Our Board of Directors

BHC was incorporated in 2002 as an Australian Public Company limited by shares. The Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council are ordinary shareholders of the company and an array of other commercial and not-for-profit organisations play a role as community shareholders in BHC.

As a social business with Public Benevolent Institution and Deductible Gift Recipient status, BHC is focused on assisting low-income households in Queensland to access quality affordable housing.

BHC operates a Group Structure with all property development undertaken through a wholly owned, non-charitable subsidiary, BHC Development Services. The BHC Group is audited by Grant Thornton.

The group also has a wholly owned charitable subsidiary Catalyst Affordable Housing with the scope to operate Australia wide. Catalyst currently operates in Gladstone under the trading name of Gladstone Housing Company.

The Board of BHC comprises an experienced Independent Chair and Directors representing our Ordinary Shareholders (the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council) as well as Directors appointed by our Community Shareholders.

Directors on the BHC Board have a broad range of expertise including legal, property finance, architecture, accounting and community housing.

Our Board of Directors

Eloise Atkinson - Independent Chair

Eloise is an architect with over 20 years experience in the design of public and
affordable housing and has worked with clients in the Queensland Government,
community organisations and private developers.

Eloise is the Independent chair of BHC, contributing to the sector through research and advocacy and is a Churchill Fellow. In her role as Director of design practice Deicke Richards, she also has design expertise in aged care and education projects.

Eloise is committed to working with clients who might not otherwise access professional design advice.

John Gallimore

A long-time Partner in a leading law firm, John is now a Consultant to that firm and remains a Board Member of Multicap, a disability services provider.

He is a former Board Member of Queensland Sudden Infant Death Research Foundation and has had various roles in the Anglican Church in Brisbane. John is a State Government appointed Director of BHC and is a member of both the Property and the Audit & Risk Committees.

Stuart Gregory

With over 30 years’ experience in professional services as both a Finance Director and Chief Executive, Stuart has a wide array of skills in Finance, Administration and Business Management.

Stuart is the Brisbane City Council appointed Director and has been a member of the BHC Board since 2005.  Stuart is the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Julie Heckenberg

Julie holds over 25 years’ experience in leadership and organisational development, and education and training at both enterprise and Government levels. Julie has successfully translated her skills to the community sector through her work as Founder and Interim Board Member of Under 1 Roof.

Under 1 Roof has gained recognition as an exemplar of cooperation and collaboration, demonstrating real outcomes for people with complex needs. Julie is the Chair of the Tenancy Management Committee and a member of the Catalyst Board.

Geoff Woolcock

Geoff Woolcock is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Institute for Resilient Regions, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University and QUT. Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation. He has 30 years community-based research experience nationally and internationally, in the housing, youth and health sectors.

As well as being a member of the Tenancy Management Committee, Geoff is a board director of the Australian National Development Index (ANDI) and the Logan Child-Friendly Community Charitable Trust overseeing the high-profile collective impact initiative, Logan Together.

Les Jones

Les is a retired Grant Thornton Partner with a wide involvement in not for profit organisations. During his time at Grant Thornton Les headed up Assurance Service and was the Office Managing Partner for five years.

Les has been a Director of various not for profit organisations and has also contributed to the Professional Education program for The Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Les is currently the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a property professional and Managing Director of Kelen Property. She was previously Chief Executive Officer for the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation where she was responsible for the property development and investment strategy for that business, which spans across various real estate sectors. Her property experience across both public and private sectors has been built following an early career in finance and business management roles.

Kirsty has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Property Economics with a Development Major. She is a member of BHC’s Property Committee and is also a member of the Queensland Divisional Council of the Property Council of Australia.

Stacey Ross

Stacey is a Director and CEO of The Centre For Women & Co. specialising in domestic and family violence and women’s wellbeing services. With over 19 years’ experience in the community sector Stacey is passionate about community development at a grassroots level, she leads with integrity and has an endless desire to empower others to reach their full potential. Stacey is a State Government appointed Director and is a member of the Tenancy Management Committee.