Chairperson: Mark Spinks
Mark Spinks is a proud NGEMBA man. Mark is current employed by BABANA aboriginal Men’s Group as a Employment/Mentor Coordinator.
Mark has been Chair and Founder of BABANA Aboriginal Men’s Group since its inception in 2005, Chairperson of the Aboriginal Housing Company, Secretary of the Tribal Warrior Association, Director of the Redfern Foundation and Director Bridgeway Barnes Mentoring and Training Company.
What do you contribute to AHC? - I have a strong and unwavering commitment to the AHC's vision of building new Housing for Aboriginal People on Aboriginal Land and securing the future for the next Generation.
Why did you want to become part of AHC? – I have a great desire to support the work of the CEO Michael Mundine who has fought the fight for Aboriginal Housing for 40 years. I wish to assist the AHC by utilising and to provide my experience and networking skills toward that work .
What do you see for the future of AHC? i see a 'New Dawn' beginning with the housing of Aboriginal people on 'their land' and all the benefits and life changing effects such a development will generate.
Secretary: Bruce Gale
Current employment status? Train Guard with RailCorp.
What experiences do you bring to the board? I have been Chair of Parramatta City Council for 13 years and committee member for 17 years I was the Secretary of the Sydney Region Aboriginal Legal service for 10 years. Currently I am the Secretary of Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation, and have been the Secretary of the AHC Board for 6 years. I am also a committee member of RailCorp Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee for 14 years and Chairman for the last 4 years.
What do you contribute to AHC? I bring many years of experience in local government and Aboriginal services to my role as Company Secretary.
Why did you want to become part of AHC? For the betterment of the Aboriginal Housing program at the Block.
What do you see for the future of AHC? I foresee a great future with the development of the Block for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
What other boards are you currently on? Board Secretary Sydney Region Aboriginal Corporation and (IDAS) Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service and Board Secretary Aboriginal Housing
Treasurer: Bernadette Munro
Gulargambone/Coonamble- Wailwan Wiradjuri Nation
Current employment status? I work as a Business Analyst in the finance sector and am currently working with Westpac Banking Corporation.
What experiences do you bring to the board? With a background in operational risk & compliance and many years working in project management my strengths are in organisational development, policy analysis and finance management.
What do you contribute to AHC? I bring my knowledge of the corporate sector to strengthen the governance within the organisation.
Why did you want to become part of AHC? I came to AHC in late 2010 to complete a 4 day volunteer placement via Jawun and was inspired by what the AHC team had achieved over the years and the passion they have for the Pemulwuy redevelopment. I continued to volunteer with the team and learnt so much along the way.
What do you see for the future of AHC? An exciting community housing company, supported by a strong and experienced team that is making positive changes to the community. I am also excited to think about the progress of the Pemulwuy Project and tenants moving back in to The Block.
What other boards are you currently on? Youth Challenge Australia – an Australian based not for profit company engaging youth to volunteer on community development projects overseas and in Australia.
Director: Barbara Kennedy
Which clan are you from? I am a Wiradjuri women who was born in Cowra. I have lived in Sydney most of my adult life.
What do you contribute to AHC? I have been employed with the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern since 1993 as a Mental Health Coordinator. My role also involves dealing with homeless people who find it difficult to secure affordable housing.
Why did you want to become part of AHC? I have been an AHC board member for about 20 Years and have seen a lot of change. I wanted to become a part of the AHC because I felt I could contribute my experience by networking between health and housing. "The Block" holds a special place for me as I have been involved with Redfern for many years.
Experience I can bring to the board? I believe my knowledge and experience with health and homelessness gives me a greater understanding of the difficulties that Aboriginal people deal with on a daily basis, trying to sustain affordable housing while dealing with social and emotional issues. Over the years I have gathered vast experience working within the complexities of all types of housing providers and government agencies.
Director: Alisi Tutuila
Why clan are you from? I am a Worimi woman who was born in Newcastle and have lived in Sydney now for over 14 years.
What do you contribute to AHC? I have been employed in numerous positions within Redfern area, which vary across health, community services and employment and lived in Redfern for over 10 years. My current role is working to address the issues relating to employment and training and to ensure Aboriginal people have equal opportunities with the workforce.
Why did you want to become part of AHC? I have been an active member of the Redfern community for several years and have been part of a lot of significant changes. I wanted to become part of the AHC board because I was inspired by the journey and vision AHC holds for the people of this community. I believe that my skills can be utilised across a range of services and cater to differnet business models.
Experience I can bring to the board? I believe my knowledge and experience with health, community services and employment gives me a greater understanding of social disadvantages Aboriginal poeple deal with. Through my working career I have developed a wealth of knowledge around effective community engagement and dealing with strategies aligning to social inclusion policies. I have built strong networks and partnerships in various area across Indigenous Affairs and believe that this platform of networks can be instrumental in the success of AHC and its journey moving forward.
CEO: Michael Mundine Snr
Baryulgil /Bundjalung Nation
Michael Mundine Snr began his long involvement in the struggle for the betterment of Aboriginal people in Sydney’s Redfern community on the Block in 1975. He has worked for the Aboriginal Housing Company for 38 years and is currently the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Company, a position he has held for over 30 years. Mick’s life ambition is to continue to provide affordable and safe sustainable housing to his people on the Block.
Michael has also been a director of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service and the Aboriginal Children’s Service. In 1990, he helped establish the Redfern Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), of which he is one of its founding directors. In 1994, he also helped resurrect the new Redfern Aboriginal Legal Service as its chairperson.
Michael is also actively involved in many non-Indigenous groups in Redfern. Community Safety Taskforce, and the Redfern Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. He was also a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute 2009.