjorie has been extremely lucky to have been surrounded by inspirational artistic and clever Aboriginal people who have gone on to become business owners, authors, poets, actors, musicians, producers and directors and they are making their mark on the world stage. Marjorie has broad experience and has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Works and Services, the Olympic Coordination Authority, Juvenile Justice, Tourism NSW, the Department of Trade and Investment, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and The NSW Aboriginal Housing Office.

Marjorie joined the AHO in 2015 and has had many roles in the organisation, even managing a regional office at one stage. Her person vision is;

When I leave the AHO I want to leave behind an Aboriginal Housing Sector who provide best practice, culturally appropriate housing services to strong sustainable Aboriginal communities.

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Simon Newport

Director, Strategic Finance & Asset Management

Simon Newport is a highly talented and experienced senior executive finance professional with significant expertise across the construction, infrastructure and development industries spanning over 20 years.

Simon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has demonstrated success within the private and public sector with specialist expertise in strategic financial and general leadership, contract and client negotiation, financial analysis and change management, Simon joined FACS in early 2013 as Director of Finance – AHO, working with the Executive Team, FACS and Treasury to provide strategic and operational support to deliver accountability and transparency to the AHO.

Simon is thrilled that he will be continuing the journey with the AHO. He is committed to the vision and reform strategy to further improve the lives of their stakeholders – the Aboriginal Tenants.

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Nattlie Smith

Director, Policy and Evidence

Natt is a proud Wiradjuri woman and joined the AHO in July 2019. She has over 20 years of experience in both government and non-government policy and operational roles across many human service areas including Aboriginal health, Aboriginal Home Care Service, education, disability, aged care, carers, child protection, out of home care, employment, housing, commissioning and Aboriginal co-design projects.

Natt led the Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership (AEBP) Project for Their Futures Matter (a NSW cross-government agency reform unit) from initiation to it winning the 2019 Indigenous Evaluation Award for Excellence from the Australian Evaluation Society. This project supported a number of local Aboriginal organisations across NSW to embed outcomes data collection mechanisms with a cultural lens to evidence the outcomes they were achieving with Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities.

Natt is committed to making a positive difference through culturally appropriate policy development, service design and program implementation and the importance of Aboriginal people having a voice in how we do this.

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Robert Macfarlane

Director, Strategic Support

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.

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