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 second month for approximately 2 hours.

Board Director

Andrew Nette

Joined Hope Street in 2012; Founding member of the Board; Extensive research and policy experience in housing and homelessness services

Role: To ensure the governance of the organisation is effective and robust and that the organisation is meeting its strategic plan and making the most of opportunities for expansion.

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

Judith Cooke
Secretary and Chair of Risk Management and Compliance Committee

Joined Hope Street in 2007; Founding member of the Board; MBus, BA, Dip Ed; Equity/human rights professional in universities since 1995

Role: To develop and ensure strong governance systems and practices and to support the vision and strategic development of Hope Street, with particular focus on risk management.

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

Peter Barns-Jenkins
Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Joined Board in December 2017; Extensive career in Finance and IT Governance; 30-year local community resident; Continuing involvement with local community organisations and social activism

Role: To ensure financial management and reporting excellence for Hope Street.

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

Jo Connellan

Joined Hope Street in 2013; Founding member of the Board; B Eng (Civil), Grad Dip, Urban Planning, EWS, Grad Municipal Engineering, Master Environmental Science

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

Riley Ellard

Joined Hope Street in 2020; BA, LL.B, LL.M; Human rights, justice and social policy professional

Role: To support the governance of the organisation through evidence-based decision making and a focus on the needs, goals and experiences of young people.

There is strong evidence that without access to safe, stable housing, young people are less able to engage with education, employment, health services and therapeutic supports. Housing is crucial to enabling young people to get their lives on track and thrive. I’m excited to be on the Board of Directors and to be part of the Millennial Advisory Group, highlighting Hope Street’s work supporting young people in times of crisis and working with them to achieve sustainable housing solutions.

Board Director

Kat George
Director and Chair of Millennial Advisory Group

Joined Hope Street in 2019; BA Arts (Media & Communications), LL.B, LL.M; Human rights and consumer policy professional

Role: To support the governance of the organisation and help it to meet sustainable long term strategic goals.

I am a passionate advocate for human rights. Hope Street's work with young people facing hardship is invaluable and inspiring. I am excited to support this work, and strive towards a future where everyone has equal opportunity, including a roof over their head.

Board Director

Anthony Goldsworthy

Joined Hope Street in 2020; BComm (Finance & Accounting), Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CFO Advisory & Assurance Director

Role: To utilise my expertise in continual improvement of financial governance and to assist the drive of sound commercial outcomes supporting the strategic direction of Hope Street.

Being raised in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, the Hope Street mission to empower young people in the Western and Northern Suburbs to overcome disadvantage really resonates with me. Being able to contribute to the organisation through membership on the Board, Finance Committee and Millennial Advisory Group is a privilege.

Board Director

Helen Riseborough
Director and Chair of Business Development and Partnerships Committee and Corporate Committee

Joined Hope Street in 2012; Founding member of the Board; BSocWk, Master of Social Policy; 35 years of experience in health and community service sector

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

Hope Street plays a crucial and unique role in the lives of young people who are experiencing homelessness. I have over 30 years’ experience working in the areas of homelessness support and housing services, including youth services, community health and local government, and it is a privilege to assist this organisation achieve its objectives in my role on the Board and two committees.

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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