Habitat for Humanity, Victoria is an Incorporated Association and a Public Benevolent Institution dedicated to providing decent and affordable shelter and housing for all those in need and committed to working to eliminate inadequate and poverty housing. It is an Income Tax Exempt Charity and a Deductible Gift Recipient. It is also a Charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.
No fees are paid to those serving as Directors. However, reasonable expenses incurred by Directors during the course of their role on our Board can be reimbursed. Every effort is made to keep all costs within reasonable and modest budgets.
The Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operation and management of the Association as delegated by the Board. The Executive Director meets regularly with staff to develop policies, monitor strategies and issues and the Association’s performance. The Executive Director also has oversight of the home building activities of our Chapters and the selection of our Partner families.
The Board makes decisions that are critical to the ongoing success of Habitat for Humanity, Victoria; including setting the Association’s strategic direction and establishing its policies. The Board is also responsible for:
Endorsing the selection of Partner families;
Approval of land purchases and budgets for Home Building projects; and
Monitoring the performance of the organisation’s activities and overseeing its financial position.
Robert W. McLauchlan - Chairman
Robert was the proprietor of McLauchlan & Associates, Building Design Consultants for 30 years. He has a Certificate of Architectural Draftsmanship and a member of the Building Designers Association of Victoria; a body of which he was a past Committee Member and President for 4 years. He continues as a Board Member of the Building Designers Association of Australia.
Robert has been a Judge of the Housing Awards of the Master Builders’ Association of Victoria, is a member of the CEO Institute and Committee Member and President of the Blackburn Tennis Club.
Philip Curtis - Executive Director
Philip worked as a lawyer in private practise between 1982 and 2009. He was Principal with Moores in Box Hill for 17 years and a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited specialist in Commercial Litigation for 14 years. He was also an accredited Mediator. Philip commenced his role with Habitat for Humanity in January 2010. He also serves as a Director and Board Chairman of Baptcare Ltd and Baptcare Affordable Housing Ltd. He is also involved in the Croydon Hills Baptist Church with a strong history of involvement in local community activities. He is a member of the ACID.
Philip is passionate about issues of justice and believes that the cycle of poverty can be broken and families can be given real hope for the future through initiatives such as the Habitat for Humanity affordable housing program.
Dr Bruce Barry - Director
Bruce was an academic for his professional life, having attained a PhD, MBiomedE, MEngSc, BE(Hons), DipCE, and TTTC. He put his extensive range of qualifications to use as the Head of Civil Engineering and the Phillip Institute of Technology between 1965 and 1980, at which time he became the Principal Lecturer in Biomechanics at RMIT; a position he held until 1997.
Bruce is passionate about the Habitat for Humanity cause, having served as the Chairman of our West Gippsland Chapter for 4 years.
Allan Harman - Director
Alan is the Client Director for Private Clients at Pitcher Partners, a firm he has been with for 19 years. With a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, and a Chartered Accountant.
In addition to his day-to-day role, Alan demonstrates his commitment to community service as a member of the Executive Committee of the New Community Ringwood (Church), a role that he has fulfilled for the last 7 years; and as a member of the Management Committee of the NCR Bargain Browser operation, an affordable and recycled clothing store. Alan was Chair of this Committee for its first 4 years.
Ross Kemp - Director
Ross has over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial manager in ASX listed companies, using his BComm, MBA, FCA, and FCIS to effect in the areas of Corporate Development, Management and Budget Reporting, Capital Expenditure, Treasury, Tax, and Company Secretariat.
Ross has more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including being a Director of Baptcare between 2003 and 2013 (the final 3 years as Treasurer) and is the current Chairman of Ashburton Baptist Community Services Inc.
Graeme Sinclair - Director
Graeme was with the Myer Family Group for a total of 36 years, including 13 as CEO. Graeme is a CA and FAICD with a BComm and ACIS putting these qualifications and memberships to use across 40 years’ of financial and investment management services.
Graeme has been involved in a range of other professional, community and philanthropic organisations, is a former Chairman of Australian Geographic Retail, and is a Director of Mirrabooka Investments and a Trustee of the William Buckland Foundation.