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).
General Manager, Client Services
Peter has extensive experience in leading business transformation and client service delivery across a number of industries including Financial Services, Technology, Media, Telecommunications & Real Estate. Peter joins Wentworth after eight years with Westpac, where he developed a strong commercial acumen. Peter is a firm believer in creating a client-centric culture which looks to embrace change and new ways of working. Innovative thinking, quality relationships and leading digital capability are the key factors Peter focuses on in order to deliver service excellence.
Peter holds a Masters of Business Administration (Executive) and a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology).
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.
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.
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.
Steven has extensive experience in finance operational management and system implementations from a variety of roles over the last 25 years primarily in the banking and finance, manufacturing and aged care sectors. In his most recent role as Finance Manager at WentWest Limited, Steven was responsible for the operational finance function and assisted in the transition from a Medicare Local to a Primary Health Network provider.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is CPA-qualified.
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).
Divisional Manager, Housing Services*
Clive has enjoyed an extensive career in social housing, working in the sector for over 30 years in government and non-government roles in Australia and the UK. He has undertaken a wide variety of positions including managing client service delivery, assisting tenants and applicants, being responsible for business planning, performance management and strategic policy. Clive also has considerable experience managing and delivering affordable housing.
Clive started at Wentworth in August 2017 and is focussed on delivering high quality services and building positive relationships with individuals, communities, partner organisations and business partners.
Clive holds a degree in Housing Administration and is a graduate of the Public Sector Management Program.
*This role was temporarily filled during 2016–17 by Jenny Raft, Melissah Feeney and Brett Louatt.
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 and an Advanced Diploma in Risk, Governance & Compliance.
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.
Divisional Manager, Community Service
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.
Senior Development Manager, Housing Solutions and Development
Matt has 15 years experience in the property industry, including roles in property advisory, acquisitions and development. Prior to joining Wentworth, he worked as a Development Manager, responsible for large master planned residential communities across various locations in NSW, including a 3,000 plus lot residential development in North West Sydney. Matt was responsible for the planning and delivery of large master planned residential communities across various areas in NSW.
Matt’s objective is to increase the supply of social and affordable housing across Western Sydney. Taking a commercial focus, Matt is responsible for creating a strong pipeline of development projects that will result in Wentworth building a significant portfolio of social and affordable properties.
Matt has a Bachelor in Building Construction Management and also a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW.
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.