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About

Who we are

Who we are

Stronger together

Link Wentworth was formed on 31 March 2021 from the merger between major Tier 1 housing providers, Link Housing and Wentworth Community Housing. Recognising the benefit of our combined influence as two Tier 1 community housing providers, we were emboldened by the opportunity to create greater change in the sector. Following the merger, Link Wentworth is now one of the largest community housing providers (CHPs) in Australia, managing over 6,400 homes with around 10,000 residents.

We’re phenomenally proud of the industry-leading merger and our position to not only create new homes, but to advocate for them too. We are committed to solving the housing crisis in NSW by providing more social and affordable housing and delivering enhanced support services for those most vulnerable in the community in partnership with Government and the private sector.

Our property portfolio includes social, affordable and disability housing for people on low to moderate incomes. We also provide support services to help people sustain their tenancies, strengthen their lives and participate fully in their communities. We are one of the few housing providers in NSW to provide support services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

We believe everyone has a right to a safe and secure home where they can grow, connect with community, and build a brighter future.

Our values which drive what we do as Link Wentworth, and endorsed by our staff, Executive Leadership Team and Board, are:

  • Customer Focus
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Ambition

Our History

A strong track record

Formed in 1984, Link Housing provided safe and affordable housing to people on a low income, those with a disability, and those in need of urgent housing. With a vision to enhance lives through community housing, Link Housing has been committed to working with partners to provide affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities.

Wentworth Community Housing was established in 1996 through the amalgamation of three housing providers in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and the Hawkesbury areas. Wentworth’s services reached across the full spectrum of housing need from homelessness services to social and affordable housing options, as well as innovative housing initiatives and community projects. In January 2020, Wentworth acquired Lithgow Community Housing, expanding its footprint beyond the Blue Mountains.

Our Governance

Experienced leadership

Link Wentworth is governed by a Board comprising an Independent Chair, five existing Board Members from Link Housing and five existing Board Members from Wentworth.

Mike Allen (PSM) is the Independent Chair. Mike is a respected industry leader, independent housing advisor and former Chief Executive of Housing NSW with over 30 years of experience in social housing management.

Andrew McAnulty (former CEO of Link Housing) has been appointed CEO of Link Wentworth. Andrew brings a wealth of experience, including 30 years in the housing sector in Australia and the UK.

Become a member

Anyone with an interest in the work we do, such as tenants, support providers and business providers, can become a member of Link Wentworth.

As a member of the company, you’re kept informed of significant events, and can participate and vote in general meetings as well as the Annual General Meeting. 

Please complete the membership application form and return it to Link Wentworth.

  1. Applicants must be put forward (and seconded) by an existing member.
  2. You must then provide written consent to become a member of the company.
  3. Your application will then be assessed by the Board of Directors.

As a member you must also abide by our Constitution. 

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We will advocate for inclusive and forward-thinking housing policy that will deliver a range of solutions to meet the current and future demand of all Australians.

Our Board

Mike Allen is a respected industry leader, independent housing advisor and former Chief Executive Officer of Housing NSW. He has more than 30 years of experience in social housing management and asset services, homelessness, and community and Aboriginal housing. In 2011 he was awarded the Public Service Medal in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing. Mike holds a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management; and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Life Member Australasian Housing Institute.

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Mike Allen PSM

Chair

Belinda is the founding director of 9Springs, a privately held property investment, development and advisory group. Belinda’s experience varies from structuring complex commercial real estate transactions for the NSW Government and private corporations, to responsibility for multi-million dollar projects and portfolios in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. Belinda holds a Master of Property Development and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Belinda is a Non-Executive Director of Blue Knot Foundation and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Sydney District Council.

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Belinda Bentley

Director

Brodie is a retired senior public servant formerly with Housing NSW and the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). He was General Manager for Southern and Western Region in Housing NSW for six years. His latest role prior to retirement was Interim District Director FACS Nepean Blue Mountains. Brodie has a Graduate Certificate in Housing Management and Policy; and is a Member of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Brodie Druett

Director

Ken is an independent consultant assisting businesses to improve the return on investment in their human capital. Previously Ken held general management roles in municipal councils, senior positions in leading community services teams, and human resources and senior executive roles in companies and management consulting firms. His experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors is extensive and he provides specific expertise in the areas of human resources management, strategy development and community networks. Ken holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Business; and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Ken Gilbert

Director

Nirmal is the Chair of Campbell Page Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd, Have a Voice Pty Ltd and Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia. Prior director appointments include Non-Executive Director of Eureka Group Holdings Ltd, Ku-ring-gai Financial Services Ltd and Council of the Aging NSW Inc. He is also an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Property Group of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Chair of the Compliance and Risk Committee of Gleneagles Asset Management Ltd. Nirmal has over 35 years executive experience as Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer of both listed and unlisted companies covering operations in Australia and overseas and over 13 years board and corporate advisory services experience. Nirmal has a Master of Commerce (Business Management) degree from UNSW and is a Fellow of the following professional bodies: Australian Institute of Directors, Governance Institute of Australia, Chartered Accountant ANZ and CPA Australia.

