The Service Development Committee is a standing Committee of the Board and it oversees and coordinates planning and actions to promote and develop the organisation in accordance with the Hope Street Strategic Plan and the Service Development Action Plan. It also supports and oversees the planning and actions of the Corporate Committee.
Director and Chair of Committee
As a great supporter of the terrific work of Hope Street I am honoured to be able to contribute to the Board and this Committee.
I have worked in the areas of homelessness support and housing services for over 20 years, including youth services.
Currently I work in the area of women’s health and wellbeing which focusses on reducing inequalities and improving the health outcomes for women, including the prevention of violence against women and children.
I believe the shortage of affordable accommodation is one of the most serious social issues facing Australia. Young people are particularly disadvantaged. Through my involvement in Hope Street, I feel like I am making a small contribution to helping to turn this situation around.
Chief Executive Officer
Donna Bennett has in excess of 25 years experience managing and delivering transitional, outreach and crisis accommodation services to young people including families and she has made a significant contribution in the Homelessness Sector via capacity building, community development and systems development.
Donna has established leadership and strategic development skills and has been CEO of Hope Street since 2000.
Service Development Manager
Bruce Tucker joined Hope Street in June 2016 with over 25 years of experience working at various community based organisations that worked in the homelessness, out-of-home care and youth justice sectors. Bruce developed a passion for seeing something done to address the issues of youth homelessness after the release of the Burdekin Report — 'Our Homeless Children' in 1989.
Bruce has worked in coordinating a regional collective of youth housing workers and agencies, managing a young men’s emergency shelter, and has also been a state representative on a national youth homelessness peak body.