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.
Phillip Wright - Business Development Manager
Phillip Wright, with Chemistry and Management degrees, worked in sales and management roles within the Chemical Industry, most recently with Dow Chemical. His areas of focus are on volunteer teams, liaison with major corporates and assisting HFHV to develop strategies for HFHV to grow.
Phil connects most with the HFHV cause because of the very significant contribution to families under significant stress due to the current housing affordability crisis. Making a contribution to making a difference is important and in particular “I am passionate about the opportunity presented to the children of our partner families, for generational change, to see dramatic change in the likely outcome for their lives”.
Graeme Mitchell - Construction Manager
Graeme spent 20 years in corporate management in the importing industry, during which he was also involved working on the company’s property development portfolio. He then went into commercial and residential building and project management in his own right as a registered builder. After 10 years Graeme and his family took on a missionary role with Wycliffe Bible Translators and served with Wycliffe for 10 years.
Graeme has been involved in a number of community Boards and Committees including schools, churches and local government. He and his wife Jenny are actively involved in Wallan Gateway Church.
Graeme is excited about working for Habitat For Humanity because of the chance to see lives of partner families changed dramatically.
Rod Brooks - Volunteer Coordinator
Rod has worked in a variety of jobs including Engineering Surveying, teaching, labouring, outdoor education, building and running his own business gardening and tree lopping.
His involvement with his church community, TLC, includes time supervising a Work For the Dole program, creche, mentoring primary school children with Kids Hope and cooking Sunday lunches at church. He has a heart for refugees and is working with a Karen family to improve their English and educational outcomes. He and his family spent 12 years in full-time ministry with Cornerstone, a Christian community, living in the outback of Australia.
“Home ownership contributes to significant improvements in people’s lives and this is what drives my work with Habitat.”
Julie Hall - ReStore Warehouse Manager
Julie has worked in a variety of organisations covering roles from general warehouse, supervisor, locksmith, payroll administrator to teaching English in South Korea. She is actively involved in her local church and has previously volunteered with World Vision Australia and Sherwood Cliffs Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation.
Julie loves learning and is excited to be part of the HFHV team in providing homes for Victorian families who would otherwise be living in housing stress.
Jenny Curtis - Office Administration and Executive Assistant
Jenny is our Office Administrator and Assistant to the ED. She has been in the role since September 2016.
Her previous work experience has been in Administration and as a Residential Liaison Officer with a not for profit organisation overseeing over 400 Independent Living units for people over 55. She has had various roles volunteering within her local community and Church over 25 years. Jenny is currently involved in Women’s Ministry and contributes to the events team at her church.
‘Part of my role I really enjoy is assisting our Partner families as they join our home ownership program and the impact it has on changing their lives.’
Merran Graf - Administration Assisstant
Merran has a long history in administration and has been instrumental in documenting procedures and streamlining processes in the various roles previously held.
She has recently joined Habitat after working for a municipal council and, prior to that, 9 years in the building industry. Merran has also worked for an education facility, a boutique statistical reporting firm and a not-for-profit support agency.
Outside of work, she has served on the Leadership of Croydon Hills Baptist Church, been involved in CHBC Links (social enterprise program) and is currently helping out with Maroondah’s Winter Shelter program which provides meals and a bed for homeless men. She has also been involved in a number of other volunteer capacities over the years.
For a number of years, Merran has ‘had a heart’ for Habitat and feels extremely privileged to now be working for the organisation.
She looks forward to connecting with the many valuable volunteers who keep Habitat functioning and getting to know the many Partner Families that have been helped out by Habitat.
Russell Croxford – ReStore Manager
Russell began his career as a secondary school teacher of physical education, maths and science. Following a sense of calling into ministry he made a shift into full time work with Churches of Christ, while completing his theological degree and a Masters in leadership studies. Early church appointments focussed on youth and young adult ministries, with the most recent role being a long term Senior Ministry position at Doncaster Church of Christ.
Russell is enthusiastic about his role as ReStore Manager, being responsible for a fascinating and exciting enterprise that deals with a wide range of donated goods. Russell says “It’s rewarding work, knowing you’re helping provide a decent place for people to live, while at the same time making customers happy with their bargains, and preventing good items going to waste into landfill”.
Russell is the father of four young adult children and in his spare time loves home DIY projects and generally being active in the great outdoors.
Georgia McIntosh - Communications Coordinator
Georgia is our Communications whizz. A recent graduate from RMIT with a Bachelor in Communications (Professional Communications), Georgia has been apart of the Habitat for Humanity team since July 2018.
Her previous experience has been working as a Communications Assistant at Rochford Winery and as a Marketing and Development intern for the Melbourne Writer's Festival. Georgia has joined the Habitat team and has taken on the role of managing Habitat's internal and external communications.
Georgia loves a good strategy, and her current work involves implementing a multi-faceted communications strategy to ensure HFHV's impact is being communicated in the best way possible. There's no better story than one that emphasizes helping those in need. She's looking forward to connecting with Habitat's growing community of volunteers and partner families, as Habitat works towards tackling the ongoing housing affordability crisis.
Murray Hirst - Finance Manager
Murray has worked in a variety of businesses and has specialised over the years in not-for-profit organisations. His background includes work with membership organisations in the allied health and facility management industries as well as a start-up business in the health retreat industry in northern NSW.
Murray's job at Habitat is Finance Manager which involves the smooth running of everything to do with the finances. His focus is on streamlining the financial systems and providing useful reporting to best help manage the organisation. Murray finds himself drawn to the not-for-profit field because ' I like to work for a purpose and I find Habitat has a very clear and powerful mission that gives to the community and cares for people'.