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Nirmal Hansra

Director

Dr Dianne Jackson is an experienced advisor, executive director, and leader in the social sector. She has held several national CEO roles focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged children, and was formally Associate Professor and Director of Strategic Collaborations at Charles Sturt University. Dianne has a keen interest in the social determinants of health and education, and the role of place-based approaches in achieving better outcomes for children and their families. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy – Education/Social Science, Bachelor of Social Science (Hons First Class), Bachelor of Teaching; and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Dianne Jackson

Director

Aimee is an experienced IT leader who is passionate about enabling business strategy through technology. She has over 17 years of experience in professional services, including IT strategy and program delivery, management consulting and financial audit. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Business; and is Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Aimee Lindfield

Director

Simon is the owner and principal of ABSA Corporate Advisory, a mergers and acquisitions advisory and transactional business, and a private real estate development business. He has been a director of ANZ Investment Bank (Business Sales and Acquisitions) and Westpac Business Bank Succession Services, as well as Group General Manager and Director of a real estate development and asset management group of companies. He is currently a Director at Blue Mount Capital. Simon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law, a Master of Business Administration, a real estate licence and a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Simon Maughan Wright

Director

Mark is the Executive General Manager – Governance, Risk and Compliance for RSL LifeCare Limited, an Australian top 100 provider of Aged Care across NSW and the ACT. Mark has previously worked with Coca-Cola, Reckitt and Colman, Victa Lawncare and Medical Australia Limited. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Mark McEnallay

Director

Kerry is Chief Executive Officer of Blacktown City Council. He is the Deputy Chairman of Blacktown Venue Management Limited and of Better Foundation Limited. Kerry is a Board Member of CivicRisk West and of CivicRisk Mutual, self-insurance mutuals, and a Director of Mutual Management Services Limited, which provides a range of insurance services. He is a Member of the University of New South Wales’ City Futures Research Centre advisory panel. Kerry has over 30 years of experience in the property industry having held senior roles in corporations and Government.

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Kerry Robinson OAM

Director

Andrew has more than 35 years of experience in property. This includes 14 years at Lend Lease in property development roles. In 2005, Andrew co-founded Greengate to provide quality care-based housing for the elderly. He remains a Non-Executive Director of Greengate. Andrew currently holds an executive role with Keppel Capital, a Singaporean property and infrastructure fund manager, and is a Director on a joint venture board with Australian Unity. In 2012 he initiated community group Support Lindfield with other locals to create a new heart for the area. Andrew holds Built Environment and Architecture Degrees; and is a Registered Architect and Licenced Real Estate Agent (QLD, NSW).

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Andrew Sweeney

Director

Executive Team

Andrew is a respected community housing figure, both nationally and internationally. He has delivered social, affordable and large scale urban renewal projects for more than 25 years across Australia and the United Kingdom. Andrew’s experience highlights the innovation and vision required to create cutting edge outcomes for projects which link Government, the private sector and the community housing sector – in order to actually deliver mixed tenure housing and place based urban renewal outcomes which create places for people to thrive.

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Andrew McAnulty

Chief Executive Officer

Denise’s career in Human Resources (HR) spans more than 13 years. Her expertise includes staff recruitment, selection, induction, administration of HR programs, implementation of tools and systems and the management of performance appraisals and the salary review process. Denise has also developed and implemented employee initiatives including staff rewards and health and wellbeing programs. Her previous roles include Human Resources Associate at Hartmann ANZ and Human Resources Advisor for Link Housing.

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Denise McGrath

Chief People & Culture Officer

Sean has delivered social, affordable and market-rate housing outcomes for more than 15 years. With a background in end-to-end property development and asset management, Sean has held senior roles in the government and not-for-profit sectors in the New York metropolitan area and Greater Sydney. He has extensive knowledge of Government and Community Housing and expertise in delivering collaborative housing outcomes across all sectors. Sean has a Bachelor in Financial Management and a Masters in Real Estate Development.

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Sean Carty

Chief Property Officer

Brianna has extensive experience in media, marketing and product management that spans 15 years working in Sydney and London. Prior to moving into the not-for-profit sector as Head of Marketing and Communications at Link Housing, Brianna worked in private and corporate client-side and consulting roles.

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Brianna Ragel

Chief Communications Officer

Tony has held senior management roles in the financial services, energy, local government and not-for profit sectors. He is skilled in positioning organisations to be financially sustainable and adaptive in meeting opportunities for growth and efficiency. He is a Fellow of Certified Practicing Accountants Australia, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Governance Institute of Australia, as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tony holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management.

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Tony Smith

Chief Transformation and Integration Officer

With a career in social housing spanning over 20 years, Margaret has held a series of executive management roles in Housing NSW and then Family and Community Services. She has led major initiatives in community and estate regeneration in some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged communities. Her earlier work experiences in the fields of homelessness, domestic violence and drug and alcohol support services have led her to understand the profound importance of stable and affordable housing. This, she believes is both a fundamental human right and a foundation on which people can rebuild their lives and reach out to opportunities.

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Margaret Maljkovic

Chief Customer Officer

George has over 25 years' experience in finance across the private and public sectors with senior roles in finance, enterprise risk, operations, business development and corporate strategy. He is passionate about creating inclusive communities where both safety and opportunity are available to everyone in our society. As a C-level executive he has played key leadership roles in major transformation programs and created organisational cultures that support teams to achieve their very best. George holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

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George Bogdanovic

Chief Financial Officer