The Team

Noel Phillips
Chief Finance Officer

Noel has over 30 years of experience in finance, operations and management. Working in the retail and hospitality sectors, he has worked in leading organisations such as Ray’s Outdoors, National Leisure and Gaming Limited and Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.

Fiona Chomley
General Manager Governance & Quality

Fiona has had an extensive career in legal, governance and company secretariat working with both Not-for-Profit and Public sector boards, predominantly in health, disability and insurance. Fiona has held previous roles as Company Secretary of Karingal St Laurence Ltd and Board Secretary of the Transport Accident Commission. She has also served as the pro bono Company Secretary for the Summer Foundation since February 2020.  Prior to moving into the governance field, Fiona worked predominantly in Health and Disability policy, research and provider engagement as well as several years as a solicitor in private practice.

Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Bachelor of Laws and will complete her Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and Risk Management in November 2022.  She is an Associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia. 

Tim Scott
General Manager Property and Development

Angus Stirling
Development Manager

Before joining Summer Housing, Angus worked for Lend Lease  Building working on a range of projects from residential and commercial high-rise projects to award winning public and private health projects and most recently Melbourne Olympic Park.

Housing and its impact personally and socially has always fascinated Angus. As a student he worked in facility management in aged residential care and undertook a social housing research project with the objective to attract teachers into rural Indian villages.

Emily Lam
Customer Experience Administrator

Emily has over 14 years’ experience in administrative roles working across the banking, insurance and hospitality sectors. Emily works to provide administrative support to the broader team and to ensure the seamless operation of the office.

Jessica Basnayake
Finance Manager

Jessica has a passion for numbers and people qualified as a CPA and an MBA. She has commercial and not for profit experience of nearly 30 years working in finance/ management roles in hospitals, aged care, community health, airline and realestate sectors.

Pramit Baweja
Financial Accountant

Pramit is a qualified professional Accountant and Manager with over 10 years’ experience in all accounting, finance and systems functions within the Insurance and Construction industries. Pramit has extensive expertise in process improvement, development and delivering business efficiencies.

Pramit plays the key role in delivering solutions to solve complex problems and implement change which will assist in propelling Summer Housing forward using technology and relationships. Pramit’s responsibilities also include Financial Reporting and operational support to the Finance team.

Bahar Farhang
Accounts Payable Officer

Bahar Farhang is an accountant with over 6 years’ experience. Previously she has worked as an account officer and assistant accountant in the retail and community service sector. She has the passion to use her expertise as the Account Payable Officer to support our team in empowering people with disabilities and bringing them an equal living opportunity. 

Sonia Faiz
Assistant Accountant

Sonia is finance officer with over 10 years’ experience, specialising in AR, AP and NDIS Claims. Her industry experience extends over Manufacturing, Building Consultancy, NFP & NDIA. Sonia works closely with finance team on the reporting of financial information, system improvements and providing business support services to senior management teams and interdepartmental business units. Sonia’s aim is to ensure business is cash flow positive.

Elodie Raveau
Administrative Coordinator

Elodie has 4+ years experience in the Education sector, in Paris and Melbourne. Prior to joining Summer Housing, she has worked as a Student Support & Admin Officer, offering guidance and counselling to students as well as administrative support to her team. Her experience has taught her a lot about connecting with people, by working with students and colleagues from various backgrounds. 

Karen MacKenzie
Property Manager

Karen has a background in tenancy and property management, specifically within SDA. Karen believes in establishing strong connections and open communication with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition for our tenants. Karen has a working knowledge of SDA and is passionate about providing tenants with a positive housing experience.

Meg Riordan
Regional Operations Manager – VIC, ACT and WA

Meg has worked with children and adults with multiple and complex disability in direct support and support coordination roles. As a support coordinator, Meg had a special interest in working with participants in the NDIS who required support to be discharged from hospital. Meg has a strong background in accessible communication. Prior to working in the disability sector Meg was a professional writer in the education sector.

Hanna Carpenter
Tenancy Support Officer – QLD

Hanna has a background in disability employment and a passion for working with people to achieve their goals. Hanna has an understanding in responding and working collaboratively with various stakeholders in projects to ensure smooth transitions. She also has experience in the NDIS space with engagement and enquiries for Support Coordination.

Hannah Pennington
Tenancy Support Manager – VIC

Hannah has a lived experience of disability and has worked in the disability sector for 5+ years. Prior to joining Summer Housing, Hannah worked as a Support Coordinator working with children and adults with complex disabilities and as a Customer Engagement Facilitator, creating a space for adults living with disability to provide feedback relating to service delivery.

Most of Hannah’s work involved developing frameworks for participants requiring supported decision making, and the development of care teams. Hannah continues to work towards ensuring people living with disability are provided with the same opportunities as able-bodied people.

Connie Williams
Tenancy Support Officer – VIC

Connie has a background in administration and customer service, across various industries. Currently, they attend university alongside their role at Summer Housing, as they are keen to gain the necessary experience, skills, and knowledge to make a positive impact within the sector. 

Eryn Mackenzie
Tenancy Support Officer – VIC

Eryn has a background in Administration in the Legal and Property Consultancy industries. She is passionate about helping people navigate through complex systems and delivering practical yet empathetic support. Eryn hopes to establish strong relationships with our tenants and be able to play a positive part in their journeys.

Jennifer Merriman
Tenancy Support Manager & Special Projects – ACT

Jennifer is the Summer Foundation’s Project Coordinator ACT for the Housing Matching team. Located in Canberra, Jennifer is responsible for connecting with organisations, hospitals, individuals and networks to generate interest and applications for properties in her region. Meeting with applicants to understand individual needs is a key part of her role and ensures that people are matched with appropriate properties.

Jennifer’s background as an executive director of a not-for-profit assistive technology provider, and her experience in both the disability sector and private sector provide an excellent springboard for the project coordination and networking aspects of her role. Jennifer thrives on helping clients makes the most of their NDIS packages.

Summah McKinnon
Tenancy Support Manager – NSW

Summah has over 8 years of experience in the community sector, which consists of assisting in raising awareness in youth mental health and has spent multiple years working with a disability organisation. In Summah’s most recent role she has harnessed her customer experience and human centred design skill sets to offer a meaningful platform for persons with disability to explain their experience and insights for service improvement.  

At Summer Housing, Summah offers support and guidance to tenants to ensure that they achieve a smooth transition into their new home.

Jocelyn Bell
Tenancy Support Officer – NSW

Cristina Valente
Tenancy Support Officer – NSW

Cristina’s passion is working with vulnerable people in organisations that aim to make a difference in society. She holds 5 years’ experience in the social services sector with expertise in working with people at risk of homelessness. In such work environment, Cristina had the opportunity to assist people to achieve their independent living goals, offer tenancy facilitation and to develop strong advocacy skills. 

Prior to these experiences, she worked in the Communications sector acting as Public Relations consultant for 15 years.  

Danielle Wakefield
Acting Regional Operations Manager – SA, NSW and QLD

Danielle has over 27 years experience working within the Community services sector – working within the disability and housing sector. She has mostly worked within the NGO space but also in local government as well as within the NDIS, managing local area coordination.

Danielle is very passionate about people and the community services sector with love of providing true person centred practices and support to the people that she works with, to ensure that they are able to achieve their goals to be able to live their best lives.