Board & Executive

Board of Directors

Allan McGill AM

Allan McGill AM

Chair

Allan’s career has spanned 40 years of local government employment.  He has spent the last 28 years as a CEO or in senior management positions, most recently as the Chief Executive of the Northern Territory Department of Local Government.  
  
Allan’s skills and experience in governance, leadership and corporate development are particularly well-suited to managing projects, navigating intergovernmental relations and organizational capacity-building.  He has developed extensive professional networks and possesses strong links with the Indigenous community and a thorough understanding of Aboriginal culture and service delivery in remote regions.

Patrick Bellot

Patrick Bellot

Deputy Chair

A born and bred local, Patrick has held a number of senior commercial roles across both the facility management and property development industry in the NT & WA developing extensive experience within the sector over his 18 year career. More recently he has been involved in the management of a number of major property development projects as part of his present role at Darwin International Airport by way Osgood South Commercial, Entertainment Precinct Expansion, and a modern childcare facility.

Along with a genuine passion for both property and the Territory, Patrick is also involved with numerous key industry bodies, most notably as an executive member of the Property Council (NT Division).

Fran Kilgariff AM

Fran Kilgariff AM

Director

Fran was born in Alice Springs and educated there and in Adelaide. Her family came to the Territory in the 1920s and family members have been involved in Territory community, political and economic  life since then. Fran has had various careers, as a radiographer, high school teacher, local government practitioner, including an 8 year term as Mayor of Alice Springs, a senior Northern Territory Government executive and her current role as a General Manager in an NGO focussed on remote Australia. 

She understands and strongly supports the contribution affordable housing can make to the development of the Northern Territory and to the quality of life of many Territorians.

Patricia (Trish) Angus PSM

Patricia (Trish) Angus PSM

Director

Trish is a Jawoyn woman from Katherine. She held senior executive public sector positions in the human services areas of health, housing, local government and community services for more than 20 years. Trish has experience of working in the Australian Defence Force and community controlled organisations, and extensive governance experience, including board and committee memberships across a range of sectors. She is a director of CareFlight and Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, a Tourism NT.

Commissioner and member of the Northern Territory Heritage Council.

Clare Milikins

Clare Milikins

Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Clare is a CPA and governance professional who was born and raised in Darwin. She has held executive positions in the public sector, establishing effective organisational systems and leading reform agendas. Clare runs a consultancy and advisory practice providing services to small and medium enterprises on governance and financial management. She has widely diversified skills in the public sector and private.

A graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, Clare is Deputy Chair of Jacana Energy and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. Clare has held several voluntary directorships and is also Chair of the Wagait Shire Audit Committee. In the past she has held senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Government with the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts as well as roles in Treasury and the Department of Transport and Works.

Clare is a Fellow of CPA Australia, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Management. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Graham Symons

Graham Symons

Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Graham grew up in the Northern Territory and has lived on remote communities and in Darwin.

He has extensive experience as a board director, particularly in the not-for-profit and public sectors.

Graham held a number of senior positions in the NTPS including: Commissioner for Public Employment; Chief Executive Department of Business & Employment; Chief Executive Department of Corporate & Information Services; Chief Executive Territory Housing; Deputy Chief Executive Department of the Chief Minister; Deputy Under-Treasurer; and Deputy CE Department of Health. He now operates his own business, Mindil Consulting.

He has tertiary qualifications in Science, Social Administration and Business and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Robert Stribling

Robert Stribling

Director

Robert is an experienced corporate lawyer having worked at an executive level as General Counsel/Head of Legal for many years in an in-house capacity in the energy sector in Australia and internationally.  He has significant experience in corporate law, senior management, advising boards, compliance, corporate governance and stakeholder collaboration, and extensive exposure to the resources and energy industry, the environment and water resources. 

Robert currently sits on a number of Boards in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on the environment and indigenous communities, and continues to work in the corporate and government sectors in an advisory capacity.

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Roland Chin

Roland Chin

Chair

Mr Roland Chin was invited by the Board to join the Audit and Risk Committee on 28 March 2019 and was appointed as Chair on 27 May 2020.  As a proud 3rd generation born Territorian, Roland has spent his entire professional life as an accountant and business advisor in public practice based in Darwin.  He was a former Partner of KPMG Darwin office until his retirement in December 2018 and he continues as a consultant for KPMG and other businesses.

Mr Chin’s experience and corporate experience gained over the past 38 year as an accountant in public practice to a diverse client base, as well as serving on Boards of other significant organisations, has enabled him to bring his in depth knowledge to the Audit and Risk Committee. 

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, Fellow of CPA Australia, Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute, Registered Tax Agent, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce.

Executive Team

Karen Walsh

Karen Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

Karen’s career spans over 30 years in the UK and Australia in Government, corporate sector and non-government agencies, including disability and child protection in the UK, almost 9 years in a leading Tier 1 community housing organisation in NSW and 14 years in the NSW State Government and NT Governments in senior and executive roles in Aboriginal, public and community housing. Roles include leading policy, programs, strategy and reform; strategic partnerships and planning; strategic commissioning, contracting and regulation; asset and portfolio planning and delivery, urban renewal and place making; business development and improvement; and service and program innovation, design and evaluation.

As General Manager at SGCH (7 years) Karen led the successful delivery of the organisation’s housing operations, new business initiatives and growth strategy.  Karen has a strong track record of bringing together social purpose with commercial discipline to achieve effective results for the organisation, for clients and for tenants, and has been instrumental in leading major reform and growth initiatives in the community housing sector.

Prior to moving to the Territory in 2019 Karen was the CEO of Shelter NSW, the housing peak advocacy body. Karen’s NT Government roles include Executive Director, Housing Programs, as well as Acting Deputy CEO Housing, Local Government and Community Development. These roles led housing and homelessness programs delivery and service development, urban housing planning and delivery, as well as community housing and program reforms. Karen was also appointed to the role of Registrar of Community Housing NT in June 2020.

Karen is passionate about social justice and addressing social and economic disadvantage through innovation, collaboration and partnerships which include all levels of Government, the private and not for profit sectors, and genuine engagement with the community and tenants.

Karen is from a large family and spent all of her childhood and teenage years living in a large public housing estate in the UK, and is a strong advocate for safe, secure public/community and affordable housing being a critical foundation to enable people to thrive and achieve their aspirations.

Karen qualified as a social worker in 1991 in the UK, and in Australia gained two Masters Degrees - Social Policy (2001) and an Executive Masters, Public Administration – with Merit (2007) ANZSOG, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an Honorary Associate of the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance. Karen has served as a non-executive Director of many not-for profit Boards, including national peak and industry bodies and community housing providers.

Helen Stuart

Helen Stuart

Chief Financial Officer | Company Secretary

Joining Venture Housing Company Ltd in March 2016 in the role of Finance Manager, Helen is responsible for delivery of finance services such as accounting, treasury, reporting, budgeting, insurance management and audit in accordance with legislative requirements and organisational policies and strategies. More specifically, this role requires a strong focus on financial management of property assets including modelling and analysis of developments, acquisitions and disposals and contract service monitoring.

Helen has a broad range of experience and has held senior roles in private and public sector organisations in the Northern Territory. Helen’s experience spans a variety of industries including Hospitality, Gas Supply and Infrastructure Management, Utilities and Medical Research.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Accounting, Professional Membership CPA Australia.