Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of members from the community who have an interest in youth homelessness and oversee the Governance and Strategic Development of Hope Street.

The Board is the ultimate authority being legally, financially and ethically accountable for the performance of the entire organisation in achieving its stated purpose. Its role is to govern and it may delegate authority to the CEO to manage the day to day operation of the organisation.

Board members meet once every month for approximately 2 hours.

Board Director

Andrew Nette

Consultant in community services; Extensive research and policy experience in housing and homelessness services; Foundation member of the Company

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.

Board Director

Jo Connellan

BEng (Civil), Grad Dip Urban Planning, EWS, Grad Municipal Engineering, Master of Environmental Science; Foundation member of the Company

Role: To support the Board members in the achievement of robust and transparent governance as well as the strategic vision and priorities of Hope Street.

Hope Street is well named - it provides hope and opportunities to young people in difficult times. As someone who has been actively involved in the Brunswick community for almost 25 years, I am very pleased to be involved with this Board and to make a small contribution to the terrific work that is being done.

Board Director

Vivienne Archdall

Master of Education and Training, Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Human Relations, BA, Dip Ed; Foundation member of the Company

Role: To contribute to the governance of the organisation and provide knowledge and skills particularly in the area of education and training to the benefit of staff and young people.

I am a long term local resident of the City of Moreland and first knew about Hope Street when I worked in Moreland. I was impressed with the strong reputation of Hope Street in responding to young people who experience homeless. Years later I was interested in contributing to my local community and immediately thought of Hope Street. I know Hope Street cares deeply for children and young people. Hope Street is a well organised organisation that lives and breathes its Mission.

Board Director

Peter Barns-Jenkins

Information Technology consultant specialising in Financial Systems, Project Management and Governance

Role: To support the Executive Leadership Team in the area of financial management and contribute to the overall governance of the organisation.

Having been a resident of the area for 30 years I have been aware of Hope Street and the valuable work being undertaken. The growth in the organisation over the last few years has been impressive and I am pleased to be part of this organisation.

Board Director

Judith Cooke
Director and Chair of Risk Management and Compliance Committee

MBus, BA, Dip Ed; Equity/human rights professional in universities since 1995;
Foundation member of the Company

Role: To develop and ensure strong governance systems and practices and to support the vision and strategic development of Hope Street.

I believe that Hope Street is doing a fantastic job for young people and their families. I want to be part of expanding and improving our services and those of the homelessness systems for young people everywhere.

Board Director

Helen Riseborough
Director and Chair of Service Development Committee and Corporate Committee

BSocWk, Master of Social Policy; 35 years experience in health and community services sector;
Foundation member of the Company

Role: To support the implementation of the Hope Street Strategic Plan, strong governance within a continual improvement framework.

As a great supporter of the terrific work of Hope Street I am honoured to be able to contribute to the Board and these Committees.

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.

Board Director

Nicholas Tseros

Profile coming soon.

How can I join the Board?

To ensure a strong, functioning Board we seek people, who are not current Hope Street clients, with experience or involvement in:

  • Issues of social justice;
  • A community organisation, agency, service and club;
  • Young people;
  • Legal/accounting;
  • Fundraising

No formal qualifications are required however an interest in youth homelessness is essential. Please contact us for further information.


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