The Access Housing Australia Executive Team is committed to the delivery of the organisation’s shared purpose. With a depth of industry experience and diversity of commercial skills, the team provides effective and dynamic leadership in fulfilling the company’s role as an innovative provider of affordable, accessible and sustainable housing in Western Australia.
Garry Ellender, Chief Executive Officer
Garry brings to his leadership role at Access Housing over 20 years’ of senior management experience and a clear vision of commercially sustainable business models for community housing.
As a skilled program manager and a strategic business planner, Garry’s early career at the WA Department of Housing’s Community Housing and Aboriginal Housing Directorates was characterised by his ability to convert long-term strategic vision into workable programs with deliverable outcomes. In 2006-07 Garry led the state government’s strategic review of community housing in Western Australia which culminated in a $210 million budget increase. Garry was subsequently appointed to implement the integrated strategy to reform policy, establish a regulation system and grow the commercial viability of the not-for-profit community housing sector.
Since joining Access Housing as CEO in March 2010, Garry has diversified the business and evolved its business model to deliver scalable property development growth through partnering and layering in alternative capital to blend with Access Housing’s debt and equity. He has overseen significant increases in the company balance sheet and increased net profit by more than 700%. Housing stock under management has also increased by 250% as at June 2014.
Garry holds an honours degree in Politics from Warwick University, UK, and received in 2007 and 2012 the Australasian Housing Institute awards for Inspirational Colleague and Outstanding Achievement respectively.
Garry is a company Director of PowerHousing Australia Ltd which represents 28 of the largest not for profit affordable housing providers around Australia with $7.0 billion of assets under management. He is also a Director of two Access Housing subsidiary companies – Access Housing Realty Pty Ltd and Access Housing CCIN.
Su Groome, General Manager – Community Housing
Su has more than 20 years’ professional experience as an architect, planner, policy advisor and sustainability strategist working on a diverse portfolio of projects in urban, rural and remote locations across Australasia.
Su has been with Access Housing for more than four years, previously as General Manager – Property Assets, where she drove the development and completion of a range of new homes for Western Australians seeking affordable, sustainable accommodation. As General Manager – Property Assets, Su also oversaw the company’s property maintenance team, which will now transition into the Tenancy Services portfolio.
Prior to moving to WA from Queensland in 2011, Su had been a founding Director of Studio Mango, a Queensland architectural practice; Regional Manager for the Centre for Appropriate Technology; and Senior Consultant and Sustainability Skills Leader with Arup. Su was State Manager for the award winning Fixing Housing for Better Health Program and project architect for a number of sustainable houses and community housing projects. Su has also provided policy level advice to governments regarding planning provisions for affordable housing and housing for vulnerable persons.
Ian Aiyathurai, Chief Financial Officer
Ian’s appointment as Access Housing CFO in April 2013 was pivotal in transforming the financial and corporate services areas of the business, which has provided a solid foundation for the company’s next period of growth.
Ian joined Access Housing with more than 15 years of applied financial experience with General Electric (GE) in the Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Consumer and Industrial and Corporate sectors where he held Director, CFO and other leadership roles with responsibilities across ANZ, Asia Pacific and the US. His achievements with GE included the setting up of business operations and high performance teams in diverse industry sectors.
Ian holds a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas and is a graduate of the prestigious GE Experienced Finance Leadership Program (EFLP). He has also completed US and UK professional accounting qualifications.
Lyn Brun, Director Corporate Services
Lyn undertakes and oversees strategic level and business development research and analysis in order to explore new business opportunities and understand our existing services in more detail. In addition to this, Lyn also manages Access Housing’s Corporate Communications activities and administration, Human Resources and IT teams.
Prior to joining Access Housing in 2013 Lyn held a range of teaching, research, project management and leadership roles across Queensland and Western Australia.
Lyn holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education. Lyn is a member of AICD and member of ACE.