Wentworth Community Housing
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Executive Leadership Team

Stephen McIntyre

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has over 20 years of leadership experience in senior executive roles across planning, housing, roads, transport and the Sydney Olympics. He is strongly committed to social justice and in particular to providing opportunities for people to improve their lives. He also has a keen interest in the future growth and shape of western Sydney, and is passionate about creating organisations that are great places to work.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Diploma of Environmental Studies and Diploma of Management, and has completed the Company Directors Course. He is a Member of both the Australasian Housing Institute and Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Coralie Kelly 

General Manager, Client Services

Coralie commenced her career as a Town Planner in Newcastle then worked in the Hunter New England as the Community Housing Initiatives Manager when the then Department of Housing was developing community based housing. A move to the UK involved working for The Housing Corporation that was responsible for managing the needs based funding of newbuild and rehabilitation projects for Housing Associations. A career shift to Manchester Airport first as a construction project manager then an executive career in corporate and commercial strategy followed.

With an MBA from Manchester Business School, Coralie has joined Wentworth Community Housing as the Interim General Manager Client Services and hopes to assist Wentworth to build on its capability in preparation for the next phase of its mission.

Denise Hartman

Executive Manager, People and Culture

Denise has worked in Human Resources for the last 20 years, primarily for financial services institutions including Westpac (Institutional Banking) and Rothschild Australia. Prior to joining Wentworth Denise held the role of Human Resources/ Learning and Development Manager for BNP Paribas, where she worked for 10 years.Denise is passionate about supporting staff to be able to do their jobs effectively. She has a particular interest in performance planning and management, organisational development, leadership and management development and career planning. While doing her own career planning, she made a conscious decision to move into the Community Housing sector, and is delighted to be working for Wentworth.

Denise holds a Diploma of Teaching in Adult Education, a Masters in Training and Development, and accreditation in a variety of Human Resources and Learning and Development tools.

Tony Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Tony has had over 30 years in leadership positions and has held senior management roles in the financial services, energy, local government and not-for profit sectors. He has extensive experience in positioning organisations to be financially sustainable and adaptive in meeting opportunities for growth and efficiency.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Business (Major – Accounting. Sub-Major – Law) and a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management.

He is a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, Governance Institute of Australia and Financial Institute of Australasia as well as a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tony believes that enhancing client outcomes is central in achieving organisational success and sustainability.


Other Senior Leadership members

Eva Gerencer

Manager, Communications & Projects

Passionate about driving results for communities through collaboration, partnerships and relationships, Eva has worked for over 25 years in the community services industry covering a wide range of areas including communications, advocacy, social research and project management.

She has led the rebrand of several community organisations and has extensive experience in event management. At Wentworth she is responsible for our brand and communications strategy as well as managing our cross-sector collaboration to end homelessness in the region, Heading Home.

Eva has a Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and is completing a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research.

Jenny Ranft

Divisional Manager, Community Services

Jenny has led teams and managed programs to deliver prevention, early intervention and intensive support services to people in Western Sydney from within government and non-government organisations for over 30 years.

Jenny is a relational contract manager who harnesses potential across partnerships to deliver the best possible support to people.

Qualifications in Social Work, a Masters of Applied Science (Social Ecology) and continuing education in strategic leadership and contract management inform Jenny’s commitment and practice to end homelessness.

Tabarah Hotchkis

Divisional Manager, Housing Services

Tabarah began her social housing career at Family and Community Services over 25 years ago and has held roles in housing services and project management for renewal and community improvement projects across Greater Western Sydney. With a background in customer service and business improvement, asset management and community regeneration, Tabarah has extensive expertise in forming partnerships with government and non-government agencies.

She has gained strong insights about the sector from working on the frontline and since joining Wentworth has a proven record of building and managing teams to enhance the client experience and organisational capabilities.

She has a Bachelor degree in Applied Management (BAppMan), Advanced Diploma of Management and Diploma of Project Management.


Dragan Velkovski

Divisional Manager, Asset Services

Dragan has extensive experience in property development, residential construction and facilities management across the public, private and NGO sectors. Dragan has sought to utilise his previous experience as a contract administrator, quantity surveyor and construction manager to contribute to working towards achieving social outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged in Sydney. Dragan is driven by an ambition and drive to deliver innovative, efficient and quality customer service to maximise prospective yield towards local and statement government social agendas, specifically around asset management.

Dragan holds a Diploma of Construction and a Certificate IV in Frontline Management.

Heather Chaffey

Sustainable Communities Manager

Driven to walk alongside communities and challenge systemic disadvantage, Heather has over 15 years’ experience in the community, health and Local Government sectors, particularly in Western Sydney. She has developed a keen focus on place-based disadvantage, innovation and leadership.

Heather is well known for her leadership in the community engagement work of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, Penrith City Council. 

Heather is developing the Sustainable Communities Program for Wentworth Community Housing, seeking to innovate as well as produce quality outcomes for all clients of Wentworth in their social and cultural, financial, and environmental wellbeing. 

She holds a Bachelor of Social Science with Charles Sturt University (CSU), a Post Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is a graduate of Sydney Leadership 2016, an adaptive leadership development program of Social Leadership Australia (SLA).  

Kugan Thiru

Finance Manager

Kugan has had over 20 years finance operational management and leadership experience in the Not for Profit and private sectors, including Citi, JP Morgan, Société Générale and VISA.


Kugan’s expertise includes the ability to bring business and finance perspectives together, enabling high quality support and optimal outcomes. He is adept in company due diligence processes, business continuity management, business transformation and re-engineering at an overall organisational level.


Kugan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Commerce (MCom – Major; Professional Accounting) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Major - Accounting). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA), Institute of Cost Accountants (FCMA), and Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA) and Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (MCSI).


David Parrish

Compliance & Risk Manager

David brings extensive experience in risk, governance, compliance, audit and operational management across various industries including Banking & Finance and Transport Logistics. His most recent role was as National Compliance Manager for a national cash logistics business where he was responsible for ensuring the regulatory compliance of the business through the completion of an internal audit program.

David holds a Diploma in Banking & Finance, an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, an International Certificate of Risk Management, an Advanced Diploma in Risk, Governance & Compliance and a Graduate Certificate of Business.

Jason Press

IT Manager

Jason joined Wentworth in August 2017. He’ has over 12 years of leadership experience in IT service management roles across outsourcing, government, banking, internet service provider and telecommunications industries. He is strongly committed to implementing IT strategies and providing an efficient platform to allow people to work more effectively.

Jason is currently completing a Master of IT Management. He is a Member of both the Australian IT Industry and IT Service Management Forums.





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