Our Board

Our Board

The Afford Board have a wide scope of unmatched professional expertise and influence across Greater Western Sydney. They boast a collective service of 106 years’ service to the Board across 8 members – that’s longer than we’ve been providing support for!

Neville Barnier (Chairman)
Dip FP, GAICD
Neville spent 28 years in the Financial Planning, Insurance and Superannuation industry before retirement in 2012. Until recently, he was a director of Penrith RSL Club Ltd for 12 years, the last 7 as Chairman of the Club. He is currently Chairman of the Homes for Heroes Western Sydney Fund Raising Committee responsible for funding the accommodation of homeless war veterans at Governor Phillip Manor in Penrith. He holds a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ross Fowler (Deputy Chairman)
OAM, B Comm, FCA
Ross was appointed on 18 February 2004. He is the former Mayor of Penrith City Council and a current Councillor. Ross is the principal of a Penrith-based firm of Chartered Accountants. Other directorship experience includes Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Mutual Management Services Ltd, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts and Ripples at St Marys.

Michael Allen
PSM, FIPAA, Grad Dip, UEM
Michael is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, the largest social housing provider in the Southern Hemisphere. He has over 35 years’ experience in social housing and asset services and has led a number of reforms include the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Eva Ballai
MBA Adv., RN, BN, JP
Eva has over 25 years’ experience in health care, spanning unique breadth of frontline, senior management and board level positions. A Lieutenant Specialist Nursing Officer with the Australian Defence Force and former Treasurer of Special Olympics Australia, Eva has an extensive operation and strategic understanding of health care settings, particularly Aged Care.

Mario Bellantonio
OAM, LLB (Syd), Centenary Medal
Mario’s career spans over 40 years as a principal in a legal firm with extensive experience in commercial transactions and litigation in administrative, civil and criminal jurisdictions. He has been a Director of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and of Penrith Riverfest and Festival. He provides advice on legal issues.

Cliff Haynes
B Comm, FCPA, FLGMA
Cliff was formerly Assistant Director General Corporate and Shared Services, FACS and Executive Director of Business Management and Governance at Housing NSW. Cliff was former President of the NSW Division of Local Government Managers Australia, and served the Board for 10 years. Cliff was appointed as Company Secretary on 31 May 2014 and resigned on 15 July 2015.

Ange Humphries
MAICD
Ange has extensive experience in media, communications, marketing and PR expertise. Her current consultancy business focuses on crisis PR management and she represents a number of high profile clients and companies. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. As a disabled woman living in Western Sydney, Ange brings a unique insight to the Board. Ange is also a Director at Blacktown Workers Club (Group of Companies) and is a past Vice President of ClubsNSW (Norwest).

Alan Travers
PSM FLGMA
Alan retired as General Manager of Penrith City Council in 2008 after 42 years in Local Government. He now provides consultancy services.