Board of Directors
An experienced CEO, Managing Director and Non-Executive Director, Samantha (Sam) has worked across sectors including philanthropy, health, disability, corporate finance, professional services, FMCG and not-for-profit both in Australia and the UK.
With significant experience in business strategy and planning, marketing and communications, stakeholder engagement and social and community impact, Sam is the CEO of The John Villiers Trust, a Public Ancillary Fund focusing on the wellbeing and development of children and youth in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
Sam founded and led UK-based, Dabbs PR & Marketing and for 14 years advised clients incl; Ernst Young, HSBC Private Equity, Montagu Private Equity, Clearwater International and NAB (Europe) on corporate transactions at a national and international level. Dabbs PRM was recognised as a top 15 UK adviser and one of Europe’s top 20 on corporate transactions.
Her involvement in the not-for profit sector has spanned over 25 years in Australia and the UK across mental health, disaster relief, disability and cancer research.
David is the Chief Information Officer for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. David has performed executive and information technology focused roles in a number of organisations.
David has significant expertise in business planning, portfolio management and effecting digital transformation. He has experience with information management, business change and technology across industries including construction, healthcare, utilities, mining, defence and justice.
David holds tertiary qualifications in Information Technology and Business Administration. He has completed the Company Directors Course Diploma and has been active in information technology governance and advocacy bodies.
Gillian, through a series of longstanding board appointments has a proven track record of delivering excellence in strategic thinking, financial management and legal knowledge with commercial acumen. With 20 over years’ of non-executive director experience within the private, government and NFP sectors across financial services, regulated infrastructure (airports, ports and rail) and utilities.
As a Partner at law firm MinterEllison for over 20 years, including three years as the first female Chair of the firm, Gillian’s experience includes advising across the entire lifecycle of financings, projects and transactions.
Gillian has been independently recognised with numerous accolades including Queensland Lawyer of the Year (Joint Recipient) in 2012 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. Best Lawyers Australia also lists Gillian for Banking and Finance Law, Project Finance and Development Practice and Structured Finance Law (published in the Australian Financial Review).
Gillian is a director of QIC Limited, Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited and the Queensland Community Foundation and formerly a director of the Queensland Treasury Corporation and DBCT Holdings Pty Ltd.
Eddie Chung is Chairperson of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. As a Partner of the Tax Advisory, Private Clients division of the accounting and business advisory firm, BDO (QLD) Pty Ltd, Eddie specialises in providing business and taxation advisory services to a wide range of clients. These services include traditional compliance work (such as preparation and lodgement of financial statements and taxation returns) and other specialist taxation and business advice on tax planning, business transactions, business and investment structuring and restructuring, acquisitions and mergers, and succession and estate planning. Eddie also acts for clients in relation to taxation audits, objections, and disputes, including the preparation and lodgement of private ruling applications and objections with the Australian Taxation Office.
With over 20 years of experience in the accounting and tax profession, Eddie has an industry specialisation in the property sector, which includes property development and construction, commercial and residential property investment, real estate agency operations, managed property funds and trusts, and other property support services (eg, architects, surveyors, town planners, consulting engineers, etc).
Eddie has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for over a decade and has been a director and treasurer on a number of not-for-profit boards.
Allison Evans is a Director and Treasurer of Bric Housing Board of Directors. Allison brings over 15 years of experience in the both for profit and not for profit sectors. She has extensive experience at budgeting and forecasting as well as having worked in tax and advisory positions (preparation and lodgement of financial accounts and taxation returns). Allison has also been responsible for instigating business efficiencies through the implementation of proper accounting policies and procedures across finance departments and organisations.
Allison is currently a Financial Accountant for a not for profit organisation. In this role she is responsible for the preparation of financial accounts, ensuring that all statutory reporting obligations are adhered to. Allison has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia for almost 10 years.
Hiro brings over 25 years of experience in property market analysis and strategic asset management in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive experience in social housing management including eight years as Executive Director responsible for the management of the state owned 60,000 social housing dwellings in the Department of Housing and Public Works and acting Deputy Director-General in the Department of Communities managing social housing as well as disability services, child safety and other social service based properties.
Hiro’s career experience includes being property market research manager, lecturer in a Masters Degree course in property economics and manager in international class hotels.
Hiro is currently Group Manager, Property in a not-for-profit organisation, and is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the organisation’s property portfolio.
Craig Brennan is the former CEO of Pacific Link – a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider that delivers affordable housing and support services in Northern Sydney, Hunter and Central Coast Regions.
He has an impressive track record as a results-focussed and energetic executive leader as well as substantial involvement within the affordable housing sector. Craig has a commercially focussed skill set and strong leadership skills that complement each other to produce successful outcomes.
Craig’s previous experience also includes senior roles within Defence Housing Australia, the Chief Minister’s Department in the ACT Government, and CEO of Community Housing Canberra.
Craig holds an MBA from the Australian National University and a degree in Communications from the University of Canberra.
Eoin is an internationally experienced executive with a strong finance and commercial background and extensive experience working in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and here in Australia.
He joined Bric Housing as the CFO and General Manager Corporate Services during October 2017, later progressing to the Acting Chief Executive Officer during March 2019.
His most recent role prior to joining Bric was a senior executive role of 9 years within the FMCG industry.
Eoin is a team player and strongly believes in collaboration for the best outcome and enjoys working in an environment where not one person has the right answer all the time.
He has strong leadership and people management skills with a proven ability to recruit, lead, train and develop successful teams to meet and exceed strategic and operational objectives.
Eoin is a strategic thinker with an equally well-developed ability to cultivate and implement commercial and innovative solutions that deliver results.
Jane is an experienced housing professional with policy, regulatory and project experience from management roles within government and housing providers in Queensland and UK.
Clare has over 17 years’ experience working in the housing sector in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in organisations varying from small and large NFPs, a peak-body representative training organisation and Government.
Clare’s experience includes executive management, operational management and business improvement. Clare is a level 3 certified housing professional (Australasian Housing Institute) and holds a professional membership with the Chartered Institute of Housing (UK).