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.
Business Development and Partnerships Manager
Serap Ozdemir has a passion for social justice, supporting and advocating for marginalised individuals and communities for many years in the not for profit and private sector. Having worked in a diverse range of roles in the community services sector she has a track record of building and developing programs to deliver services for disadvantaged communities in metropolitan and regional areas.
In her role at Hope Street, Serap is able to utilise her entrepreneurial capability, business development, along with service delivery, community and partnership development, research and management of innovative services.