I have over 15 years’ experience across both the Public and Community Housing Sectors and have worked in areas involving complex policy development and implementation, tenancy and asset management and the leadership of staff in a large and diverse organisation.

I am an experienced contributor in matters pertaining to the reform of public and social housing at both a state and national level and am a current member of Power Housing, the Shelter Tasmania Policy Group and the Australasian Housing Industry.

In my years with the state public housing jurisdiction I worked across a number of areas including Community Relations, Policy and Service Delivery encompassing tenancy, maintenance and local development. My work 2 here also entailed significant stakeholder relationship management and participation in high level cross departmental forums.

In 2013 I accepted a role with Centacare Evolve Housing, responsible for the preparation of its tender submission seeking the management transfer of 1,100 units of public housing stock. This submission was successful, resulting in the transfer of stock across the socio-economically disadvantaged region of Gagebrook, Bridgewater and Herdsman's Cove in southern Tasmania. I was subsequently appointed to the position of State Manager, charged with establishing and leading a new Community Housing Organisation in Tasmania to deliver on the outcomes required under this 10-year funding agreement.

In 2016 I commenced working with Housing Choices Tasmania (HCT) as State Manager with responsibility for leading the Tasmanian team in the delivery of tenancy and asset management services together with critical community development outcomes for the organisation.

I am also responsible for the successful delivery of our development obligations and have overseen significant growth (a tripling of dwellings) in HCT’s owned portfolio.

During my time spent within the CHP sector I have been responsible for firstly establishing capacity under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing (NRSCH) and subsequently obtaining compliance as a Tier One Provider and then retaining that compliance standard. Our organisation now manages a portfolio of 1,500 properties state-wide with three placed-based office locations covering Shorewell Park, Devonport and Hobart.

I work closely with a highly energised Executive team and am used to working within a skills based Board governance structure. I have excellent connections within the sector and the state housing authority in Tasmania and work collegially with these organisations.

Ms Olena Sydorenko
Director, TAS