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Their collaboration as a dynamic unit has lead to exciting progress for Afford, and continues to excite as we move confidently toward full roll-out of the NDIS.

Ross Fowler

Ross Fowler

Chairman

OAM, B Comm, FCA
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Ross was appointed on 18 February 2004. He is the Mayor of Penrith City Council. 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

Michael Allen

Deputy Chairman

PSM, FIPAA, Grad Dip, UEM
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Mike is a longtime NSW resident having lived most of his life on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He now lives in outer Western Sydney.

He is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, now part of the Department of Community Services and Justice. Mike has accrued more than 40 years experience in social and affordable housing management and asset services, homelessness services, and community and Aboriginal housing. He also has a strong interest in the housing needs of people with a disability.

Mike was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2011 in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing.

He has been a Director on not-for-profit boards since 1989 and currently sits on two other Boards.

Alan Travers

Alan Travers

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

Eva Ballai

MBA Adv., RN, BN, JP
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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.
Ange Humphries

Ange Humphries

MAICD, JP Director
Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and Property Committee
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Ms Humphries joined the Afford Board in February 2017.

She has had an extensive career in the media, political, communications, marketing, lobbying and public relations industries.

Ms Humphries has been a guest lecturer at Western Sydney University and is a Director on the Blacktown Workers Club (Group of Companies) Board.

With her own disability, Ange brings significant experience to the Afford Board.

Ange is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Club Directors Institute and is a proud operational crew member of the Parramatta SES (State Emergency Service) unit.

Cliff Haynes

Cliff Haynes

B Comm, FCPA, FLGMA

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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.
Carol Bryant

Carol Bryant

Graduate Diploma of Education
Registered Nurse
Bachelor of Science (Anatomy and Psychology)

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Carol has extensive experience in executive leadership, organisational culture, business strategy, hospital accreditation, human resources and governance in complex healthcare organisations.

Carol’s career achievements were underpinned by the depth of knowledge and experience gained in senior executive management roles across healthcare. She demonstrates a keen insight into the operation of large, complex organisations and has a deep knowledge of governance and complex people issues. Carol has carried across those skills to several board appointments during her role as Chief Executive officer. Carol’s work record includes leading the executive team at both Westmead Private Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital where she was Chief Executive Officer.

Paul Umbrazunas

Paul Umbrazunas

B.Sc (Mathematics), LLB (UNSW); GAICD; Stanford Executive Programme; Fellow – Australian Risk Policy Institute
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Paul has over 30 years experience in the financial services sector having held global COO and Managing Director roles (in Australia and London) with major investment banks including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, BZW and Goldman Sachs as well as in financial infrastructure with Deutsche Boerse.

Paul now advises early stage companies, NFPs and financial services Firms on strategy, capital management, risk management and governance.

He is on the Advisory Boards of Australian Mortgage Marketplace and Poweredbypercent.

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