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Media Release: Board Transition & Management Update

Summer Housing is at the forefront of providing quality housing that ensures independent living for people living with disability. We have developed over 300 new apartments throughout Australia with a further 144 in the pipeline to accommodate more than 450 people living with disabilities. Summer Housing has contributed to ensuring Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a sustainable sector. To do this, Summer Housing has been at the forefront of partnering with investors to develop quality, independent living accommodation.

After five years as Chair of the Summer Housing Board, Simon McKeon AO has stepped down, and Chris Leptos AO has been elected Chair with the full support of Simon and the Board of Directors.

Simon McKeon has led the Board through an extraordinary period of growth and success since taking on the role of Chair in 2017 and we are grateful for his significant contribution to the organisation and to the sector. Chris Leptos brings a wealth of corporate, not for profit and government experience to his role as Chair of the Board of Summer Housing.

Meredith Beattie and Trevor Danos AM have also stepped down from the Board of Directors after making outstanding contributions. We particularly thank Trevor for his leadership of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee over the last four and a half years.

The Summer Housing Board comprises Professor Rosemary Calder AM, Wendy Brooks, Robert Pradolin, John McLeod, Dr Di Winkler AM and Chris Leptos AO and is currently recruiting Director candidates who will support Summer Housing through its next phase of growth.

We thank Simon, Trevor and Meredith for their service and wish them every future success.

Over the last ten months, Melinda van der Westhuizen has commenced a strategic review of the organisation as CEO at Summer Housing, working with the Board and Executive to help pave the way for a stronger and more sustainable organisation.

As we embark on the next stage of organisational maturity Melinda has decided to move into a new strategic advisory role, working alongside an Interim CEO, to help drive the implementation of recommendations arising from the review. As such, Tim Scott has been appointed Interim CEO of Summer Housing, effective the 16th September, 2022. Tim is moving into the Interim role from his General Manager Development position at Summer Housing and has previously held COO and leadership roles in the health sector.

The Board thanks Melinda for her service and will soon commence the recruitment of a permanent CEO for Summer Housing.

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