Executive General Manager Housing
Believe Housing Australia
Health Aged Care and Seniors Living
Associate and Access Consultant
Morris Goding Access Consulting
Social Ventures Australia
Founder and Principal
SDA Services CEO
Michelle Gegenhuber Michelle is a passionate, strategic and future-focused leader.
As the Executive General Manager of Believe Housing Australia, a leading social and affordable housing provider, Michelle has achieved a clear business strategy, strong culture and tailored systems which have led to significant organisational growth. She is a dedicated and strong advocate promoting evidence-led systemic reforms for those most vulnerable in our community. Michelle has demonstrated experience across the not-for-profit, private and government sectors. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, business development, property development, asset management and planning policy. Michelle is the Vice Chair of national community housing representative body, PowerHousing Australia.
She has a Bachelor of Business and an MBA, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Laila is the National Director of the Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living team. She specialises in providing valuation and property advice.
Over the course of her career, Laila has worked across a range of asset classes including residential, commercial and industrial properties. In her current role, Laila undertakes valuations and advises clients in relation to medical, retirement, aged care and disability assets including going concern and freehold valuations on existing and proposed projects. Laila specialises in the valuation of large portfolios for financial reporting purposes together with providing extensive market, demographic studies, acquisition and divestment advice.
Laila has been working in the property sector since 1997 providing a range of valuation services in both the residential and commercial sectors and also spent five years managing and operating her own real estate practice.
Alison is a highly accomplished general manager with multi-disciplinary commercial experience on a national scale. Her professional services are now focused as a strategic advisor in the areas of advisory, acquisition/disposal, and influence in the areas of SDA and housing affordability areas.
This includes working collaboratively with the property development industry, finance industry , disability sector and public policy advisors
Tony Rutherford is a Partner in the Projects and Infrastructure Group at Holding Redlich, a large commercial firm.
He has advised financiers, governments, developers, sponsors and contractors on large and complex infrastructure and housing projects in Australia, Asia, The US, the Middle East and Africa. His recent projects include the New Footscray Hospital PPP and the Victorian Public Housing Renewal Program PPP
John is a current board member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA). Specialising in complex projects such as redesign of David Jones Sydney – a 90-year-old building, Queensland’s biggest ever project, Queens Wharf and Access policy for UTS.
Processing a high volume of SDA dwellings covering all four categories in houses, villas, group homes and apartments. John’s affinity with precision and honouring of the requirement to regard the ‘participant as paramount’ ensures a smooth process and appreciative clients and builders.
Anna is a Principal in the SVA Consulting team, with deep passion and experience in supporting people and communities to thrive. Anna has 15+ years’ experience in supporting organisations to define and measure their impact, and consider future strategic directions for programs and policies.
She also has the privilege of leading a coalition of individuals and organisations across the sector to develop and implement the Disability Housing Outcomes Framework.
Prior to joining SVA, Anna spent over a decade in the for-purpose sector, including with grassroots, national and international NGOs, governments, and the United Nations.
Anna is former Chair of the NSW SIMNA branch. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours), a Master of International and Community Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact, as well as tertiary qualifications in participatory project management.
Greg has been devotedly involved in the SDA space since its inception in 2017 and is focused entirely upon assisting NDIS Participants on their SDA journeys, particularly on SDA approvals. Greg has a unique combination of industry expertise, having also previously developed over 200 dwellings designed for people with disabilities, and lived experience, being co-carer for his severely disabled adult daughter.
David Watson is the director of Archr Design and a Registered Architect, Access Consultant, SDA Assessor and Developer with a vested interest in developing residential designs that promote liveability and accessibility. Throughout his life he’s witnessed his sister, born with Spina Bifida and a full-time wheelchair user, struggle due to simple ‘industry standard’ construction methods that limit her access and manoeuvrability. His passion for disability sensitive design originates from the frustration of realising the lack of housing that can cater for someone with a physical disability. His unique life experience and skillsets has given him a broad knowledge with understanding industry best practice when it comes to SDA.