Wollongong-based community housing provider the Housing Trust has elected a new chair, Michael Szafraniec.
Mr Szafraniec was elected unopposed following the AGM earlier this week.
A board member for four years, Mr Szafraniec reportedly brings local and international experience in human services to the role.
The appointment follows David Campbell’s decision earlier this year to step down from the position after five years.
Mr Campbell will remain on the board.
Mr Szafraniec paid tribute to his predecessor and welcomed his continued involvement on the board.
“During David’s tenure, Housing Trust was one of the first community housing providers to achieve and maintain Tier 1 registration under the national law,” he said.
“We added 96 dwellings to our portfolio, including 71 in Shellharbour and 25 in Bulli, and we have another 40 dwellings in the pipeline in Corrimal, Dapto and Flinders.
“We are proud to have achieved and maintained a national leadership position for customer service, we gained White Ribbon accreditation to support our staff and tenants experiencing domestic violence, and we secured a significant loan to invest in local building projects and jobs.
“There is a groundswell of support for collaborative approaches to reducing homelessness and housing stress. We have the experience, resources and partnerships needed to drive change and strengthen the communities we serve.”
Mr Campbell congratulated Mr Szafraniec on his appointment, saying his experience in the community service sector and his international community development experience would be invaluable.
“Housing Trust will continue to benefit from Michael’s insight into social policy and the public sector and we will draw on his nearly 20 years of experience in local and International public administration and community services,” he said.