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).
Executive Manager, Housing Solutions and Development
Jitender has over 30 years of experience in a range of asset management roles both in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining Wentworth, he was responsible for managing Community Housing (FACS) asset portfolio and asset system, including portfolio supply and realignment, asset management planning, standards formulation, asset strategies, contracts, quality assurance and major asset improvement initiatives. In Australia, Jitender has worked in various roles in the private, government and NGO sectors since 1992. Jitender is passionate about his work in the asset management and program delivery areas and continues his professional journey of working in the social housing sector by supporting innovative models of housing solutions for clients most in need.
He has tertiary qualifications in Public Administration, Building and Civil Engineering.
Chief Financial Officer
Melinda brings extensive experience in finance operational management and systems implementations from a variety of finance roles over the last 25 years primarily in the IT and not-for-profit sectors. In her most recent role as Finance Manager at Northcott, Melinda was involved in the transformation of the back office functions to support the transition to National Disability Insurance Scheme funding. Prior to this she was the Finance Director at the McGrath Foundation.
Melinda is passionate about adding value in the not-for-profit sector and supporting her team to be successful. She holds a Master of Commerce and is CPA-qualified.
Executive Manager, Communications
Prior to joining Wentworth, Melissa was Chief of Staff to the Assistant Minister to the Australian Treasurer, whose portfolio included social impact investing and affordable housing.
At the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney she was the founding director of W21, the 21st century global women’s initiative which launched as an official event of the G20 to progress issues of women's economic empowerment, gender equality and leadership.
Melissa’s background includes leading the corporate communications function of organisations across external and internal communications, events and marketing, and she has led public affairs initiatives for multinational companies including Travelex and American Express, where she ran the global campaign for the first euro transaction in the world.
Her first career role out of university was with the then Minister for Sport and Tourism Jackie Kelly, followed by Prime Minister John Howard.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
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.
Divisional Manager, Community Services
Person centred service is at the heart of Jenny’s work to strengthen families and individuals and to build community.
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.
‘We can imagine a different community and create one – we are in the social change business’.