Habitat for Humanity Victoria is an Incorporated Association and a Public Benevolent Institution dedicated to providing decent and affordable shelter and housing for all those in need.
We are committed to working to eliminate inadequate and poverty housing. It is an Income Tax Exempt Charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient. It is also a Charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.
No fees are paid to those serving as Directors. However, reasonable expenses incurred by Directors during the course of their role on our Board can be reimbursed. Every effort is made to keep all costs within reasonable and modest budgets.
The Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operation and management of the Association as delegated by the Board. The Executive Director meets regularly with staff to develop policies, monitor strategies and issues and the Association’s performance. The Executive Director also has oversight of the home building activities of our Chapters and the selection of our Partner families.
The Board makes decisions that are critical to the ongoing success of Habitat for Humanity, Victoria; including setting the Association’s strategic direction and establishing its policies. The Board is also responsible for:
Endorsing the selection of Partner families;
Approval of land purchases and budgets for Home Building projects; and
Monitoring the performance of the organisation’s activities and overseeing its financial position.
Meet the Board
Robert W. McLauchlan - Chairman
Robert was the proprietor of McLauchlan & Associates, Building Design Consultants for 30 years. He has a Certificate of Architectural Draftsmanship and a member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria; a body of which he was a past Committee Member and President for 4 years. He continues as a Board Member of the Building Designers Association of Australia.
Robert has been a Judge of the Housing Awards of the Master Builders’ Association of Victoria, is a member of the CEO Institute and Committee Member and President of the Blackburn Tennis Club.
Recipient of the Habitat for Humanity Australia Board Meritorious Service Award.
Philip Curtis - Executive Director
Philip worked as a lawyer in private practise between 1982 and 2009. He was Principal with Moores in Box Hill for 17 years and a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited specialist in Commercial Litigation for 14 years. He was also an accredited Mediator. Philip commenced his role with Habitat for Humanity in January 2010. He also serves as a Director and Board Chairman of Baptcare Affordable Housing Ltd. He is also involved in the Croydon Hills Baptist Church with a strong history of involvement in local community activities. He is a member of the ACID. He served as Director with Baptcare Ltd for 12 years; the last four as Chairman.
Philip is passionate about issues of justice and believes that the cycle of poverty can be broken and families can be given real hope for the future through initiatives such as the Habitat for Humanity affordable housing program.
Alan Harman - Director/Treasurer
Alan is the Client Director for Private Clients at Pitcher Partners, a firm he has been with for 19 years. With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, and a Chartered Accountant.
In addition to his day-to-day role, Alan demonstrates his commitment to community service as a member of the Executive Committee of the New Community Ringwood (Church), a role that he has fulfilled for the last 7 years; and as a member of the Management Committee of the NCR Bargain Browser operation, an affordable and recycled clothing store. Alan was Chair of this Committee for its first 4 years.
Ross Kemp - Director
Ross has over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial manager in ASX listed companies, using his BComm, MBA, FCA, and FCIS to effect in the areas of Corporate Development, Management and Budget Reporting, Capital Expenditure, Treasury, Tax, and Company Secretariat.
Ross has more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including being a Director of Baptcare Ltd between 2003 and 2013 (the final 3 years as Treasurer). He is currently a Director of Habitat for Humanity Australia Ltd.
Graeme Sinclair - Director
Graeme was with the Myer Family Group for a total of 36 years, including 13 as CEO. Graeme has a BComm and is a FAICD, putting these qualifications and memberships to use across 40 years’ of financial and investment management services.
Graeme has been involved in a range of other professional, community and philanthropic organisations, is a former Chairman of Australian Geographic Retail, and is a former Director of Mirrabooka Investments Ltd, Peet Ltd and a former Trustee of the William Buckland Foundation.
Recipient of the Habitat for Humanity Australia Board Meritorious Service Award.
Anthony Lennon - Director
Anthony Lennon joined Peet Ltd ,an ASX listed national residential property developer in 1991 and joined the Board of Directors in 1996.
Prior to becoming a non executive Director with Peet Ltd in 2015,Mr Lennon had a number of executive roles with Peet including establishing their operations in Australia’s eastern states and oversaw significant expansion.His responsibilities with Peet have included project management,broadacre acquisitions, marketing and financing.
Prior to joining Peet, Mr Lennon spent 3 years working in the United Kingdom with major international construction company,John Laing PLC. He is a former Victorian Board member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and Chairman of one of Western Australia’s largest conveyancing businesses.
Ben Juchno - Director
Ben Juchno is the founding director of Eastwide Industries and Co-Director of Tricommercial. As both a qualified builder and Plumber, he has had many successes in business and charitable endeavours alike.
Since October 2018, Ben has sat on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Victoria as the registered builder. Ben has been in involved in HFHV on and off for the past nine years.
Ben and his wife Stef have five young children, and enjoy family life living in the outer eastern suburbs. He enjoys spending time with family and friends in the outdoors. Hobbies include motor-sports, camping and fishing.
Through Habitat he hopes to contribute to positive change for upcoming generations.
Sam Hannah-Rankin - Director
Sam Hannah-Rankin is the acting Executive Director for Public Sector Reform at the Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria. Sam has over twenty year’s experience as a senior executive in operational, management and corporate development roles in Australia Post, Bendigo Bank and Fairfax Digital. She has also worked with public and private sector businesses as a management consultant, commencing with McKinsey & Company and working across a range of other consultancies including her own business.
Sam has completed the Company Directors Program at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, currently serves on the Community Sector Banking SIDA Grants Committee and has been a volunteer Director for the Biometrics Institute and the Victorian Women’s Housing Group.
Natalie Elliott - Director
Natalie’s career has spanned across senior roles in public health, finance and philanthropy. She has specialised in the advice, development and implementation of philanthropic strategies and practice models for some of the largest private philanthropists in Australia.
This has resulted in the effective distribution of more than $500m AUD over the past 10 years. The impact of this work is now evident across the Philanthropy landscape in Australia.
In her current role Natalie works exclusively for the Cooper Family Office, spanning private investment, philanthropy and social enterprise activities. She serves as the Chair of the 16th Street Foundation. Natalie is also an advocate for reform in the mental health care system, in which too many Australians do not have access to appropriate care and treatment.