Please see below our board member details.
You can also contact the board via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB: this e-mail address is specifically for matters that are not able to be referred directly to Metro staff/management. Please note that e-mails will only be checked on a weekly basis.
For any urgent matters that need to go to the Metro Housing Board of Directors please contact reception and they will forward on any request to the Chairperson.
Rick has a background in education, working for 35 years in the NSW Public Education system, as a Teacher and School Principal. He has worked in Preschool, Primary, High School, Special Education and Adult Education areas. During this time he has seen how education can have a positive impact and change young people’s lives, and the importance that housing has on stability and growth in their lives and the future. Rick has also been a strong advocate for young people in care, and also works with young people coming into contact with the juvenile justice system.
Susan has lived and worked in the Marrickville area since 1987. She has many years experience in the housing sector with a particular focus on community housing, co-operatives and supported accommodation – particularly in working with young people aged 16-25.
Susan has served as a Director on the MACH and Metro Boards for over a decade and has held the positions of Secretary and Deputy Chairperson during that time. Her focus over the next twelve months will be on developing and improving our support partnerships.
David Abelló has been a Director of Metro since 2008. He has a Social Sciences degree and a background in social policy research with a focus on mental health, disability support, and accommodation partnerships. He has over three decades of experience in the governance of membership-based disability employment, disability advocacy and youth housing organisations.
Melinda has twenty years’ experience in various executive positions, holding senior HR leadership roles within the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), News Limited, Tabcorp Holdings, Jupiter’s Ltd and various State and Federal public organisations.
A thought-provoking and proactive HR practitioner who prides herself in asking the tough questions and challenging the status quo. Mel’s approach is innovative and pragmatic, recognising the imperative of demonstrating ROI and commerciality in all HR activities. Having thrived in some very tough environments, Mel has had to hone her influencing skills and creativity to a level that gets the attention of HR sceptics and prompts not only their action but advocacy.
Mel also holds office on several Boards that span a variety of industries.
Her qualifications include a BA of Science, Masters Human Resources, Masters Industrial Relations, and an MBA.
Mel is committed to playing her part in the development of Metro Housing and its relevance in providing affordable accommodation options for those who need it most.
Eanna has a long history of voluntary service and involvement in community development and social justice issues. He has previous experience on boards, including a statutory local government body responsible for public education. He recently co-founded a self-help film co-op in Marrickville and works in the area of media access for people with disabilities. Eanna was recently admitted as a solicitor to practice law in NSW.
Malcolm grew up in Ashfield so is familiar with the inner west area where the majority of Metro properties are located.
After leaving school he worked as a horticulturist, until health problems took him out of the workforce. “In 1998 Resamen Men’s Housing provided me with stable housing and in 2006 I joined the Resamen board. This was shortly before the amalgamation with MACH and in early 2007 I was accepted as a Metro Board member.”
Malcolm’s board experience is fairly recent but he brings enthusiasm and a strong commitment to representing tenants. Malcolm sees his major contribution to the board as the Metro tenants’ representative on the Tenant Network Association.
Maria’s experience extends in the private and public sector in various financial, audit and corporate governance leadership roles including Blacktown City Council, Rail Corp and NSW State and Regional Development.
In the public and not-for-profit sectors, Maria's driving focus is the Return on Stakeholder investment to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and economy is achieved with finite resources that are available.
Maria previously served as a Director on the Better Foundation Board, a flagship charity vehicle established for the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance), Master of Business and professional membership with the ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants).
Shaun has been working within health projects in Australia and the Asia Pacific for over 24 years. He has been involved with over 35 hospital and research projects since 1994. In his role as a project leader Shaun has played a major role in the development of master plans, concept designs, detailed design documentation, construction documentation, project briefing data and tender assessment for both public and private sector clients.
In contrast to Shaun’s health experience, over the last 35 years Shaun has been heavily involved in multiple facets of the Arts space. Providing advice, technical support and services for exhibitions, broadcasts and live performance. His experience extends across multiple disciplines for both temporary and permanent installations, including designs for exhibition and performance spaces, film, theatre and extensive work with the Sydney Festival.