The Board at The Housing Connection

The Housing Connection's Board

Associate Professor David Rosenbaum SFHEA - Chair

PhD; MBA, GAICD, ALFA, Cert IV ( Training & Assessment)

David is an Associate Professor and Deputy Vice President (Academic) / Director Teaching and Learning at King’s Own Institute in Sydney.

He is actively involved in ongoing research with his current focus being the implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on non-profit disability service providers from a change management perspective, having published widely in this area.

Prior to his move to full-time academia, he had been a management consultant for over 10 years focusing on Change Management, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning and Risk Management solely in the non-profit sector. Before applying his skills to management consulting, David worked in senior and executive management positions in a broad range of industries including the private hospital sector; investment banking; funds management; local government; federal government; manufacturing, and high-tech start-ups, as well as public accounting. 

Patricia McKenzie – Secretary

Director of AGL Energy Limited. Former Chair Essential Energy and Director APA

Patricia McKenzie is an experienced Chair and non-executive director in the energy, health, government and not for profit sectors. She was the CEO of Gas Market Company Limited, which introduced competition into the retail gas markets in NSW and the ACT, and prior to that led the AGL Group’s legal department. She is a director of the APA Group, Australia’s leading energy infrastructure group, Chair of Essential Energy, a State owned corporation operating Australia’s largest energy distribution business, and Chair of Healthdirect Australia, a COAG company providing a range of digital health and telehealth services. She was previously Chair of Diabetes Australia.

In the disability sector, Patricia has been Secretary of the NSW Down Syndrome Association, President of the Early Education Clinics, director and Chair of Sunnyfield, and Chair of the Cromehurst Foundation. She was an advocate for women with disabilities on the NSW Premiers Council for Women, a member of the Disability Standards Review Panel, and Executive Director of the 7th World Down Syndrome Congress. Patricia’s daughter Kate is supported in her accommodation and social interactions by The Housing Connection.

Sarah Abood - Treasurer

Sarah Abood is the Chief Operating Officer of HOPE Housing Fund Management. HOPE is a not-for-profit Fund Manager that helps essential workers own their own home, close to their place of work and the communities they serve.

Previously Sarah was Chief Executive Officer of Profile Financial Services, a private financial advice and wealth management firm advising high net worth investors. Prior to that, Sarah led the marketing function at Fidelity Australia, after holding senior leadership roles at Colonial First State, BT, Westpac and Rothschild. Sarah holds a BA from the University of Sydney, an MBA from MGSM, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


David Jarjoura - Director

David Jarjoura has over 25 years of executive and board level experience in the public, commercial and not for profit sectors with particular experience across retail, manufacturing, legal and education industries. David currently runs his own consultancy service and is currently active on several boards in support of service for people with disability, including as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Challenge North Shore and for the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. He also holds Non-Executive roles on the Board of the Combined Dispensaries Friendly Society and Rosebank College.

David is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors Course.

Elizabeth [Libby] Stuart - Director


Libby Stuart is a non-executive director with experience in the education, arts and not for profit sectors. She served on the board of Frensham Schools for 13 years, including 5 years as Chair, and is currently on the board of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

Prior to becoming a non-executive director, Libby practised as a lawyer for 15 years advising corporate clients on a wide range of commercial matters and specialising in intellectual property law. She worked in private practice at Allens in Sydney and Herbert Smith in London and Singapore, and as Assistant General Counsel at Fox Sports in Singapore and George Weston foods in Sydney.

Glenda Hewitt is The Housing Connection's non-executive director

Glenda Hewitt

M.Mgt, B.Ed(St) DipT, JP

Glenda Hewitt is a non-executive director who has worked in services marketing, corporate communications and journalism. She has a board background in industry associations and community groups.

Prior to joining the THC Board, Glenda worked for John Holland, HP and Westpac in addition to undertaking consulting work. Solutions based, she is a champion for community resilience and integrated communities and currently serves on multiple community committees.

Brian Cheney- Director

Brian joined as a Director in February 2020. Brian formally retired in 2016 following a career that started in the energy sector with the predecessors to Energy Australia in accounting and finance roles. This was followed by a role as the Finance Manager for the newly established Pittwater Council in 1992 and then various Director roles in NSW Treasury from 1999 advising on the funding implications for Government reforms and initiatives. Brian’s daughter Kelsey is an NDIS participant and is supported by The Housing Connection. Kelsey is also a Housing Connection employee providing administration support one day per week and leading peer based social and recreational activities in the evenings and weekends.

Mary Ellen Burke – Director

Master of Psychology, Master of Arts ( Special Education), BA ( Hons)

Mary Ellen Burke has been a non-executive Director since October 2016 and is also chair of the support and monitoring sub-committee. Mary Ellen has over 40 years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist in the public sector and as a consultant providing clinical services to support individuals and families, support systems and agencies to effectively address the needs of people with complex needs and challenging behaviours. Mary Ellen has been recognised as a strong advocate for establishing and using effective monitoring practices to ensure outcomes for people with disabilities and carers; has significant experience in supported accommodation and community support services.

Mary Ellen uses her strong foundation in the direct provision of sound individually focussed supports coming from an evidence based approach, to inform her work in review of service provision, quality improvement systems, and staff development and education.

Mary Ellen has been a Professional member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal since 1995.

Louise Cummins - Director

BA,AFAMI CPM, Cert IV (Training&Assessment)

Louise is currently the Marketing and Digital Innovations Director at H&R Block Australia, and has over two decades of experience working across a range of industries including finance, technology, entertainment, healthcare and telecommunications.

As an award-winning industry leader, she now shares her knowledge and expertise by acting as a mentor, coach, and trainer. She has also extended her successes in the corporate world with consultative and governance roles for not-for-profit organisations.

Louise is passionate about supporting disability services as she has a son on the autism spectrum. She wrote a children’s book dedicated to her son called “A Different Kind of Brilliant” and produced a short movie called “Brilliant” focusing on autism acceptance – both the book and film have had global success.

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