The Board of Access Housing Australia is committed to the highest standards in corporate governance. The board of directors operates under the constitution of the company and ASIC requirements under the Corporations Act (CW), 2001. Skilled and experienced directors are strategically selected to provide high level oversight for a company with an increasing asset base and property development activities. Ongoing professional development practices are in place to ensure our directors are able to govern appropriately and effectively.
The Honourable Antoinette Kennedy – Patron
The Honourable Antoinette Kennedy was the first and longest serving woman judge in Western Australia, serving for 25 years. She was appointed as Chief Judge of the District Court for 6 years; the first woman head of a jurisdiction in Western Australia and only the third in Australia. She was made Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) and was elected to the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.
She was a member of Murdoch Senate for six years, founding member of the Women Lawyers of Western Australia, member of the Chief Justice’s Gender Bias Taskforce and a mentor in the Law Society mentoring program for young lawyers.
Antoinette is outspoken on issues of social justice and has a keen interest in the provision of affordable housing.
David Lantzke – Chairperson
David Lantzke is the General Manager of Ardross Group of Companies; a family owned diversified property and land development group. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of Leadership Western Australia, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and has extensive experience in infrastructure planning, project facilitation, asset management, town planning, land and property development. David is a WA State Government Ministerial appointee to the Board of the Wheatbelt Development Commission.
The Honourable James (Jim) McGinty AM – Deputy Chairperson
The Honourable Jim McGinty AM joined the Access Housing board after a decorated career in the Western Australian Parliament including as Attorney-General and Minister for Housing, Health, Services, Construction, Heritage, Justice, Legal Affairs, Electoral Affairs, Peel, South West and Environment at different times during his 18 years as Member for Fremantle until his retirement from politics in 2008. During this time he also held a range of Shadow portfolios while in Opposition, including as Leader of the Opposition.
In addition to his directorship with Access Housing, Jim also sits on the boards of the Telethon Kids Institute, Brightwater Group Inc and is a volunteer with Fremantle Sea Rescue.
Debra Bakker – Director
A highly credentialed and experienced resources-industry banking and corporate finance professional, Debra Bakker is the Western Australian representative of global physical precious metals merchant Auramet Trading LLC.
Debra has extensive experience as a banking financier and deal maker in the resources industries in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Americas. She has a deep and broad understanding of most aspects of the resources industry and services to industry in Australia and globally thanks to her time spent in Sydney, London, Chicago, New York and Perth structuring and executing corporate finance transactions.
Debra’s financial acumen includes corporate advisory, negotiation, cross-border, JVs and partnerships and project finance.
Geoff Lotter – Director
Geoff Lotter is a partner at EY with more than 30 years experience auditing medium to large corporate entities. A Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor, Geoff manages a large portfolio of clients, providing a full assurance offering across the real estate, construction and hospitality sectors. He has a particular focus on the emerging and owner managed private companies, and audits a number of non-for-profit entities.
Geoff has provided audit and accounting advice on a number of property related transactions, predominately in the retail and hospitality sectors. In addition to audits, Geoff’s expertise includes investigations, due diligence and independent accountant reports. Prior to joining EY, Perth in 1999, Geoff spent 17 years with KPMG South Africa. Geoff is also a Director of the Cycling Development Foundation.
Malcolm O’Dell – Director
Malcolm O’Dell is the Principal Lawyer at the not-for-profit Central Desert Native Title Services Ltd, where he provides advice, representation and legal expertise on a range of matters relating to native title, land use and corporate governance. He has a comprehensive understanding of the housing and broader social issues faced by many indigenous Western Australians and is strongly committed to providing sustainable solutions to address those issues.
Chris Parkinson – Director
Chris Parkinson is Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of PDC Group, an engineering design, steel detailing and building information modelling business with operations in Australia, the Philippines and the USA. Chris has previously been the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of an Australian Securities Exchange listed mineral exploration company and a partner with a global accounting and advisory firm. Chris is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Matt Raison – Director
Matt Raison is a qualified Civil and Structural Engineer with 15 years experience in property and project management.
Matt has worked for Peet on various master planned projects and Mirvac, responsible for land subdivision projects and head of New Business. Matt oversaw the acquisition and project establishment of a wide range of broad acre, integrated housing, luxury apartments, mixed use and tourism projects. Matt played a key role in the establishment of Mirvac’s first residential development fund in Western Australia.
In 2007 Matt established Generation Projects, a boutique project management and property development consultancy, involved in a wide range of residential, commercial, mixed use, retail and industrial projects. In 2012 Generation Projects joined with Modus Project Management to form GMPM Consulting, one of Perth’s leading project managers in the property development industry, its key projects include Signature Circle, the Beaconsfield Regeneration Project and the Sage Hotel West Perth.
Rebecca Strom – Director
Rebecca Strom is currently a partner at law firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where she has worked for over 14 years. Rebecca’s area of focus is commercial property and infrastructure, specialising in complex sales and acquisitions, major leasing, and project structuring and delivery. Rebecca’s current clients include Woolworths, BP, Australia Post and Mirvac. Rebecca is a member of the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Development Institute of Australia, the Law Society of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is also a keen sportsperson, having previously participated in netball, athletics, basketball and touch football at representative levels, representing Australia in Indoor Netball for over 10 years and captaining her team to a World Cup victory.
Rebecca Tomkinson – Director
Rebecca Tomkinson is MercyCare’s Executive Director of Aged Care Services.
Rebecca has a diverse professional experience that includes government relations, strategic policy development, social advocacy and stakeholder management together with delivering key business growth initiatives in the government and non-government sectors.
Prior to joining MercyCare, Ms Tomkinson was the Chief Operating Officer for a large not-for-profit organisation, was Director of Government Relations for UnitingCare Australia and worked within Parliament House in Canberra as a Policy Advisor and Whips Clerk.
Ms Tomkinson is a fellow of Leadership WA and has more than 15 years’ experience working with private companies and national and local government organisations providing strategic planning advice, managing business development initiatives and building communication and marketing strategies.