Our Board

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

AntoinetteThe Honourable Antoinette Kennedy was the first woman and longest serving 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 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 graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the Board of the Wheatbelt Development Commission.

The Honourable James (Jim) McGinty AM – Deputy Chairperson

Jim McGintyThe 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

Debra Bakker

A highly credentialed and experienced resources-industry corporate finance professional, Ms Bakker is the Western Australian representative of global physical precious metals merchant Auramet Trading LLC and is a Non-Executive Director for Independence Group Ltd (ASX:IGO).

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 LotterGeoff 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.

Rebecca Strom – Director

Rebecca StromRebecca Strom has over 15 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry on the east and west coasts of Australia, including as a partner at law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Rebecca’s primary focus is complex sales and acquisitions, major landlord and tenant leasing, and project structuring and delivery, having worked with clients such as Frasers Property Australia, Woolworths, BP, Mirvac and Bankwest. Rebecca is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the Executive Finance and Property committee of the Western Australian Planning Commission. 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.

Wendy Rokich – Director

Wendy is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a 20 years’ experienced Human Resources professional.

She has diverse executive experience across a number of industries including mining resources, infrastructure, and energy and not for profit healthcare.

Her current role is General Manager People and Culture at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western operations. Prior to joining RFDS WO Wendy spent 5 years at Horizon Power as the Manager Human Resources and subsequently as a member of the Executive team leading the development of a consumer energy products strategy.

Wendy has significant experience in strategy development, business transformation and deep technical expertise in all aspects of the human resources function including organisation design and culture.